Pearls from ‘Down Under’

The world’s most sought after mother-of-pearl shell, which sparked an industry in commercial button manufacture, was harvested first in the mid-1950’s in the small, bustling town of Broome, in the Kimberley region of Northwest Australia.

At that time, if a pearl happened to be found inside an oyster gathered for its shell, it was considered a bonus of sorts and to shell gatherers, would have been considered “Winning the Lottery.” With the high value of truly natural pearls at the time, it would have permanently altered the finder’s (financial) destiny.

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The pearl’s mystique has long inspired men the world over to risk their lives, braving icy waters, drowning, and shark attacks for the chance to find the perfect gem. Setting out on small wooden luggers, sailing ships that were often at the mercy of strong winds and cyclones, an ongoing treasure hunt sent helmeted pearl divers to an unknown fate in the depths of the mysterious open waters in hopes of a great find.

Booming since the 1950’s, the town of Broome has been able to keep up the pace making itself a hub of pearling operations. As Australia’s pearl industry has expanded over the years, their reputation for quality and purity in their gems has grown.

Australian pearls captivate the true natural beauty of pearls from the moment they are taken from their oysters. These Australian pearls are of such high grade that common enhancing processes such has bleaching, dying and tinting are rendered unnecessary. Harvested by hand and cleansed with sea salt, the beauty of an Australian pearl will never fade, lasting generation after generation.

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