We took the long trip to the South Pacific to find the famous white lipped oysters that produced magnificent pearls that are often 11-14mm-about 8 times the size (and 8 times the price!) of a standard pearl. Not only did these oysters produce the rare South Sea pearl
but they also produced a tremendous amounts of mother of pearl
or nacre. Nacre is the lustrous iridescent substance which is secreted by the oyster to form the shiny inside of their shells. When nacre
secretions are deposited around the pearl seed they build up to
form a full sized pearl. Our bioscientists went to work to see if we could improve upon Mother Nature's process a little. We sped up
the process in the lab by extracting the seed pearl from young oyster shells. We then coated these natural seed pearls with nacre from the inside of the giant shells, and were able to produce the breathtaking hand coated Australian Pacific Collection. Golden beauties.
This pairing of science and nature results in extremely large
spheres-12mm-but they are much more consistent in shape than
ordinary pearls that have to be extracted from 4-5 year old oysters that are dead. They are also less porous so you don't have to worry about perfumes or cosmetics discolouring these pearls like you do with ordinary pearls. In a more ecologically friendly approach, the Australian Pacific pearl seed is extracted from fresh oyster shells and then organically micro-coated in the laboratory with the same nacre that coats naturally grown pearls.