Let us tell you the story of the Tahitian pearl... 

The pearl has survived through the ages since the dawn of time. Many ancient cultures such as the Hindus, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs already mentioned this gem of great value. Chinese inscriptions dating back 2,300 years before Christ testified that pearls were, at that time, already considered jewels of nature.

With their Polynesian possessions, the French were among the first to discover the pearls of Tahiti, and soon begun to trade them. In the early nineteenth century, however, pearl oyster reserves were rapidly exhausted because of the impressive amounts of oysters required by the button industry.

Then more than a hundred years ago, three pioneers in the field who did not know one another: Tokichi Nishikawa, Tatsuhei Mise and Kokichi Mikimoto, respectively biologist in the Japanese imperial navy, carpenter, and son of trader imagined almost simultaneously a great new fabrication method for obtaining artificial pearls, which is known as pearl culture. These three men have been considered fathers of modern pearl culture.


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