After ten years working for an Italian transportation company I had an opportunity
to change my life and make my dream come true. Years ago on a trip to Micronesia
I discovered the magic and purity of pearls in their natural habitat, a true treasure
in no mans land. I have never lost that image. I needed adventure, to explore, to
travel and expand my horizons. In 1991 I dedicated my life to pearls.
I left for French Polynesia to be surrounded by beautiful shells, amazing treasures
were there to be discovered though in pretty rough waters! I travelled on the merchant
ships that connect the innumerable Archipelago islands. Without a precise destination
I explored 12 different atolls. I visited pearl farms trying to understand and develop
my knowledge, unfortunately without much success. I was completely confused the
same question kept giving me several answers and after many months I was still at
the point where I started. This really was a strange and new world. I travelled
by fishing boats that were more like floats than boats and it was very risky, I
almost capsized twice.
Polynesians are excellent mariners but totally imprudent. Many times I crossed long
distances of ocean, navigating for days from one atoll to another in little boats
with only one engine and often without a radio. When I wasn't at sea I slept in
a tent, but certain islands had swarms of microscopic insects the nou-nou, that
were very aggressive and forced me to immerse myself in water up to my chin, so
no sleep for days.
After a few months exploring and researching I arrived at South Tuamotu Atoll and
my luck changed. I met Sadao Ishibashi, apparently the best "griffeur" in all Polynesia
according to the books I had read on the subject. The "griffeur" nests the little
mother of pearl nuclei around which the mollusc grows the pearl over a period of
two years, if all goes well. In the last 15 years he has "operated" on more than
a million molluscs. Due to his magic touch he has a high percentage of successful
I entered his world; he introduced me to the merchants of the black pearl and the
best contacts in Polynesian farms. I was closing in on my treasure; my strong emotions
overrode any fear of sharks. Finally I could fish my first pearls with my own hands;
my future had started. From the atolls, Ishibashi and I went to Indonesia, Australia,
Thailand, Philippines, Japan and China in search of new contacts, new farms, new
pearls and new emotions. It was no longer a strange world but an exciting new one.
My life had changed. From Sharks Bay to Pirates Coast, from the enchanting Polynesian
lagoons to Ago Bay, I covered long and fantastic distances.
OUR PRODUCTS Our jewels are created by Italian master goldsmiths
exclusively using 18 K gold, diamonds, natural and cultivated pearls. Furthermore
it is possible to order custom jewels to your own design. Two showrooms devoted
to pearls from the beautiful Japanese Akoya to the fabulous South Sea, Australian,
Tahitian Black and Indonesian Gold pearls.
MOTHER OF PEARL Mother of Pearl is a natural product mainly used
in jewellery, fashion, interior design and arts and craft. Thanks to his knowledge
of this material, acquired in years of collection and treatment of the most precious
shells of world. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queries or orders.
If you don't find what you are looking for in web site, please come to visit us
at our London stores. We always have new products arriving from our workshops.