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He who wants pearls has to dive into the sea

- Kurdish proverb


It all started with an exciting and unexpected discovery...

In 2008 we discovered Akoya oysters (Pinctada imbricata fucata) naturally growing on our existing mussel farm, some 1000km south of their previously reported habitat range. We were excited to investigate the possibility of producing pearls in such a unique location.


After experimenting with some basic culturing techniques we were quickly rewarded with a beautiful little batch of Akoya pearls. We knew we were on to something special!

Several years on, Great Southern Pearls was formed (trading under L&R Michael Pty Ltd). Production has increased and we continue to refine our farming techniques.


Today we are proud to showcase a range of truly unique Akoya pearls.

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