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The Cultured Pearl Company About us. The Cultured Pearl Company Ltd are importers and wholesalers of quality cultured pearls and have been established in Londonís Hatton Garden for over 50 years. During this time we have built up close relationships with pearl cultivators in Japan, China and Australia. We are equally acknowledged as a supplier of high quality pearls to some of the most discerning retailers, designers and manufacturers in Britain. Nick Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the pearl industry and has developed an expert eye, invaluable for appraising and negotiating the best price for his customers. Nick selects high quality or unusual, but always desirable, pearls. Our Pearls Akoya. The original, classic cultured pearls these are cultivated primarily in Japan and more recently, China. They are produced by a small oyster, the Pincatada fucata, which is usually no bigger than 6 - 7 cm in size and therefore rarely produces pearls larger than 10mm in diameter. They are highly prized for their lustre and colours, which range from white rose, cream rose, champagne and silver white. South Sea. Produced from larger oysters that are found in the warm waters of the north west coast of Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and South East Asia. One of the largest pearl bearing oysters - Pinctada maxima- can be as large as 12 inches in size and produces pearls between 10 and 15mm in diameter. Larger pearls are occasionally found, but these are considered extremely rare. Apart from their size these pearls are prized because of their brilliant lustre and shine due to the thickness of their nacre. Their colours range from white rose to silvery white as well as greyish shades, champagne and dark gold. Tahitian. Produced from the black lipped oyster - Pinctada margaritifera - These oysters are slightly smaller than the South Sea oyster and generally produce pearls ranging from 8 - 14mm in diameter. They are characterised by their dark natural shades that are due to the rich nutrients found in the lagoons of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Their colours range from grey tones, through aubergine and the more unusual pistachio and browns, to the highly prized dark peacock colours. Freshwater. Freshwater pearls are formed in large mussels that live in lakes, rivers. The first cultured freshwater pearls originated in Japan, but are now mostly produced in China. Modern farming techniques can now produce increasingly larger, rounder pearls with appealing lustre compared to the dull, odd shapes that were available in the past. Because of their various natural colours this new breed of freshwater pearls can be combined with South Sea and Tahitian pearls to complement each to great effect in creating interesting jewellery. Unusual Diversity is a natural phenomenon. Whether traditional sphere shapes, tear drop shapes, ovals or baroque shapes, our individual pearls and pairs have been cherry picked from vast quantities of stock to find the most interesting colours and organic shapes. Contact Director: Nick Thomas The Cultured Pearl Company Ltd., Minerva House, 27 Hatton Garden London EC1N 8BR T: +44 (0)20 7405 3339 F: +44 (0)20 7405 5936 M: +44 (0)7979 904 469 E:
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