I had a collector ask me to look for a very special strand of Peacock Tahitians. I didn’t quite find what she was looking for(at the right price) and informed her we struck out.
Not wanting to give up, I contacted a friend in Rikitea who is part of the GIE Poe O Rikitea. A pearl farming co-op of 80 small pearl farms in the Gambier Islands, banding together to market their exceptional Tahitian pearls.
The necklace above is just one result of our collaboration ...
A: The five archipelagos that make up French Polynesia lie East of Australia. They are the Marquesas Islands, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Society Islands, which contain Tahiti. The islands are spread out over an area the size of Europe, but their land surface is only 1,500 square miles.
The lagoons of the Tuamotu Archipelago and Gambier Islands are home to most of the pearl farms that cultivate Tahitian pearls.