JOURNEY

There is a lot of hard work, dedication, commitment and passion required to create a South Sea pearl.
The total time from hatchery to harvest can range from 4 - 5 years. Here is a step by step process of the pearl’s journey. 

 

 

Oyster spawning

Atlas oysters grow out phase

Oyster seeding process

Atlas pearls, pearl farming

1. BREEDING

Modern pearl farming revolves around advanced hatchery techniques, which allow the selection of parent oysters to breed the most suitable shells for pearling. Mother of pearl oysters are now raised by Atlas, making pearling a beautiful, non-extractive and sustainable business proposition.

2. GROWING-OUT

In spite of a steady supply of baby oysters, only a few may survive and even fewer will make it through the careful process intended to replicate natural selection. This ensures only the fittest may give birth to the most beautiful pearls.

3. SEEDING

It takes a pearl technician years of practice and dedication to successfully implant the nuclei and piece of mantle graft (or Saibo in Japanese), that will trigger the formation of a pearl. At Atlas, all our pearl technicians are women because their patience, dexterity and inspiration allows them to consistently deliver the best pearls.


4. PEARL FARMING

After a short recovery period, the seeded oysters are transferred to nutrient rich waters to optimize nacre deposition. It is the regular arrangement of multiple concentric layers of aragonite crystal, held together by a protein bond, that will give each pearl its beauty.

Atlas South Sea pearl harvesting

Atlas South Sea pearl cleaning and maintaining

Atlas pearls shell extractions

Atlas South Sea pearl grading

5. HARVESTING

This is the magic moment, when these living gems come to life after 4 to 5 years of cultivation. Each pearl is a tangible testimony to the influence man and nature had over the life of each mother of pearl oyster harvested.

6. CLEANING

Unlike other gems that require faceting and carving, pearls are natural beauties and do not require additional work beyond gentle cleaning. All Atlas pearls are of natural colour and lustre.

7. EXTRACTING

Pearl and MOP (Mother of Pearl shell) bi-products and extractions including protein and powders are produced through strategic partnerships in Tasmania and distributed to a global market.


8. GRADING

Once harvested, each pearl is graded according to its value factors or virtues, some of which are obvious such as size, shape and surface quality while others can be subjective and quite elusive, such as shade or shine.

Atlas South Sea pearl grading

Atlas pearls jewellery design and manufacturing

Atlas pearls marketing

Atlas pearls trading

9. MATCHING

Because each pearl is unique by essence, it sometimes takes thousands of pearls to find a perfect pair. It can take many years to complete a strand.

10. DESIGN & MANUFACTURING

Atlas’ preferred approach to pearl jewellery is to design around each pearl’s unique personality. 

Basic model making and production capabilities available in-house, with most gold and silver making being produced in Bali

11. MARKETING

In-house resources ranging from visual, online, PR, media and event management spread across Australia and Indonesia.

12. TRADING

Supply of loose pearls through private auctions to selected pearl houses, whose role is to consolidate multiple harvests before going to market.


Atlas pearls wholesale

Atlas pearls retail

 
 

13. WHOLESALE

Offer matching, strands and pearl jewellery to key jewellery manufacturers and retailers. Provide bulk pearl extracts to a diverse range of industries.


14. RETAIL

Deliver to the end consumer the Atlas story and values in the form of finished products.


 
 

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