The ma­jor names in the realm of Aus­tralia’s lus­trous pearls.

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Apearl lies in wait within the milky-soft walls of an unas­sum­ing oys­ter, form­ing and strength­en­ing into an ob­ject of de­sire. It is a liv­ing gem born of a liv­ing or­gan­ism. Aus­tralia has be­come a pin­na­cle player in the pearl game over the past cen­tury, but what is it ex­actly that sets the Aus­tralian South Sea pearl apart from its ri­vals? Farmed in just one abun­dant re­gion off the north­ern coast of Western Aus­tralia, taken from Pinc­tada Max­ima oys­ters – the largest va­ri­ety in the world – these gems boast the thickest nacre of any cul­tured oceanic pearl, un­matched due to their high trans­parency and qual­ity over­tones of sil­ver and pink.

Kailis www.kail­is­jew­ Founded: 1974; launched 2002 as Kailis Aus­tralian Pearls

It is said Kailis pearls should be earned through a woman’s so­phis­ti­ca­tion, style and achieve­ment; an hon­orary nod to Dr Pa­tri­cia Kailis. She and her hus­band set up their first pearl farm in Broome long be­fore the trend caught on, tend­ing to each oys­ter in a nur­tur­ing man­ner. The bril­liance of South Sea Pearls is the fo­cus of each piece, let­ting the pearls speak for them­selves against an un­blem­ished back­drop, be it of gold, ster­ling sil­ver or di­a­mond. Kailis is syn­ony­mous with clean, mod­ern and im­me­di­ately so­phis­ti­cated design; it dis­creetly imbeds a black di­a­mond into each piece and at­tracted Natalie Imbruglia as spokes­woman. It is also de­vel­oped an ul­tra-func­tional Ver­sa­til­ity Strand, which can de­con­struct one con­tin­u­ous op­eralength strand into col­liers, chok­ers and bracelets as de­sired through hid­den separators. The re­sult? One pur­chase, one woman, ef­fort­less chic.

Lin­neys www.lin­ Founded: 1972

The Lin­neys name is one that sees the merg­ing of many pow­er­ful pairs: pearls and di­a­monds, con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic, bold and or­ganic, Alan Lin­ney and Bill Reed. The lat­ter were the for­ma­tive part­ner­ship that sparked it all – Reed the vi­sion­ary with a de­sire to bring Broome’s pearls to the world, while Lin­ney was the one with re­tail pizzazz and the de­signs to craft them into a tan­gi­ble dream. To­day the brand’s jew­ellery re­mains ex­em­plary; time­less round-pearl strands along­side in­trigu­ing, freeform pieces which cel­e­brate pearls in all or­ganic shapes and sizes. Paired with gleam­ing 18-carat gold and bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, each piece in the Lin­neys col­lec­tion is sure to make a dar­ing yet re­fined state­ment.

Pas­pa­ley www.pas­pa­ Founded: 1935

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, spurred by the en­trepreneur­ship of Ni­cholas Pas­pa­ley and his up­bring­ing amid the old wooden pearl lug­gers, this iconic name is now the largest and old­est pear­ling com­pany in Aus­tralia, with six bou­tiques across the na­tion, three in Dubai and a rep­u­ta­tion that spans the globe. The brand’s name­sake bought his first lug­ger at the age of 19, em­brac­ing a life of adventure, pas­sion and toil on the high seas in or­der to grow his busi­ness to the scale we see to­day. Touted as the cre­ator of the world’s finest pearls, nowa­days only the purest five per cent gath­ered from each har­vest are deemed wor­thy of grac­ing a Pas­pa­ley strand. The ex­treme qual­ity of each is so high that very lit­tle treat­ment (or main­te­nance) is re­quired to re­tain their daz­zling con­di­tion; in essence, they are near age­less.

Jan Logan www.jan­lo­ Founded: 1989

It was a grand mile­stone in Jan Logan’s late-bloom­ing suc­cess story when the brand cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary in Oc­to­ber last year. Grow­ing up in Narrabri in north-western New South Wales, Logan seemed to have her path set af­ter mar­ry­ing young and be­com­ing a mother of three. How­ever, af­ter land­ing a job that saw her closely tied to the main jeweller in town, a pas­sion and imag­i­na­tion was ig­nited. She started sug­gest­ing de­signs, then cre­at­ing them, and was even­tu­ally able to open a bou­tique in Syd­ney’s Dou­ble Bay in 1989, backed by a loyal client base. In­deed, it’s no sur­prise why. Her cre­ations are clas­sic and el­e­gant, pair­ing the most lus­trous pearls with di­a­monds and pre­cious gems, which now fre­quently adorn the bod­ies of stars such as Naomi Watts and Jen­nifer Lopez. In­deed, she is proof that it is never too late for rein­ven­tion.

Au­tore www.pearlau­ Founded: 1991

The Au­tore Five S’s – shine, sur­face, shape, shade and size – con­tinue to en­sure ex­cep­tional qual­ity on all South Sea Pearls used within the brand’s col­lec­tions, mak­ing it sim­pler to gauge how much a design is worth. With a pearl farm based in Thai­land, Au­tore also will oc­ca­sion­ally in­cor­po­rate the most daz­zling of black pearls as well, pro­vid­ing a stun­ning con­trast and a dra­matic ar­ray of styles. There is ev­ery­thing from the clas­sic, clean forms of the Es­sen­tial Col­lec­tion and the un­fath­omably de­tailed her­itage-style pieces of the Cou­ture Col­lec­tion, to the or­ganic, lava-like Fire & Ice range and the Art-Deco-made-mod­ern de­lights of its Bou­tique se­lec­tion.

Lin­neys 18ct yel­low gold Aus­tralian South Sea pearl and di­a­mond ear­rings; from $6500.

Lin­neys 18ct yel­low and white gold Aus­tralian South Sea seed­less pearl and di­a­mond cuffs; from $10,200.

Iconic Lin­neys design for a baroque pearl ring; from $6100.

Kailis Lucer­nae Twist Ring in Yel­low Gold and Au­rora Green; $8880.

Kailis Lucer­nae French Hook Ear­rings in Yel­low Gold and Au­rora Green; $9880.

Pas­pa­ley Touchstone Ruby Neck­let; $2880.

Jan Logan Strand of Gold South Sea Pearls with 18ct Gold and Di­a­mond Clasp; $145,000.

Au­tore Ring in White Gold with Yel­low Sap­phires, Yel­low Di­a­monds and South Sea Pearls; $52,440.

Au­tore Ear­rings in Black Rhodium with Yel­low Di­a­mond, Yel­low Sap­phires and South Sea Pearls; $17,870.

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