Rare pearl spe­cial Show guest

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CYGNET Bay Pearls owner James Brown will bring the world’s rarest pearl to the Perth Royal Show this month.

Mr Brown will be at the Clare­mont Show­grounds on Septem­ber 27 and 28 with the price­less round pearl that was har­vested by Cygnet Bay Pearls in 2004.

He said it was not nec­es­sar­ily the big­gest pearl, but its shape and “clean skin” made it so rare.

The business, which is Aus­tralia’s old­est pearl farm, on the Dampier Penin­su­lar, will be part of the guest town dis­play – Broome – at the show that runs from Septem­ber 27 to Oc­to­ber 4.

Mr Brown’s grand­fa­ther Dean es­tab­lished the pearl farm in the 1940s on Sun­day Is­land and the op­er­a­tion moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion about 20 years later be­cause the fam­ily wanted some­where to farm pearls, grow fruit and vegetables and live.

Mr Brown’s un­cle Lyn­don be­came the first non-Ja­panese per­son to master the art of seed­ing a pearl shell.

Bruce and Ali­son Brown, James’s par­ents, also live on the farm and the fam­ily, in­clud­ing James’s wife Sarah and sons Dean (8) and Shae (6), run the pearl farm, tours, a gallery con­verted from Lyn­don’s orig­i­nal homestead, a cafe and ac­com­mo­da­tion at the idyl­lic site.

Cygnet Bay Pearls is part of a business group called Ardi, which means ‘head­ing north’, that in­cor­po­rates 15 tour op­er­a­tors on the Dampier Penin­su­lar that aims to give peo­ple a unique ex­pe­ri­ence of the area.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d425886

James and Sarah Brown (right) with Dean Brown (8) and Ray­mond An­gus (9). James Brown holds the rare pearl.

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