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