One of the rarest pearl in the world

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Next to the nav­i­ga­tion bea­cons di­rect­ing ves­sels into the Marl­bor­ough Sounds and the Port of Pic­ton, lays the only farm in the world to pro­duce Br­ere­ton Blue Pearls. Br­ere­ton Blue Pearls have ar­guably the high­est lus­tre of any pearl and is one of the rarest cul­tured pearls in the world. Grown in na­tive paua, and unique to Marl­bor­ough, these pearls are a wor­thy ad­di­tion to any jew­ellery col­lec­tion. Mur­ray Br­ere­ton be­came the first jew­eller in the world to have blue pearls pro­duced and de­liv­ered via raw “in shell” form, ready to be pro­cessed. The process of cul­tur­ing a Br­ere­ton pearl be­gins with wild paua be­ing se­lected, then im­planted with a shell, plas­tic or resin-based form. This acts as an ir­ri­tant in­side the paua, which it cov­ers with lay­ers of con­chi­olin and nacre to cre­ate a pearl. The paua are fed sea­weed and checked twice a day to make sure that they are eat­ing enough. This is im­por­tant as paua can eat half their body weight each week and if stressed can stop eat­ing. Un­like other pearls, a Br­ere­ton pearls are grown for a min­i­mum of three years un­der the watch­ful and car­ing eyes of their grow­ers. This is to en­sure that each and ev­ery pearl is of a qual­ity thick­ness be­fore it is har­vested, metic­u­lously graded then hand­set by the Br­ere­ton team in Pic­ton into beau­ti­ful jew­ellery for stock, or as made to or­der pieces.

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