One of the rarest pearl in the world
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.