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Contact: Pierre Hajjar
Address: 400 Orchard Road #06-09 Orchard Towers
Tel: (65) 6735-8698
Fax: (65) 6735-0801
www.belpearl.com Categories: Kasumiga-ura Pearls, Tahitian Pearls,
South Sea Pearls, Ikebana Pearls Company Profile: Belpearl is a cultivator, processor
and wholesaler of top quality pearls with
over 75 years experience in the pearl industry.
Belpearl introduced to the market a combination of
white and golden south sea pearls, olive and grey
Tahitian pearls, and purple and pink Kasumiga-ura
pearls. This unique combination, with its well
balanced and pleasing pastel-like tones, brought to
mind the beautiful Ikebana flower arrangements of
Japan - our Ikebana strands were born. The beautiful
Ikebana strands were quickly a sort after item when
we introduced them to our clients. The popularity of
the Ikebana concept became such, that it was quickly
adapted by others in the industry.
Our emphasis has always been a commitment to
bringing our clients the best quality products at
the best possible prices. We do this through a
combination of the experience and knowledge our
skilled team of buyers; and direct involvement with
the operations of our partner cultivators.
As well as being a supplier of quality pearls, we
also produce fine quality diamond and pearl
jewellery. Using the same principles we have
developed in our pearl business, we maintain total
control over our jewellery production, ensuring our
clients receive a top quality product.
Our network of offices extends through Asia, Europe
and North America, with branches in: Kobe, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Guangzhou, Antwerp, New York and
Toronto. Our clients receive, and have come to
expect from us, the same high quality standards and
services throughout our network.
We are committed to being your source of quality
pearls and pearl jewellery worldwide.
Following success in culturing saltwater pearls,
Japanese pearl farmers turned their attention to
cultivating freshwater pearls from Lake Biwa; and
producing commercial crops in the 1930's. The high
quality pearls cultivated from Hyriopsis schlegeli,
the freshwater mussel native to Lake Biwa, quickly
became the standard for all freshwater pearls.
However, the beauty of the Biwa pearls was not to
last forever. In 1985, production of Japanese Biwa
Freshwater Pearls, ceased due to shoreline
development, local agriculture and pollution; and
the subsequent total mortality of all shells in lake
With a desire to revive the beauty of Biwa pearls,
belpearl began experimenting with mussels from Lake
Kasumiga-ura, Japan. With the expertise of the
finest technicians from Lake Biwa, we were able to
use a hybrid mussel that have two unique qualities:
a) These mussels have a greater resistance to
b) These mussels are able to accept a round nucleus
Experimentation and ultimate success was achieved in
1993 with a handful of pearls as the result. These
pearls were called Kasumiga-ura Pearls, named after
Lake Kasumiga-ura where they were cultivated.
Because of the four-year cultivation period, double
that of its South Sea counterparts, which it also
can compete with in size, the first marketable
pearls were not available for sale on the world
markets until 1997. With a unique pastel array of
pink, purple and white, commanding sizes of 11-16mm
and only available in limited quantities;
Kasumiga-ura Pearls have now become some of the most
sort after pearls in the world.
The rarity of these pearls has increased in the last
couple of years, due to pollution problems in Lake
Fresh Water Pearls
China, the birthplace of pearl culturing some seven
centuries ago. cultured blister pearls using
Cristaria plicata mussels. Popular at the time were
figures of the Buddha, moulded in lead and implanted
in the mussel between the shell and mantle. A
blister pearl of the Buddha would be cut away from
the mussel shell some six months later and sold as
From those humble beginnings and through to the
1970's and 1980's we saw the well known "rice"
pearls come onto the world marketplace. Since the
1990's Chinese pearl cultivators have become ever
more sophisticated, they now produce round and near
round pearls of 7 to 11mm.
belpearl sources freshwater pearls from the best
farms in NE China. We purchase only the best raw
materials that these cultivators offer, and using
the best techniques, process these goods ourselves.
We specialize in selling top quality freshwater
pearls to our customers worldwide.
Sizes for both loose and stranded freshwater pearls,
start at 6.5mm, though we tend to specialize in the
larger sizes. We can supply round, near round and
drop shaped freshwater pearls. With our processing
techniques, we are confident that we are in a
position to offer you perhaps the finest quality
large sized freshwater pearls on the market today.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our offices
or at one of the many exhibitions we attend
worldwide, so that you may see that quality for
Originally sought after by Polynesians to make tools
such as fishhooks and exploited by early 18th
Century European settlers for its mother-of-pearl,
the Pinctada margaritifera cumingi (or Black-lipped
oyster) was not truly experimented on for culturing
pearls until the 1960's.
It was in fact not until the mid-1970's that
Tahitian cultured pearls truly appeared on the
world's markets. Even then, there were doubts about
the natural "black" colour of the pearls themselves.
But after tests in those early days revealed the
colours were not artificial, dealers started to
actively offer the exotic pearl to their clients.
Today the striking black, grey, green and aubergine
colours of Tahitian pearls are desired by consumers
the world over, and have in recent years enjoyed a
revival in popularity. These days a jewellery store
will undoubtedly have a stock of Tahitian pearl
jewellery to offer its customers.
belpearl, with it's experience in the industry, can
rely on its own cultivators in Tahiti and regular
trips by its highly skilled quality controllers, to
bring to our customers a splendid array of fine
Tahitian pearls at competitive prices. Our offices
carry a full stock of loose and stranded Tahitian
pearls in sizes 8-18mm, in shapes from Round to Drop
and qualities from A to D .
We are confident, that when you visit one of our
offices, or see us at an exhibition, we will be able
to supply you with Tahitian pearls that suit all
South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety
of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much
larger than the oysters that produce Akoya pearls.
Because of their size and restrictions on
cultivation, these south sea pearls command the
highest price amongst all other variety of pearl.
The pearl that the oyster produces, range in size
from 10 to 18mm and the smoothness and roundness of
these pearls are exceptional, but sometimes are not
as lustrous as fine Akoya pearls. Generally the
golden, light-yellowish colour variety are typical
of those found in Indonesian and Philippine waters,
whilst the whitish, almost silvery in appearance are
found in Australian waters, across to the Aru
islands of the Arafura Sea.
Ikebana is a Japanese word which literally means the
art of arranging flowers in and aesthetic and well
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