The Ama were female pearl divers from Japan renowned for their exceptional ability to hold their breath over prolonged periods allowing them to freedive down to the sea bed to tend and harvest oysters.
Nowadays we don’t have to risk life and limb to enjoy beautiful gems such as these. Today we rely on production techniques which began in the 1890s/1900s with the Japanese industry pioneer K. Mikimoto who devoted his life’s work to the cultivation of pearl oysters – these we now refer to as ‘cultured pearls’. Indeed a cultured pearl might be said to be a gem resulting from human interaction with Nature!
At D J Massey we stock a comprehensive range from the classic strand of pearls, ever popular stud earrings to dress rings and designer silver rings, bangles and earrings- prices start from £65. We have an exceptional row of Tahitian black pearls measuring upto 12mm with a diamond set white gold clasp at a pre owned price of £3800 and a one off row of perfect Hanadama rated pearls with the shiniest lustre you ever saw – priced at £2995.00. We have pearl earrings on hook fasteners, or set with diamonds, drop designs in the palest shade of pink, golden pearl studs, rows of pink and multicoloured pearls – even pearls inset into gold chain. Their appeal is endless; their allure is timeless!