HARVEST SEASON

A BLACK PEARL

FAKARAVA , TUAMOTO ATOLLS

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The Story

A CONVERSATION WITH HUGO DARIEL

PEARL CULTIVATOR IN FAKARAVA


Hugo Dariel is a second generation pearl cultivator on the Tuamotu Atoll of Fakarava in the French Polynesia. The culture of pearling made its way to the atolls just over thirty years ago, with Hugo's parents serving as the pioneers on Fakarava. Although the pearl produced by the Polynesian black lip oyster, pinctada margeritifera, is relatively new to the pearl cultivation world, it is the only cultured pearl that nature works in mysterious ways to produce in a spectrum of hues, shapes and sizes.

Pearls are only
cultivated by those
who have a true
passion for it.

HUGO DARIEL, PEARL CULTIVATOR
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 008 FAKARAVA CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE


The Polynesian black-lip oyster, pinctada margeritifera, is the only oyster in the world to produce pearls in varying hues, shapes and sizes. This pearl was formed over a period of four years of meticulous grooming and care, mostly taking place fifteen feet beneath the surface of one of the most beautiful lagoons of the South Pacific.

Details

This pearl necklace features a singular large cultured pearl sourced from the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fakarava, by a family of pearl farmers using the traditional cultivation techniques introduced to the islands in the Sixties. The pearl is strung on a matte black rubber strand for an understated, modern feel. Available exclusively at Stories + Objects in an edition of twenty necklaces.

Travel Notes

FAKARAVA , TUAMOTO ATOLLS


Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu Atolls of French Polynesia. The atoll has received the UNESCO biosphere reserve designation for its pristine waters and flourishing aquatic life. Only eight hundred people live on the island with one small village and thoroughfare through the narrow strip of habitable land. A pleasant hour and half long flight from Pape’ete or, if preferred, a yacht or sailboat cruise, transports one to the enchanting land where the local sharks are as friendly and mellow as the local Fakaravans. Fakarava remains untouched and tourism is relatively under-developed with only a handful of small pensions and restaurants on the island.