Pearl company prepares for first Fraser harvest. 01/08/2005. ABC News Online
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Pearl company prepares for first Fraser harvest
A Wide Bay business is set to become one of the world's biggest producers of premium akoya pearls.
After years of work, Coral Sea Pearls will this month begin its first harvest of shells grown in the Great Sandy Strait off Fraser Island in south-east Queensland.
Problems with pollution in Japan, the main producer of akoya pearls, has seen the quality of Japanese pearls drop considerably.
Coral Sea Pearls owner-operator Davel Williams has already cracked open a few of his shells and says he is pleased with what he has seen.
"With what we've harvested so far the quality has proven to be of world class gem quality and a really beautiful lustre which is really quite hard to get, that goes with the quality," he said.