Today's Market for Tahitian Pearls
Jean-Claude Brouillet Starts A Tahitian Pearl Farm
It was not until business man Jean-Claude Brouillet purchased a South Marutea atoll and started a Tahitian pearl farm in 1975 that Tahitian pearls began to infiltrate the world market.
Robert Wan Purchased South Marutea
In 1984, Brouillet sold his South Marutea production to another well-known farmer by the name of Robert Wan. Wan was committed to bringing Tahitian pearls to the world market and making Tahitian pearls French Polynesia's top export. By 1996 Wan's production had surpassed 5,000,000 grams.
The Tahitian Government Institutes Regulations
The Tahitian government finally stepped in with the help of Robert Wan and instituted regulations controlling not only the number of new pearl farms, but the quality of production. By requiring all exported pearls to have a nacre depth of 0.8 mm or more, the Tahitian government effectively protected the entire industry from collapsing consumer confidence.
Tahitian Pearls To The World
Robert Wan enjoyed tremendous success in popularizing Tahitian pearls and bringing the gem to the greater world. He is commonly referred to as the ‘father of the Tahitian pearl', and many believe has was as important to the marketing of Tahitian pearls as Kokichi Mikimoto was to akoya pearls. To this day Wan has exclusive control over much of French Polynesia's pearl output and is constantly working with farms, govenment organizations, and other industry leaders to enhance the beauty, value, and reputation of the gems.