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  • Women in Pearl Farming

    I found this article just last week about a female pearl farmer in Tonga. I found it very interesting...and women have made a tremendous impact in pearl farming since the days of Mikimoto, but we seldom hear of these amazing women.
    So, my intention is that we could all pool in and find stories of female pearl farmers...the "mother of pearls" of this world!

    So, for this first entry I would like to contribute this article that appeared on "The Fish Site", under "Women in Aquaculture", about a "Black Winged Pearl Oyster" (Pteria penguin) farmer by the name of Naua Lakai.
    Naua Lakai, pearl farmer from Tonga


    Naua Lakai lives on Vava’u, one of the 36 inhabited islands of Tonga. She dropped out of teachers’ college when she became a mother and is now one of the most successful pearl farmers on her island.
    If you want to read this article, please click here.
    Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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  • #2
    That is a very interesting article, and inspiring, as well. Thank you so much for posting - I look forward to learning more about women pearl farmers!

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    • #3
      Well, I'll call our attention to Leanne Hunter, of J. Hunter Pearls in Fiji As well as our own Celeste Brash of Kamoka Pearls!
      Cathy

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      • #4
        Absolutely! I agree! We should look for articles about them to share here CathyKeshi ...videos, anything where we can read and learn more about our "Mother of Pearls"...there is also Gina Lattendresse, Maria Haws, and there has got to be more! The bond between women and pearls is unique!
        Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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        • #5
          Here is a video about "Natural American Pearls" from the DANAT Institute with Gina Lattendresse:
          Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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          • #6
            She is farming Pteria penguin in Tonga - the original mabé pearls!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by jshepherd View Post
              She is farming Pteria penguin in Tonga - the original mabé pearls!
              Exactly! If I remember correctly, pearl oysters were introduced into Tonga and -after decades- they are finally growing their industry.
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              • #8
                Wouldn't they have native Pinctada margaritifera there? I would think they would have a natural population of typica like Fiji.
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                • #9
                  Not sure if this counts as these women were not farm owners but when I visited a South Sea pearl farm on a remote island in Indonesia (pop around 500) four of the female staff were being trained as grafters. Which is a world-wide transferable skill usually restricted to Japanese men.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jshepherd View Post
                    Wouldn't they have native Pinctada margaritifera there? I would think they would have a natural population of typica like Fiji.
                    I'd have to look around in my notes, but I remember (I could be wrong, of course) that they had no pearl oyster resources and these were introduced to Tonga to initiate pearl farming.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pearlescence View Post
                      Not sure if this counts as these women were not farm owners but when I visited a South Sea pearl farm on a remote island in Indonesia (pop around 500) four of the female staff were being trained as grafters. Which is a world-wide transferable skill usually restricted to Japanese men.
                      Yes, we always hear of the owners...not of the normal, regular people that work at a farm and this is where women are plentiful: all the female pearl technicians & laborers. But it is rare to hear their stories...yet they are there, an intrinsic part of pearl farming.
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                      • #12
                        Well, I count those women ... from Fiji to French Polynesia to the women in that Jewelmer film ... so hard working, and proud to produce such beauty. I'd add in the jewelers, the designers; admittedly that's reaching this topic off track, but ... I thank every single one.
                        Cathy

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                        • #13
                          The workforce on a vietnamese pearl farm I visited (around 300) was almost exclusively female. Including grafters, harvesters and sorters.(akoya pearls shells are so thin someone with strong fingernails could probably open one)
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                          • #14
                            Japan has always had women as an integral part of their pearl farming operations. At the onset of Mikimoto's work...I don't think he could have managed without his wife! Ume was as much a co-creator of the cultured pearl (I am sure) as Mikimoto was.
                            Then the beautiful Ama divers and finally the "bead pushers", those amazing pearl seeding technicians.

                            Well, just last week I found this article that mentions a female pearl farmer by the name of Ruriko Sakaguchi. An excerpt from the article follows:

                            Ruriko Sakaguchi, who has been operating the Sakaguchi Pearl Farm on Ago Bay with her parents for 22 years now, said that there are around three to four pearl oyster farmers in Mie Prefecture. Several of them cultivate their own unique pearl oysters and utilise the best of these for their pearl farms.
                            Pearl Farming in Ise-Shima, Japan


                            Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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