A visit to Takahashi Pearl Company

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I posted the same pics in The Show Us thread, but I am duplicating it here to have its own place. I was able to visit the Takahashi Pearl office in Kobe, meet the wonderful people behind the pearls, and to see their facility and experience the pearl processing. What a wonderful and very special treat!

Entry to the office
Takahashi Pearl Company
Takahashi Pearl Company


Meeting Mr. Seki and Yy, who are the workforce behind the Instagram pages.
Mr. Seki and Yy


The staff has many responsibilities and are specialists at what they do. This particular morning was a sorting day. Here, they are sorting pearls that have not been processed yet.
sorting pearls that have not been processed yet
sorting pearls that have not been processed yet
sorting pearls that have not been processed yet
sorting pearls that have not been processed yet
 
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This person is using a sifter to sort sizes-
using a sifter to sort sizes

Later she was sorting pearls for multi-colored strands
sorting pearls for multi-colored strands

This person was sorting natural pearls for strands
sorting natural pearls for strands


And this person was sorting baby Akoya pearls
sorting baby Akoya pearls

Ayako also happens to be Mr. Seki’s wife!
Ayako also happens to be Mr. Seki’s wife!
 
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The processing room…
Every company has their own secret formula for bleaching and pinking. Here the pearls are being bleached. During the bleaching process, the pearls are rinsed, sorted, and bleached several times.
Here the pearls are being bleached
During the bleaching process, the pearls are rinsed, sorted, and bleached several times


The pinking solutions, but no pearls were being pinked on this day.
The pinking solutions


And the polishing machine-
the polishing machine


And bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed-
bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed
bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed
bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed
bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed
bags of pearls in their natural state waiting to be sorted and processed
 
Reaaaalllyyyy Cooooool! Thank you for sharing your visit with Us!
Namasté!
 
I posted the same pics in The Show Us thread, but I am duplicating it here to have its own place. I was able to visit the Takahashi Pearl office in Kobe, meet the wonderful people behind the pearls, and to see their facility and experience the pearl processing. What a wonderful and very special treat!

Entry to the office
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Meeting Mr. Seki and Yy, who are the workforce behind the Instagram pages.
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The staff has many responsibilities and are specialists at what they do. This particular morning was a sorting day. Here, they are sorting pearls that have not been processed yet.
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Where can we buy these pearls?
 
Thank you for sharing jeg, the photos are so great!
 
This was so cool! Thank you for sharing. The bags and bags of pearls on the shelves was stunning.
 
We are going to be visiting Takahashi Pearl while in Kobe this month! Hisano is going to do a livestream with them.
Looking forward to this!
 
Have a fabulous whirlwind through Japan! I so enjoyed meeting Mr. Seki and Yy and seeing all the fabulous pearls. I’m so looking forward to your Live Event! I’ll be able to catch Day 1, but unfortunately will need to catch Day 2 after the fact.
 
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