Renowned worldwide for producing incredibly rare and beautiful natural South Sea Pearls, the Paspaley family have been involved in the pearling industry for over 80 years. These pearls are handpicked from the ocean’s depths and are sold to the most exclusive jewellery houses on the planet.
Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city and ranks alongside Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio as one of the world’s most stunning Oceanside cities. It’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical attributes make it the easiest and most pleasant of cities to visit. The people who live here are friendly and energetic.
All of its attractions lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney’s harbour is its natural playground, and at the heart of so much of what the city has to offer. It has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.
The Rocks are the oldest part of Australia’s oldest city, an intriguing cobblestone quarter of colour and character, located on the harbour shore
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, a part of Australia that retains its sense of frontier.
The city is a tropical enclave both sophisticated and laid-back, prosperous and good-natured. It’s also a hub of great living with its cliffs, beaches and short-sleeve climate; its colourful history has contributed to tremendous cultural diversity, with more than 50 nationalities making up its 100,000 population, including the area’s traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people. Its northerly ‘gateway’ location has led to distinct Asian influences and flavours.
Visitors enjoy its beaches (including amazing Mindil Beach markets), waterside dining, historic buildings and lively nightlife. It’s also the perfect base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.
For those in search of a unique and special experience while staying in Sydney, go behind-the-scenes on a private introduction and viewing of Paspaley Pearls at their flagship store at Martin Place, Sydney. You will be escorted into the inner sanctum of the operation via a highly secure elevator and taken to the private grading room. Here master craftsmen grade, sort and create the ultimate pearl strands in the world. Some of these strands take up to 18 years to create and there is less than a handful of people in the world capable of creating such exquisite pieces. You may also have the opportunity to view the Paspaley top 50 pearls ever produced, a priceless collection created from over 80 years of harvests. This experience is accompanied by beautifully chef prepared pearl meat appetisers.
In Darwin you will be met by a senior team member for a behind the scenes look at the Paspaley Pearls including private viewings of raw pearls. It is a start to finish journey, from the production of the pearl to the finished product. The Paspaley family’s heritage and story is fascinating and this behind-the-scenes viewing is afforded to only a select few. Learn about how the pearls are produced, graded and how the jewellery is designed in discussions with their master craftsmen. The experience is finished with a private viewing at their immaculate Darwin showroom accompanied by beautifully chef prepared pearl meat appetisers.
For those in search of a further exploration of the Pearling operations, only a select number of special guests have the opportunity to explore the actual Pearl farms on a private day trip. Board one of the family’s private Mallard Seaplanes in Darwin and travel to the remote pearl farms and receive an even more in-depth first-hand experience. The farms themselves are incredible and the scenery is absolutely stunning and inspiring.
Private tours are available from Sydney or Darwin
Private tours are subject to availability and must be pre-booked via The Tailor