The Cook Islands Pearl Authority [CIPA] was established in 1994 to provide direction and regulation of the pearl industry in the Cook Islands. CIPA supports the industry by marketing Cook Islands Pearls to the rest of the world and by providing a Pearl Exchange through which the trade can buy and sell the highest quality of authentic Cook Islands Pearls.
CIPA provides and administers a grading system that aligns with international pearl grading standards while encompassing the particular production nuances of Cook Islands Pearls. Establishing authenticity and the quality and strength of nacre depth is an integral part of CIPA’s daily trade activity. All of the pearls that are handled by the Pearl Exchange meet all of the stringent standards for export and for supply to a vibrant local jewellery industry.
CIPA’s functions are carried out by a small team of dedicated professional staff supported and overseen by a Board of management. Members of the Board are drawn from the pearl industry bringing their detailed knowledge of pearl production to support CIPA’s marketing efforts.