• Dotted throughout the Manihiki lagoon are "kaoas", where pearl seeding houses have been built over the coral heads.
    Dotted throughout the Manihiki lagoon are "kaoas", where pearl seeding houses have been built over the coral heads.
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  • Manihiki Island lies 1200kms north of Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Islands.
    Manihiki Island lies 1200kms north of Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Islands.
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  • Manihiki children at play in the school yard during their lunch break.
    Manihiki children at play in the school yard during their lunch break.
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  • Local women use the natural materials of the island to weave fine hats.
    Local women use the natural materials of the island to weave fine hats.
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  • Tivaevae quilt-making has become a household tradition since the missionaries introduced needlework in the late 1800s.
    Tivaevae quilt-making has become a household tradition since the missionaries introduced needlework in the late 1800s.
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  • Sunday church service is the place to show one’s best hat.
    Sunday church service is the place to show one’s best hat.
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  • Weaving skills are passed on from grandmothers to their grandchildren while the children are young.
    Weaving skills are passed on from grandmothers to their grandchildren while the children are young.
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  • At harvest time, everyone is involved in cleaning the “killed” oysters for meat and the mother of pearl shell.
    At harvest time, everyone is involved in cleaning the “killed” oysters for meat and the mother of pearl shell.
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  • Fishing is a part of life in Manihiki. Here a good catch of parrot fish will feature on the menu for this fisherman, his family and neighbours.
    Fishing is a part of life in Manihiki. Here a good catch of parrot fish will feature on the menu for this fisherman, his family and neighbours.
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  • A single crushed coral road winds in and out of Tauhunu village.
    A single crushed coral road winds in and out of Tauhunu village.
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  • The Boat Stop at Tauhunu Village; traffic in Manihiki is mostly by boat crossing the 4km wide lagoon.
    The Boat Stop at Tauhunu Village; traffic in Manihiki is mostly by boat crossing the 4km wide lagoon.
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  • The Williams family seeding house and home on the kaoa in the middle of Manihiki’s lagoon.
    The Williams family seeding house and home on the kaoa in the middle of Manihiki’s lagoon.
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  • Chaplets of pearl shells are collected for harvesting by a free-diver.
    Chaplets of pearl shells are collected for harvesting by a free-diver.
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  • Chaplets are handed up to the boat for transporting to the seeding house.
    Chaplets are handed up to the boat for transporting to the seeding house.
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  • The shells are de-fouled before being pegged open.
    The shells are de-fouled before being pegged open.
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  • Oyster shells pegged open and ready for the pearl technician.
    Oyster shells pegged open and ready for the pearl technician.
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  • Cook Islands Pearls are seeded with a nuclei made from the shell of a freshwater Mississippi River mussel.
    Cook Islands Pearls are seeded with a nuclei made from the shell of a freshwater Mississippi River mussel.
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  • Newly seeded shells are attached to chaplets and rested alongside the seeding house before being transported and hung on long lines suspended in the lagoon.
    Newly seeded shells are attached to chaplets and rested alongside the seeding house before being transported and hung on long lines suspended in the lagoon.
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  • A day’s harvest includes all shapes and sizes.
    A day’s harvest includes all shapes and sizes.
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  • Sorting and grading the pearls.
    Sorting and grading the pearls.
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  • Cook Islands Pearl ring, earrings, and necklace.
    Cook Islands Pearl ring, earrings, and necklace.
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  • The end of a perfect Manihiki day.
    The end of a perfect Manihiki day.
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  • Multicolour strand of round – semi rounds (Kora Pearls).
    Multicolour strand of round – semi rounds (Kora Pearls).
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  • Semi Baroque Pearls.
    Semi Baroque Pearls.
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  • Circle Pearl.
    Circle Pearl.
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  • Pineapple pendant featuring a blue green drop shape pearl (McLeod Pearls of Manihiki).
    Pineapple pendant featuring a blue green drop shape pearl (McLeod Pearls of Manihiki).
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  • Semi Baroque Pearl.
    Semi Baroque Pearl.
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  • Striped Circle Pearls.
    Striped Circle Pearls.
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  • Single round semi round pendant with cornelli gold work (Farm Direct Pearls).
    Single round semi round pendant with cornelli gold work (Farm Direct Pearls).
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  • Semi Baroque Pearls.
    Semi Baroque Pearls.
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  • Mabe Pearl.
    Mabe Pearl.
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  • Single round pearl (Moana Gems).
    Single round pearl (Moana Gems).
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  • Semi Baroque Pearls.
    Semi Baroque Pearls.
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  • Strand of pastel circles in silvery hues (private collection).
    Strand of pastel circles in silvery hues (private collection).
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  • Semi Baroque.
    Semi Baroque.
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  • Triple twisted circle strand, multi coloured (private collection).
    Triple twisted circle strand, multi coloured (private collection).
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  • Semi Baroques.
    Semi Baroques.
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  • Triple twisted circle strand, multi coloured (private collection).
    Triple twisted circle strand, multi coloured (private collection).
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  • Circle Pearls.
    Circle Pearls.
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  • Strand of silver pastel circle pearls (private collection).
    Strand of silver pastel circle pearls (private collection).
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  • Baroque Pearls.
    Baroque Pearls.
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  • Pearl ear-rings, necklace, pendants and bangles (Bergman and Sons).
    Pearl ear-rings, necklace, pendants and bangles (Bergman and Sons).
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  • Baroque Pearls.
    Baroque Pearls.
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  • Pearl pendant, ear-rings and bangle (Bergman and Sons).
    Pearl pendant, ear-rings and bangle (Bergman and Sons).
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  • Baroque Pearl.
    Baroque Pearl.
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  • Pearls for men: pendant and bracelet (Bergman and Sons).
    Pearls for men: pendant and bracelet (Bergman and Sons).
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  • Baroque Pearls.
    Baroque Pearls.
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  • Black pearls: superb for women and men (Bergman and Sons).
    Black pearls: superb for women and men (Bergman and Sons).
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  • Keshi Pearls.
    Keshi Pearls.
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  • Australian model and fashion blogger, Stephanie Hunt kindly provided this image from our event. She is wearing a triple twisted strand from the display we brought to Sydney and brings an added special lustre to our pearls. Thank you Stephanie!
    Australian model and fashion blogger, Stephanie Hunt kindly provided this image from our event. She is wearing a triple twisted strand from the display we brought to Sydney and brings an added special lustre to our pearls. Thank you Stephanie!
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  • Pearls suitable for all ages and styles.
    Pearls suitable for all ages and styles.
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  • RSR Pearl.
    RSR Pearl.
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  • Mrs Hillary Clinton, one of the Cook Islands Pearl Authority muses received a necklace of top quality Manihiki black pearls and a pair of matching ear studs set in white gold.  They were given to her by the Cook Islands Pearl Authority in gratitude for her support of the country's marine conservation initiatives.
    Mrs Hillary Clinton, one of the Cook Islands Pearl Authority muses received a necklace of top quality Manihiki black pearls and a pair of matching ear studs set in white gold. They were given to her by the Cook Islands Pearl Authority in gratitude for her support of the country's marine conservation initiatives.
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  • Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) pageant 2015.
    Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) pageant 2015.
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  • RSR Pearl.
    RSR Pearl.
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  • Round semi round sea green pearl pendant (Kora Pearls).
    Round semi round sea green pearl pendant (Kora Pearls).
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  • Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) pageant 2015.
    Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA) pageant 2015.
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  • RSR Pearls.
    RSR Pearls.
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  • Triple round-semi round pendant in three colours (Kora Pearls).
    Triple round-semi round pendant in three colours (Kora Pearls).
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  • Drop Pearl.
    Drop Pearl.
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  • Round Pearls.
    Round Pearls.
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