Clipper Pearls is an ocean based pearl producer located in Broome, Western Australia. For more than two decades Clipper Pearls has established a reputation for providing an annual harvest which is consistently ranked among the world's finest.
Located in a pristine marine environment adjacent to the Dampier Peninsular, off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, our pearls are farmed at Quondong Point, near Broome in WA. At Clipper Pearls we nurture our pearl oysters in the turquoise and nutrient rich waters of the Indian Ocean and are renowned as the producers of Australia's finest and most lustrous Australian South Sea pearls. These South Sea Pearls produced from the pearl oyster Pinctada maxima are endemic to the waters of Broome.
Larry House and Mark Walsh, both pearl divers and pioneers of hatchery reared pearl oysters, established Clipper Pearls in 1988. In 2005 Clipper Pearls acquired Dampier Pearling Company and then in 2006 became part of the Autore Group. Clipper Pearls is committed to increasing the profile and growth of the company into the future.
Why Clipper Pearls?
Clipper Pearls prides itself on providing pearls that are high in lustre with pink or silver white hues. We are dedicated to preservation of the environment, which is a key ingredient to achieving the gem quality attributes of our pearls. Clipper Pearls is committed to improving the size, shape, colour and lustre of our pearls and you can view our finished product here. Clipper Pearls is also a supplier of Mother of Pearl Shells and Pearl Meat.
Clipper Pearls Headquarters
Our headquarters is based in Broome, which is a major regional centre in the remote Kimberley District in the north west corner of Australia. Our administration and farm support is located in an iconic nissen hut in central Broome.
About our Farm
Our Farm is located 50km north of Broome in an area known as Quondong Point. The farm is an open ocean pearling lease (the first in Australia used for seeded shell husbandry) and lies 5km from the coast. We selected this site due to its history of being natural wild shell grounds.
The close proximity to Broome makes this site easy to supply and service, providing a cost efficient and hightly productive farming area.
Farm Production Operations
Clipper Pearls is an ocean based pearl producer, with the workforce based on our mothership, which can move from site to site according to the annual farming production cycle. The mothership serves as accommodation and a working platform, as well as providing basic domestic services and a crew recreation area.
The mothership has dedicated live shell tanks used for the farming husbandry processes, shell seeding and transport between locations. Purpose built seeding or operations room allows technicians to perform first seeding and harvest operations in hygienic and controlled conditions.
Crew rotate on and off of the vessels on periodic rosters, which are based on the tides and provide most favourable working conditions. At any given time, there are an average of 20 to 30 sea-based workers at Quondong and other farm lease sites.
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