Sourced from the pristine waters off Australia’s north-west coast, Paspaley’s Australian South Sea pearls are some of the rarest and most valuable in the world.
In October 2015, Paspaley marked an 80-year pearling heritage across three generations with suitable fanfare at its splendid Sydney address. The lustrous glow of the South Sea pearls that emerge from the wild Pinctada maxima imbues every corner of Paspaley’s flagship boutique at the George Street start of Martin Place. But the grand setting, in a five-storey, trachyte building that was once the Bank of Australasia and designed by an American architect Edward Racht, heightens the effect. The Paspaley boutique occupies the ground floor and took three years of painstaking renovation, while the old bank vaults in the basement are utilised for the brand’s pearl grading and distribution.
Paspaley’s jewellery collections traverse everyday designs - the classic strand being its hallmark - to bespoke one-of-a-kind pieces that may evoke Australia’s landscape. Its 2015 Touchstone collection captured the wild tropical environment of the remote Kimberley Coast in north-western Australia with vibrant rubies and tsavorites.
Fail-safe pearl jewellery from pioneers of the Australian South Sea pearling industry, in one of Sydney’s most iconic heritage buildings.
Masterpieces are patiently brought to light by meticulous artisans in Paspaley’s Australian atelier. The Paspaley Couture collection is evidence of the house’s exacting eye for the best pearls in the world, and its philosophy of pearl-first design. Time is not a pressing concern; a single piece of jewellery may take years to manifest as a designer waits for the perfect pearl to be revealed by the harvest. In addition, Paspaley offers a lifetime annual restringing service for Signature Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl strands.
Paspaley offers a unique bridal service whereby customers can either liaise with a personal shopper or refer to the online bridal collection.