We had the good fortune of connecting with Georges Hajjar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Georges, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The main thing about the pearl trade that outsiders are probably unaware of is that there are two type of pearls with completely different values; these are saltwater pearls and freshwater pearls. The difference is in their rarity and value. Saltwater pearls are exponentially rarer and more valuable than freshwater pearls, and will hold value over long term. Both types of these pearls are cultured in pearls farms, (just like salmon is farmed in salmon farms, for example). But the difference is that with saltwater pearls, one oyster will give one pearl only, in about two years, whereas a freshwater mussel can give 20 pearls in 6 months. Saltwater pearls are the renowned Japanese Akoya Pearls with their white/hint of pink overtones, South Sea Pearls with their white, champagne and gold overtones, and Tahitian pearls with their black, grey and silver overtones. We specialize in saltwater pearls since 1946. We also hold a large inventory in their rarer colors (such as pistachio, sky blue, and other colors), sizes, and organic baroque shapes of these pearls. We also specialize in the amazingly rare Japanese keshi pearls, Tahitian Keshi pearls and South Sea Keshi pearls. Keshi pearls are pearls that have formed without human intervention, and the closest thing to a wild pearl ‘from the middle of the ocean’ concept. More info can be found under the ‘pearl knowledge’ tab on our website at www.sevenseaspearls.com.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My wife Rula and I, are the owners of Seven Seas Pearls. Pearls have been my passion since I joined the family business about 35 years ago in Toronto, Canada. In 1987, I decided to expand the pearl division of our family business and headed out to Japan to start a new pearl ‘wing’. Japan is a big source of pearls, and the origin of the modern pearl industry. I decided to live in Japan; I wanted to be close to the pearl farmers on a constant basis, to be able to interact with them daily – not just when I needed inventory. I wanted to witness the pearl harvests, and personally see the pearls being taken out of the shells. I wanted to talk to the pearl farmers, not just negotiate with them. I wanted to share some of their stories, memories and their journey with this gem. And so, I did. I learned to speak Japanese, started an office, added staff, and now have so many wonderful memories, and business relationships that evolved into friendships too. In 2001, I expanded my horizons once again and moved to Los Angeles, California, where I earned my GIA Pearl Graduate Degree. I always dreamed of owning a direct pearl import showroom, not just for loose pearls but also for quality pearl jewelry. Los Angeles was the perfect location, the perfect intersection of East & West. Our Los Angeles showroom combines the strengths of our direct sources on four continents, combining Japanese Akoya pearls, South Sea pearls and Tahitian pearls, thus creating the ultimate in both selection, design and value in one physical location. Today, we focus more than ever on jewelry that was designed uniquely for pearls; Our clients are always delighted that we can tweak our designs or create new ones, and bring to life what otherwise had been just an idea. Over the many year, the pearl business presented many challenges; Knowledge and expertise came from years of dedication to learn, and long-term commitment. Our story evolves as we speak, as my son William joins us, and will be the 4th generation in this business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A visit to Los Angeles and southern California is a wonderful experience to people of all ages. This is where East meets West in all aspects of life. Cultures, Languages, foods of all corners of the globe are here. Hollywood glitter, beautiful beaches, interesting people are all there. Of course, a trip to L.A. is never complete without visiting our beautiful pearl showroom in the heart of the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles !!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my dad, Souren Hajjar, who is celebrating his 97th birthday this year. He has dedicated the better part of his life toward pearl recognition, and toward making pearl knowledge as clear as can possibly be. Of course, I’d like to also dedicate this shoutout to the many (many) pearl farmers around the globe that we have been closely working with for at least two generations.
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