Pearling in Fiji and the Pacific owes a lot to two Japanese gentlemen, Mr Tokito and Mr Wada, who arrived in the 1960’s to set up a pearl farm near Fiji’s former capital Ovalau on the island of Levuka. Wada, a pearl technician by trade, left shortly after for French Polynesia where he was instrumental in starting the first black pearl farm, whilst Tokito remained in Fiji where his family still farm pearls to this day.
Over three decades later, in 1999, returning from studying and working in the United States, Justin Hunter embarked on a risky new venture in his beloved hometown of Savusavu in Northern Fiji. With a dream to produce pearls in colourful hues never seen before, and supported by the local community, Justin used his experience in aquaculture to devise innovative farming methods with sustainability at its core. With a focus on quality over quantity J. Hunter became Fiji’s first successful commercial pearl producer and exporter of Fiji Pearls. With limited annual harvests of 20,000 pearls we work closely with a select group of international wholesalers, retailers and designers.