The origin of the cultured pearl industry


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Pearl of Mie







As this aquaculture flourished, a pearl industry distinct from those in Kobe and Ehime, which are also famous for pearls, evolved in the Ise-Shima region, encompassing everything from cultivation and processing through export. Everyone in the trade proudly upholds the traditions in this, the home of cultured pearls.

Mie Prefecture has around 350 farming companies that produced around 4,365kg in FY2014. Akoya pearls are harvested in the winter when their luster is greatest, and auctions are held around this period. Every December, pearl farmers from around the prefecture gather at a pearl quality competition event, where the Governor's Award is given to pearls indiscriminately chosen from ones taken from 100 oysters, based on sphericity, color, coating, luster, flaws other quality criteria.

The local industry has around 150 companies specializing in processing and distribution. Associations hold monthly auctions of processed pearls, the transaction values of which are several times those held in Kobe or Tokyo. The professionally selected pearls are delivered to domestic and overseas markets, so it is no exaggeration to say that the market prices for Akoya pearls sold throughout the world are decided in Ise-Shima.

Local branches of the National Research Institute of Aquaculture and Mie Prefecture Fisheries Research Institute support the industry by collecting data and further advancing the aquaculture's technology.





Mie Prefecture Pearl Promotion Council


〒516-0037 三重県伊勢市岩淵1-3-19-2F

1-3-19 2F Iwabuchi, Ise-city, Mie

TEL.0596-28-4140 FAX.0596-27-0414