From the early contacts in the 19th century to the intense collaboration and partnership until the Second World War, the trade for natural pearls from the Gulf contributed to the development of Paris as the pearl Capital. Numerous pearl merchants were involved in this trade as tremendous research in the archives has revealed.
Olivier Segura : Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Léonard Pouy : Art Historian PhD and Professor at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Photo : Pearl Merchants in Bahrain, circa 1903 ©rights reserved