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Our Team

DAVID NORMAN – Managing Director

DAVID NORMAN

Managing Director

David Norman is a fifth-generation pearl trader, born and educated in London, within a natural pearl dealing and cultured pearl farming family.  David studied the pearl business under the tutelage of John Jerwood at The Cultured Pearl Export Company in Tokyo, Japan throughout 1982 and 1983.

In late 1983 David migrated to Australia for one year but is still there 36 years later having discovered for himself the Australian cultured south sea pearls that his father Boris Norman cultivated in Thursday Island, in far north Queensland, Australia.

David worked for the Kailis and Paspaley families as head of sales within both their companies for 20 years, and since 2006 has operated his own pearl business,  Aquarian Pearls which purchases cultured pearls from Australian (white coloured) Tahitian (Black/Silver coloured ) and Philippine (Golden coloured) cultivators and sets them into stunning necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings for sale throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

David is a regular guest on shopping channels; in Australia with TVSN and in the USA with Gem Shopping Network. His nephew, Charlie Barron, the sixth pearl dealer in the family lineage, appears regularly on UK Television, Gemporia TV.

Having dedicated his whole adult life to the pearl business, David considers his job a joy and  a service and he brings the world’s finest pearls to our customers with excellent pricing and great enthusiasm for these dazzling gifts from Mother Nature’s oceans.

 

 

KATE VIVAS – Jeweller

KATE VIVAS

Jeweller

Kate was born into a very creative and accomplished artist family. Already fascinated by early Egyptian jewellery, Kate began her apprenticeship in 1996 under a Viennese Master Jeweller. Four years later she took up her first role managing a coloured stone business for the next ten years.
Kate then worked in a pearl business before joining David in late 2010 taking over as the in house designer to manufacture and created the Matahina Pearls line for local TV company TVSN and the designs for Aquarian Pearls’ local and international clientele.

To add to her qualifications as a Jeweller, Kate is also fully qualified Gemmologist, Diamond Grader and Jewellery Valuer

 

 

MELANIE JOHNSON – Business Manager

MELANIE JOHNSON

Business Manager

Melanie’s love affair with pearls started in 2003 after having just completed a degree in environmental science took a sideways step and became the stock controller at Paspaley Pearling Company’s Sydney office in 2003.

Joining David’s Aquarian Pearls company in 2006, Melanie runs the stock programmes and handles the business with local and international retailers, wholesalers and tv companies, assisting with their restocking needs and customer service.

Melanie also works with Kate on designs and finished pearl jewellery concepts and their manufacture. Melanie is a pearl expert with extensive knowledge and a real passion for pearls in all their multiple variations.