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When Mr Satish Shah boarded a plane to Japan in 1956; he was unaware that his passion for pearls would ultimately lead to the transformation of the

present-day international pearl industry. Armed with this untiring passion, the pearl dealer from India set about acquiring as much knowledge as possible within the world’s prime pearl processing center.

The dainty, iridescent Japanese Akoya Keshi captured his eye, and before long he was smitten. Accumulating several years of study, investigation and experimentation, Mr Shahs proudly launched The Pearl Exporting Japan firm in 1962.

Under his expert guidance and gentle attention, the firm flourished, and by 1966, the organization surpassed 60% of annual Keshi production, accumulating a global distribution of 150,000 momme of Keshi pearls.



The Pearl Exporting Company

The Pearl Exporting Company specializes in Japanese Akoya saltwater Keshi pearls, and are involved in every aspect of the business. We have been in business since 1962 and are known for the quality of our product and the beauty of our designs. We drill the pearls, have them strung using the traditional process, and incorporate them into our innovative jewelry designs.  We provide strands, loose as well as innovative Keshi jewelry.


Our Philosophy

The jewelry you wear makes a statement. Besides being beautiful, each of our designs communicates a message. Designing with Keshi is a challenge because not every pearl is perfect; in fact, the beauty is found in their uniqueness and every imperfection. We combine the natural beauty of exotic Japanese Akoya saltwater Keshi with the sparkle and sensuality of sapphires, diamonds and many other rare stones.

Because of their small size, Japanese Akoya Keshi can be very difficult to string, but our company has perfected the art of drilling and stringing over four decades of commitment to craftsmanship and quality. In fact, we are the only company worldwide that meticulously designs and strings these uniquely small pearls to perfection. With exact attention to detail, each piece has been designed by skilled artisans to the very highest of standards. We guarantee our stringing with pride and assurance. 

What are Japanese Akoya Keshi pearls?

To explain what Japanese Akoya Keshi Pearls are, one must start by explaining what they are not: Keshi are an extremely rare form of pearl which are not found in large quantities. Discerning jewelers and customers also know that Keshi aren’t freshwater pearls, which are harvested by the ton. Yet in the marketplace, many dealers are inaccurately referring to Chinese freshwater pearls as “Keshi”. In fact, true Japanese Keshi pearls are from the Japanese Akoya Oyster found only in the Sea of Japan. Keshi, from the Japanese word for “poppy seed”, can take seven years to form. They are created under difficult circumstances naturally and also in a controlled environment.  Keshi come in many shapes, hues, luster, colors, and sizes.


Through our new designs with South Sea and Tahitian pearls, we feel we have again captured the essence of beauty in a unique, fresh way. Our pieces range from the very simple, using only a few Keshi or South Sea pearls, to complex works of art using over 100,000 pearls. At Pearl Exporting, we carefully handpick each pearl to ensure its quality for our customers.

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