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Gauguin's Pearl Farm
Ranked #8 of 11 things to do in Avatoru
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Gauguin's Pearl is the unique pearl farm on the Rangiroa atoll, in French Polynesia. Since it opened in 1992, it has provided local, ethical, traditional and ecological knowledge to all its customers. A very well-documented guided tour is provided as well, where you can discover the whole process from the birth of a Tahitian pearl to the creation of a jewel. In our shop, you will find handmade creations, unique Tahitian pearl jewells, and a large choice of colors and shapes : necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings.
Reviewed August 22, 2017

Our cruise offered this trip to the Pearl Farm if we wanted to go. I took up the offer along with a number of other people. It was interesting the process of production and we got to see the technician checking the shells and extracting pearls if there was any, then discarding or re implanting the bead and mantle. The facts and figures were very interesting and in what we saw extracted, it made you realise the difficulty of finding a number of pearls of the same shape, size and colour to make those long strings of pearls. We could look in the shop if we chose to, which I did. The shop assisitants were pleasant, friendly and helpful. There were boxes of pearls with the grades and prices on them so you didn't have to ask for the price of every pearl which was good. There were made up pieces or you can choose a pearl and have them string it etc for you. They then package it nicely for gift giving with certificate of authenticity.
Back at the beach were some pop up shops set up for the cruise members. The prices were very good and very affordable for gifts. No fancy packaging or certificates but very pretty, well displayed and affordable. The price and grade were on each of these pieces also. I find it all a bit overwhelming when there are different sizes, grades, mountings (some string, some chain, some wire etc) but its not worth trying to compare apples with apples. Really if you see something that appeals and it seems a fair price- just buy it. Otherwise it drives you all a little mad. So I purchased from both suppliers and am quite happy. What I do know is that it is a much more relaxed and easy experience than looking at pearls in Papeete. And if you do not wish to purchase- the educational experience was worth the air conditioned bus ride 5 minutes down the road as it was very educational and interesting.

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Reviewed August 19, 2017

Our cruise ship anchored at Rangiora. As there wasn't a lot on offer other than sitting under a palm tree we decided to visit the Pearl Farm. Our fears of being pressured into buying pearls turned out to be totally unfounded. The manager was a lovable Frenchmen who explained the workings of the cultured pearl industry in Rangiora and went through the culturing process. It was pleasing to hear that the technicians who implant the bead and mantle are locals trained in Rangiora rather than being hired from Japan or China. Recommend if you are ever in Rangiora.

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Reviewed July 28, 2017

This pear farm offers free pick up and free tour of their farm. I was lucky I made the early tour and was the only person making that tour.
Saw the production process which was well explained to me.
There was also no pressure to buy which made a pleasant outcome.

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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

Our pension owner suggested the Gauguin pearl farm tour to us because it was fairly quick, free transport to and from the farm and the tour was free of charge.
We really enjoyed this little excursion. Overall a well organised tour of the farm where we learnt lots about the back pearl production process and got to see harvesting first hand.
The boutique had a large range to chose from and could suit everybody's needs/price ranges! Well worth the trip!

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Reviewed June 10, 2017

Our visit was organised by the cruise ship and was both interesting and worthwhile. The techniques used for culturing pearls were described and demonstrated; you can see why they are expensive as there is a high fail rate. They also sell pearls and it was the best place we came across to buy loose ones. Most places want to sell made up items with a big mark-up but here you can match colour and quality to have items made up to your own design back home. We now have four very nice pearls to have made into a pair of earrings which will be a nice rememberance of our trip.

Thank Graham C
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