American Pearl - 2005 Catalog Page 1
Pearls are not mined, cut, shaped, or redefined.
They are born. Evolving naturally from a speck inside an
oyster shell, they have represented the epitome of purity
and sophistication since Cleopatra’s time.
Our founder Charlie Bakhash embraced this eternal
obsession, too. It drove him to grow American Pearl from
a small midtown storefront in 1950 to a business that
redefined the industry, and made him the talk of it. From
Japan to Hong Kong to Australia, Tahiti and Indonesia,
Charlie cultivated sources, friends, contacts, experience,
knowledge and – more important – access to the finest
pearls in the world.
The network of relationships he created is his precious
legacy, his pearl. It remains the foundation of our business
and is the reason we can promise the world’s highest
quality pearls at prices that are truly wholesale and
because we import direct, and because we’re always
guaranteed the cream of our farmers’ crops: flawless,
unblemished, the top 1% of the harvest.
Each pearl is uniquely beautiful in its own right. Like the
women they adorn, and the places that give birth to
them. Throughout these pages, you’ll get a flavor of these
remote regions where Charlie blazed a trail, each of which
produces exquisitely distinctive variations of this marine
miracle. We hope you’ll also get a better sense of how the
ocean’s greatest treasure can satisfy a range of gifting
needs. The American Pearl web site promises much more
information, more products, more stories and more
suggestions, as does American Diamond, the renowned
gemstones side of our business, highlighted on page 36.
Together, they offer a more rewarding online jewelrybuying
experience all round. We invite you to visit and
browse not simply to your heart’s content, but in the
expectation that you’ll actually find it.