Justin Hunter returned home to Fiji from the United States to establish J. Hunter Pearls Fiji in 1999. “The idea was to produce pearls in beautifully distinctive hues and that were also larger than what was traditionally grown,” he says. Today, despite a small yearly output, those pearls have put the brand – as well as Fiji – on the world pearling map.
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Question & Answers
What inspired you to start your business and how long has your business been around?
The desire to return back home and create something beautiful from the ocean he grew up with brought Justin Hunter back home to Fiji. In 1999 he began his dream of producing beautiful pearls with his first farm in Nakama Bay, Savusavu.
What makes your accessories unique?
Today Justin Hunter produces the world’s only true organic and sustainable gem, created through perfect harmony between man and nature.
Are your accessories readily available?
Our jewellery is available at our head office in Savusavu and at The Grand Pacific hotel in Suva. We also have select boutique resorts around Fiji and online.
Do you also provide customized accessories? How much lead time do you need for orders of custom made items to be confirmed?
As all our jewellery is made right here in Fiji we are able to customize a piece to suit you. Two weeks’ notice is sufficient, of course depending on stock and freight to your wedding destination.
What inspires your creations?
The ocean and nature inspires what we do. We are passionate about conservation and keeping our environment pristine. Out of this environment come the rarest pearls in colours that even Justin is surprised with!
Top tip for brides to consider while choosing their accessories?
Be an ethical bride and consider the environment when choosing accessories. Pearls are sustainable gems and the story behind our pearls is unique as the pearl itself.
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Harvest season of course! It’s always a surprise as nature herself determines the colours and shape of the pearls.