Over forty years ago, an Air New Zealand DC10 arrived in Rarotonga carrying a youthful Australian family on the adventure of a lifetime.
Disenchanted with the duties of a suburban housewife and never seeing a husband that worked 12-16 hour shifts as an electrical engineer, my mother rebelled and with two young children (and husband) in tow, abandoned the suburbs of Melbourne for an unknown future on an unknown Island.
Since that time, my family has built a company specialising in Cook Islands Pearls.
Relocating to the northern group Island of Penrhyn for 5 years in 1976, my parents collected natural pearls for European and Asian markets.
By the late ‘80s, Black Pearls were being produced in the Cook Islands and were in constant demand. So our family company evolved to include them and became the first local company to specialise in this new gem.
Today we operate four shops on two islands and our specialty remains Cook Islands Pearls.
I take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our Black Pearl Jewellery Boutiques to experience a part of our continuing family adventure.
I also take this opportunity to bid you Kia Orana and welcome to my adopted home.
My name is Ben Bergman, Pearl Jewellery Designer and Director of Bergman & Sons, Black Pearl Jewellers of the Cook Islands.