The Raw Materials
A Passionate Quest for the Rare and Perfect
JQ: What's Cookin' Down Under?

By JANET VOLKMAN

Their first trip to the sparsely populated tropical northwest coast of Australia would have put most people off. But Ella Gafter and her daughter, Talila, are nothing if not intrepid. Elegantly dressed and coiffed as always, this indomitable pair went out into the desert heat looking for crocodiles. But there was nothing elegant about what happened next.

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Sunday Life Magazine - Australia

Pearling Boat

Pinctada Maxima Shell

Selection Process

Nick Paspaley and Talila in New York

With Mr. Paspaley's nephews Michael and Pete in Hong Kong

Selecting Golden Pearls in Japan

Ella is happy with what she finds