Cygnet Bay Pearls

Growing pearls

More than a ‘pearl shop’, Cygnet Bay Pearls reveals the history of pearling in Broome and the mysteries of how pearls are made. With films, impressive displays and live tours, visitors are taken step-by-step through the process of seeding and harvesting pearls. In the shop they can select their own loose pearl to create their own jewellery. The Brown family, who were the first Australian pearlers to uncover the mystery of culturing pearls, were also the first to sell pearls in Broome, converting their ‘pearl shed’ into Broome’s first pearl shop, selling pearls direct to a local market, as well as to the wholesale markets overseas. They offer the rare opportunity to purchase locally grown pearls with a provenance guarantee. As the pearling heritage of Broome is in danger of disappearing, the pearl shops have become a prominent tourist feature, bringing new life back to Broome’s pearling story. Cygnet Bay has literally opened the farm gate so that visitors can experience the operations of a pearl farm and the harvesting of pearls at their farms in Cygnet Bay and off Gantheaume Point.


23 Dampier Terrace
Broome WA 6725

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri 9am - 4pm; Sat to Sun 9am - 1pm

Growing pearls

When the pearling industry morphed from collecting large pearlshell for buttons, to the production of pearls, new technology was required to keep the small, live shell free from disease and to grow it...


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