AUTORE

Flora necklace from Orchid collection. 18k gold with green sapphires, white, light pink and brown diamonds, South Sea Keshi pearls. © Rimma Zarbeeff for www.margoraffaelli.com

Rosario Autore, the founder and owner of Autore Group, is a legend of the pearl business in Australia. In 1991, he acted as an intermediary between local pearl farmers and international wholesalers interested in purchasing farmed produce. A year later the group already made regular export deliveries to Europe and the USA. Such success so early could only be a dream: until the 1990s world domination in the pearl market belonged to Japan. The land of the rising sun played the role of a checkpoint and held a monopoly. Autore excluded unwanted intermediaries from the trading chain, coming directly to the exporters and offering them more favorable terms.

Dragon necklace and bracelet, inspired by Beijing. Metropolitan collection. 18k gold, diamonds, moonstones, mother-of-pearl, South Sea Keshi pearls © Nataliya Gartseva for www.margoraffaelli.com

The play on a grand scale

Today Autore Group is one of the largest producers and suppliers of South Sea pearls in the world. Located on the west coast of Australia and the islands of Indonesia, farms bring in more than three hundred thousand pearls a year. The harvested crop is calibrated and evaluated in Sydney, according to the patented 5S unified system. In the calculation, the shine of the material, its surface, shade, shape and its size are all taken into account, and within each group there is a clear gradation. The material is sent to auctions, while the most ideal pearls remain within the company and become a part of the brand jewelry.

Starburst uff bracelet. 18k white gold with diamonds, moonstones and South Sea pearls © Nataliya Gartseva for www.margoraffaelli.com

Autore’s treasures

The jewelry division of the company was launched in 2003. Unlike traditional pearl brands that offer just long sautoirs and drop earrings, Autore have identified themselves as manufacturers of jewelry with a character — in them, marine organic material has become a major element of complex compositions. The creative department was headed by Rosario’s wife Jane, under the strict guidance of whom a team of designers created a dozen successful collections.

The theme of each new precious narrative is not similar to any previous ones: the Orchid is inspired by the beauty of Australian flowers, the Metropolitan is dedicated to the cities of the world and their architectural symbols, including the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg and the Forbidden City of Beijing, and the Oceania reveals the world of the underwater kingdom. Most items are multifunctional: brooches are turned into pendants, long necklaces become short and can be transformed into bracelets. However, classical works have also found their places there… after all, pearls are multifaceted, and Autore’s task is to show them in all their manifestations!

Luxurious pearl strand bu Autore © Nataliya Gartseva for www.margoraffaelli.com

Orange Blossom necklace from Orchid collection. 18k gold with white, yellow, green, brown diamonds, South Sea Keshi pearls, 14mm South Sea pearl & 12-13mm Gold South Sea pearl © Rimma Zarbeeff for www.margoraffaelli.com

Dragon necklace and bracelet, inspired by Beijing. Metropolitan collection. 18k gold, diamonds, moonstones, mother-of-pearl, South Sea Keshi pearls © Nataliya Gartseva for www.margoraffaelli.com

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