We, here at Willie Creek are excited to share with you the fantastic news that Willie Creek Pearl Farm has increased its interests in the Broome pearling industry through the acquisition of a pearling licence.

Previously, Willie Creek Pearl Farm has had access to and certain rights in relation to a pearl shell quota from Clipper Pearls. We have now acquired one of only 17 pearling licences in Western Australia together with a substantial pearl shell quota and pearl farm leases.

Clipper Pearls is part of The Autore Group, which was founded in 1991 and is one of the largest South Sea pearl companies in the world. They are widely regarded as the producer of the most lustrous Australian South Sea pearls, with operations located just 10 nautical miles off the coast of Willie Creek.

Willie Creek Pearl Farm

“We were excited to be presented with this rare opportunity to purchase this pearl shell quota from Autore,” said Robert Banfield, co-owner of Willie Creek Pearls.

“We are confident that, with the research undertaken and practices implemented by Clipper Pearls, the Australian South Sea pearl industry will continue to hold the mantle as being able to produce the best pearls in the world.”

“The opportunity to own a fully commercial pearling licence … is something we have been working towards for many years. … We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that Broome is the destination of choice when looking to purchase pearls.”

Autore principal, Rosario Autore, said  “Due to our longstanding relationship and their great respect for the industry, we are very pleased to see Willie Creek Pearls become a full participant within the industry in their own right”.

At Willie Creek Pearl Farm, we have been educating and enlightening visitors to the Broome region on the history and modern day workings of the Australian South Sea cultured pearl industry for more than 20 years.

In other News

Willie Creek Pearls and Willie Creek Pearl Farm have been announced as finalists in three categories of the prestigious Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards 2015.

In 2010, we were inducted into the Western Australian Tourism Awards’ Hall of Fame and has twice been awarded the coveted Sir David Brand Award for Tourism. 


Oct 27, 2015 • Posted by Laurene young

Congratulations to Willie Creek Pearls
What a wonderful achievement to add to your business.

Oct 24, 2015 • Posted by Marietta Raymond

Congratulations one and all on a great achievement, one that I am sure we will all benefit from.
I was in Broome last year and visited your Pearl Farm and got a real insight into the pearl farming from your tour. I also bought a lovely pearl from your shop which I get a lot of comments on
Well done!!

Oct 24, 2015 • Posted by Vicki Morton

Congratulations! My husband & I were lucky enough to be in beautiful Broome in August last year. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Willie Creek Pearls and learnt so much about your industry. I was thrilled to make a purchase and whenever I wear my earrings I get comments on how beautiful they are. Keep up the good work and we hope to make it back to a most beautiful part of Australia again soon

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Margaret Mapstone

Congratulations Banfield Family and Willie Creek Pearls. I am a pearl nutter and have purchased a number of items from Broome – love the tour

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Chris Redman

Congratulations on your great news – I love my pearl ring I bought while we were in Broome a while ago – well done

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Veronica Curness

Congratulations! We have enjoyed our last 3 visits to the farm, now with your further involvement in the industry, I’m sure we’ll enjoy future visits. I love all pearls I’ve purchased from you. You are certainly becoming a major presence in Broome.

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Jan Doughty

I to purchased a pearl from Willkie Creek and have received great comments from friends and family can’t wait to add to my collection and return to the wondrous place that is Broome.

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Barbara Daw-UK

My trip to your pearl farm was one of the best I’ve ever done.
I adore wearing the pearl my boyfriend bought me and it is the envy of all my friends in Australia and at home in the UK.

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Vanessa Whitham

Heartiest congratulations on your great news. Just returned home from an extremely interesting pearl farm tour there today complimented by an awesome helicopter flight & 2 significant purchases. Will surely be back & will be the envy of all our friends when they hear our tales & see our purchases. Good on ya the Banfield family & staff – keep up the good work.

Oct 23, 2015 • Posted by Michele Smith

Outstanding! Congratulations, makes me feel like a very proud Australian!

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