Timeline

  • 90’s

    1991

    Mr Rosario Autore founded PAI with personal ambition to bring the best pearl farms in Australia together with the most exclusive buyers. Commenced with only one producer, acting purely as a broker.

    1992

    Increased the number of exclusive producers to four.

    Established the first grading and valuation process for producers.

    Commenced exporting directly to Europe and the United States.

    Created a wider distribution channel for Australian producers which were mainly selling lose lots to Japan.

    1993

    Commenced the first half pearl factory in Australia, producing 5,000 half pearls per month.

    1994

    Increased number of represented producers to seven.

    1995

    Established Autore South Sea Pearls, a wholesale company, to supply retailers with loose pearls and strands in the Australian and New Zealand domestic markets.

    1996

    Executed strategic supply agreement with Indonesian farm, later to become PT Autore Pearl Culture.

    Held first auction and private tender at head office.

    1997

    Commenced making of pearl strands after recognising the opportunity of mixing farm harvests to source enough high quality pearls to command premium wholesale prices.

    1999

    Held first Autore public auction inviting 34 large international wholesaling companies.

  • 00’s

    2001

    Launched Autore South Sea Pearl brand into the Australian domestic market – to create and position the brand.

    2002

    Commenced first brand campaign at Australian Fashion Week.

    Mr Rosario Autore - Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

    Launched first Autore luxury lifestyle magazine.

    2004

    Australian Olympic Swimmer and gold medal winner Ian Thorpe became Autore ambassador.

    Recipient of Australia’s 50 Most Beautiful Exports Awards.

    2005

    Acquired Indonesian South Sea Pearl farms and established PT Autore Pearl Culture.

    Product placement on ten different celebrities during the Academy Awards, featured on Entertainment TV for the award red carpet special, mentioned on five occasions during the two hour presentation, viewed by over 47 million people in the United States alone.

    Awarded Australia’s 50 Most Beautiful Exports Award for the second year.

    Awarded the Australian Government Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Australian Trailblazers Award in the luxury and design category.

    Spanish Vogue Magazine, Vogue Joyas Award for Jewellery Trend.

    Autore branded product became recognised by A-list Hollywood celebrities resulting in product placement and promotion at the 2005 Academy Awards.

    2006

    Awarded Australia’s 50 Most Beautiful Exports Award for the third year.

    Accquired pearl farm - Clipper Pearls in Broome, Western Australia. 

    2007

    Established the Autore South Sea Cultured Pearl Classification Guide (Autore Five S’s).

    Gubelin Gem Laboratories request the usage of the Classification Guide as the basis for their future certification of pearls.

    Exhibited in Baselworld with overwhelming success and international acclaim.

    2008

    Awarded a medal of distinction by the French Senate for THE AUTORE GROUP’S contribution to pearl education.

    Produced the internationally acclaimed Oceania collection of bespoke pieces

    Winner of three major international jewellery design awards including:

    Winner Spanish Vogue magazine’s Vogue Joyas ‘Premio Especial Reduccion’ for best new collection in Basel;

    Winner of Best Pearl Design at Couture, Las Vegas, presented by Town and Country Magazine.

    2009

    THE AUTORE GROUP awarded the Italian Designer of the Year Award at the UK Jewellery Awards.

  • 10's

    2010

    Winner – Veranda Art of Design Awards, USA.

    Winner - Best Pearl Design Award for the “Princess of the Lagoon” Venezia Collection, Couture, USA.

    Finalist - Italian Jewellery Designer of the Year, UK Jewellery Awards.

    2015

    WinnerBest Pearl Design Award for the “Orange Blossom Cuff” Orchid Collection, Couture, USA.

    2016

    Recipient of the Partners in Research Excellence Award (PIREA) 2016, recognising AUTORE's ground-breaking scientific research in the relationship between pearl characteristics and gene expression. 
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