The United States Pearl Company, Inc., a division of American Shell Company, Inc., was officially incorporated in 1973 in the State of Tennessee. In the beginning, the company mainly supplied mussel shells to the Japanese cultured pearl industry for the purpose of making of shell beads which are used in pearl culturing. A secondary product of the shell business was the natural pearls found in the mussel shells that were collected. These pearls were sold to jewelry designers in the United States and abroad.
James L. Peach, Sr. is a third generation fisherman, having grown up on the Tennessee River, like his father Elgin C. Peach and his grandfather Odie Peach. At the age of 8 years old, James was helping his father harvest shells and natural Tennessee River pearls from the Tennessee River near where I-40 crosses the Tennessee River. That was way back in 1952. James has very fond, vivid memories of his older brother Alton and his father as they worked on the river for a meager living.
Things were hard in rural West Tennessee during that period but the hardships prepared James mentally and physically for the challenges that would come in later years as he persevered to build one of the largest pearl companies in the United States.
United States Pearl Company now supplies fine pearls and handmade pearl jewelry all over the world. Whether it is fine Tahitian and South Sea Pearls, Natural Pearls from many places in the world, or a wide array of Freshwater Cultured Pearls, you can generally find what you are looking for at United States Pearl Company.
In 2013 our company will celebrate 40 years of continuous and successful business. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our many loyal customers around the world. We are also so appreciative of all of our employees, friends and partners who have been a part of our company's long tenure in the pearl industry.
We look forward to a continued and long lasting relationship. James expresses very special thanks to his lovely wife, Venetia, who has been a very important player and extraordinary asset in the success of our business, also to their wonderful children, Angela Peach-Brown, Vincent R. Peach and James L. Peach, Jr., who are all players in the pearl industry.