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In the early 80s, I discovered Gump’s, a small luxurious  department store in the heart of San Francisco. It sold the most amazing products from jewellery made from jade, precious stones and freshwater pearls to Oriental Art, exotic collectibles from the Far East, rugs, Buddhas and everything for entertaining and gifting…all beautifully curated under one roof.

This is where I met Frank in 1983. I was on my way to Hong Kong, a city he knew well. As the  buyer for Gumps, he would travel to the Orient, and bring back all these treasures. But his passion then and now are pearls.