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Our Story

Jill’s Love Affair With Pearls, and Beyond.

As a pioneer and a world leader in the use of diamonds in pearls, Jill Hansen, the proud owner of Lust™ Pearls, creating some of the most exquisite pearl jewellery ever seen. With over 20 years in the pearl industry, Jill has done everything from seeding and culturing pearls to selling them at the top international pearl markets. Jill’s jewels are worn by many a discerning pearl lover, from stars at the Oscars to homemakers with exceptional taste.

And so the story begins…

1993

Returning to Australia in 1993 after spending some years abroad I was ready to take on a fresh challenge. I was invited by a Japanese Pearl Technician to accompany him to the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean, there to be instructed in the art and practice of seeding pearls, and also to learn the skills of the harvesting and grading. I was very happy to accept what was a privileged offer to be brought into this industry.

My training was to be on the remote Cook Islands of Manihiki and Penrhyn, islands where the beautiful blue water lagoons were the ideal waters for pearl farming. Close to the equator the weather was hot and humid, and fresh water was a precious commodity.

1995

1995 flying ino the remote island of Manikihi, Cook Islands

From the Islands – Nash Pearls was born.

From this my wholesale business Nash Pearls was born to supply to the Australian jewellery market. I later expanded to include white South Sea Pearls, supplying both Australian and International markets.

2001

LustTM Pearls was my next venture. This exquisite and unique retail jewellery range was commenced. For sometime it had been my wish to combine the two most precious and desirable gems; embellishing pearls with diamonds. My desire was the creation of jewellery and accessories with a perfect balance of a creative design, using quality gems, metals and manufacture

I was a woman in a man’s world in my early days in business. Not always easy. Though my knowledge of the pearling industry was well rounded, my experience of the jewellery industry needed to widen.

2008

Lust Pearls was invited to exhibit in LA, within the Good Day LA Expo Promoting Australian Businesses. A number of outcomes were a result which was to have our jewellery worn at the Oscars.

Lust Pearls was seen, and invited to be worn at the Oscars 2008, that was really exciting with the Lust Duchess Pendant worn as a featured piece by the Giamarco’s.

2012

Love is in the air. Jill Nash and Peter Hansen married.

Both from professional backgrounds, there was now 2 diverse sets of skills to work together with Nash Pearls and Lust Pearls and now Anastasia’s of Broome.

2014

Perth Fashion Festival

Major Sponsor of Perth Fashion Festival for 2014

A Lust “Perth Fashion Festival” bangle for the Winner of each category of the awards. Each bangle was valued over $4,000.

2014

Pearl Auctions one aspect of the industry sourcing pearls. Funny as it might seem most Australian Pearls are sold initially through the wholesale markets in Japan or Hongkong via auction processes.

2017

Why Did We Come To Broome?

“After taking a moment to consider this question, which was recently asked of me, I believe it was a combination of a lot of things… but ultimately it boils down to the fact that Broome is the Pearl capital of the world or atleast Australia.

With Jill being a Sassy Pearl Expert, when an opportunity arose in Broome to open a business, which involved pearls and jewellery we decided to take it, and haven’t regretted it!

July 2017

Here we are with the other finalists for Small Business Awards in Perth July 2017

August 2017

Arriving in Broome to Re-Open Anastasia’s of Broome

2017

It’s not always about jewellery !!! some great glass ornaments throughout the shop, come in and see if you can find our frog!!!

2018

Step by step to rebuild the business from ceiling to floor to back the flood repairs ended in a new look for Anastasia’s of Broome

From Old to a bright New start…

August 2018

Anastasia’s 1st Year Birthday Celebrations

New ranges of stock. Beautiful and quality brands.

2018

Sponsor for Goolarri – Kimberly Girl

January 2018