Ohridski Biseri




Making the Ohrid pearl

A long-standing family tradition

The Taneski family has been making Ohrid pearls since 1928, and the secret of making them has been passed down from generation to generation to the male members of the family. Namely, only men know the secret of making the emulsion that is used to coat the pearls obtained from the mother-of-pearl shell (madre pearl) from Australia. After the grain is formed from the shell, which can be from 3 to 12 millimeters, it is manually coated seven to ten times with a specially prepared emulsion. The basis for preparing the emulsion is fish silver, which is extracted from the scales of the endemic platypus fish (fish from Lake Ohrid), while the other ingredients are a secret passed down from father to son. The specialty of Ohrid pearls lies in their hand-crafting, but also in their brilliance, for which they are widely known.


They are an object of admiration, a symbol of wealth, femininity, they symbolize love and power, in the Middle Ages they acquired a sacred character, because they represented love for God. All of this refers to pearls, which are still a very desirable piece of jewelry today, which adorns many women around the world. A special tradition related to pearls is nurtured in Ohrid, where three families have been keeping the secret of making the far-known Ohrid pearls for generations. One of them is the Taneski family. Their Ohrid pearls were also in the jewelry collection of President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Queen Elizabeth, Naomi Campbell, they were also bought by Richard Gere, the Bulgarian princess…

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