After a long career in Marketing, Mirabel Rosar decided to finally pursue her passion for jewellery. She founded ARAO in order to curate timeless, accessible, and versatile pieces with the Golden South Sea Pearl at its center. As the National Gem of the Philippines, this precious pearl represents the beauty of the country’s heritage, in which Mirabel takes pride in. Mirabel also has a great love for the ocean, and enjoys surfing with her husband, Till. This love inspired her to promote sustainability through ethical pearl farming that nurtures the oysters’ home - the sea - and keeps the environment and its ecosystem healthy. ARAO jewellery aspires to share the beauty of the Golden South Sea Pearl to the rest of the world, and encourages women to find the same beauty within.
‘ARAO’ (or ‘araw’) in Filipino directly translates to “sun.” It is also the root word of ‘araw-araw,’ which means “every day.”
ARAO’s sustainable and ethical jewellery showcases the rich hues and bright luster of Golden South Sea pearls. We craft our artisanal pieces with empowering women in mind to allow them to discover their own light within, and let it shine every day.
The Golden South Sea Pearl is a living beauty of the Philippines. Named as the National Gem, it represents much of who Filipinos are and the values that the country possesses.
Being one of the largest pearls, its culturing process involves a lot of time (four to five years to cultivate), precision and expertise to produce a single pearl. It is because of this that it is considered one of the most valuable gems worldwide.
ARAO purposefully selects beautiful Golden South Sea pearls for our jewellery collections. We carefully take into account size, surface, shape, color, nacre quality, and most importantly, luster to make timeless pieces.
ARAO strives to be sustainable in everything that we do. We believe in doing what is best for both our customers and our environment. Our sustainability efforts consist of: