From Kobe to Capri…A Profile of Dorotea Liguori

Dorotea Liguori remembers the unusual “baptism” over 50 years ago of her first child, a son, born in Naples, Italy. A mountain of pearl strands rested on a table in her father’s office. “My father took the baby, undressed him completely, and placed him in the middle of the pearls,” she says. In what looked like a tribal ritual, she recalls, Gennaro Liguori commanded the baby in Neapolitan dialect, “Grow, grow!”—with the passion of a man who wanted his first grandchild to grow up in love and obsessed with pearls. Perfectly reasonable from this man, a coral trader, who in 1919 became the first Westerner to export the legendary Mikimoto cultured pearls to Europe. Fast-forward to the present. Today, at the age of 81, Dorotea Liguori perpetuates her father’s passion. She designs a line of jewelry, called simply, DL, a business she started seven years ago. For the previou
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