Two Continents, Two Men, One Idea

When Nicholas Paspaley, executive chairman of Paspaley Pearls Pty, with offices in Broome, Darwin, and Sydney, Australia, met Matthew Stuller, founder and CEO of Stuller Inc., Lafayette, La., the two men felt an instant kinship. Both were entrepreneurial and experimental. Both ran highly successful jewelry businesses in the middle of nowhere, far from any jewelry districts. And both were acknowledged by the jewelry industry as leaders in their respective fields. Something interesting was bound to happen. "Broome and Lafayette have a lot in common," explains David Norman, who handles wholesale distribution for Paspaley. The Northern Territories in Australia and Louisiana in the United States were one decade apart in their founding. Both are hot and humid, and both are imbued with a sense of spirit and adventure. Both are like a foreign country within their host country. In Lafayette it's

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