About Us
Product ImageWith a vision of conveying the natural charm of the Japanese pearl to the American consumer, Ehime Pearl first opened its doors in 1992 in the heart of the beautiful oceanfront city of San Diego in a high class shopping center known as the Paladion. The store then moved to the Fashion Valley Shopping Center. There, Ehime Pearl established its name with local consumers, boasting expert service and San Diego's largest collection of the highest quality pearls, set in original designs by affiliated designers.

In December 2007, the store relocated to the UTC shopping center. As the only store in San Diego that specializes in high quality pearls, Ehime Pearl has established an immaculate reputation with its customers as well as with other jewelers in the area. With unchallenged quality products and services that span from restringing of pearl necklaces, to a wide variety of custom order jewelry, Ehime Pearl continues to exceed the satisfaction of its customers.
Owner, Toshiaki Hamada
Product ImageTosh first decided to work in the pearl business after a trip to Ehime prefecture in Japan in the spring of 1991. Ehime prefecture is an area known for its remarkable pearl cultivations. He was impressed by the workmanship in cultivating the pearls and their natural beauty. With the idea of spreading the sale of these beautiful pearls internationally, Tosh came to San Diego to start his own business.

Tosh has now worked in the pearl business for 23 years. He is passionate about jewelry and really cares for his customer’s satisfaction and happiness. He doesn’t see jewelry as just a commodity, but something intrinsic that appeals to people’s emotions.

In his spare time, Tosh enjoys playing golf, connecting with friends and family, and eating good food. Some of his favorites are yakitori and donuts!

Store Manager, Tina Preite
Product ImageTina Preite has been in the pearl business over 40 years. She first started working with pearls at Sea World in the old Japanese Village. At the Japanese Village, there were "amasans" or Japanese ladies who would go diving for the oysters when people would purchase a pearl.

After working at the Japanese Village, Tina worked in a store in Mission Valley before she came to Ehime Pearl. She has been working at Ehime Pearl from the beginning since 1992 with Tosh. Tina enjoys working with pearls and educating people about them. She loves helping people find the perfect jewelry for themselves or loved ones.

Tina is originally from Hawaii, but has lived in San Diego for 45 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and LOVES animals!