In 1928 in Ohrid, my grandfather Mihailo Filev, son of Nikola Filev , a renowned caterer and owner of the restaurant which at the time was called “Great Srrbija”, met in the restaurant a mysterious guest named Jovan Subanovich. He came as immigrant from distant Russia, incidentally in the Balkans in Ohrid – Macedonia. Remaining here a long time, he developed a great friendship with my grandfather. Walking along the shores of Lake Ohrid and talking on many issues and life stories, one day the two friends saw fishermen, uncles of my grandfather. The fishermen carried baskets of plashica, endemic kind of fish, living in Lake Ohrid.
When Jovan saw the fish, he realized that he can reveal here the secret that he carried with him from Russia, from Lake Baikal. And this secret was in the fish plashica, out of whose scales pearls can be made. As a sign of the great friendship Jovan introduced my grandfather to the secret technique for pearl making, craft which was not known in Ohrid before.