Four Winter Pearl Styles for 2014

Layering season is finally upon us! Here at Pearl Paradise, we girls are excited to get our boots and layering clothes out from our closets for the cooler weather. I picked up some key pieces that can be matched with pearls in an assortment of colors, sizes and shapes for all occasions!

Cozy Feminine

Cozy Feminine

Close Up of Freshadama Blossom Earrings

The Freshadama Blossom Earrings

We’ve paired furs and pearls on our Pearl Collective collection before and it turned into an ultra-chic ensemble. With a blue-gray floral lace tunic and gray fur vest, the style looks polished and feminine with white pearls in various lengths and sizes. The 26-inch endless and 35-inch freshwater strands are staple pieces that go so well together. Go for an organic look with Freshadama Blossom earrings.

(BTW, the fur vest is animal-friendly faux :D)

White +Tahitian pearls

White +Tahitian pearls

Close Up of Tahitian Ring

Close Up of Tahitian Ring

This cozy sweater dress creates an ideal frame for a colorful strand. I chose lighter shades of silver tone multi-color Tahitian baroque pearls for a subtle contrast. The long strand is ideal when there is a lot going on around your neckline. Simple yet impressionable Tahitian studs or a classic Tahitian ring will tie the look together well.

Cool Chic

Cool Chic

Close Up of Black Akoya Pearls

Close Up of Black Akoya Pearls

Blue black Akoya pearls are perfect for creating an edgy chic style. The rich and bold hue of the pearls with a leather jacket sharpens the overall image. The only dyed pearls we carry are black freshwater, black Akoyas and chocolate Tahitians. We are very selective with our dyed pearls and we only get the most consistent colors. We specifically request which pearls get dyed for our strands and pairs to insure the quality is consistent.

Black and White

Black and White

Giant South Sea Studs

Giant South Sea Studs

For upcoming office holiday parties, why not mix and match your favorite pearls? Black and white is always in fashion and it’s fun to break the traditional rule of wearing pearls within the same family.

White south sea studs are classic but the large size (13-14 mm) says WOW! Layering with freshwater soufflé and blue Akoya tin cup necklace, eye catching metallic white necklace and the unique textured ripple strand will show how much fun you can have with pearls!

How will you layer your pearls this holiday?

Jenni’s (uber) Pearl Collection

Every so often we get to create special pieces that are just wow, wow, wow! They tend to be the most time-consuming, but they are certainly the most gratifying. They are also a lot of fun.

Last year Jenni, a customer from the United Kingdom, came into our offices looking for something special. Hisano and I had just come back from Asia and had collected a sizable lot of perfect metallic white drops that we had planned to feature in a monthly special because the first time we offered them, they sold out in one day (that had never happened before).

Well, Jenni fell in love with those loose pearls and so we turned them into strands – likely the only strands of their kind anywhere – and I didn’t get a photo :-(

This fall we added several new pieces to Jenni’s special collection!

The Triple Strand 10 mm Freshadama

10 mm three row freshadama strand

Hisano and I matched a total of four strands or straight-sized, 10 mm loose freshwaters at the Hong Kong show in September. Two were perfect matches and a third blended with the two to create a perfect match. We had one additional freshadama strand here that was slightly graduated from 9 mm to 10 mm, which we used to add length to the ends and create a matching bracelet. The result is one of the most magnificent freshadama necklaces we’ve ever created!

The Triple Strand Natural-White Hanadama

Three strands of perfect, natural white hanadama akoya pearls

We also discussed akoya pearls. I sent Jenni a link to a very special set of akoya pearls we had put together back in 2009 that is still displayed in our Flickr account. Those pearls were extra special. The producer that is responsible for our natural white hanadama had created three strands that year of akoya so fine they glowed. I sent the producer and email asking if he had ever put together any more strands like the ones from 2009. He had seven that he’d created and still had since then. Three were a perfect match.

To make the necklace more versatile, we strung two strands together as a double, and nested one strand with its own clasp.

Single strand of super-fine, natural white hanadama akoya

As if these weren’t enough, we added one more special strand to the collection – a pearl strand every connoisseur should eventually add to their collection – white South Sea.

Large White South Sea pearls

I think just about anyone would agree, Jenni now has one “uber” collection of pearls.

The full collection

 

Pearl Paradise photographer Angela goes to Hong Kong

Working with PearlParadise has always been a privilege, but a couple weeks ago, I was offered a life changing opportunity! Jeremy and Hisano asked me if I wanted to join them on the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair buying trip!

After 16 hours of travel time, I arrived at the airport and went straight to the show! Here are some clips and images from my experience in Hong Kong.

I took a lot of footage, so make sure to check back later for informational videos from our trip!

The entrance to the September Hong Kong Jewellry & Gem Fair - You can see the excitement in my eyes!

The entrance to the September Hong Kong Jewellry & Gem Fair – You can see the excitement in my eyes!

Pearl Heaven

Pearl Heaven

Hollow pearls we call Souffle. The color range and luster on these pearls have changed the game when it comes to buying pearls by weight.

Hollow pearls we call Souffle. The color range and luster on these pearls have changed the game when it comes to buying pearls by weight.

Loose grade pearls with amazing luster ready to be matched into mini lots for freshadama strands!

Loose grade pearls with amazing luster ready to be matched into mini lots for freshadama strands!

Beautiful luster!

Beautiful luster!

Round, beaded pearls known to the trade as Edisons.

Round, beaded pearls known to the trade as Edisons.

Dim Sum dinner with Hisano and Jeremy!

Dim Sum dinner with Hisano and Jeremy!

A little ‘peak’ from my adventure on my day off in Hong Kong.

Breathless — at 志蓮淨苑 Chi Lin Nunnery.

Breathless — at 志蓮淨苑 Chi Lin Nunnery.

Good bye for now, Hong Kong — at The Peak, Hong Kong.

Good bye for now, Hong Kong — at The Peak, Hong Kong

Pearl Friends Interviews: Michael Rivers

Michael Rivers is one the longest-standing members of the Pearl-Guide forum community and someone I consider a close friend. He even officiated our wedding.

Michael has a very interesting business. He does deal in pearls, but his primary business is dealing in shell nuclei. At the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus, he sat down with Cynde and Wendy for an interview.

Pearl Friends Interviews: Sarah Canizzaro

Continuing our Pearl Friend Interview series, Cynde and Wendy interview Sarah Canizzaro, owner of Kojima Pearl at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus.

Sarah shares a true passion for pearls!