Flower Island Raffle – The Philippines

I’d like to personally wish everyone the best of luck with the upcoming drawing for the trip of a lifetime to Flower Island in the Philippines!

On the 15th, I offered tickets to anyone and everyone that would like the chance to win, and we also gave some away in a contest and on our Facebook page. This weekend I am taking this giant stack of ticket stubs to the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas to deliver them to the Cultured Pearl Association of America. The drawing happens this weekend!

Behind the Scenes: The Great Gatsby Photo Shoot

The Gatsby Photo Shoot with PearlsYou may recall Jeremy’s post last week about The Great Gatsby inspired pieces that he and Hisano have been working on for an upcoming promotion in June. To showcase some of the pieces (freshwater ropes and tassels), we’ve dressed a model up in fashions inspired by the Great Jazz Era.

Enjoy the little “behind the scenes” preview, and we hope you enjoy the finished, chosen photo in  just a few days!

The Great Gatsby Photo Shoot

Spring and Summer Pearl Fashions

The trend colors for this spring and summer season look great with pearls. I am particularly in love with the neutrals; hints of blush pink and the refreshing addition of minty greens and blues. We’ve selected some of our finest freshwater pearls with beautiful pastel colors, and bold and strong hues of Tahitian pearls to pair with the hottest colors of the season.

As featured in our Mother’s day shoot, I dressed Elia with blush color lace dress with our large white freshwater fireball necklace. The size and the unique shape of the fireball pearls have such a strong presence that I wanted to keep the outfit more feminine and demure.

The neutral colors are such an easy palette to wear pearls with.  We dressed Elia’s grandmother with the beautiful beige lace top with eye popping rich golden south sea pearls. She looked elegant without being overly dressed and the bright red lipstick tied in perfectly. The blossom earrings with golden south sea drops make an feminine statement.

For a bold and professional look we created this style for the working moms and women with careers. The refreshing white top can go well with any color pearls but the lavender metallic fireballs really make a statement. We paired the top with a feminine skirt and carried the silver color onto the heels to show a bold and glamorous look!

For a more casual look for spring and summer the refreshing mint color inspired me to match with the cool tones of Tahitian pearls. Pairing it with jeans will make a strand of pearls not too classic but more for a causal flair. Wearing a strand of pearls has an immediate assumption that you will look too proper but with adding pop of color with a cork clutch and nude color heels will make the appearance relaxed and fun. To amp up to a business casual look I would put on a white cotton blazer for a more sophisticated attire.

Getting Gatsby Pearl Inspired!

Two weeks ago, Hisano and I went to see The Great Gatsby, a film set in the all-glittering jazz era of the the early 1920′s. The pearl styles were amazing.

After leaving the theater we began discussing creating a group of pieces inspired by the ropes, the tassels, the bracelets … the pearls from film.

We clearly weren’t the only ones inspired by Gatsby. Hisano has been busy this past week making customized versions of pearl ropes, 100 inches and longer. The one on the left is a staggered-size version composed of round freshwater pearls. She has also designed a tassel necklace that will debut soon.

I’ve been busy creating my own version of the rope – something a bit more exotic using Tahitian pearls. Because the pearls are a lot larger and heavier, I am making the ropes at 50 inches instead of 100. For Tahitian pearl lovers, these are statement pieces!

Stay tuned for June! Our promotion for this year’s Pearl Month is going to be all Gatsby inspired!

It takes more than 100 matched Tahitian pearls to create a 50-inch rope

Jewelmer’s Flower Island Update

Thank you all for the countless emails and requests! We just received another box of tickets from the CPAA, so everyone who has requested them should receive them next week. We will keep giving them away as long as there are tickets to give!

Good luck to everyone, and in the meantime, please enjoy the iPhone video I shot while landing on Flower Island in 2011. Pardon the music. I had to do something to replace the sound of the helicopter’s rotors.