Flower Island in the Philippines anyone?

Some of you may recall that I blogged about the ‘Pearl Trip Around the World‘ that took me to pearl farms in China, Japan, the Philippines, Fiji and French Polynesia. Our short documentary The Tahitian Pearl followed this trip, and eventually I plan to use the footage from the rest of the trip for something even bigger and better. I just need to find a 4-5 month window of extra time to put the work in!

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During the trip there was one destination that stood out among the others as one of the most exotic, beautiful and far-flung places I’ve ever visited – Jewelmer’s Flower Island in Palawan, The Philippines. To reach Flower Island, we flew by helicopter for hours from Manila, even needing to stop once for refueling. It really is that remote.

Flower Island is owned by Jacques Branellec, founder of Jewelmer, a French Filipino company that specializes in the production of deep golden South Sea pearls. The island resort is located on one of Jewelmer’s many pearl farms.

I would like to help send someone to this tropical paradise.

Jewelmer has teamed up with the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) to send two people on an all-expense-paid trip for a vacation on Flower Island. The CPAA has printed a total of 5000 tickets and each ticket is selling for $10 apiece. But there’s a problem. The contest ends in a couple of weeks and there are thousands of unsold tickets left. This means that the odds of winning are better than anyone could have previously imagined.

I’ve decided to assist Jewelmer and the CPAA with those tickets. We’re hosting a contest on our Facebook page and another on our website. But I know that the people who would truly appreciate this trip are most likely those that read this blog. If you would like me to send you FREE Golden Tickets for Two, just email me your name, telephone number and address and I will drop them in the mail for you – jeremy@pearlparadise.com.

For the legal mumbo-jumbo, see the CPAA’s website: http://cpaa.org/goldentickets/

Gorgeous Golden South Sea Pearls

Golden South Sea pearls grown at Jewelmer’s Pearl Farm near Flower Island

It has been a golden (South Sea) month!

Back in late March we mentioned that we had added a new bunch of golden South Sea strands to inventory. These weren’t your every day round classic strands, they were unique, circled and free formed baroque strands. We listed around 20 strands on the site staggered over a two week period and watched them disappear nearly as quickly. Gold has been popular this past month!

After realizing that our baroque golden strand page was down to only two pieces, we’ve decided to bring in more strands.  Over the next week we will be adding them to the website. A quick sneak peak of a few is just below!

Baroque Gold South Sea Pearls

We won!

Back in February Jeremy posted about the trip he took circling the pearl world shooting film in China, Japan, Tahiti and a host of other exotic locations. The first finished short film was posted here on the blog.

We decided to submit the short film to the International Family Film Festival and were amazed when it was selected as a finalist for short documentaries!

Just this past weekend the festival took place and WE WON!

The Lights are On!

After nearly two full days of working without power, phones or Internet, we are happy to announce that power has been restored to our block!

We had to come up with some very innovative ways to deal with the power outage this week. The week prior to Mothers Day is one of the busiest of the year, so we couldn’t just sit back and wait for the lights to come back on. Some team members worked from home while Kinkos became one of our best friends. The conference room with floor-to-ceiling windows became pearl matching central and we used flashlights and lanterns in the vault!

The Power is Out at Pearl Paradise:(

It’s a bit of a Manic Monday at Pearl Paradise this morning! It seems that a transformer blew during our little rainstorm last night and power is completely out in our office building and for most of our city block.

We are standing by to fire up the phones and computers are soon as the city restores the juice, so don’t worry about all those Mother’s Day pearls! We will be operational soon!