Just finishing up in Hong Kong

We’ve just finished up the annual June jewelry fair in Hong Kong, and while the show was not one of the largest, there were still pearls aplenty. I am headed to Europe from here, so I won’t be back in Los Angeles until the first week of July. Hisano is headed back now, many of the new pearls in hand!

For a quick recap, we did manage to collect a few more large, metallic white drops. We didn’t find as many as we were hoping to, but those on the waiting list for pendants should finally get their pearl! Apart from the metallic whites, we found a lot of truly unique, exotic freshwater pearls (click the image to the left).

Small Tahitians were still difficult to come by. The Poe Rava Nui auction was held just before the show, but small-size lots (with emphasis on 8-9 mm) were scarce. We did manage to pick up one lot from a farmer visiting the show.

Akoya pearls weren’t on the list, but we met one producer, a newcomer to this show, with a few amazing strands of 8-10+mm graduated, natural-white-color akoyas. We put a hold on the strands, which are now on their way back to Japan to get natural-color certified.

More pictures will be forthcoming when I am back in Los Angles and have a chance to unpack all the loot!

3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining

We just received the following  link to a video trailer from our friends at Atlas Pearl in Indonesia. The movie, 300 Hands: Sharing and Sustaining, shows the people and work behind the beautiful South Sea pearls produced by our friend Mr. Joseph Taylor and the folks at Atlas.

We can’t wait for whole movie!

3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining Trailer from Arun Ketsirat Gartner on Vimeo.

Heading to the June Hong Kong Jewelry Fair

The Hong Kong Jewelry Fair, June 2013

We are leaving for the June jewelry show in Hong Kong tomorrow, June 18th!

If it seems like Hisano and I were just in Hong Kong at a show, it’s because we were, just this past March. The March jewelry show is one of the large shows, while the June show is Hong Kong’s smallest. Although small, the 2012 show featured more than 1,700 exhibitors for 36 different countries and attracted more than 25,000 buyers from around the world. This year shouldn’t be much different.

Before each show and/or trip to Asia we compile our ‘Waiting-for-Pearls’ list. This is a collection of special requests for certain pieces and styles of pearls that we don’t normally carry, or that are simply hard to find. The longest list we have is of our friends awaiting more of those white metallic drops that sold out in a day. We are hoping to find a lot more of them.

If anyone does have a special request not yet on the list, please email me directly, Jeremy (At) PP.com. If we’ve already left, send a message to anyone on the team and they will get the request to us. I can’t promise we’ll fill every request, but I promise we will try!

Crowds registering for the Hong Kong Jewelry Show

The registration hall at the Hong Kong jewelry show can get quite crowded

 

What to do with a 55 mm pearl?!

Every time our buying team takes a trip to Asia, we are always excited to see what sort of “special goodies” they might return with. This past March, Jeremy and Hisano attended one of the large Hong Kong jewelry shows (they are headed back to the show next week, by the way) and spent a day finding those one-of-a-kind pieces that are just too good to be true!

The pearl below is a perfect example. This monster is 55 mm in length and 35 mm wide! What does one do with a pearl this large? We could design around the pearl by putting a trunk and a couple of horns on her to create a pearly wooly-mammoth. We could just create a basic brooch and let the pearl speak for itself.

We haven’t decided what to do this this pearl yet, but in the meantime, everyone should get the chance to enjoy Mother Nature’s massive work of art!

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm

How to Wear 100-inch Pearl Ropes

The girls are having lots of fun wearing the 100-inch ropes in the office. I too have been wearing the 5.5-6 mm rope for few days. I was pleasantly surprised that the 100 inch does not weigh me down or get in my way of stringing. We’re enjoying this monthly special so much and decided to share some of our styling ideas!


Our lovely Chenai, Director of Operations, is looking professional in the 6.5-7 mm rope. The first style is the multi-layer messy choker look. This style is perfect for the office since the long length will not be bothersome while she works.

Here is how to create this look:

Fold the rope in half and wrap the pearls around your neck two times.

Cut a ribbon of your choice (about 12 inches) and loop the ribbon as shown.

Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Move the bow toward the back of your neck.

The second look for Chenai is the simple knot. This knot looks a lot richer using the rope as double necklace before the knot is tied. It is a simple, elegant look for the office.

Wear the rope as double necklace.

Tie a knot at the center.

Sweet and hardworking Kim is looking fabulous in her dress with classic style of 5.5-6 mm rope.


When you want to keep this layered look in place the pearl clip comes in handy.
Here is how the pearl clip looks at the back:

Pearl clip

Last but not least our comical Allison (who makes us laugh and have a good time in the vault) looks amazing in the 7.5-8 mm rope in jeans. Who said you can’t be casual wearing a pearl rope? The bright white pearls add instant pizzazz to the outfit!