We are Heading Back to Asia Next Week

The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem ShowNext week, Hisano and I will  be heading back to Asia for the biggest pearl-buying trip of the year – the Christmas buy! We will be heading first to Japan, followed by a week in Hong Kong for the large, September jewelry show. This show attracts nearly 52,000 buyers from around the world, including a lot of our friends from Pearl-Guide.com’s forum, turning the week into a family reunion of sorts.

The September show is split into two parts; one at the Asia World Expo at the Hong Kong International Airport, and another at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. The most important show for us is the one held at the Asia World Expo. This is where the pearl producers exhibit and where jewelry manufacturers go for loose pearls. Finished jewelry is more prevalent at the latter show.

This past June, Hisano and I collected as many truly unique, one-of-a-kind pearls as we could find for the ‘Pearl Connoisseur’ selection we put together early this month. We were thrilled with the overwhelming response, and are now considering doing similar promotions in the future. We will still be on the lookout for the new and the unique this trip, but our main focus this time is going to be on traditional inventory.

As I mentioned in June, if you have something on your wishlist that you would like either one of us to find, drop either one of us an email and we will do our best.

Lastly, I will be speaking at the Wanchai Show on September 16th. If any of our friends are at the show and would like to attend, we would love to see you!

New One-of-a-Kind Designs Launching Tomorrow

We’re giving our blog readers a heads-up on the new designs we’re posting tomorrow morning at 10:00 am, Pacific time.  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the new creations!

More Designs for Pearl Connoisseurs

At the beginning of the month, we quietly launched our first batch of designs for pearl connoisseurs. This Thursday, we will be revealing NEW one-of-a-kind designs and this time-announcing it to our entire customer list. We learned earlier that these designs sell out fast, so keep an eye out for the update to the sale page around 10:00 am, Pacific time. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the designs we’re putting up tomorrow morning. We’re so excited!

Felt and Pearls at the Wedding

Besides wearing pearls for our wedding, it was important to me to have a handmade felted jewelry as well as a felted décor.  Felting in wool is a huge passion of mine. I started felting during grad school and it became my form of expression. I have recently started to incorporate pearls with felting and wanted to showcase it on the table runner.

This was another challenging project but I was thrilled to see the finished pieces. My maid of honor Michelle and I decided to make a table runner for the head table. We went to the Fashion district in down town LA and found beige to brown fabrics to create the ombré layers. Michelle cut and pieced together the layers and I was in charge of the decorations at the two ends of the table. The total length of the runner came out to be over 35 ft! I used Merino wool cut into petal-like shapes and felted it onto the lace fabric. I then sewed pearls in the center and pieced them together with lace, fabric, doilies, etc. It captured the warm, rustic look I was aiming for.

Photo taken before the set up

I also wanted to wear a felted jewelry for the wedding and I put together a bracelet the day before we left for Santa Barbara. I sewed small Akoya pearls (leftovers from my Tokyo wedding jewelry) on the center of the beige roses and felted onto white Merino wool. I used 10.5 mm Freshwater button to use it as a clasp.

Felted bracelet with Akoya and Freshwater pearls


Michelle has also made pearl hair fascinators to all the bridal party including our mothers. She used 7-9 mm Freshwater buttons.


Our great friend Sarah and her husband Mounir from Kojima Pearls gave us these wonderful pearl gifts. The cuff links are set in resin embedded with baby mollusks and natural pearls. We’ve never seen anything like it! It was made by Fuji Voll in the 1960’s.


The earrings are handmade by Sarah’s best friend. The natural Abalone pair is set on high carat gold and it is such a simple and beautiful piece of jewelry. I’m planning to get a lot of wear out of them on our honeymoon to Italy!

Our Bridal Pearl Jewelry

Jeremy and I finally had our American wedding last weekend, August 3rd, at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, California!

I picked out my wedding dress in February right before we left for the Tucson shows. The dress has a silk chiffon ombre of beige layers and I wanted to have that ombre effect in the bridal jewelry as well as the decor. During the Tucson show, Pearl-Guide’s Caitlin William’s daughter Kether and I started looking for champagne colored briolette diamonds. Not knowing what the design was going to be, I’ve selected some dark brown diamonds and champagne colors. For months I pondered what to make and nothing came to mind. A good friend of mine told me I should think about it on the long flight to Hong Kong in June but I had no luck. A week before the wedding I finally got it. I chose to wear the natural colored exotic metallic pearls. Jeremy gave me the special metallic freshwater pearl as a promise ring a few years ago, and since then finding the metallic freshwater pearls have been a project of ours. I chose the warmer pink metallic drops that would complement the warm hue of the diamonds.


Putting together the briolettes was a challenge! Only a 30 gauge wire will go through the hole of the diamonds and I handmade the jumprings to be laser welded onto the chain. The earrings were sent to four different custom jewelers who specialized in laser welding and none of them were able to successfully weld or solder the jumprings. So three nights before we left for Santa Barbara, I took the diamonds out and wire wrapped them individually onto the chain.


Once the earring design was finished, creating complementing sets for the bridesmaids was easy! I wanted to keep everything simple and chose a bale from findings producer that had brown and champagne diamonds set to create an ombré effect like the drop earrings. I paired the pendant with drop metallic earrings on our classic setting.

For the groom and the two best men, I chose 10 mm Tahitan baroque pearls and made them into lapels to be attached next to the boutonnieres. I wanted to be very subtle but have a nice dark peacock color.

During our rehearsal dinner Jeremy surprised me with the most exquisite wedding gift, a natural conch pearl pendant.

Jelly bean shaped, pink conch pearls have been my favorite pearls since I’ve been working at PP. I even have a picture of a cluster of conch pearls on my business card. My wish came true when my husband found me this amazing pearl. The chatoyance is so clearly visible on the bottom portion of this pearl. Jeremy has explained to me that this pearl came pre-drilled when he purchased it. Takayas and Jeremy designed around it so that the pendant will look presentable front and back. The bale was derived from the love knot incorporated into our wedding bands. I will cherish this pendant (and my husband) forever.