Another live Pearl Chat!

We are so excited to have Pearl Queen Cynde with us again today hosting a live Pearl Chat with Google Hangouts.

Our apologies if the chat is full when you arrive, but we will be posting the full video later on this afternoon.

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Here is the YOUTUBE feed!

A Custom Beauty

Every time Hisano and I head to Hong Kong we bring “the wish list.” We have items on the list that have remained there through multiple shows. But every time, we spend a lot of our time trying to find those extra special pieces.

One of our friends had seen a necklace a Mikimoto that she was hoping to duplicate, only better. The necklace was three rows of akoya strands, graduated in size from the center strand to the outer strand. These sorts of necklaces can be difficult to make. Hisano made something similar in 2.5-5.5 mm akoya pearls for our Tokyo wedding in 2012.

I thought this piece would look amazing if we were able to match three strands of white metallic, freshwater pearls. We are always looking for white metallics when we are in Asia, but they are so few and far between, finding three matching strands in graduating sizes would be a challenge.

Our first attempt was at the June show. While we did collect some white metallics, none of them matched the way we were hoping they would, so we shelved the idea until the September show.

Because we deal with so many processors, and sometimes we may only find one or two from a single company, we weren’t sure whether we would be able to make the piece after this show either until all the shipments had arrive to Los Angeles. When they did, I separated all the metallic whites and found these!

Metallic White Triple Strand Strand of Freshwater Pearls

The center strand was not quite as perfect round as the inner and outer strands, but the luster and color was nearly a spot-on match, and the three strands were perfectly size-graduated.

Today the strand was finished, and tomorrow it will be on its way!

Three-row metallic freshwater pearl necklace

A three-row necklace composed of metallic white freshwater pearls

Behind the Scenes – Winter Pearl Promotions Photoshoot

We have a lot of new items that are going to be released soon as well as quite a few promotions coming up, so we decided to have another pearl-photog day! This time we invited a professional model and television personality to join us for an evening of cameras and pearls at a studio in Los Angeles.

Here are just a few shots “behind the scenes!”

Continuing Bridget’s Legacy

Within the last year we were deeply honored to be a part of the “A Pearl to Bridget” project, a grassroots project started by Malinda Humes and Alisen Dupré, to honor a courageous breast cancer advocate, Bridget Spence. Her story of fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer beginning at age 21, and her passing at the young age of 29 has inspired thousands of people around the world.

We have designed a pink “Faith” pearl and diamond pendant in honor of Bridget and 100% of the profits will be donated to the Susan G Komen 60 Mile 3 Day through a local team, “Bridget’s Brigade,” who will be walking in her memory next month in San Diego.