For Our International Friends – Black Friday Sale Issue

Update: It appears we have been able to fix the glitch just in time!

As many of our friends and customers know, we recently revamped our website. Today we discovered a glitch that is preventing some international customers from completing their orders. We are working hard to determine the cause and find a solution, but it is very possible some people will not be able to complete their transactions this evening during our Black Friday sales event.

We realize that our this sale is very popular and we certainly don’t want anyone to miss out! If you are one of those unable to checkout and would like to take advantage of the Black Friday sale tonight through tomorrow, please email the item number to us at PearlParadise@gmail.com as quickly as possible. If the item is still in stock we will mark one piece out of stock and set it aside for you.

For those that miss out, we will do whatever we can to make it up you. We sincerely apologize in advance.

The 50th Anniversary of a Beloved Gem

Much of pearling world missed an important anniversary last year – the 50th anniversary of the Chinese freshwater pearl industry.

It was 1962, when a Chinese professor by the name of Xiong Daren of the Fisheries Institute of Zhanjiang conducted the first experiments culturing freshwater pearl mussels that mimicked the production of pearls in Lake Biwa Japan, but with a native Chinese shell. That same year, freshwater pearl farms in the Jiangsu province began growing pearls using Daren’s methods

Read more on Jewellery Net Asia
by Jeremy Shepherd

Freshley harvested freshwater pearls

Harvesting freshwater pearls

 

 

Black Friday Pearl Specials!

Behind the Scenes Mother’s Day Photoshoot

We know what you’re probably thinking! It’s the day before Thanksgiving, exactly 165 days before Mother’s Day, why on earth would we be doing a Mother’s Day Photoshoot? Well, when we have a team member just weeks away from becoming a new mother (the first in the Pearl Paradise family), we start early!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of the shoot today.

Congratulations Chenai!

Working with Metallic Soufflé Pearls for Black Friday

Natural color, metallic soufflé pearls with green and rose tones

There is a particular freshwater pearl producer and processor with whom Jeremy has developed a special relationship. This is the same producer responsible for the line of inception pearls, faceted pearls, and of course soufflé pearls.

In 2010, during a visit to China, the producer showed off some pearls that he thought were interesting, but he no longer planned to grow them. They were pearls nucleated with an earthen material that was removed after the pearls were drilled. The problem was, pearls are typically sold by weight, and these hollow pearls were a lot lighter than they appeared.

Hisano holding 3.4 kilos of metallic soufflé pearlsJeremy immediately recognized the pearls from the previous year’s Tucson Gem Show. Pearler Jack Lynch had debuted these hollow pearls and coined the term “Soufflé.” A few Google searches later he was able to show the producer that these pearls were making waves and he should focus on producing more.

Just a few months later, the producer exhibited at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair and featured (nearly exclusively) soufflé pearls. The response was tremendous, both from buyers and the trade press. Soufflé pearls are now his primary business.

Just last month he harvested a fresh crop of these special pearls and offered to send us what he considered the finest pieces of his production. Last week we received approximately 3.4 kilos of metallic, natural color and natural luster soufflé pearls. We decided we had enough time to use some of them for Black Friday!

Soufflé pearls are much more difficult to work with than typical pearls. Each pearl has to be drilled and everything in side of it removed prior to being set. We’ve come up with a few tricks (thanks Marianne from Pearl-Guide!) to speed up the process, but it is still time consuming. We are still hoping to have at least 50 pieces to add to our big sale on Friday.

Now on to the eye candy!

Metallic loose Soufflé pearls with greens and pinks

Metallic loose Soufflé pearls with greens and pinks

Free form baroque metallic Soufflés

Free form baroque metallic Soufflé Pearls

Soufflés with metallic sea foam colors

Soufflés with metallic colors that remind me of sea foam

Orient so intense it looks almost like burnt orange from some angles

Orient so intense it looks almost like burnt orange from some angles

Silver, gray with blue tones

Soufflés with silver, gray and blue tones

A soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

A soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

Another soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

Another pendant that will be featured on Black Friday – freshwater aren’t supposed to be this color!

I also matched a total of five “super strands,” but we’ll probably send those back to Asia to drill, so they won’t be ready for quite some time. Here is a sneak peek of one of them though.

A matched strand of metallic Soufflé pearls