Nontraditional Tahitian pearl pairing that works

Baroque Tahitian pearls are among my favorites. The best tend to have colors and combinations of colors within individual pearls that are nearly impossible to achieve with traditional rounds. The uniqueness of each pearl means that a full strand can never be perfectly duplicated (hence the need for individual photographs) and pairs are very difficult to make.

A good customer reached out to me earlier in the month and asked me to find a pair of Tahitians on the smaller side that had amazing colors. While I could have selected something extra special from the rounds, my first thought was to suggest a pair of drops or baroques. We had just finished separating a large lot of Tahitian pearls for the holiday season and I had set a few special lots aside.

Baroque Tahitian pearls with intense colors

My suggestion of using colorful baroque pearls was well-received but created a dilemma; she only wore stud earrings and drops and circled pearls are traditionally set onto dangle settings. We decided to try something more nontraditional and find pairs that would work set as studs.

An intense blue-green pair and a super-peacock pair.

Blue Green and Super Peacock Tahitian pearl baroque pairs

A pair with color so intense, the oil-slick effect is visible on the pearls

Oil slick peacock colors on a Tahitian pearl

I ended up matching a couple of pairs of drops too, and while the colors were striking, I had to recommend going with one of the less symmetrical pairs.

Given that her two favorite colors are blue and green she opted for the first pair. I love the result.

Baroque Tahitian pearls set as traditional stud earrings

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The shopping season has finally come to a close and we are ready to hang up our elf hats and return to normal! Every pearly gift has been dispatched and the vault is closed until Friday. It’s family time!

We’d like to wish all of our friends and customers a Merry Christmas, a terrific holiday and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2014!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Paradise team

Notably absent from our company Christmas photo is our web and IT guy Scott! During the holiday season he genuinely gets into the spirit, and this year decided to donate his time to a Beluga Whale orphanage at the North Pole. He was kind enough to send us a photo to share!

Ah, how we love Photoshop:)

Okay, okay! Just one more:)

Santa Scott Baby!

You shouldn’t have missed Photo day Scott;)

Power of Pearl Documentary Chronicles Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath

Press Release December, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After news broke about typhoon Haiyan, the film crew of Power of Pearl knew it was imperative that they travel to the Philippines to support the communities they had befriended through the past three years of production.

In 2010, Power of Pearl was launched to document both the little known pearl farming communities across the globe and also their culture of sustainability that all industrials should take note of. Some of the team’s most cherished subjects, and their livelihoods, were based in Palawan, the Philippines, where the heavy hit Coron is located. Footage coming in from the disaster zones painted a bleak picture, and the filmmakers didn’t know what to expect as they frantically arranged for travel to the Philippines.

The affected pearl farms were institutions that the owners, workers, and surrounding communities had depended on for generations. The culture and people of the area are known to be exceptionally resilient, but there was no way to know just how they would react to such calamity. When the film crew arrived on the pearl farm, they were greeted not by a community that had lost hope, but instead by a community filled with a reinvigorated passion and with strength and ambition.

Many of the workers shared their personal experiences with the film crew. Power of Pearl Director Ahbra Perry was moved by the spirit of the Filipino people. “Many of these farmers have lost everything, yet their resilience to rebuild, and more importantly, work as a community in this difficult time is nothing more than pure inspiration. The world news only informs us of the tragedy, but we set our focus on the wonderfully strong spirit of the Filipino people.”

Power of Pearl is working hard in post-production to bring their emotional and impactful documentary to the world by January of 2015. They believe the film will deeply benefit the overall view we all have of our planet and provide a better understanding of we all can contribute to a healthier, more sustainable world in the future.

The filmmakers are fundraising for the film and to help rebuild homes in Palawan. More information, support, and donations can be made at www.powerofpearlmovie.com

Co-Directors Taylor Higgins and Ahbra Perry began with an educational series for the Cultured Pearl Association of America nearly four years ago and fell in love with the story of the pearl. The team has been working on their feature length film, Power of Pearl, for the past three years delving deep into the world of pearl farming, taking them on a journey to the most remote reaches of the earth spanning the South Pacific, East Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

The film documents pearl farms that sit on the front lines of global climate change and are the first to feel the effects of rising temperatures and acidic pH levels in the oceans.

Taylor and Ahbra were taken with the pearl farmers, who from principals down to the kitchen workers, are intimately bonded with one another and the surrounding communities. This bond has garnered love for each other and everything around them, which intrinsically makes them steadfast stewards of the sea. The two have wholeheartedly committed to sharing these stories with the world and aim to raise social awareness on the positive impacts of pearl farming and what it represents as a whole.