Heading to the Philippines and Hong Kong

It’s just about time for the March HKTDC International Jewelry show in Hong Kong and Hisano and I have decided to visit a golden South Sea pearl farm in the Philippines prior to attending the show. Pictures and more exciting things will follow. I promise ;-)

Like always, if there is something special you would like either of us to look out for, please let us know!

Gorgeous Golden South Sea Pearls

Golden South Sea pearls grown in the Philippines

Pearl Friends Interviews: Hisano and Barbara discuss little h

I’ve been so fortunate to spend the past half decade with a truly talented artist and pearl designer who never ceases to amaze me with her creative works both with pearls and without.

Hisano was recently honored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America winning The CPAA International Pearl Design Competition’s Orient Award for compelling design esthetic and inspiring a new affinity for pearls for her Pearl Geode designs.

Hisano’s little h line will be debuting at the Design Center in Las Vegas during the annual JCK Jewelry Show. I’m so proud of her.

Our good friend, client and long-time Pearl-Guide member spent a couple of days with us this past week and decided to interview Hisano in a live webinar. In case you missed it, the recorded version is below!

My love affair with Tahitian Pearls continues

2014 could definitely be described as the year of Tahitians for us. We were fortunate to find a few amazing lots of dark peacock drops and colorful rounds, some of the most amazing Tahitians I’ve ever come across in sizable, workable and graded lots.

We also had a lot of fun with Tahitians, working with a new type of baroque Tahitian pearl and getting creating with harvest strands. I don’t know how many of those harvest strands I made in September and October but it was a lot.

As some of my friends and clients know, this year I am keeping my eyes out for lighter, yet still colorful lots. While dark peacock Tahitians are the most valuable of all, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for lighter drop strands and pastels so we are on it!

The first drop lot in was smaller than I had hoped, so most of the strands are multis, but I think we’re on the right color-track :)

Drop multicolor Tahitian strands1

multicolor Tahitian pearls

When I picked up this lot there was also another lot available in a shape of pearl that I haven’t done whole lot with in the past but decided I shouldn’t let this lot pass up. The pearls are slight ovals to semi-baroque, all A and A/B grade (which translates to AA+/AAA and AAA for us) in great colors.

The resulting strands appear round, but that slightly off-round shape cuts the cost dramatically and adds the extra curvature that results in those extra colorful overtones.

Oval Tahitian pearl strands

I love Tahitian pearls!