A trip to Paradise (and Hong Kong)

My apologies for being a bit late on the Hong Kong pearl report. Shortly after Hisano and I arrived back in Los Angeles I had to leave again to attend my son’s graduation from Delta Flight Attendant Training. We once again have a flight crew member in the family!

Hong Kong was fantastic as it always is, but the best part of the trip was our visit to Paradise – Jewelmer’s pearl farm in Tay Tay, the Philippines. It was my second trip to the farm and while it wasn’t a leisure trip, it certainly felt like it.

We brought a GoPro camera and shot quite a lot of video, including from a helicopter over the farm and underwater where Hisano and I swam a full line as the panel nets were being flipped. Video always takes a lot of time to piece together, so in the meantime here is some eye candy to enjoy!

It requires breathtaking beauty to grow perfect golden pearls

It requires breathtaking beauty to grow perfect golden pearls

Click the image to zoom in and see the actual pearl lines.

Click the image to zoom in and see actual pearl lines.

This is why pearl farmers MUST be environmentalists. This is the purity required to grow pearls.

This is why pearl farmers MUST be environmentalists. This is the purity required to grow pearls.

We took a "Pearl Line Selfie" at 20 meters :)

We took a “Pearl Line Selfie” at 20 meters :)

Each panel filled with pearl oysters is flipped

Each panel filled with pearl oysters is flipped

Somewhat eerie yet so beautiful.

Somewhat eerie yet so beautiful.

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Yes, those are fish - thousands of them.

Yes, those are fish – thousands of them.

It was difficult to leave, and the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong immediately following serene paradise was bit of a adjustment, but there were pearls to be found and only three days to find them. We missed the first two days of the show while in the Philippines.

Apart from the regular shopping list items we did stumble accross some special things! We picked up some insanely colored Edisons including a dark purple strand and matched up a bunch of giant ripple pearls to create a colorful monster.

We also discovered a small Japanese company that had not come to the show before and one we’d never seen in Kobe. They’re niche is very specialized – baroques. In the past I had only been interested in the natural-color silver blue baroques but only because the whites that I’d seen were borderline rejects. The white strands they had were different – lustrous with great colors and visibly thick nacre. They were also big – 9.5-10.0 mm. They didn’t have many of the large strands available but we ended up taking all of them inlcuding their natural-color silver-blues.

To understand the size of these pearls, that center ripple is 18 mm.

To understand the size of these pearls, that center ripple is 18 mm.

Comments

  1. Jeremy- thanks for your trip report! The photos from the Philippines are breathtaking. How do we find these new pearls on the website, once they are for sale? I would love to see the baroque pearls from the new Japanese vendor your mention, along with all your other new finds!
    Thanks in advance!

  2. I’d love something with the white baroque Akoyas. A tin cup necklace, perhaps?

  3. I love them all….I would so love to take a trip and pearl hunt!! What an adventure!

  4. Simply breathtaking pictures! Thanks

  5. CathyKeshi says:

    Jeremy & Hisano, thanks so much for the wonderful photos from your trip! How lucky we are to be treated to an underwater view of the oysters growing in such pristine waters … just wonderful :)

  6. You’re all very welcome. We had the most amazing time too. There will be more photos and a story coming from the trip soon ;-)

  7. Mary Gerber says:

    Those pearls are stunning! Are the last three strands of white pearls the baroque pearls you wrote about?

  8. Pregcurious says:

    The strand of purple Edisons in the middle is stunning. Thank you for sharing your trip with us so we can live vicariously.

  9. It is exactly that case, when the baroque pearls look so well. I mean the last photo. I would pay a visit Philippines during my next visit in Asia. I’ve already observed the pearl farms of Thailand and Sri Lanka, but I have to visit Philippines as well.

  10. Sheila Clary says:

    Hi, I am trying to find where I can purchase pearl oysters? Either freshwater pearls or Akoya pearls. The oysters with pearls inside them, for a business I am trying to get started.

    Thank you and God Bless
    Sheila

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