Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Little Pearls from Tahiti

We just got a new auction lot of Tahitian pearls in this week that included something I’ve never seen before – Tahitian pearls as small as six millimeters! Last year we secured a small lot of 7-8 mm circled pearls from our friends at Collins Pearls in Takaroa, but these are even smaller.

The total lot contains just over 12,000 pearls and those below 8 mm make up only about 10% of the total, but that still a LOT of tiny pearls when we almost never see pearls smaller than 8 mm, let alone smaller than 7 mm.

We are going to have fun with these!

Tiny, 6-8 mm Tahitian pearls

small-size Tahitian pearl lot

There are so many silvers and even white pearls in this lot. There are also fun colors like gold and Pistachio.

Colorful Tahitian pearls

To see just how small 6 mm is, we plopped two 13-14 mm pearls in the center of a handful of them. It’s like parking a rowboat next to a cruise ship!

Small and large Tahitian pearls

The Secret Life of Pearls – Set your DVRs!

Tonight on NatGeo at 10 pm, The Secret Life of Pearls will air!

You can find details here.

I’ve personally had the honor of visiting the Paspaley pearling operation deep in the outback of Australia and I treasure the experience. While it was many years ago, it’s one I will always remember.

If you would like to see where some of the world’s rarest pearls are grown and where white South Sea pearls originate from and how they are farmed, you won’t want to miss this!

A single Australian South Sea pearl

Australian Outback

Pinctada maxima, the South Sea pearl oyster

A few interesting pearl finds in Hong Kong

Sorry I’m late!

Hong Kong was fantastic once again and it really is starting to feel like a second home. I love Hong Kong in March because the weather is so perfectly mild. Contrast March with the Fall show and it’s like a spring day in the park vs a sauna set on high!

We were fortunate enough to find several things on wish lists and of course our staples, and also a few things that just sort jumped out at us.

Like these akoya!

Baroque Blue Akoya Pearls

I have to say, I don’t really know what to think of these. But I’d never seen akoya that looked like this before, so home they came. Hisano didn’t give me too much of a hard time because there were only three strands.

Just as a quick reminder, this is what most akoya pearls look like ;)

A sea of perfect akoya pearls

If you follow our Official Instagram Page, which Hisano and I personally upload photos to, you might have been privy to these monsters!

Huge Baroque freshwater pearls

That caliper doesn’t read 6.5 mm, by the way. It’s 16.5 mm. They are HUGE and they are going to be featured in our regular newsletter tomorrow. We only brought 23 strands home to test them out. They are some serious Wilmas.

Finally came the Tahitian, and yes I know Hisano posted a photo of it last month. But I fell in love with this strand the moment I saw it. Some of Pearl-Guide Ruckus friends know that I’ve got a small collection of football-shape pearls with the intention of someday matching enough to make a perfect strand and then this one comes along. The colors, the shape, the surface … it was one that really caught my attention. I typically have the strongest affinity for dark peacocks, which we get almost exclusively from Rikitea, Mangareva, but these are really something (so I am posting the photo again :) )

Strand of Tahitian pearls

The strand does now have a home, and I’ll have to say we got more emails about this strand than probably any other we’ve posted on this blog, and I’m thrilled that it went home with a friend of ours who will be attending the Ruckus. We get to meet this strand again!

 

We are headed back to Hong Kong

It’s time once again for the big March Hong Kong jewelry show and Hisano and I are heading out this weekend! We will be surrounded by millions upon millions of pearls and will be meeting with dozens of producers and processors from all over the world.

As usual, if anyone has a special request, please feel free to email either myself (Jeremy@) or Hisano.

Metallic souffle freshwater pearls

loose grade pearls used to make freshadama

Congratulations JulieBeth – You’re Going to Fiji!

Yesterday we held the anticipated final Fiji raffle. Congratulations Pearl-Guide member JulieBeth!

Julie has been a member of Pearl-Guide’s community forum since March of 2013. She loves and designs with pearls. Some of her work can be seen here on Etsy.

We shot a video of the drawing and there is a surprise at the end!

Who wants to take the next Pearl Trip of a Lifetime to … ??? :)