Intense Blue Vietnamese Akoya

We had another great time in Hong Kong, although it was a shorter trip than usual. Somebody accidentally booked flights arriving Hong Kong a day late. We still found most of the pearls we were looking for so I forgave him;)

While at the show, we always try to visit our friends who farm akoya pearls in Vietnam. They are a small, family-run operation that does such special things with akoya pearls, like the beauties I blogged about nearly two years ago and of course this crazy pistachio strand.

This time their show was about small loose lots of special pearls! Most were quite small, but some were little monsters!

Baroque Vietnamese akoya with intense colors

While the large pearls are amazing, what really captivated my attention were the smaller pearls with colors so dark, they went from blue to almost a purple. I have always loved little pearls!

I started separating out the darkest ones.

Hisano examining baroque akoya

Although the pearls are small (mostly in the 5-6 mm range), they are farmed in Vietnam so the nacre deposition is highly accelerated due to the warmer water so the nacre is extremely thick.

They only sell pearls like these loose, which is very typical with really special pearls. But making a strand of these beauties would be amazing … our friends offered to do it for us! They promised to collect the pearls for us over the next two months and make a few strands. They are going to be so special!

Hisano examining loose baroque akoya


We’re about a week away from the big one … :)

Pearl Paradise Semi Annual Sale Tahitian PearlsOur annual clearance sale is coming up soon and we are excited to show a sneak peek of what we’ve been planning. We are bringing back the luscious Tahitian harvest strands and beautiful tin cups with colorful gem stone beads.


CP15-TAN117Tahitian pendants are perfect addition to any summer outfit. The cool tones of silver and green are great colors to pair for warm weather.


CP15-TAP66 9 copyFor our Freshwater fans we have playful ensemble of colorful jewelry.

Pearl Paradise Semi-Annual Sale White Pearls copyThese Edison drops have an amazing oil slick luster with rich body color.

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This sweet orange Freshwater drop pearl is complemented with citrine beads. I can think of so many outfits to go with this pendant!

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Many of these items are one-of-a-kind pieces or limited in quantity.

It all starts on July 1st! We will be adding products to the sale throughout the entire month of July!

Little h Collection Debut at JCK Las Vegas Show


Since I came back from our Asia trip in early March, I have been micro-focused with just one project; the Debut of little h jewelry collection at JCK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center.

little h was accepted into the juried Design Center at JCK earlier in the year so my assistant and I have been burning the candle at both ends building the inventory.

Leading up to the show, there were so many small components that needed to be built, ordered, made and researched. It felt like working on a million-piece jigsaw puzzle. Every day I tackled few pieces of my long task list and the end result was more than fulfilling. The long late nights I spent in my office and long meetings I held with trade show expert, John, were all well worth it. I had the most intense learning experience in my jewelry career leading up to the show and the four days at the event.

Jeremy and I packed our lighting equipment and displays, rented a van and drove to Vegas not knowing what to expect. I’ve done few craft shows with my felted art pieces but not a fine jewelry trade show in this professional level. John was a great help. He knew all the supplies I needed to bring for the show.

When I first saw the two empty show cases in the booth I slightly panicked with the size of the showcase being larger than I anticipated. I wanted the showcase to look clean and not cluttered but I didn’t bring enough earrings and ring displays to fill up the space. John and I came up with unique ideas to utilize business cards and extra fabric from the busts and made our own new display.



20150528_174845We had a fantastic show. Pearl Geode and Finestrino Collection were well received. Buyers tore off our ad from the CPAA supplement page and searched for our booth to see them. It warmed my heart when I saw the excited look on their eyes as I explained the concept behind it. I had few pieces at the Press lounge show case and at the CPAA booth and both buyers and exhibitors came to check out the sliced pearls after seeing the display.

There were few lectures and events that were happening at the show. One of the events was an interview with Patricia Field, an Emmy award winner costume designer known for her wardrobes in Sex and the City. She styled five models with jewelry from the JCK booths and my seed pearl earrings were selected for the modern bride look. She was also excited with the earrings and referred to it as “Pièce De Résistance”.



It was a joyful experience for me to share my love of pearl jewelry. We’ll be back in Vegas again next year!


Valentine’s Day Style Guide

To celebrate the upcoming holiday we came up with two chic and lovely outfits inspired by our Valentine’s Day style guide.

Here is a red hot date night look:

PearlParadise Valentine's Collection


Here’s a laid back comfy casual style for Valentine’s Day:

PearlParadise Casual Valentine's Day Collection

Sneak Peek! Black Friday Pearl Paradise 2014

Black Friday sneak peek

Black Friday sneak peek

We’re gearing up for the holidays and our elf hats are on! The entire PP team has been busy selecting a wide variety of pearls for the upcoming holiday season.  From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind special items, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s a very sneak peek of what will be on our Black Friday sale.

One-of-a-kind pendants

One-of-a-kind pendants

These special pearls were selected by the Hong Kong buying team. The size, shape and colors vary so much that these are hard to place as regular items. We found some colorful Edison drop pearls in metallic and lavender colors as well as special Tahitian drops. Pearls are set in Sterling silver to 14K gold settings to offer in variety of price points. These pendants are great for the true pearl lovers who live for those “one of a kinds!”

Oval Drop Strands

Oval drop shape strands

Oval drop shape strands

These oval drop-shaped strands are so simple yet so versatile! We found lustrous (so lustrous they appear to glow) graduated oval strands to straight 7-8 mm drops and made in several different lengths.  These are perfect layering pieces for the holiday.

Tahitian Harvest strands

Tahitian Harvest strands

Tahitian harvest strands are back but in shorter lengths! These affordable Tahitian strands are unique and playful, a must-have for the ladies who already have the essential pearls in their wardrobe.

Something Simple

Something simple

Something simple

Leather bracelets with single pearl is a great gift idea for pearl beginners. It is casual and very easy to wear.

Kid's set

Kid’s set

Looking for something special for the young girls in your family? How about our kid’s set in 7-8 mm drop pearls with button earrings. The set includes 15-inch necklace, 6-inch bracelet and 7-8 mm button earrings.

5-6 mm long rope

5-6 mm rope

My blog won’t be complete without featuring the petite pearls! These 5-6 mm strands were hand selected by me from our favorite supplier who specializes in small size Freshwater pearls.

The strands have very high luster and perfect for casual wear and layering or mix and matching.

8-9 mm Metallic drops with silver bale

8-9 mm Metallic drops with silver bale

Stay tuned for limited quantity blow out sale items!
Happy holidays and happy pearl hunting:)