Are you ready for a live Pearl show?

Join our friends Cynde and Wendy, whom you may know from Pearl-Guide, Pricescope or the QVC forums, as they visit the showroom and vault! The show starts at 2:00 pm, Pacific Time!

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/aac711c58f10cea034b9195a9c722c8b636b6e5f?authuser=0

You need a google (gmail, google+, etc) account in order to log into the hangout to particpate, please join us for the fun!

 

You can also tune into the live feed here: 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/xpNjYSRfSgo

We have gotten reports the hangout is full already! – so try the live youtube feed.

And the link is …

… posted! We hope you enjoy this special selection of pearls Jeremy mentioned on Monday. More one-of-a-kind pieces will be posted later today during the Google on-air hangout so be sure to tune in! You can get the link right here on the blog at 2 PM PDT. Remember, we will be sending out a newsletter with this link early next week.

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A single 17.5 mm Edison pearl on a 14 karat chain with black seed pearl accents

International Pearl Design Competition, 2013-2014

Cultured Pearl Association of AmericaThe Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces major enhancement to the 2013-2014 International Pearl Design Contest (IPDC).

Providence, RI –July 17, 2013

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc., proudly announces that this year’s winner of the IPDC’s Presidents Award will receive their own museum showcase at the 2014, JCK Show located in the CPAA World Pearl Booth. This opportunity to showcase a collection, in addition to the winning piece, provides phenomenal exposure to thousands of show visitors.

The fourth annual International Pearl Design Competition is open until September 3rd, 2013, including global entries. Winners will be announced on November 1st, 2013. For complete entry information please visit www.cpaa.org.

The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc is a nonprofit group founded in 1957, comprised of the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and suppliers of Cultured Pearls in the United States.

The CPAA’s mission is to “cultivate” awareness, interest, demand and successful marketability of Cultured Pearls for the retail community and the consumer level. Through promotion, education, public relations and unwavering commitment, they aim to inspire an authentic passion for all Cultured Pearl varieties.

For more information contact Kathy Grenier or Bo Perry of the CPAA at 888-31-PEARL or 401-432-9990.

 

3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining

We just received the following  link to a video trailer from our friends at Atlas Pearl in Indonesia. The movie, 300 Hands: Sharing and Sustaining, shows the people and work behind the beautiful South Sea pearls produced by our friend Mr. Joseph Taylor and the folks at Atlas.

We can’t wait for whole movie!

3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining Trailer from Arun Ketsirat Gartner on Vimeo.

What to do with a 55 mm pearl?!

Every time our buying team takes a trip to Asia, we are always excited to see what sort of “special goodies” they might return with. This past March, Jeremy and Hisano attended one of the large Hong Kong jewelry shows (they are headed back to the show next week, by the way) and spent a day finding those one-of-a-kind pieces that are just too good to be true!

The pearl below is a perfect example. This monster is 55 mm in length and 35 mm wide! What does one do with a pearl this large? We could design around the pearl by putting a trunk and a couple of horns on her to create a pearly wooly-mammoth. We could just create a basic brooch and let the pearl speak for itself.

We haven’t decided what to do this this pearl yet, but in the meantime, everyone should get the chance to enjoy Mother Nature’s massive work of art!

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm