Four Winter Pearl Styles for 2014

Layering season is finally upon us! Here at Pearl Paradise, we girls are excited to get our boots and layering clothes out from our closets for the cooler weather. I picked up some key pieces that can be matched with pearls in an assortment of colors, sizes and shapes for all occasions!

Cozy Feminine

Cozy Feminine

Close Up of Freshadama Blossom Earrings

The Freshadama Blossom Earrings

We’ve paired furs and pearls on our Pearl Collective collection before and it turned into an ultra-chic ensemble. With a blue-gray floral lace tunic and gray fur vest, the style looks polished and feminine with white pearls in various lengths and sizes. The 26-inch endless and 35-inch freshwater strands are staple pieces that go so well together. Go for an organic look with Freshadama Blossom earrings.

(BTW, the fur vest is animal-friendly faux :D)

White +Tahitian pearls

White +Tahitian pearls

Close Up of Tahitian Ring

Close Up of Tahitian Ring

This cozy sweater dress creates an ideal frame for a colorful strand. I chose lighter shades of silver tone multi-color Tahitian baroque pearls for a subtle contrast. The long strand is ideal when there is a lot going on around your neckline. Simple yet impressionable Tahitian studs or a classic Tahitian ring will tie the look together well.

Cool Chic

Cool Chic

Close Up of Black Akoya Pearls

Close Up of Black Akoya Pearls

Blue black Akoya pearls are perfect for creating an edgy chic style. The rich and bold hue of the pearls with a leather jacket sharpens the overall image. The only dyed pearls we carry are black freshwater, black Akoyas and chocolate Tahitians. We are very selective with our dyed pearls and we only get the most consistent colors. We specifically request which pearls get dyed for our strands and pairs to insure the quality is consistent.

Black and White

Black and White

Giant South Sea Studs

Giant South Sea Studs

For upcoming office holiday parties, why not mix and match your favorite pearls? Black and white is always in fashion and it’s fun to break the traditional rule of wearing pearls within the same family.

White south sea studs are classic but the large size (13-14 mm) says WOW! Layering with freshwater soufflé and blue Akoya tin cup necklace, eye catching metallic white necklace and the unique textured ripple strand will show how much fun you can have with pearls!

How will you layer your pearls this holiday?

Late Summer/Early Fall Pearl Style Guide

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Summer is still prevalent in sunny Los Angeles. This style guide is for the summer fans who are still enjoying the pool side BBQ’s and sun bathing at the beach, but also for women who are looking forward to the cooler and quieter days of early fall.

The organic shape and metallic luster of keshi pearls are fun way to spruce up a casual wear. Whether you wear them alone or in multiples, keshi pearls make your outfit pop. The model is wearing white and pink Freshwater keshi necklaces and keshi dangle earrings.

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Another ensemble that works great with casual white and black outfits are metallic whites. We love our new Violet earrings with 7-8 mm white metallic drops and you can never go wrong with a strand of metallic white pearls!

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Soft neutral-color shirts and pants are essential items for work. The delicate colors of champagne and ivory pairs well with the satiny luster of white and golden south sea pearls. The studs are a timeless, classic statement that is popular among powerful women in the professional field.

We’re delighted to have expanded our collection of South Sea pendants as well. Through our design debuts on First Look Fridays, we have introduced over 20 new pendant designs within the past year. The Aura pendant is simple yet elegant adding just enough sparkles to the South Sea Pearl.

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Cool white South Sea pearls tend to be set on white gold settings but also looks great with yellow gold. Here’s another sophisticated look for day at the office.

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Tahitian pearls were so popular this summer. Dark body Tahitian strands are great accessory for end-of-summer parties. The peacock overtone with dark green bodycolor is a great compliment to strong hues like magenta.

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We love the bold look of dark against dark but Tahitian pearls are very versatile and can work with any color. Black fabric with Tahitian looks professional and sharp, light colors can create a feminine feel and you can look polished and clean with neutral color ways.

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What pearls will you be wearing for the new season?

Hong Kong, June 2014: My favorite finds

We had another whirlwind trip to Asia. The show layout looked very different this time. Our regular vendors had a lot smaller spaces but seemed to be busier with visitors crammed in tight booth spaces.

Jeremy and I had the pleasure of having Elia with us this time. Since it was her first time at the show, she had to wait in the winding long line to get her badge. While she waited Jeremy and I visited a couple of Tahitian pearl producers exhibiting and got several loose lots. Our small size Tahitians (8-9 and 9-10 mm) are always in demand and we were happy to find the right colors and quality to replenish our stock.

As we searched for other pearls, we came across a bundle of blue baroque Japanese Akoya strands and they were big – over 11 mm! We’d never seen this size baroque strands before so we were very lucky to find these few strands almost buried with loose South Sea lots.

Large Blue Baroque Akoya strands

Large Blue Baroque Akoya strands

I stopped by the Vietnamese Akoya pearl farmer’s booth to say hello and they were delighted to hear our successful June Monthly Special featuring their pearls. The farmer has brought the rest of the blue Akoyas that he had kept in his vault for the last six years. The price on these strands were at a premium so I decided to take two strands that had the best color and the luster for our upcoming September Conoisseur sale.

Premium Vietnamese Blue Baroque Akoya strands

Premium Vietnamese Blue Baroque Akoya strands

Right before the show started one of our regular Akoya suppliers stopped by our office and offered us a few natural-color, madama akoya strands. It’s so rare we get see any true madama-grade strands so we took them all and immediately sent them to Japan for certification. They just came back from Japan and we’re happy to have them in stock again. We’ll be listing them soon.

Madama strand

Madama strand

While Elia searched for mid-year-sale worthy pearls, I looked for special pearls for our Conoisseur sale. The Conoisseur sale is the one special time where we can let our creativity fly. There’s always some special pearls that captivate us that can’t be categorized as a regular color, overtone or shape. Here are some of those special pearls:

Slight off round Edison pearls

Slightly off round Edison pearls

When Jeremy and I saw a loose lot of perfectly round, GIANT Edisons, we  thought long and hard whether to get them or not. After few negotiations Jeremy decided to take two out of the four I selected.

Super Lustrous 15-16 mm Edison Pearls

Super Lustrous 15-16 mm Edison Pearls

We’ve also had some requests for large Fireballs.

White Fireballs

White Fireballs

Natural Color Fireballs

Natural Color Fireballs

We also had some requests to look for the Edison drop pearl with a “oil-slick” orient like the pearl Jeremy found for me last March.

OIl Slick Orient Edison Pearl

Oil Slick Orient Edison Pearl

We are now well stocked for the summer and excited to let our creativity burst!

Something Special: Vietnamese akoya pearls

Vietnamese akoya pearls

Back in September I purchased a very special lot of loose, Vietnamese akoya pearls while at the Hong Kong show. They were large (for akoya), individual pearls with insane color and super-thick nacre. Since I wrote the blog post about these rare beauties we’ve had many inquiries for pendants, earrings and strands. We just didn’t have enough to make them available on the website.

At the show in March, however, Jeremy and I were able to get all of the remaining strands from the same pearl farmer who owns and runs the pearl farm in Vietnam, so we finally have a small selection that will be made available on the site as the June Monthly Special this week (the email will go out tomorrow – June 3rd).

Vietnamese akoya pearl pendantThese pearls not only have natural, exquisite blue body color but also very thick nacre. The farmer told us these pearls were under water longer than the typical Akoyas. The farmer also experimented by storing theses strands in a safe for five years to test the longevity of the color. He found out that the color remained the same. He decided to release this batch in March – between us and our friends from another company, we purchased everything he had. He told us that it will be another two years before he would harvest the new batch of baroque Akoyas.

With the loose pearls I decided to make simple but elegant earrings and pendants that focused on showcasing the natural beauty of pearls. I chose few of John’s molds. For the light blue Akoyas with warm body color I paired it with yellow gold and chose white gold for the cooler tones. A single bezel set diamond is just enough to accentuate the baroque pearl. The triple diamond earrings has an elegant but quiet presence. There will only be a few pieces available, but each is very special and unique.

I hope you love these rare pearls as much as we do!

Vietnamese baroque akoya pearls

A few strands that will be available during this month’s promotion

Chic Mom’s Pearl Style Guide

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’ve put together four pearly outfits for our lovely moms!

For all of our moms that love feminine dresses, pearl strands are must have items for effortless elegance. We made a double strand necklace with our highest quality Freshwater pearls. Adding a second strand to a pearl necklace uplifts to a refined sophistication. The versatile silver charm bracelet is perfect for moms who love to collect charms from kids’ memorable moments, various vacation destinations and other proud moments in life. The versatile links have built in hinges in every other link to allow the charms to hang easily without taking them to jewelers to get attached. It can be easily moved around as the collection grows. Dangle style earrings are another staple item for chic elegance. The Duet dangles have just the right amount of diamonds that shimmer pleasantly as it showcases the pearls.

Feminine Mom-3This style was inspired from moms who play hard with her kids and work hard! This is a great polished look matched with White South Sea pearls. Our Radiance pendant is a clever way to sharpen your look for the day. South sea studs give the bold and confident statement on its own. Add a South Sea vixen ring or the classic ring and the outfit is complete.

Pro Mom 3This layout is for the work at home or the full time moms that love the relaxed casual outfits but wants a little glam. Pink Freshadama pearls bring a soft color palate to the otherwise neutral attire. Our Lux earrings are light and sleek, great for running errands and going about busy schedule. The Desire pendant is also an easy way to add a sparkle to the neckline without being over the top. For moms that want a little more glow, our Always ring will not disappoint!

Casual Mom-3For our moms that love bold colors there’s nothing more fitting than the Tahitian Baroques. The vivid colors of green and pink tones with supple shapes of Tahitian baroque strands give so much character. A complete set of necklace and matching earrings is a great gift for moms starting their pearl collection.

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