Hong Kong Pearl Buying Trip Wish List Hunting – March, 2016

As usual, we hit the ground running looking for our staple items. The first day of the show reminds of those scenes we see every year on Black Friday – huge crowds rushing into the venue to shop.

The Japanese Akoyas were still very high in demand especially in the Asian market and we had to push our way through the Japan Pavilion to search for the smaller Akoya strands.

By now I have gotten used to squeezing myself between small pockets of space I find between people to get closer to the pearls and firmly tell other buyers to wait until I am done selecting when I see someone’s hand reaching over to my “keep” pile.

Since the March buying trip is a smaller buy for us we were able to take the time to look for the wish list items.
We had a lot of requests on 11-12 mm pairs of white Edisons. Unfortunately we didn’t see anything in that size that were lustrous and round enough to bring home.
But I was able to find a  lustrous silver overtone 14-15 mm pair.

14-15 mm white Edison pair with silver overtone

14-15 mm white Edison pair with silver overtone

I found one metallic round 11-12 mm Edison pearl. I couldn’t find a match but brought it back anyway because it’s amazing!

11 mm metallic Edison

11 mm metallic Edison

We were also on a search for metallic drops. We got few pairs but while I was going through the pile of drops I found this perfect oval shaped pair. It’s not metallic but it’s rare to see such pleasing shape… that matches!

Perfect drop pair

Perfect 9-10 mm drop pair

We had a request from a customer who lost half a pair of her metallic studs. After going through a large box full of metallic pearls we found a match! It was quite literally the only pearl like it in the box. It made us happy that the new pair can be enjoyed once again.

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Pairing colorful Freshwater drops are way more fun than pairing black and white Akoyas.

Metallic drop pairs

Metallic drop pairs

Sometimes our wishlist hunt can take years. I received a request from a special client and friend to look for a perfect drop shaped white south sea pair. I searched and searched for two and  a half years and finally met the right pair! Perfectly paired perfect drops are incredibly difficult to find.

Our photographer getting creative with the drop pair photo!

Our photographer getting creative with the drop pair photo!

We haven’t decided on the setting but it is very exciting to finally find a pair.

There was also a rather unusual request on a wish list. A client was looking for golden south sea heart shaped pearls. When Jeremy and I actually found them we were pleasantly surprised. Not only do they exists, they are actually quite beautiful. I am not a fan of heart-shaped jewelry but this golden south sea heart had the right curves, plump body and a beautiful deep golden color.

We learned that there is one special farm in Indonesia that cultures these hearts and they only grow 200 pearls per year.

Golden Heart Pearl

Golden Heart Pearl

Jeremy found a strand that made his heart sing. It was toward the end of the show when one of our vendors was showing us some white south sea baroque strands when this unique Tahitian strand caught his eye. The strand has the most subtle pastel assortment of colors with fiery, intense overtones. The size range is 10-11.9 mm.

He almost put it back but I convinced him that sometimes we need to get something that we fall in love with. He agreed. He really loves Tahitian pearls and this strand truly is special.

Unique Tahitian drop strand

Unique Tahitian oval strand

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There was something that I fell in love too. I found a small bundle of tiny Tahitian keshi strands. Although small, the strands stood out with their dark green body color and how smooth the shapes were.

The size start at 3 mm and up to 5.5 mm. The vendor said it was a labor of love and he enjoyed creating the strands.
I selected a strand for myself and one for someone special who also has an affinity towards tiny pearls like I do.

Delicious tiny Tahitian keshi strand

Delicious tiny Tahitian keshi strand

We’re also going to be introducing a new pearl for Mother’s day. Stay tuned for our email newsletter and upcoming blogs for the BIG reveal!

Truly Special Vietnamese Akoya Pearls

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The wait is finally over! The labor of love has finally arrived and it did not dissapoint. Our friends have worked tirelessly to create the most special color Vietnamese Akoya strands for us. Not only the farmer and his family were able to make amazing blue strands, they were also able to create stunning colors in gold, pistachio, silver blue and multi colors. The arrival of the strands took longer than anticipated but was well worth the wait.  Because of the limited quantities we are doing a special “blog only sale” for these beauties before the Black Friday rush.

To give you an idea of how “blue” these blue strands are here is a comparison photo of our regular stock blue Akoya strands:
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The top 3 strands are our regular stock and the bottom 4 are the intense blue strands from Vietnam. Although the size is a lot smaller, they are so captivating!
We have two sizes of the blue baroque strands: 5-6 mm and 6-7 mm.

VQNA00-B Blue Baroque 5-6 mm

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5-6 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

VQN100-B 6-7 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

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6-7 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

There are also few silver blue and silver pistachio strands:

VQNA00-SP 5-6 mm Silver Pistachio Baroque Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Silver Pistachio Baroque Akoya Necklace

VQNA00-SB 5-6 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

 

VQN100-SB 6-7 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

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6-7 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

VRNA00-SB 5-6 mm Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

VRN100-SB 6-7 mm Round to Near Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

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6-7 mm Round to Near Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

There are also three large loose pearls that are just truly special:

VQL-B1 11-12 mm Silver Blue Oval shape loose Akoya Pearl

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11-12 mm Silver Blue Oval shape loose Akoya Pearl

VQL-B2 12-13 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Loose Pearl

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12-13 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Loose Pearl

VQL-B3 8 x 16 mm Intensely Blue Baroque Akoya loose Pearl

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8 x 16 mm Intensely Blue Baroque Akoya loose Pearl

I am also in love with these golden strands. The medium gold Akoya pops with refreshing lemon yellow tone and the deep gold has rich body color with beautiful silver and rose overtones.

VRNA00-MG 5-6 mm Round Medium Gold Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Medium Gold Akoya Necklace

VRNA00-DG 5-6 mm Round Deep Gold Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Deep Gold Akoya Necklace

The multi colors are also beautiful!

VRNA90 5-6 mm Round to Near Round Multi Color Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round to Near Round Multi Color Akoya Necklace

We have a limited amount of loose pearls as well. For the loose pearls in blue, silver blue and gold, please contact me at hisano@pearlparadise.com and I can match a pair for your strand or offer them as loose.

We’re so excited to offer these special pearls!

Here is the special page. It’s currently only accessible from this blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Little h Collection Debut at JCK Las Vegas Show

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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.

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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”.

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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