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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My Favorite Finds from Hong Kong March Trip

Metallic Souffle Pearls

It’s been over a week since we came back from Hong Kong but pearls are still trickling in. We were very focused on replenishing low-stock items and started the show looking for Tahitians on day one, Akoya strands on day two and freshwater pearls on day three.

Here are just a few of my favorite finds!

On day one while I was “supposed” to be looking for Tahitian loose rounds, this small lot of Golden South Sea keshi pearls caught my eye.  A Japanese vendor had an assortment of keshi pearls and this was the smallest lot he had.  We purchased a small lot of white South Sea keshi pearls at the last show and these keshi pearls were even smaller. I used the white South Sea keshi for a ring for my little h collection and I will be adding these golden beauties to the line as well.

Golden South Sea keshi pearls

On day two we stopped by our freshwater pearl friend’s booth just to say ‘Hi’ before searching for Akoya pearls but we ended up staying for a bit because our friend had set aside some metallic strands for us. As Lynsey and I started looking through the lot to check the quality, we came across these strands that matched my special ring.  It was very unexpected and I can’t wait to make something special with them.
Metallic freshwater pearl strands that matched my special ring

In our hunt for Akoya, we decided to visit our friends who are Japanese, but operate an Akoya pearl farm in Vietnam. Back in September, we bought almost all of his extra-special loose baroque pearls. I knew that he was hesitant to sell the pearls because he wasn’t planning on making them anymore. I felt a little bad and decided to make two pearls into pendants for his daughters and gave them to him at the show. He was also really excited to hear that so many people had expressed interest in his pearls after my September Show blog post.

He told us that he is just now starting implantation for a new crop of natural blue baroque Akoyas and that it would be another two years before he would be able harvest them again.  The baroques he had at this show were from a selection that he had locked in a safe for a number of years to prove that the color would not change. Jeremy decided to purchase everything he had left.

Natural color baroque akoya pearls from Vietnam

Day three was all about freshwater pearls. Lynsey looked for metallic strands and Jeremy and I went through the buy list of our standard items. While I was sorting 6.5-7 mm freshwater strands Jeremy left the booth. He always says, “I’ll be right back” but that usually turns into half an hour (at least) or more. He cannot walk across the show without bumping into someone. Whether it’s our friends Kevin and Alana from Pearls of Joy, or vendors who we used to work with, everyone wants to talk to Jeremy.

An hour or so went by when he came back and when I was just about to nag him for not “working”, he surprised me with this interesting pearl. He went over to Grace Pearl’s booth to compare some pricing and found this Edison drop pearl. It was set in a 14K white gold bale and sold as finished jewelry but since the color was so unique, Jeremy bought it anyway.

I decided to remove the white gold bale and refresh the look with our Adore pendant in rose gold.

Jeremy and I get to look for fun pearls usually on the last day of the show. This is when we can concentrate on looking for wish list pearls and something different for our promotional events.

Here are some yummy fireballs:

Besides the regular Fireballs, we also found coin nucleated versions.

We had some special requests for small size soufflés that can be made into rings. Out of two containers full of smaller size soufflés, these are the smallest special ones I was able to find. These petite soufflés are 11-15 mm.

Since we had a little more time than usual, we matched some white fireball strands and small souffle strands from for-sale-as-loose pearl lots.

We’re excited to start designing with these wonderful pearls!

Spring Summer Pearl Lookbook 2014

We are excited to complete another successful Spring/Summer set of collections. It was a strenuous project juggling Pearl Paradise designs along with our sister site Pearl Collective, but we were able to complete them just in time for our PR editorial event in New York. We were able to create four collections this season.

The Encircled Collection was designed and created by John. He focused his design on the deep ridges or indented lines that are prominent in baroque Tahitian pearls. He started experimenting with texturing thin flattened wire and created these designs. It is a very meticulous process since each band is fitted specifically to a pearl.

The Encircled necklace above was was pulled for a request by Real Simple magazine and is now on the cover of April issue! It’s hiding down there in the lower right corner but it’s there!

 

Jeremy and I found some wide baroque Freshwater pearl strands at one of our buying trips in Hong Kong. The subtle creases and dimples on the pearls interest me and I gathered small prong set diamonds on posts and sprinkled them onto the pearls. The small points that were created by the diamonds looked like constellation so I named it the Celestial Collection. I love the combination of subtle diamonds and big pearls!

The Prima Collection was designed for everyday wear. We wanted to showcase that everyday pearls don’t have to be generic white strand of pearls. The simulated Turquoise nucleated carved pearls are set on simple settings and yet have so much presence. The large Edison pearls are fun to wear when you want something large and bold. Our classic Tahitian styles are still our best sellers every year.

The Link Collection is something I’ve wanted to make for awhile. I found onyx and agate hand carved links at the Hong Kong show and immediately wanted to play with them. The jet black onyx works perfectly with the dark green Tahitians and the white agate complimented soft lavenders of soufflé pearls. I also wanted to make contrasting bold necklaces using the largest onyx links and the large white Freshwater baroques.

Below is the link to our lookbook:

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Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Style Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day is this week! How would you style your day with pearls? We love to play dress up and here are some styles that take an ordinary Friday night and turn it into pearly and romantic Valentine’s Day!

Wearing red may sounds cliché, but if it’s done right with a solid color dress and white Akoya pearls in yellow gold settings, a kitchy idea can turn into classic sophistication. Our new Trinity collection gives the right amount of glam with cluster of diamonds. Classic bracelets are staple piece to wear on their own or stacked for captivating appearance.

For someone who is looking for the extraordinary, soufflé styles are perfect! The irregular shapes are fun and the plump surface is scrumptious.  Blue baroque Akoya pearls are great addition to bring out the hint of blue found in the light-weight, silver-white soufflé pearls. Who says you can’t look amazing and be comfortable?

This black dress is made with stretchy material and we paired it with pointy flats, so you can eat the dessert and dance all night without pain! The versatile 35-inch necklace can be layered with a strand of blue baroque Akoyas or doubled up for a bountiful look. The tin-cup style gets you the effortless and “casual but definitely not simple” presentation.

Tahitian pearls are for the ultimate lux seeker. We’re obsessed with our new Elegance collection earrings and the Tahitian rounds make it extra chic. The bold green tones of the Tahitian pearls give a grown up edge to the otherwise cute ruffled dress. Why not stack a classic Tahitian ring with thin gold bands? Stackable rings are in and our classic ring styles are the perfect stackable statement rings.

Tahitian round necklaces are the modern day necklace every woman should have. Not only are they useful for special occasions, they’re a great way to amp up your everyday outfit. The unique colors and luscious overtones are far from “your grandmother’s pearls” image.

Whether you go with Akoyas, Freshwaters, South Seas or soufflé, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to  show off your favorite pearls.

 

Working with Metallic Soufflé Pearls for Black Friday

Natural color, metallic soufflé pearls with green and rose tones

There is a particular freshwater pearl producer and processor with whom Jeremy has developed a special relationship. This is the same producer responsible for the line of inception pearls, faceted pearls, and of course soufflé pearls.

In 2010, during a visit to China, the producer showed off some pearls that he thought were interesting, but he no longer planned to grow them. They were pearls nucleated with an earthen material that was removed after the pearls were drilled. The problem was, pearls are typically sold by weight, and these hollow pearls were a lot lighter than they appeared.

Hisano holding 3.4 kilos of metallic soufflé pearlsJeremy immediately recognized the pearls from the previous year’s Tucson Gem Show. Pearler Jack Lynch had debuted these hollow pearls and coined the term “Soufflé.” A few Google searches later he was able to show the producer that these pearls were making waves and he should focus on producing more.

Just a few months later, the producer exhibited at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair and featured (nearly exclusively) soufflé pearls. The response was tremendous, both from buyers and the trade press. Soufflé pearls are now his primary business.

Just last month he harvested a fresh crop of these special pearls and offered to send us what he considered the finest pieces of his production. Last week we received approximately 3.4 kilos of metallic, natural color and natural luster soufflé pearls. We decided we had enough time to use some of them for Black Friday!

Soufflé pearls are much more difficult to work with than typical pearls. Each pearl has to be drilled and everything in side of it removed prior to being set. We’ve come up with a few tricks (thanks Marianne from Pearl-Guide!) to speed up the process, but it is still time consuming. We are still hoping to have at least 50 pieces to add to our big sale on Friday.

Now on to the eye candy!

Metallic loose Soufflé pearls with greens and pinks

Metallic loose Soufflé pearls with greens and pinks

Free form baroque metallic Soufflés

Free form baroque metallic Soufflé Pearls

Soufflés with metallic sea foam colors

Soufflés with metallic colors that remind me of sea foam

Orient so intense it looks almost like burnt orange from some angles

Orient so intense it looks almost like burnt orange from some angles

Silver, gray with blue tones

Soufflés with silver, gray and blue tones

A soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

A soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

Another soufflé pearl pendant that will be featured on Black Friday

Another pendant that will be featured on Black Friday – freshwater aren’t supposed to be this color!

I also matched a total of five “super strands,” but we’ll probably send those back to Asia to drill, so they won’t be ready for quite some time. Here is a sneak peek of one of them though.

A matched strand of metallic Soufflé pearls