Pearls as One: www.PearlsAsOne.org

Back in September, I wrote about the new Cultured Pearl Association of America Pearl Certification course I worked on for more than a year. It was one of the biggest and most time-consuming projects I’ve ever taken on, eclipsing even the book I wrote a decade ago.

The labor of love was worth it! Over the past five months, more than 1,500 people have enrolled in Pearls as One and the feedback has been overwhelming. Our goal for the first year is 10,000 enrolled. I think we’re going to get there!

If you haven’t enrolled in course yet, do it while it’s still free!

Just sign up and redeem (don’t forget to CLICK redeem) this coupon code: PEARL10951PARADISE and you’ll get into the course for free.

Revisiting the Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

Happy (first blog post) of the New Year!

Last month was a whirlwind. Christmas season at Pearl Paradise always means putting our all into getting every last package out and delivered before the big day. We have a lot of fun doing it and it’s a lot of work.

During the whirlwind, I don’t typically have time for many of the “fun” pieces I enjoy making throughout the year. These are the pieces that take a bit of extra time and several revisits to get the look “just right.” But a request came across my desk and I decided to give it a go.

Harvest strands are fun. Whenever we process large lots of drops, circles, baroques and rounds, there are always special pearls with special colors that don’t quite fit the standard colors we offer because you just don’t see them often enough. I love creating harvest strands and using these pearls to make the truly special.

The request was for a large harvest strand with little emphasis on green and heavy emphasis on other colors. And did I mention large?! Our client likes her pearls large and so the average pearl size in the strand was to be around 12 millimeters and to include pearls as large as 15 and even 16 millimeters. The final length – 74 inches!

Enjoy!

Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

This is one of the largest and longest harvest strands I’ve ever put together.

A 74-inch Tahitian Harvest Strand

 

PS
We had a slight glitch with our blog last year and so many people weren’t getting blog post updates, so this may be the first one you’ve received in quite some time. My sincerest apologies about that!

Guess who is going to Bali, Indonesia!

A big, big congratulations! This is the second year we’ve been able to send one lucky winner to a pearl farm. Last year was Fiji, this year it’s Bali! Who is going to be next???

We are sending someone to Bali, Indonesia!

Last year we held a raffle to send someone to the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s sponsored trip to visit Justin Hunter’s farm in Fiji. Pearl-Guide.com forum member Julie Beth won that raffle and just left for Fiji this week!

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We had so much fun with this we decided to do it again! We’ve teamed up with our friends from Pearls of Joy and with Atlas Pearls to send someone to Bali next year!

From Atlas:

The winner will visit the beautiful “Island of the Gods”, Bali.

Atlas Pearls will escort the winner to North Bali to visit a working pearl farm.

Also called “another side of Bali”, North Bali offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Kuta. This part of the island has many beautiful and natural treasures including natural wonders such as waterfalls and lakes.

Atlas Pearls will provide five-night accommodation at a nearby resort offering a tranquil resting place and base.”

Here’s the catch! In order to enter the drawing, you’ve got to meet the following requirements:

  1. Have 50 or most posts on Pearl-Guide OR have been an active member for a minimum of one year.
  2. You’ve completed the Pearls as One certification course (PearlsAsOne.org use coupon code PEARL1951PARADISE for free access)
  3. Be willing to TAKE US WITH YOU! We will be sending the winner a GoPro to blog, post and shoot video for all the other members of Pearl-Guide.

When you’ve completed the course and are ready to be entered into the Bali drawing, send an email to PGPearlTrip@gmail.com.

We will hold the drawing December 27th, so you have plenty of time!

A full year in the making … Pearls as One

Over the past year I’ve been working on a project for the Cultured Pearl Association of America. It’s related to something I’ve been passionate about for nearly two decades, and I proposed it to the organization in September of last year.

With the help of avid pearl researcher Caitlin Williams from Pearl-Guide.com, and the technical skills of my good friend Kevin Canning of Pearls of Joy, we’ve created something designed to educate anyone and everyone who would like to learn more about pearls.

Today we launched www.PearlsAsOne.org, with the support of the CPAA (I am now the treasurer and chairman of the marketing committee), Jewelmer, Paspaley, Atlas, J. Hunter Pearls Fiji and the Hong Kong Pearl Association. It’s the first of its kind; an online pearl school, offering a CPAA Certified Pearl Specialist certification course.

I would like to sponsor all our friends who follow this blog. Anyone who would like to become a certified pearl specialist (yes, you’ll actually receive a certificate) can join Pearls As One (for FREE) using the coupon code PEARL10951PARADISE.

Pearls as One