Tahitian Pearl Blues

We had a lot of fun with Tahitian pearls this year. In September we released a huge lot of dark peacock drop strands, something we had never done or been able to do before. The next month was the Connoisseur Sale, but we could have called it the Harvest Strand month given the number of them we made. But I decided to hold something back – something special to release on Cyber Monday – the special Rikitea rounds.

Rikitea is known throughout the Tahitian pearl industry as the source for the best colors of Tahiti. The finest cherries, peacocks and dark blues overwhelmingly come from Rikitea.

Dark Blue Tahitian Strands

Dark Blue Tahitian Strands

We have a total of 51 selected strands that we are going to start adding to the site today and this week. They aren’t going to featured, they’ll just be added to our Round Tahitian Strands page.

What we’ve done though, is add a hidden tag on each of the strands. Starting today, if you search our site for the term Rikitea, you’ll see the strands.

Be sure to watch for the email we send out on Cyber Monday, which will contain a site-wide Pearl Point code which you can use toward any of these strands.

A Rainbow of Rikitea Colors

Tahitian Blues and Cherry

Win a Trip to a Pearl Farm!

The CPAA is doing it again. A raffle for a priceless trip to a remote, exotic pearl farm. Last year it was a trip to the Philippines and this year it will be Tahiti.

kamoka pearl farm

I was just contacted by the CPAA to ask for help in promoting the raffle. It ends in less than a week and they haven’t sold many tickets. You know what that means, right? ;-) The odds are excellent!

The host of this year’s pearl farm trip is my dear friend Josh Humbert of the Kamoka Pearl Farm on Ahe in French Polynesia. His operation is one of the most eco-friendly on the planet and he’s an all around great guy. This would be the trip of a lifetime.

Tickets are only $10 each and the drawing is on December 1st! It would be so amazing if one of our friends were to win this trip!

Good luck!

kamoka pearl farm2

Jenni’s (uber) Pearl Collection

Every so often we get to create special pieces that are just wow, wow, wow! They tend to be the most time-consuming, but they are certainly the most gratifying. They are also a lot of fun.

Last year Jenni, a customer from the United Kingdom, came into our offices looking for something special. Hisano and I had just come back from Asia and had collected a sizable lot of perfect metallic white drops that we had planned to feature in a monthly special because the first time we offered them, they sold out in one day (that had never happened before).

Well, Jenni fell in love with those loose pearls and so we turned them into strands – likely the only strands of their kind anywhere – and I didn’t get a photo :-(

This fall we added several new pieces to Jenni’s special collection!

The Triple Strand 10 mm Freshadama

10 mm three row freshadama strand

Hisano and I matched a total of four strands or straight-sized, 10 mm loose freshwaters at the Hong Kong show in September. Two were perfect matches and a third blended with the two to create a perfect match. We had one additional freshadama strand here that was slightly graduated from 9 mm to 10 mm, which we used to add length to the ends and create a matching bracelet. The result is one of the most magnificent freshadama necklaces we’ve ever created!

The Triple Strand Natural-White Hanadama

Three strands of perfect, natural white hanadama akoya pearls

We also discussed akoya pearls. I sent Jenni a link to a very special set of akoya pearls we had put together back in 2009 that is still displayed in our Flickr account. Those pearls were extra special. The producer that is responsible for our natural white hanadama had created three strands that year of akoya so fine they glowed. I sent the producer and email asking if he had ever put together any more strands like the ones from 2009. He had seven that he’d created and still had since then. Three were a perfect match.

To make the necklace more versatile, we strung two strands together as a double, and nested one strand with its own clasp.

Single strand of super-fine, natural white hanadama akoya

As if these weren’t enough, we added one more special strand to the collection – a pearl strand every connoisseur should eventually add to their collection – white South Sea.

Large White South Sea pearls

I think just about anyone would agree, Jenni now has one “uber” collection of pearls.

The full collection

 

Pearl Friends Interviews: Michael Rivers

Michael Rivers is one the longest-standing members of the Pearl-Guide forum community and someone I consider a close friend. He even officiated our wedding.

Michael has a very interesting business. He does deal in pearls, but his primary business is dealing in shell nuclei. At the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus, he sat down with Cynde and Wendy for an interview.

Pearl Friends Interviews: Sarah Canizzaro

Continuing our Pearl Friend Interview series, Cynde and Wendy interview Sarah Canizzaro, owner of Kojima Pearl at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus.

Sarah shares a true passion for pearls!