The September Hong Kong Jewelry Show

It’s been a busy summer here at Pearl Paradise with the mid-year sale followed by the Pearl-Guide Ruckus, the Tahitian promotion and now the Connoisseur Sale. I just realized today that I forgot to post about the upcoming trip to the September Hong Kong jewelry show!

Hisano and I leave this Friday and this time we are bringing Angela with us! Angela has been our photographer for three years now and she was part of the magic behind the videos shot at the ruckus. She is coming to Hong Kong to take lots and lots of photos and video. This should be good!

I know it is last minute, but feel free to reach out to me or to Hisano with any special requests. As always, we’ll do our best to find them — Jeremy@pp and Hisano@pp
The Hong Kong Show

What to do with a 55 mm pearl — challenge accepted!

A monster of a pearlAbout a year and a half ago, Hisano and I brought back a truly giant, baroque pearl from Asia. It measured a whopping 55 mm in length and 35 mm in width. The shape was very interesting as well. It looked to some like the beginnings of a wooly mammoth, others saw clouds. To me it looked like the potential for something big and something special. It just needed an artist with a vision to create something amazing.

In a blog post back in June of 2013, we asked the question, “what to do with a 55 mm pearl?” I am thankful to say that a dear friend of mine and long-time member of the Pearl-Guide community answered that question.

Sheri Jurnecka of Junecka Creations loves big pearls. She also has a special affinity toward octupi, and likes to use giant single pearls as bulbous heads.

A Jurnecka Creation

A Jurnecka Creation

Sheri spent quite a while thinking about the different possibilities for such a pearl. She sketched several different options before having a moment of realization. This giant behemouth of a pearl looked strikingly similar to the body of a leafy sea dragon!

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

The leafy sea dragon is native to the southern part of Australia and is aptly named due to its uncanny resemblance to a dragon. But unlike its fire-breathing mythical cousin, this dragon grows only around 20 centimeters in length and lives underwater. Sheri used this creature as a source of inspiration to create a stunning piece of art.

At the Pearl-Guide ruckus two weekends ago (another blog post will be coming on that in the not-too-distant future), Sheri unveiled her answer to the challenge — what to do with a 55 mm pearl.

Sheri and her leafy sea dragon

Leafy_Sea dragon close

Provoked Baroques: A New Tahitian Pearl on the Horizon

I love Tahitian pearls. More specifically, I love the dark exotic colors of Tahitian pearls – the colors found almost exclusively in smaller size ranges. Large Tahitian pearls are highly valued, but often lack the color and luster of their smaller counterparts because larger pearls most often come from larger, older pearl oysters. As the oyster ages, it begins to lose the ability to produce fine pearl nacre. But what if there were a way to induce small, young pearl oysters into growing larger pearls?
Provoked baroque Tahitian pearlsA company out of Japan by the name of Imai Seikaku has developed a new sort of nucleus that comes in the shape of a small blue pill. This is no ordinary nucleus, but one that is composed of a super-absorbent organic substance which soaks up surrounding liquids and expands. As it expands it begins to “blow out the pearl sac,” as my friend and pearl farmer Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls put it. It essentially induces even a small, young pearl oyster to grow a large pearl sac where an equally large nucleus can be placed.
Provoked baroque Tahitian pearl When harvested, the first graft pearl is free-form in shape and filled with liquid substance, which when drained, leaves a hollow Tahitian pearl. Unlike freshwater soufflé pearls from China, hollow pearls can’t be legally exported from Tahiti so they’re discarded. In their place farmers insert large, baroque nuclei. This second graft results in giant bead-nucleated Provoked Baroques that intentionally look indistinguishable from massive keshi pearls except in one way – they have screaming luster and intensely dark colors. They are even better than traditional keshi and much larger than average keshi.

Common keshi compared to this new breed of Tahitian pearl

Common keshi compared to this new breed of Tahitian pearl

The technology is still in its infancy and production to date has been very limited. Most pearl wholesalers have yet to hear about this new type of gem let alone offer them. Josh Humbert is one of the few pearl farmers that has been experimenting with the organic, shape-shifting nuclei and believes that there is potential to use the technology to eventually grow large, colorful round pearls. In the meantime, we get to enjoy a new type of pearl!

A full strand of giant, provoked baroques

A full strand of giant, provoked baroques

What to do with 5,600 peacock drop Tahitian pearls!

If you follow our Facebook page you would have seen the post below where Hisano and I were having fun sorting a peacock drop lot of just over 5,600 pearls. We decided to make strands with them, and they are ready as of today! Pictures are below the Facebook post!

We are planning a big Tahitian pearl promotion in August, so we’ll probably hold off posting them onto the site until then!

Approximately 150 strands of Tahitian pearls
Tahitian pearl close ups
Peacock Drops
More peacock drops

Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, June 2014

The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair, June 2014

Although it just seems like yesterday, we are headed back to Asia once again for one of the large, Jewelry and Gem shows in Hong Kong, taking place from June 19th through the 22nd.

In March, we brought team member Lynsey with us to experience what a pearl-sourcing trip is really like. This time we’re going to bring a team member who has been with us for nearly a decade now – Elia! This is Elia’s first trip ever to Asia, and we’re excited to have her along. She is going to be working on product sourcing for our July promotion and the September Connoisseur promotion.

We have one busy week ahead of us, but as always, if there is something special or something particular you would like us to look for, please drop us an email. We will do our best!

Jeremy & Hisano