Chenai’s first trip to the Hong Kong Jewelry Show

When the opportunity to go to Hong Kong presented itself, I took the chance and did not look back!  Within the next 24 hours, my air ticket and hotel were booked and I had arranged child care. It was decided, before the trip, that I would look for the wish list items.

I slept for most of my 15-hour flight so I arrived in Hong Kong well rested and ready for the task at hand. Since my flight arrived early morning the first day of the show, Jeremy and Hisano met me at the airport and we were off to the show! After spending almost an hour in a Disneyland-like line, I got my badge and was official! We entered the Pearls hall and was quite overwhelmed at the size of the room. So many pearls! So much to see! Thankfully, Jeremy and Hisano have been doing this for a long time so I did not feel so overwhelmed.

Pearls Hall - HK Blog With a long to-do list, we wanted to make sure we didn’t waste any time. We spent the first day buying Akoya pearls and a Tahitian loose pearl lot. It was such a thrill to watch Jeremy and Hisano negotiate with the suppliers. We had to walk away from one vendor because of their high prices, went to the booth across from them and purchased most of our Akoya pearl strands!  I also picked out a golden South Sea strand from the wish list. We left the show feeling quite accomplished! Headed to the hotel, checked in and got ready for dinner.

Day 2 and half of Day 3 was spent doing quality control on Freshwater strands. The rest of Day 3 and all of day 4 (last day) was spent filling the gaps and gathering the wish list items (my main objective). My list included pistachio Akoya pearls, white metallic Freshadama strands, a multicolor Edison strand and graduated freshwater necklace in pink (Batman style). The first thing I learned while going through wish list is how difficult it is to find the pearls on my list. Quickly realizing why it is a “wish” list. Sometimes, it seemed as though I was looking for a unicorn!  So many vendors, so many pearls to look through, in search of that needle in a haystack. If I was lucky enough to find what I was looking, the price had to be just right!

Pistachio Akoya

True pistachio akoya are so rare!

Pink Batman necklace

One wish list item was a pink “Batman” graduated strand – I needed to match large center pearls

I learned so much about the buying process. Seeing how difficult it can be to get pearls in the quality that we have come to be known for at a price that makes our customers happy. I had a great time in Hong Kong. I explored the night market with Mike and Sherri and shared a lot of giggles with Blaire (all and Ruckus friends) and ate some Amazing food!


Hisano and Jeremy love Din Tai Fung

Some of our amazing finds will be in some upcoming sales including the Black Friday sale!

White Metallic pearls

You can see the REAL metallics mixed in – metallic is metallic (as Jeremy says)

Vietnamese Akoya strands and loose pearls

Our friends that farm akoya in Vietnam had a special hidden stash just for Hisano

Colorful Tahitian drop lot

This lot was yummy! It has so many rare colors!

A Short Conversation with Hisano

After the success of our very own Chief Creative Officer’s showing at the Las Vegas JCK Jewelry show, we decided to create a short video in which she shares her inspiration and process behind her International Award Winning Pearl Geode and Finestrino Collection.

We hope you enjoy!

Pearl Paradise photographer Angela goes to Hong Kong

Working with PearlParadise has always been a privilege, but a couple weeks ago, I was offered a life changing opportunity! Jeremy and Hisano asked me if I wanted to join them on the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair buying trip!

After 16 hours of travel time, I arrived at the airport and went straight to the show! Here are some clips and images from my experience in Hong Kong.

I took a lot of footage, so make sure to check back later for informational videos from our trip!

The entrance to the September Hong Kong Jewellry & Gem Fair - You can see the excitement in my eyes!

The entrance to the September Hong Kong Jewellry & Gem Fair – You can see the excitement in my eyes!

Pearl Heaven

Pearl Heaven

Hollow pearls we call Souffle. The color range and luster on these pearls have changed the game when it comes to buying pearls by weight.

Hollow pearls we call Souffle. The color range and luster on these pearls have changed the game when it comes to buying pearls by weight.

Loose grade pearls with amazing luster ready to be matched into mini lots for freshadama strands!

Loose grade pearls with amazing luster ready to be matched into mini lots for freshadama strands!

Beautiful luster!

Beautiful luster!

Round, beaded pearls known to the trade as Edisons.

Round, beaded pearls known to the trade as Edisons.

Dim Sum dinner with Hisano and Jeremy!

Dim Sum dinner with Hisano and Jeremy!

A little ‘peak’ from my adventure on my day off in Hong Kong.

Breathless — at 志蓮淨苑 Chi Lin Nunnery.

Breathless — at 志蓮淨苑 Chi Lin Nunnery.

Good bye for now, Hong Kong — at The Peak, Hong Kong.

Good bye for now, Hong Kong — at The Peak, Hong Kong

My Trip to the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

Elia and Hisano at the Hong Kong Jewelry Show

Elia and Hisano selecting pearls

I was very excited to go to Asia for the first time, and especially excited since the trip involved being let loose in a convention center full of millions of gems! I had imagined what it would be like, but this is something that you can’t quite picture in your head; you have to experience it. My first day there, the climate was exquisite. Some people thought it was too hot and humid, but I love tropical weather.

Jeremy, Hisano and I headed over to the show bright and early (which for me is 10 am.) There were people there from all over the world waiting to get in. I had pre-registered for the event, and even then, I had to wait in line for a whole hour to finally get my official badge! I’ve waited less to get on rollercoasters. Anyway, it was worth it. I mention this so you get an idea of the scope of this show.

Once inside, it was on! So many pearls, so little time! We scoured the place over the course of 4 days in order to buy the best South Sea, Tahitian, Akoya and Freshwater pearls on the market. It was great for me to meet many of our suppliers in person, and get to know them better. I really admire that Jeremy and Hisano speak Japanese (and Jeremy even some Mandarin) as this truly makes a difference in the international marketplace. Everybody speaks English, of course, but speaking the other person’s native tongue helps establish a deeper connection.

Elia and Hisano selecting ripple strands and AAA freshwater

Elia and Hisano selecting ripple strands and AAA freshwater

A few things that I realized at the show: Ripple Freshwater pearls are all the rage! They are still pretty rare, but they are only getting bigger and better. Same goes for Soufflé pearls – some of the metallic colors were stunning! And Edison pearls (bead-nucleated Freshwaters) are getting bigger and better, too. We saw some that rivaled the most lustrous South Seas, at a whopping 17mm or so. We hardly could tell them apart! As the farms become able to produce these higher-quality, larger freshwater pearls, the prices go up as well. The label ‘Freshwater’ does not mean that a pearl will be at the lower end of the price spectrum anymore!

A single, top-luster white freshwater and a South Sea strand

A single, top-luster white freshwater and a South Sea strand

Also, I realized how rare Blue Akoyas are! I used to think they were ubiquitous…Not so! Among the hundreds of vendors, I only saw two that were carrying them, and even then, they did not have many and none were loose and undrilled. I made a mental note to hype up the Blue Akoyas when I returned, because they really are rare and I wanted our customers to know, based on my experience.

Hisano and I did a lot of the choosing and cherry-picking, and then Jeremy would come in and handle the negotiations. He knows exactly how much every item needs to be in order for us to be able to list them at the discounted prices we offer at Pearl Paradise. I learned a lot just from watching him, but there is no way I could ever do this by myself! He does have years of experience, but also, I got the sense that the jewelry world is still kind of a man’s world (ironically?)

Before we left, I made sure to check out the Vintage Jewelry pavilion, because, when else would I get a chance to see one-of-a-kind special heirlooms like those? They were amazing! The prices were prohibitive (to someone like me), but they were the real deal (with tattered jewelry boxes from the early 1900s to prove it.) I did get some design ideas by looking at these, though.

Now that I am back I am getting ready for our July 1st Semi-Annual Clearance Sale, which will feature many one-of-a-kind items, as well as select styles at up to 80% off! I won’t spoil the surprise, but, I will say that there are some Ripples, Edisons, Soufflés, and Blue Akoyas, as well as vintage-inspired items.

Blue Vietnamese baroque akoya pearls

Blue Vietnamese baroque akoya pearls

The Best Kind of Gems

A new series with Allison M.

Pearls are not just a privilege to work with or own.  They consistently give us the privilege of getting to know great people all over the world who share our love.

We wouldn’t be able to make the memories of a lifetime without our friends in the pearl community. We’ve decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to some of our nearest and dearest.  So keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts where we’ll be featuring interviews with some of our friends who have fascinating stories to share about their own love affairs with pearls.

It’s become clear to us that what makes pearls even more valuable is the people these gems attract, and the friendships we’ve formed.  It’s definitely something to celebrate, and luckily there have been so many reasons to get together and enjoy each others’ company over the past few years – not that we always need a reason!

Nevertheless, we’ve gotten to eat, drink, dance, and make merry in some of California’s most beautiful locations with some of our favorite pearl people.

The annual Pearl Ruckus is always a sumptuous event, with hours to relax, compare and discuss all things pearl over the eagerly-awaited caviar spread (one of our favorite Pearl Paradise traditions) with our friends from the forum community.

A pearl party at the offices of Pearl Paradise

We have been getting together with our pearl friends every summer since 2009!

In 2012, our friends and staff adjourned to an estate in Malibu to do just that.

Pearl Ruckus 2012 location


some of the delicious food served

Great food!


Our friends

Great friends!

That sure seemed hard to top, but the ultimate ruckus turned out to be Jeremy and Hisano’s wedding in 2013. Friends and family gathered next to a sparkling ocean to watch the couple exchange vows.

The happy couple!

Guests were then were transported to a breathtakingly picturesque barn, where the celebration stretched long into the night.

Goregeous barn where the wedding reception was held

We’re looking forward to many more celebrations, pearls, and new friends.  Thanks for following us!