The 50th Anniversary of a Beloved Gem

Much of pearling world missed an important anniversary last year – the 50th anniversary of the Chinese freshwater pearl industry.

It was 1962, when a Chinese professor by the name of Xiong Daren of the Fisheries Institute of Zhanjiang conducted the first experiments culturing freshwater pearl mussels that mimicked the production of pearls in Lake Biwa Japan, but with a native Chinese shell. That same year, freshwater pearl farms in the Jiangsu province began growing pearls using Daren’s methods

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by Jeremy Shepherd

Freshley harvested freshwater pearls

Harvesting freshwater pearls

 

 

Black Friday Pearl Specials!

Another live Pearl Chat!

We are so excited to have Pearl Queen Cynde with us again today hosting a live Pearl Chat with Google Hangouts.

Our apologies if the chat is full when you arrive, but we will be posting the full video later on this afternoon.

Click here to join the  chat!

Here is the YOUTUBE feed!

Continuing Bridget’s Legacy

Within the last year we were deeply honored to be a part of the “A Pearl to Bridget” project, a grassroots project started by Malinda Humes and Alisen Dupré, to honor a courageous breast cancer advocate, Bridget Spence. Her story of fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer beginning at age 21, and her passing at the young age of 29 has inspired thousands of people around the world.

We have designed a pink “Faith” pearl and diamond pendant in honor of Bridget and 100% of the profits will be donated to the Susan G Komen 60 Mile 3 Day through a local team, “Bridget’s Brigade,” who will be walking in her memory next month in San Diego.

One New Pearl Jewelry Design a Week

Last week’s new design

Those of you following our blog last month may have see the live broadcast we did with two of our friends, Cynde and Wendy, the day we launched the Pearl Connoisseur Sale. During the broadcast, Wendy interviewed one of our newest team members John, who showed off the new production studio where we are now making our own jewelry designs completely from scratch.

From this point forward, we will be introducing at least one new design per week and posting the new design to our Facebook page where it will be introduced and be on sale for the following week at a minimum of 20% off. This way our friends and customers can decide whether or not they like the new design, which will determine whether or not we keep it (of course)!

So if you would like to follow along, be sure to check out our Facebook page every Friday and let us know what you think!