Continuing with the video series from the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus in Palos Verdes, here is Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls giving a presentation about his life on a Tahitian pearl farm and about effecting change with sustainable pearl farming.
As promised, here is the first of several videos shot at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus held in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Douglas McLaurin gives a fantastic overview of the Mexican pearl industry and specifically what impacts his pearl farm has on the environment.
We were so honored again this year to play host for the fifth year in a row to dozens of our “Pearl” friends from around the world. For a long, three-day weekend, we participated in pearl discussions, talks, a pearl-laden party (the RUCKUS!) and of course pearl shopping!
This year, the festivities were held at an estate in Palos Verdes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather was fantastic; morning haze for perfect diffused natural light to appreciate the true beauty of pearls, and sunny afternoons, which brought paradise-like sunsets.
For our friends that couldn’t make it this year, we have something special coming up! We decided to film all the talks, the discussion and pearl-friend interviews! We are busy with the editing now and the first video, a talk given by Mr. Douglas McLaurin of the Sea of Cortez pearl farm in Mexico, will be posted this week.
Since we have videos coming, I’ve decided to skip posting a full overview here, and instead share links to forum threads started my our friends who attended and a collection of photos posted on Facebook!
Wendy and Cynde’s account – A Weekend Spent in Paradise at the 2014 Ruckus
BSomlo’s My 2014 Ruckus Experience
A finally, a thread dedicated to Hisano’s little h Pearl Geode and Finestrino line, which debuted the evening of the Ruckus.
Back in September I purchased a very special lot of loose, Vietnamese akoya pearls while at the Hong Kong show. They were large (for akoya), individual pearls with insane color and super-thick nacre. Since I wrote the blog post about these rare beauties we’ve had many inquiries for pendants, earrings and strands. We just didn’t have enough to make them available on the website.
At the show in March, however, Jeremy and I were able to get all of the remaining strands from the same pearl farmer who owns and runs the pearl farm in Vietnam, so we finally have a small selection that will be made available on the site as the June Monthly Special this week (the email will go out tomorrow – June 3rd).
These pearls not only have natural, exquisite blue body color but also very thick nacre. The farmer told us these pearls were under water longer than the typical Akoyas. The farmer also experimented by storing theses strands in a safe for five years to test the longevity of the color. He found out that the color remained the same. He decided to release this batch in March – between us and our friends from another company, we purchased everything he had. He told us that it will be another two years before he would harvest the new batch of baroque Akoyas.
With the loose pearls I decided to make simple but elegant earrings and pendants that focused on showcasing the natural beauty of pearls. I chose few of John’s molds. For the light blue Akoyas with warm body color I paired it with yellow gold and chose white gold for the cooler tones. A single bezel set diamond is just enough to accentuate the baroque pearl. The triple diamond earrings has an elegant but quiet presence. There will only be a few pieces available, but each is very special and unique.
I hope you love these rare pearls as much as we do!