Something special for the true pearl connoisseurs

Over the past few buying trips to Asia, Hisano and I have begun spending more and more time finding special pearls that break from the norm; pearls we appreciate for their rarity and beauty – often individual pearls that are best suited to be designed around. We’ve started amassing quite a collection of giant baroque pearls, rare-colored metallic pearls, Giant Edison button pearls, and many pieces that just caught our eye. But given that so many of these pieces are one of a kind, they never really have the chance to make it onto the website as regular items.

August is going to change this, but with a twist! Hisano, John and Allison have been busy this month, creating a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces as well as special, repeatable pieces with very limited selection. This collection is being created with true pearl connoisseurs in mind, so we are going to do what we can to make sure the connoisseurs see the collection first!

On Thursday, we will be posting a link to the special page from this blog only - that is when the connoisseur collection will be made available. The page will not be linked to the main website like most monthly specials until next week, and we will not be sending out an email to our newsletter subscriber list until next week.

A Sneak Peek!

Metallic White Drop Earrings

8 mm, metallic white drop freshwater pearls on 14k French wire for $35 – only 12 pairs available


Three strands of perfect, metallic white drops

Large, color-shifting metallics with complementing colored stone combinations

One HUGE, undrilled 17 mm button-shape Tahitian pearl

One HUGE, undrilled 17 mm button-shape Tahitian pearl

International Pearl Design Competition, 2013-2014

Cultured Pearl Association of AmericaThe Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces major enhancement to the 2013-2014 International Pearl Design Contest (IPDC).

Providence, RI –July 17, 2013

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc., proudly announces that this year’s winner of the IPDC’s Presidents Award will receive their own museum showcase at the 2014, JCK Show located in the CPAA World Pearl Booth. This opportunity to showcase a collection, in addition to the winning piece, provides phenomenal exposure to thousands of show visitors.

The fourth annual International Pearl Design Competition is open until September 3rd, 2013, including global entries. Winners will be announced on November 1st, 2013. For complete entry information please visit

The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc is a nonprofit group founded in 1957, comprised of the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and suppliers of Cultured Pearls in the United States.

The CPAA’s mission is to “cultivate” awareness, interest, demand and successful marketability of Cultured Pearls for the retail community and the consumer level. Through promotion, education, public relations and unwavering commitment, they aim to inspire an authentic passion for all Cultured Pearl varieties.

For more information contact Kathy Grenier or Bo Perry of the CPAA at 888-31-PEARL or 401-432-9990.


3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining

We just received the following  link to a video trailer from our friends at Atlas Pearl in Indonesia. The movie, 300 Hands: Sharing and Sustaining, shows the people and work behind the beautiful South Sea pearls produced by our friend Mr. Joseph Taylor and the folks at Atlas.

We can’t wait for whole movie!

3000 Hands: Sharing & Sustaining Trailer from Arun Ketsirat Gartner on Vimeo.

What to do with a 55 mm pearl?!

Every time our buying team takes a trip to Asia, we are always excited to see what sort of “special goodies” they might return with. This past March, Jeremy and Hisano attended one of the large Hong Kong jewelry shows (they are headed back to the show next week, by the way) and spent a day finding those one-of-a-kind pieces that are just too good to be true!

The pearl below is a perfect example. This monster is 55 mm in length and 35 mm wide! What does one do with a pearl this large? We could design around the pearl by putting a trunk and a couple of horns on her to create a pearly wooly-mammoth. We could just create a basic brooch and let the pearl speak for itself.

We haven’t decided what to do this this pearl yet, but in the meantime, everyone should get the chance to enjoy Mother Nature’s massive work of art!

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm

A giant freshwater pearl measuring a whopping 55 by 35 mm

Congratulations Fawna H., Ticket number 2648!

We would like to extend our congratulations to Fawna H., winner of the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Flower Island Resort in the Philippines! Her lucky ticket number 2648 was drawn on Monday afternoon.

Have fun, Fawna!