Spring Summer Pearl Lookbook 2014

We are excited to complete another successful Spring/Summer set of collections. It was a strenuous project juggling Pearl Paradise designs along with our sister site Pearl Collective, but we were able to complete them just in time for our PR editorial event in New York. We were able to create four collections this season.

The Encircled Collection was designed and created by John. He focused his design on the deep ridges or indented lines that are prominent in baroque Tahitian pearls. He started experimenting with texturing thin flattened wire and created these designs. It is a very meticulous process since each band is fitted specifically to a pearl.

The Encircled necklace above was was pulled for a request by Real Simple magazine and is now on the cover of April issue! It’s hiding down there in the lower right corner but it’s there!

 

Jeremy and I found some wide baroque Freshwater pearl strands at one of our buying trips in Hong Kong. The subtle creases and dimples on the pearls interest me and I gathered small prong set diamonds on posts and sprinkled them onto the pearls. The small points that were created by the diamonds looked like constellation so I named it the Celestial Collection. I love the combination of subtle diamonds and big pearls!

The Prima Collection was designed for everyday wear. We wanted to showcase that everyday pearls don’t have to be generic white strand of pearls. The simulated Turquoise nucleated carved pearls are set on simple settings and yet have so much presence. The large Edison pearls are fun to wear when you want something large and bold. Our classic Tahitian styles are still our best sellers every year.

The Link Collection is something I’ve wanted to make for awhile. I found onyx and agate hand carved links at the Hong Kong show and immediately wanted to play with them. The jet black onyx works perfectly with the dark green Tahitians and the white agate complimented soft lavenders of soufflé pearls. I also wanted to make contrasting bold necklaces using the largest onyx links and the large white Freshwater baroques.

Below is the link to our lookbook:

PP LOOKBOOK SS14-small

Enjoy!

My First Hong Kong Pearl Buying Trip

Team member Lynsey joined Hisano and Jeremy on the March 2014 Hong Kong Jewelry Show buying trip

What an amazing trip! This past week I had the opportunity to join Jeremy and Hisano at the International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show in Hong Kong.  I arrived late on Sunday night, exhausted but excited to see what Hong Kong and the buying trip was all about. After a 17-hour flight straight across the Pacific ocean I jumped on a train and headed to the Kowloon side of Hong Kong to meet up with J & H who had arrived earlier that week. The city was a blur of lights, people and speeding double-stacked buses.  Every corner was lit up with neon signs and high-rise buildings. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I got settled into my hotel for the night only to realize that 9 p.m. in Hong Kong meant 5 a.m. to me.  Surprisingly enough, between the time difference and my excitement I still managed to get some sleep.

The show started first thing on Monday morning and I must have been running on pure adrenaline. I have never in my life seen so many pearls! Every color, size, type and quality imaginable as far as the eye could see. It was overwhelming and inspiring all at the same time. I spent three days at the show learning about the buying process and what really goes into finding quality pearls amidst the massive quantities that are being cultured. While we were there collecting strands for Pearl Paradise and searching for wish list items, I went hunting for the ever elusive metallic white pearls. I can honestly say that metallic strands are one in a million. Out of hundreds of booths and hundreds of vendors from all over Asia, there were only a handful of metallic pearls to be found. I knew they were uncommon and hard to find but I had no clue how exceptional they truly were. To find even one strand was an accomplishment!

My Hong Kong trip was quick, but the experience was immense and not one I will soon forget! The majority of my days were spent at the show working with the pearls, where hours can escape from you in what seems like a manner of minutes. Under the intensity of the bright lights with so much to look at I felt awake and energized all day until I sat down for dinner of course, where my biggest battle each night was keeping my eyes open long enough to enjoy the amazing food in front of me.

Despite my busy schedule I managed to do a little exploring and see a few sites!  It was a whirlwind adventure that felt like a dream after the long flight back and two days of sleeping off  jet lag. I’m back in the office now watching as the packages of pearls from the show start to arrive and getting to share my excitement with everyone else as they are opened!

It’s true what they say there is no place like home, but it seems to me that there is no place like Hong Kong either!

Back in Los Angeles with some of the pearls we selected in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show 2014

The large pearl and gem show put together by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council is just around the corner once again, this time with a twist! This year the council is introducing a new concept called “Two Shows Two Venues.” The first show (the one that interests us) will be held at the Asia World-Expo and will feature loose gems and pearls. The second show features finished jewelry and will be held at the main exhibition center. The shows combined expect to attract more than 40,000 visitors from nearly 50 countries.

Hisano and I will  be leaving for Hong Kong next week and Lynsey from Customer Support will be joining us – it’s her first trip to Asia and she’s pretty excited. Our pearl buying team is growing!

As always, if there are any special requests from the show, please feel free to email me or anyone on the team. We would be happy to search for that special pearl or strand.

Hisano Shepherd matching pearls

Valentine’s Day Style Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day is this week! How would you style your day with pearls? We love to play dress up and here are some styles that take an ordinary Friday night and turn it into pearly and romantic Valentine’s Day!

Wearing red may sounds cliché, but if it’s done right with a solid color dress and white Akoya pearls in yellow gold settings, a kitchy idea can turn into classic sophistication. Our new Trinity collection gives the right amount of glam with cluster of diamonds. Classic bracelets are staple piece to wear on their own or stacked for captivating appearance.

For someone who is looking for the extraordinary, soufflé styles are perfect! The irregular shapes are fun and the plump surface is scrumptious.  Blue baroque Akoya pearls are great addition to bring out the hint of blue found in the light-weight, silver-white soufflé pearls. Who says you can’t look amazing and be comfortable?

This black dress is made with stretchy material and we paired it with pointy flats, so you can eat the dessert and dance all night without pain! The versatile 35-inch necklace can be layered with a strand of blue baroque Akoyas or doubled up for a bountiful look. The tin-cup style gets you the effortless and “casual but definitely not simple” presentation.

Tahitian pearls are for the ultimate lux seeker. We’re obsessed with our new Elegance collection earrings and the Tahitian rounds make it extra chic. The bold green tones of the Tahitian pearls give a grown up edge to the otherwise cute ruffled dress. Why not stack a classic Tahitian ring with thin gold bands? Stackable rings are in and our classic ring styles are the perfect stackable statement rings.

Tahitian round necklaces are the modern day necklace every woman should have. Not only are they useful for special occasions, they’re a great way to amp up your everyday outfit. The unique colors and luscious overtones are far from “your grandmother’s pearls” image.

Whether you go with Akoyas, Freshwaters, South Seas or soufflé, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to  show off your favorite pearls.

 

Two Pearl Predictions for 2014

Nearly every year the news coming out of China is that freshwater pearl prices are on the rise. It’s notable that these warnings typically become more vocal around the time of the main jewellery and gem shows in Hong Kong, but this year I believe prices are undoubtedly set to rise on a wholesale level.

According to Michael Tse of the Heng Mei Pearl Company, expecting fine returns, investors bought up raw materials in 2013, leading to much higher prices. Some estimates indicated cost increases as high as 40%.

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by Jeremy Shepherd