Want to Visit a Pearl Farm in Fiji?

Our friends atthe JHunter Pearl farm in Fiji are hosting a lucky pair of winners of the Cultured Pearl Association of America Pearl Farm Visit raffle next year.

The drawing is in two weeks and there are a lot of unsold tickets, which means the odds of winning are better that just about any other sort of raffle or lottery out there.

Talk about the perfect stocking stuffers – just 10 bucks! :) Click here to read more.

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Truly Special Vietnamese Akoya Pearls

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The wait is finally over! The labor of love has finally arrived and it did not dissapoint. Our friends have worked tirelessly to create the most special color Vietnamese Akoya strands for us. Not only the farmer and his family were able to make amazing blue strands, they were also able to create stunning colors in gold, pistachio, silver blue and multi colors. The arrival of the strands took longer than anticipated but was well worth the wait.  Because of the limited quantities we are doing a special “blog only sale” for these beauties before the Black Friday rush.

To give you an idea of how “blue” these blue strands are here is a comparison photo of our regular stock blue Akoya strands:
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The top 3 strands are our regular stock and the bottom 4 are the intense blue strands from Vietnam. Although the size is a lot smaller, they are so captivating!
We have two sizes of the blue baroque strands: 5-6 mm and 6-7 mm.

VQNA00-B Blue Baroque 5-6 mm

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5-6 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

VQN100-B 6-7 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

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6-7 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

There are also few silver blue and silver pistachio strands:

VQNA00-SP 5-6 mm Silver Pistachio Baroque Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Silver Pistachio Baroque Akoya Necklace

VQNA00-SB 5-6 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

 

VQN100-SB 6-7 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

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6-7 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Necklace

VRNA00-SB 5-6 mm Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

VRN100-SB 6-7 mm Round to Near Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

VRN100-SB
6-7 mm Round to Near Round Silver Blue Akoya Necklace

There are also three large loose pearls that are just truly special:

VQL-B1 11-12 mm Silver Blue Oval shape loose Akoya Pearl

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11-12 mm Silver Blue Oval shape loose Akoya Pearl

VQL-B2 12-13 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Loose Pearl

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12-13 mm Silver Blue Baroque Akoya Loose Pearl

VQL-B3 8 x 16 mm Intensely Blue Baroque Akoya loose Pearl

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8 x 16 mm Intensely Blue Baroque Akoya loose Pearl

I am also in love with these golden strands. The medium gold Akoya pops with refreshing lemon yellow tone and the deep gold has rich body color with beautiful silver and rose overtones.

VRNA00-MG 5-6 mm Round Medium Gold Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Medium Gold Akoya Necklace

VRNA00-DG 5-6 mm Round Deep Gold Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round Deep Gold Akoya Necklace

The multi colors are also beautiful!

VRNA90 5-6 mm Round to Near Round Multi Color Akoya Necklace

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5-6 mm Round to Near Round Multi Color Akoya Necklace

We have a limited amount of loose pearls as well. For the loose pearls in blue, silver blue and gold, please contact me at hisano@pearlparadise.com and I can match a pair for your strand or offer them as loose.

We’re so excited to offer these special pearls!

Here is the special page. It’s currently only accessible from this blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PP Black Friday is just a few days away!

Our Black Friday sale starts at 9 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, November 26th and continues at 9 am on Friday, November 27th, with another release of Black Friday specials!

For our friends and clients who looked forward to the Connoisseur Sale that didn’t happen this year, we created a selection of special, one-of-a-kind Connoisseur items for this event! It’s going to be fun!

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Special pearls from the September Hong Kong Show

I am a bit late posting about the September pearl buy but I didn’t forget! September is the biggest show of the year for us because we select inventory for the Christmas season and that means a lot (and I mean a lot) of inventory. Hisano and I don’t have much time to look for the “fun” stuff in September!

But that isn’t to say we didn’t have fun! We had so many friends that were at the show, and three people came just to join us; Chenai our director of operations, and Blaire and Sheri from Pearl-Guide forum! Blaire is the managing editor of Pearl-Guide News and Sheri is a long-time member who has made it to all the Ruckuses.

Sheri offered to help Hisano, Chenai and I sort and so I gave her just one job – sort out two lots of special metallic half-drill white pearls and select out just the pearls that screamed at her. We called them Sheri’s Screamers.

Sheri sorting the metallics

This is a shot of a few of the screamers as she was pulling them out. Metallic is metallic – shiny is not metallic. These pearls are metallic. And they scream!

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Sheri sorted out 185 grams, ranging from 6-9 mm pearls. To save you from doing the math, that comes out to six strands with a few extra grams to spare. Part of the reason I’m a bit late with this post is because I wanted to wait until we had the half-drill pearls fully-drilled and matched into strands.

Six strands of Sheri's Screaming metallic pearls

Six strands of Sheri’s Screaming metallic pearls

While those screamers are something else, the main standout to me were loose, beaded white rounds in big sizes. Freshwater pearls have never looked like this before. I ended up matching two strands in sizes 9.3-12.3 and 10.5-15 mm. BIG!

Large round whites

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We also met with our friends who farm akoya pearls in Vietnam, and they are now so close to having those special baroque blue strands in our hands! We really had hoped they would be here before November 1st, but it looks like they might not arrive for another week at least.

Until next time!

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 Pearl-Guide.com and Ruckus friends) and ate some Amazing food!

Dinner

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!