Late Summer/Early Fall Pearl Style Guide

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Summer is still prevalent in sunny Los Angeles. This style guide is for the summer fans who are still enjoying the pool side BBQ’s and sun bathing at the beach, but also for women who are looking forward to the cooler and quieter days of early fall.

The organic shape and metallic luster of keshi pearls are fun way to spruce up a casual wear. Whether you wear them alone or in multiples, keshi pearls make your outfit pop. The model is wearing white and pink Freshwater keshi necklaces and keshi dangle earrings.

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Another ensemble that works great with casual white and black outfits are metallic whites. We love our new Violet earrings with 7-8 mm white metallic drops and you can never go wrong with a strand of metallic white pearls!

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Soft neutral-color shirts and pants are essential items for work. The delicate colors of champagne and ivory pairs well with the satiny luster of white and golden south sea pearls. The studs are a timeless, classic statement that is popular among powerful women in the professional field.

We’re delighted to have expanded our collection of South Sea pendants as well. Through our design debuts on First Look Fridays, we have introduced over 20 new pendant designs within the past year. The Aura pendant is simple yet elegant adding just enough sparkles to the South Sea Pearl.

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Cool white South Sea pearls tend to be set on white gold settings but also looks great with yellow gold. Here’s another sophisticated look for day at the office.

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Tahitian pearls were so popular this summer. Dark body Tahitian strands are great accessory for end-of-summer parties. The peacock overtone with dark green bodycolor is a great compliment to strong hues like magenta.

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We love the bold look of dark against dark but Tahitian pearls are very versatile and can work with any color. Black fabric with Tahitian looks professional and sharp, light colors can create a feminine feel and you can look polished and clean with neutral color ways.

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What pearls will you be wearing for the new season?

Pearls and the Environment, by Douglas McLaurin

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.

Pearl-Guide Ruckus 2014

The Pearl Guide Ruckus, 2014

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

How I Found My Ruckus Pearls, by Pricescope’s FlyGirl, and a second thread of Ruckus Neck Shots (what a brilliant idea!)

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.

What to do with a 55 mm pearl — challenge accepted!

A monster of a pearlAbout a year and a half ago, Hisano and I brought back a truly giant, baroque pearl from Asia. It measured a whopping 55 mm in length and 35 mm in width. The shape was very interesting as well. It looked to some like the beginnings of a wooly mammoth, others saw clouds. To me it looked like the potential for something big and something special. It just needed an artist with a vision to create something amazing.

In a blog post back in June of 2013, we asked the question, “what to do with a 55 mm pearl?” I am thankful to say that a dear friend of mine and long-time member of the Pearl-Guide community answered that question.

Sheri Jurnecka of Junecka Creations loves big pearls. She also has a special affinity toward octupi, and likes to use giant single pearls as bulbous heads.

A Jurnecka Creation

A Jurnecka Creation

Sheri spent quite a while thinking about the different possibilities for such a pearl. She sketched several different options before having a moment of realization. This giant behemouth of a pearl looked strikingly similar to the body of a leafy sea dragon!

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

The leafy sea dragon is native to the southern part of Australia and is aptly named due to its uncanny resemblance to a dragon. But unlike its fire-breathing mythical cousin, this dragon grows only around 20 centimeters in length and lives underwater. Sheri used this creature as a source of inspiration to create a stunning piece of art.

At the Pearl-Guide ruckus two weekends ago (another blog post will be coming on that in the not-too-distant future), Sheri unveiled her answer to the challenge — what to do with a 55 mm pearl.

Sheri and her leafy sea dragon

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A few special pieces will be debuting next week!

As those of you on our email list know, we’ve been adding new pieces to our mid-year clearance page every Tuesday this month (and most things are snapped up by mid-afternoon). Well next week we’ve got a few new things that we’re extra excited about – round, metallic-white freshwater strands!

If a strand of those mirrored white orbs have been on your list, keep an eye on the sale page on Tuesday morning! The strands are all long (think 35 inches and longer) and truly special!

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We chose a special new style of clasp for one of the upcoming options!

We chose a special new style of clasp for one of the upcoming options!