The Annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale begins tomorrow!

A single magical Tahitian pearlIt’s time once again for our second annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale! Around 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, we’ll post a link on this blog to a hidden page on PearlParadise.com. We won’t be sending out an immediate email to make sure that our friends who read this are the first to see what we’ve created! Here is a link to last year’s blog about the sale.

Expect to see fancy loose Tahitian pearls that we selected as being the most special from the 5,600 loose pearl lot of peacock drops, as well as a few harvest strands and more.

Also this year we are introducing for the first time, Hisano Shepherd’s little h line of Pearl Geodes and Finestrino! Hisano has been hard at work slicing some of our finest souffle and Tahitian pearls, polishing and boring out the centers and setting white diamonds, black diamonds, sapphires, rubies and even seed pearls into them. We will publish a short video of her Pearl-Guide Ruckus Presentation about this new line later this afternoon!

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A few pieces from the little h Pearl Geode line

Finestrino (Italian for little window) with seed pearls

Finestrino with seed pearls

Effecting Change, with Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls

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.

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.