A few interesting pearl finds in Hong Kong

Sorry I’m late!

Hong Kong was fantastic once again and it really is starting to feel like a second home. I love Hong Kong in March because the weather is so perfectly mild. Contrast March with the Fall show and it’s like a spring day in the park vs a sauna set on high!

We were fortunate enough to find several things on wish lists and of course our staples, and also a few things that just sort jumped out at us.

Like these akoya!

Baroque Blue Akoya Pearls

I have to say, I don’t really know what to think of these. But I’d never seen akoya that looked like this before, so home they came. Hisano didn’t give me too much of a hard time because there were only three strands.

Just as a quick reminder, this is what most akoya pearls look like ;)

A sea of perfect akoya pearls

If you follow our Official Instagram Page, which Hisano and I personally upload photos to, you might have been privy to these monsters!

Huge Baroque freshwater pearls

That caliper doesn’t read 6.5 mm, by the way. It’s 16.5 mm. They are HUGE and they are going to be featured in our regular newsletter tomorrow. We only brought 23 strands home to test them out. They are some serious Wilmas.

Finally came the Tahitian, and yes I know Hisano posted a photo of it last month. But I fell in love with this strand the moment I saw it. Some of Pearl-Guide Ruckus friends know that I’ve got a small collection of football-shape pearls with the intention of someday matching enough to make a perfect strand and then this one comes along. The colors, the shape, the surface … it was one that really caught my attention. I typically have the strongest affinity for dark peacocks, which we get almost exclusively from Rikitea, Mangareva, but these are really something (so I am posting the photo again :) )

Strand of Tahitian pearls

The strand does now have a home, and I’ll have to say we got more emails about this strand than probably any other we’ve posted on this blog, and I’m thrilled that it went home with a friend of ours who will be attending the Ruckus. We get to meet this strand again!

 

Hong Kong Pearl Buying Trip Wish List Hunting – March, 2016

As usual, we hit the ground running looking for our staple items. The first day of the show reminds of those scenes we see every year on Black Friday – huge crowds rushing into the venue to shop.

The Japanese Akoyas were still very high in demand especially in the Asian market and we had to push our way through the Japan Pavilion to search for the smaller Akoya strands.

By now I have gotten used to squeezing myself between small pockets of space I find between people to get closer to the pearls and firmly tell other buyers to wait until I am done selecting when I see someone’s hand reaching over to my “keep” pile.

Since the March buying trip is a smaller buy for us we were able to take the time to look for the wish list items.
We had a lot of requests on 11-12 mm pairs of white Edisons. Unfortunately we didn’t see anything in that size that were lustrous and round enough to bring home.
But I was able to find a  lustrous silver overtone 14-15 mm pair.

14-15 mm white Edison pair with silver overtone

14-15 mm white Edison pair with silver overtone

I found one metallic round 11-12 mm Edison pearl. I couldn’t find a match but brought it back anyway because it’s amazing!

11 mm metallic Edison

11 mm metallic Edison

We were also on a search for metallic drops. We got few pairs but while I was going through the pile of drops I found this perfect oval shaped pair. It’s not metallic but it’s rare to see such pleasing shape… that matches!

Perfect drop pair

Perfect 9-10 mm drop pair

We had a request from a customer who lost half a pair of her metallic studs. After going through a large box full of metallic pearls we found a match! It was quite literally the only pearl like it in the box. It made us happy that the new pair can be enjoyed once again.

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Pairing colorful Freshwater drops are way more fun than pairing black and white Akoyas.

Metallic drop pairs

Metallic drop pairs

Sometimes our wishlist hunt can take years. I received a request from a special client and friend to look for a perfect drop shaped white south sea pair. I searched and searched for two and  a half years and finally met the right pair! Perfectly paired perfect drops are incredibly difficult to find.

Our photographer getting creative with the drop pair photo!

Our photographer getting creative with the drop pair photo!

We haven’t decided on the setting but it is very exciting to finally find a pair.

There was also a rather unusual request on a wish list. A client was looking for golden south sea heart shaped pearls. When Jeremy and I actually found them we were pleasantly surprised. Not only do they exists, they are actually quite beautiful. I am not a fan of heart-shaped jewelry but this golden south sea heart had the right curves, plump body and a beautiful deep golden color.

We learned that there is one special farm in Indonesia that cultures these hearts and they only grow 200 pearls per year.

Golden Heart Pearl

Golden Heart Pearl

Jeremy found a strand that made his heart sing. It was toward the end of the show when one of our vendors was showing us some white south sea baroque strands when this unique Tahitian strand caught his eye. The strand has the most subtle pastel assortment of colors with fiery, intense overtones. The size range is 10-11.9 mm.

He almost put it back but I convinced him that sometimes we need to get something that we fall in love with. He agreed. He really loves Tahitian pearls and this strand truly is special.

Unique Tahitian drop strand

Unique Tahitian oval strand

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There was something that I fell in love too. I found a small bundle of tiny Tahitian keshi strands. Although small, the strands stood out with their dark green body color and how smooth the shapes were.

The size start at 3 mm and up to 5.5 mm. The vendor said it was a labor of love and he enjoyed creating the strands.
I selected a strand for myself and one for someone special who also has an affinity towards tiny pearls like I do.

Delicious tiny Tahitian keshi strand

Delicious tiny Tahitian keshi strand

We’re also going to be introducing a new pearl for Mother’s day. Stay tuned for our email newsletter and upcoming blogs for the BIG reveal!

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:

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Enjoy!

Resort Pearls

For the past few months, I’ve been eyeing everything orange; orange purses, orange clothes, orange accessories, etc. According to Feng Shui, the color orange represents departure, leadership, femininity and fertility, which was the perfect color-theme for the Hawaii trip we had planned with my parents right after the holiday season was over.

We took the Norewegian Cruise Line that departed from Oahu and stopped at Maui, Big Island and Kauai.  Since you get to dress up a lot on cruise ships I took a handful of my favorite pearls that would complement orange! My latest addition was of course my orange 18-19 mm Fireball earrings set on 14K yellow gold hooks.  Jeremy and I purchased a nice selection of Fireball pairs at the Hong Kong Jewelry show last September.  Jeremy stumbled on the same company where he bought the first giant black Edison Pearla at the show in the Spring. The manager of the booth noticed Jeremy talking to one of his biggest clients and decided to give us the highest-level discount from marked on everything we purchased.  Naturally I took advantage of it and started opening all the boxes that contained Fireballs. I started hand picking (normally you would need to buy the whole card even if there are pearls with flaws or poor matching) and this pair was one of the cherry picked ones we brought back.

Jeremy has a way of charming the pearl producers in China. They get a real kick out of this big white guy that negotiates in Mandarin.  The pair I picked for myself  has very warm orange-gold body color with excellent silver overtone. It’s not as metallic as the other pairs that we purchased but the earrings worked great with my orange beach bag with white sundress.  Most of the time I paired the earrings with my red coral branch pendant with turquoise flat faceted teardrop beads on 18K yellow gold chain that I made years ago.  I loved wearing them during the trip and saw my mom eyeing them the whole entire trip. I think I need to make a pair for her birthday or Mother’s day. Now I can’t wait for the summer.