My Favorite Finds from Hong Kong March Trip

Metallic Souffle Pearls

It’s been over a week since we came back from Hong Kong but pearls are still trickling in. We were very focused on replenishing low-stock items and started the show looking for Tahitians on day one, Akoya strands on day two and freshwater pearls on day three.

Here are just a few of my favorite finds!

On day one while I was “supposed” to be looking for Tahitian loose rounds, this small lot of Golden South Sea keshi pearls caught my eye.  A Japanese vendor had an assortment of keshi pearls and this was the smallest lot he had.  We purchased a small lot of white South Sea keshi pearls at the last show and these keshi pearls were even smaller. I used the white South Sea keshi for a ring for my little h collection and I will be adding these golden beauties to the line as well.

Golden South Sea keshi pearls

On day two we stopped by our freshwater pearl friend’s booth just to say ‘Hi’ before searching for Akoya pearls but we ended up staying for a bit because our friend had set aside some metallic strands for us. As Lynsey and I started looking through the lot to check the quality, we came across these strands that matched my special ring.  It was very unexpected and I can’t wait to make something special with them.
Metallic freshwater pearl strands that matched my special ring

In our hunt for Akoya, we decided to visit our friends who are Japanese, but operate an Akoya pearl farm in Vietnam. Back in September, we bought almost all of his extra-special loose baroque pearls. I knew that he was hesitant to sell the pearls because he wasn’t planning on making them anymore. I felt a little bad and decided to make two pearls into pendants for his daughters and gave them to him at the show. He was also really excited to hear that so many people had expressed interest in his pearls after my September Show blog post.

He told us that he is just now starting implantation for a new crop of natural blue baroque Akoyas and that it would be another two years before he would be able harvest them again.  The baroques he had at this show were from a selection that he had locked in a safe for a number of years to prove that the color would not change. Jeremy decided to purchase everything he had left.

Natural color baroque akoya pearls from Vietnam

Day three was all about freshwater pearls. Lynsey looked for metallic strands and Jeremy and I went through the buy list of our standard items. While I was sorting 6.5-7 mm freshwater strands Jeremy left the booth. He always says, “I’ll be right back” but that usually turns into half an hour (at least) or more. He cannot walk across the show without bumping into someone. Whether it’s our friends Kevin and Alana from Pearls of Joy, or vendors who we used to work with, everyone wants to talk to Jeremy.

An hour or so went by when he came back and when I was just about to nag him for not “working”, he surprised me with this interesting pearl. He went over to Grace Pearl’s booth to compare some pricing and found this Edison drop pearl. It was set in a 14K white gold bale and sold as finished jewelry but since the color was so unique, Jeremy bought it anyway.

I decided to remove the white gold bale and refresh the look with our Adore pendant in rose gold.

Jeremy and I get to look for fun pearls usually on the last day of the show. This is when we can concentrate on looking for wish list pearls and something different for our promotional events.

Here are some yummy fireballs:

Besides the regular Fireballs, we also found coin nucleated versions.

We had some special requests for small size soufflés that can be made into rings. Out of two containers full of smaller size soufflés, these are the smallest special ones I was able to find. These petite soufflés are 11-15 mm.

Since we had a little more time than usual, we matched some white fireball strands and small souffle strands from for-sale-as-loose pearl lots.

We’re excited to start designing with these wonderful pearls!

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.