Some amazing pearls from Hong Kong, June 2016

We made it back from Hong Kong and have finally started sorting out all the special pieces!

As you may have seen from the blog post last week, Hisano and I were accompanied by Erin from our customer service team. She was responsible for the wishlist and had a great time being nearly overwhelmed by Hong Kong and the giant gem show. While she was there, she was interviewed by NHK TV! They only used a small part of the interview, but you can see her starting from 0.53 on the NHK website.

June is not typically a “big buy month” for us as we enter the summer season, but we did find some special pearls.

Typically the finest strands of ripple pearls are multicolor. We had a request for a darker strand with all similar colors so we asked the company that creates all the best ripples if we could pick and choose pearls from a pile of different undrilled, matched strands to create a couple of special ones. They agreed! We left the strands in Hong Kong to be drilled and they just arrived this week.

A special strand of Ripple pearls

Hisano LOVES Vietnamese akoya pearls and we always visit the Japanese family that farms them. Hisano is working with them on another special project for later in the year, but she still had to get a few strands of special, natural-color pearls that just spoke to her.

Colorful Vietnamese akoya pearls

Natural color Vietnamese akoya pearls

Before the show we sent a request to one of our suppliers who owns a farm and a processing factory. We asked for something known in the freshwater trade as raw materials. These are pearls as the come, straight out of the mussels with no processing of any kind.

We tend to get quite a number of requests from people who are seeking completely untreated and undrilled pearls for astrological reasons. They need to be round and they can’t have a bead. This means they can only be freshwater pearls.

Our friends were kind enough to sort out about a hundred loose pearls for us before the show. They range from 9 to just under 11 millimeters.

Untreated and undrilled round freshwater pearls

This next pair of pearls was an interesting find. Finding a perfect pair of drops can be exceedingly difficult but we’ve had requests for them, so when I spotted this pair we snapped it up.

Gold South Sea drop pair

We were able to spend quite a bit of time with our friend Justin Hunter and his wife this trip and Hisano finally sorted and selected some Fijian pearls! She is already working on a new little h design with them.

Selecting Fijian pearls

A selection of colorful pearls from Fiji

Finally, there were some Edison freshwater pearls that took our breath away. They are so metallic, they look like little mirrored orbs. We picked up one small lot of only around a dozen of them in 11-12 mm, and some 15 mm singles that are just unreal.

15 mm metallic Edison Pearl

Metallic Edison pairs

And finally some “just because” colorful Edison drops. We decided to take them just because they were too beautiful to pass up!

Large and colorful Edison pearl drops

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

VQNA00-B
5-6 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

VQN100-B 6-7 mm Blue Baroque Necklace

VQN100-B
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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

VRNA00-SB
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

VQL-B3
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

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

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

VRNA00-DG
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

VRNA90
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Intense Blue Vietnamese Akoya

We had another great time in Hong Kong, although it was a shorter trip than usual. Somebody accidentally booked flights arriving Hong Kong a day late. We still found most of the pearls we were looking for so I forgave him;)

While at the show, we always try to visit our friends who farm akoya pearls in Vietnam. They are a small, family-run operation that does such special things with akoya pearls, like the beauties I blogged about nearly two years ago and of course this crazy pistachio strand.

This time their show was about small loose lots of special pearls! Most were quite small, but some were little monsters!

Baroque Vietnamese akoya with intense colors

While the large pearls are amazing, what really captivated my attention were the smaller pearls with colors so dark, they went from blue to almost a purple. I have always loved little pearls!

I started separating out the darkest ones.

Hisano examining baroque akoya

Although the pearls are small (mostly in the 5-6 mm range), they are farmed in Vietnam so the nacre deposition is highly accelerated due to the warmer water so the nacre is extremely thick.

They only sell pearls like these loose, which is very typical with really special pearls. But making a strand of these beauties would be amazing … our friends offered to do it for us! They promised to collect the pearls for us over the next two months and make a few strands. They are going to be so special!

Hisano examining loose baroque akoya

 

Something Special: Vietnamese akoya pearls

Vietnamese akoya pearls

Back in September I purchased a very special lot of loose, Vietnamese akoya pearls while at the Hong Kong show. They were large (for akoya), individual pearls with insane color and super-thick nacre. Since I wrote the blog post about these rare beauties we’ve had many inquiries for pendants, earrings and strands. We just didn’t have enough to make them available on the website.

At the show in March, however, Jeremy and I were able to get all of the remaining strands from the same pearl farmer who owns and runs the pearl farm in Vietnam, so we finally have a small selection that will be made available on the site as the June Monthly Special this week (the email will go out tomorrow – June 3rd).

Vietnamese akoya pearl pendantThese pearls not only have natural, exquisite blue body color but also very thick nacre. The farmer told us these pearls were under water longer than the typical Akoyas. The farmer also experimented by storing theses strands in a safe for five years to test the longevity of the color. He found out that the color remained the same. He decided to release this batch in March – between us and our friends from another company, we purchased everything he had. He told us that it will be another two years before he would harvest the new batch of baroque Akoyas.

With the loose pearls I decided to make simple but elegant earrings and pendants that focused on showcasing the natural beauty of pearls. I chose few of John’s molds. For the light blue Akoyas with warm body color I paired it with yellow gold and chose white gold for the cooler tones. A single bezel set diamond is just enough to accentuate the baroque pearl. The triple diamond earrings has an elegant but quiet presence. There will only be a few pieces available, but each is very special and unique.

I hope you love these rare pearls as much as we do!

Vietnamese baroque akoya pearls

A few strands that will be available during this month’s promotion