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  1. I asked Hisano for a modeling shot ;) The strand...

    I asked Hisano for a modeling shot ;) The strand is in the vault at the office though, so we will have to snap one when we are back.

    Yes, I was confident the strand was natural when I saw photos....
  2. No, I haven't done that yet. They belong to...

    No, I haven't done that yet. They belong to Hisano now :)
  3. The Lure of American Freshwater Pearls: Revisiting the Latendresse Family

    Except for the unfortunate comment about "Circus Handlers" in one of the videos, this is a fascinating article.
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  4. I purchased a strand of natural pearls worth...

    I purchased a strand of natural pearls worth around $100,000 from an online antique dealer who apparently thought they were cultured. That is nearly as rare a unicorn.

    The only way you would ever...
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    Those would definitely be freshwater and dyed :(

    Those would definitely be freshwater and dyed :(
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    Agreed! It should be restrung. It was strung on...

    Agreed! It should be restrung. It was strung on double thread and one came apart. This usually happens where the strand was finished though and not the middle.
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    Kevin in Voyage LA

    Another big congrats to Kevin! What's the deal with all the coverage lately? First Inc Magazine and now Voyage LA?!

    Great story!
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    Great photos! There are so many monkeys on Bali!!!

    Great photos! There are so many monkeys on Bali!!!
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    I can't say I really liked this article. It...

    I can't say I really liked this article. It seemed like the author was a bit passive aggressive toward the pearl industry. It did have some good parts though.

    Finally, I had to laugh at this part...
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    Sure. 1. It is secret and in writing. A lot...

    Sure.

    1. It is secret and in writing. A lot may or may not have a floor price.

    2. Yes. Larger lots and mixed lots will be a better value.
    - Mixed lots are more difficult to work. You have a...
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    I am loving this!

    I am loving this!
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    Congratulations Kevin - Pearls of Joy

    This just popped into my inbox this morning. A big congratulations, Kevin - Inc Magazine!



    https://www.inc.com/drew-hendricks/educating-consumers-to-increase-customer-share.html
  13. The BBC put something out too. You can't access...

    The BBC put something out too. You can't access it from their website outside of the UK, but there is this "hard to watch" snippet I think was filmed with a camera phone.
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  14. Pearl Parties Are Taking Over Facebook Live, But Buyer Beware

    This is the first article going "live" about all those pearl parties happening on Facebook. It came out pretty well. One point it missed was about the pearl kiosks in Hawaii. When I was there a...
  15. Sticky: I guess those shells have rice-shaped akoya...

    I guess those shells have rice-shaped akoya pearls inside of them, lol.

    So the BBC may be doing a story on this pearl party craze in the next few days. Buzzfeed is doing one too.
  16. Wow, those are cool!

    Wow, those are cool!
  17. They need to be drilled and posts inserted. The...

    They need to be drilled and posts inserted. The glue will not old and you will lose the pearls otherwise!
  18. Thread: freshwater

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    Yes, freshwater.

    Yes, freshwater.
  19. I am curious what about the pearl made your...

    I am curious what about the pearl made your jeweler call it akoya? It isn't perfectly round. It isn't a color every produced in akoya. It doesn't appear to be dyed. The blemish is atypical for akoya...
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    I have actually had three instances of people...

    I have actually had three instances of people more or less stealing our entire website. A company in China once copied our entire website to exact detail, even leaving all the pages about us and...
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    If you really want to know you can use Google...

    If you really want to know you can use Google image search to find it. The altered image is only on one website. The same website once had a photo taken from our blog on their homepage. I had someone...
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    That really sucks and is all too common,...

    That really sucks and is all too common, unfortunately. No matter what you do, if someone wants to steal one of your images, they are going to do it. It's easy to get around things like watermarks...
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    It is a very unfortunate thing that is happening...

    It is a very unfortunate thing that is happening right now. It wouldn't be so unfortunate if there was such a level of deceit involved. The part about not really harvesting a pearl isn't what I take...
  24. Great story!

    Great story!
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    Camilo, In that size range, akoya and South...

    Camilo,

    In that size range, akoya and South Sea will be relatively similar in price. Typically South Sea is more expensive, but that is the high-end of akoya pearl size.

    Luster will typically...
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