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    Sticky: I remember that one on the very right!!!

    I remember that one on the very right!!!
  2. Poll: It doesn't look like a pearl. Most people don't...

    It doesn't look like a pearl. Most people don't realize that pearls found in the wild are almost never round. They are always baroque. Things that get tumbled in the surf are often round. We've seen...
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    Chakin is a Japanese word that basically means...

    Chakin is a Japanese word that basically means "tea color." The lab will create certs for any type of pearl - I've seen them for Tahitian pearls too. Not a lot of companies use them because quality...
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    I wouldn't call it debatable. Back in the natural...

    I wouldn't call it debatable. Back in the natural pearl days of the 1800s, yes. Not today. Anyone who claims they get their pearls from Mindanao or Badjao divers are simply lying.
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    It isn't easy to give advice on purchase prices...

    It isn't easy to give advice on purchase prices because that is going to depend on you and the quality that you select. To give you an idea of the range, you can buy a 16 mm Tahitian or South Sea...
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    They are all strands of color-treated Chinese...

    They are all strands of color-treated Chinese freshwater pearls.
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    The Philippines are primarily producers of gold...

    The Philippines are primarily producers of gold South Sea pearls, not white. Most of the pearls produced in the Philippines don't stay there either, which is why it's difficult to source single...
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    That makes me a child, lol! What I was...

    That makes me a child, lol!

    What I was referencing in the talk is that according to Google, nearly 50% of the visitors to Pearl Guide are 25-44. People as young as their early 20s are doing Google...
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    Pearls as One and CIBJO

    Hisano and I were in Bangkok last week for the CIBJO Congress and specifically for the Pearl Commission and editing of the Blue Book.

    It was quite the experience. Here is a short overview of one...
  10. Did they ever redo the stringing video? I...

    Did they ever redo the stringing video? I remember taking the GIA Pearls course and the Stringing and Knotting course years ago. The instructor was using tweezers, if I remember right.
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    Sticky: Lol, no, she is a little big for the light box!...

    Lol, no, she is a little big for the light box! Katja just shot some photos of her in the studio with a white backdrop. She is so darn photogenic! Maybe I'm a bit biased though :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: She decided to wear gold pearls today because...

    She decided to wear gold pearls today because they complements her colors!
  13. Congratulations Ashley for the Huffington Post article!

    This is a good write up about Ashley and Pure Pearls!

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5a04327ae4b0c7511e1b3a23
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    Sticky: Done! She is really taking to pearls!

    Done! She is really taking to pearls!
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    Sticky: We just welcomed HAPPY to our happy home! ...

    We just welcomed HAPPY to our happy home!

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  16. I glanced over the vendor's listings and there...

    I glanced over the vendor's listings and there are pearl pieces correctly described as freshwater and akoya, and then two pieces that are freshwater pearls but listed as akoya, so it may just be a...
  17. We are in Bangkok this week for the CIBJO jewelry...

    We are in Bangkok this week for the CIBJO jewelry congress and today was ruby and diamond so Hisano and I just walked around. There are a lot of jewelry companies here and one we visited had pearls...
  18. Those are freshwater pearls, not South Sea. One...

    Those are freshwater pearls, not South Sea. One easy giveaway is the way they are drilled.
  19. Meet The CEO Who Leveraged Education To Build A Global D2C Pearl Retailer

    Wow Kevin! A big, big congratulations on your Forbes piece! Two different people have emailed this article to me already!
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  20. Thread: Tenjo Grade?

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    I've asked and gotten different stories. They...

    I've asked and gotten different stories. They look like regular pinked hanadamas to me. I haven't seen any natural whites with the designation, so I believe it has to do with what and pink tones. The...
  21. Thread: Tenjo Grade?

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    I've encountered it at shows in Hong Kong. It's a...

    I've encountered it at shows in Hong Kong. It's a grade based on color and quality and was created for the Chinese market, which is why you'll typically find it in Asia, but not in the US.
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    Thanks for that Russian version goes to Mikeyy's...

    Thanks for that Russian version goes to Mikeyy's wife Ira!

    I hope you enjoy!
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    The sponsorship code CPAAFREE works, but just on...

    The sponsorship code CPAAFREE works, but just on the English version. The code PP10951 works on all languages if you're attempting to sign up on the Russian language version.
  24. Agreed. Those are not South Sea pearls. They...

    Agreed. Those are not South Sea pearls. They looks like beaded Chinese freshwater pearls.
  25. Sakura!!! That is one I have long wondered about....

    Sakura!!! That is one I have long wondered about. Those photos answered a lot of questions!
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