It was great to come accross. Especially the large button. Sometimes it takes years before you find a pearl of that size and quality. This one was part of an old family collection the pearl was pulled from the water appx. 40 years ago.
Thanks for the welcome. We saw your article in the JCK Oct issue.
The article was great and I'm sure it will be good for business.
How do you know Pacific Coast Pearls?
Pacific Coast Pearls www.allnaturalpearls.com
I'm so glad you've joined the forum! I am very interested in natural pearls and the re-emerging natural pearl market; particularly conch pearls... I visited your site earlier, and was most impressed by your definition of flame structure (along with the one of a kind jewelry displayed, extremely beautiful and unique!!!). It was simple, visual and hit the nail right on the head!
"...radiating pattern of white markings just beneath a lustrous or porcelain-like surface, exhibiting chatoyancy around the edges and creating a halo-effect. This flame-like pattern results from the arrangement of the prismatic crystals perpendicular to the surface of the pearl."
It's been trying to find an accurate description of these effects- GIA didn't even come close! Thank you!!
I hope that we'll be seeing more of you here, so we can all benefit from your years of experience in this niche of the pearl world.
Mr Rankin - just wanted to say your pearl jewelry is beautiful, real works of art! I've already found a couple of pieces for my wishlist I just adore the brooch made out to look like a wee mushroom forest scene......right out of a fairytale!