Here's some cultured tahitian pearls that belong to Sheri (lacorsetiere)who I had the pleasure to meet recently here in Tahiti.
Those are lovely too. I love the circles. Such personality.
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Beautiful pearls. Circles are my favorite! They sometimes have multiple colors in the groves and I think they have such a organic feel about them. Those are so bright and shiny- they look like X-mas ornaments.
Hello from the proud owner of these babies! I know that the color of the pearls in the photo doesn't even begin to do them justice (I may just have a dull monitor) - they really DO look like Christmas ornaments, with intense blues, greens, golds, and reds! Josh is a real pearl god! Or perhaps a pearl alchemist? You should have seen me pawing through piles of luscious beauties - if it hadn't been for the fact that I had to catch a plane home last night, I'd probably still be there, transfixed...
Sheri (la corsetiere)
Congratulations! Can't wait to see more photos!
Could you share where you were when you found these beauties? I noticed your "pawing through piles" of them comment - sounds like so much fun!!! As I'm learning and reading through this forum's threads, I'm trying to think of the coolest way to get some fabulous tahitians (or specifically sea or cortez pearls) where I can choose the pearls that I want put into a piece, and make a great trip out of it, too. I'm hesitant to think a trip to a farm would be a good way for an amateur like me to get quality at a price I can trust, but I'm wondering if maybe that's just my lack of knowledge talking.
They are fabulous! Congrats!
I learned a lot about pearls on my trip, but it definitely helps to shop around to get a sense of price and quality. Don't count on any extraordinary bargains in retail shops in French Polynesia, given the horrible dollar exchange rate, which I was told is half of what it was before 9/11. Once you start looking at pearls, you'll get a better sense of how to judge quality. As far as Sea of Cortez pearls go, as far as I am aware, there is only one farm, so if you can manage a visit to the farm or one of their authorized outlets, I don't think quality is a concern. A local pearl (or a few hundred!) is the ideal souvenir from an exotic vacation! I may have to start investigating Guaymas...
You'll know your pearl(s) when you see it, by the way. The right one has a way of speaking to you.
Thank you so much for sharing! From your comments and others I've read here, Josh sounds like a pleasure to do business with.
Sheri, do we get to see the dream rope? I'm thinking it could be a common dream - it sounds fabulous! 3 yards??
I'm actually hailing from Guaymas, Mexico right now. The swim from the Baja side almost killed me especially after the run from Tucson to Santa Rosalia. But I'm here now and can report that Douglas and his partners Enrique and Manuel have been hard at work and are doing a beautiful thing. You and anyone else interested should definitely visit for the pearls of your dreams.
I second wanting to see pics of that Tahitian rope!
Dear Josh and Sheri,
Those green circles are gorgeous. You make pretty pearls, Josh. Sheri, you selected really well!
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