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  • The Amazing Natural Colors of Cultured Freshwater Pearls

    The Amazing Natural Colors of Cultured Freshwater Pearls

    There was a time when people were suspicious of the amazing colors coming from cultured freshwater pearls. There were rumors of something being seeded in the water, or dye being injected into mussels. The conjecture about treatment in the shell was dead wrong - it was the shell itself that initiated the change.* The shells were adapted from a hybrid of Hyriopsis schlegeli, Biwa Pearly Mussel and Hyriopsis cumingi, Triangle Shell Mussel. Through dedicated experimentation, we now see colors that...
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  • The Subtle Beauty of Natural Pearls

    The Subtle Beauty of Natural Pearls

    Even the most modest of natural pearls can command attention when they are combined into a luminous torsade. Upon close examination, each pearl is worthy of attention.



    This photo was taken in indirect natural light on a stool outside a Tucson gem show.
    Mixed saltwater natural pearls from Monili Fine Jewelry.

    See our previous article HERE
    See natural pearl glamor shots here:
    www.monili.com Blaire Beavers Managing Editor Pearl Gui...
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  • Amazing Jewellery Theater

    Amazing Jewellery Theater

    Jewellery Theater participated in the Couture Show for the first time in 2015. I was astonished and utterly seduced by their amazing jewelry. Founded in Moscow in 1998, they immediately gained recognition by winning the Tahitian Pearl Trophy at Baselworld-2002. Today they have boutiques in London, Marbella, Dubai, Baden-Baden and Cyprus. There is no question that Jewellery Theater defines luxury, from the simple to the simply-encrusted. You will need to visit their website to see what I mean...
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  • little h Wins AGTA Spectrum Award for Savor Silver

    little h Wins AGTA Spectrum Award for Savor Silver

    Here comes another award for talented designer Hisano Shepherd of little h!



    The AGTA Spectrum Savor Silver award for the bridal category goes to little h silver cufflinks with Geode black Tahitian pearls filled with black diamonds.



    You have to love the swanky "shaken-not-stirred" style of the AGTA promotional photo - one of the best men's jewelry photos seen in years.

    See previous little h articles HERE and HERE. Vi...
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  • Vibe's Fairytale Vision of Pearls

    Vibe's Fairytale Vision of Pearls

    Danish designer and goldsmith Lene Vibe Dahlgren is the visionary behind the enchanting fairytale world of Vibe's jewelry.

    Stags carry baroque pearls in these woodland earrings.


    And they join together this Tahitian pearl necklace.


    Could a fairy be far behind?




    See more on the Vibe's Facebook page

    http://www.vibes.dk Blaire Beavers Managing Editor Pearl Guide News...
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  • Hong Kong Pearls - How Kevin Canning Sorts Ripples

    Hong Kong Pearls - How Kevin Canning Sorts Ripples

    Join me in Hong Kong via video with Kevin Canning as he picks out luscious strands of white ripple pearls for Pearls of Joy.





    You can see more at their website www.pearlsofjoy.com

    Blaire Beavers
    Managing Editor
    Pearl Guide News...
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  • Pearl Guide Members Get a Holiday Surprise!

    Pearl Guide Members Get a Holiday Surprise!

    Jeremy and Hisano Shepherd, and Pearl Paradise are sending one lucky winner to Savusavu, Fiji for the Pearl adventure of a lifetime!

    Mr. Shepherd announced on the Pearl-Guide Forum that he wants an active forum member to win the Cultured Pearl Association of America?s contest. With that goal in mind, 1,000 tickets were purchased and one of those tickets was drawn. On Monday, September 28th, there will be a live drawing at Pearl Paradise to pull a lucky entry. The contest is r...
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  • Justin Hunter and the Rare Fiji Pearl

    Justin Hunter and the Rare Fiji Pearl

    Pearl Guide Forum Member, Kelluvpearls, made a visit to Fiji Savusavu to visit Fiji Pearls and created a thread to document her trip. To our delight, Justin Hunter of Fiji Pearls, joined the forum and shared a wealth of information on her thread.

    Follow along as Justin describes pearl farming in Fiji through photographs and descriptions (taken from many of his Pearl-Guide posts):



    Our shells - where the magic starts. Our oyster is a different sub s...
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  • Brenda Smith Plays With Pearls

    Brenda Smith Plays With Pearls

    Brenda Smith creates bold and beautiful pearl designs. Everyone loved seeing her glamorous Celebration earrings in the CPAA Awards display, so I felt lucky to find her in the design center of AGTA Tucson.

    This necklace was unexpected and so much fun. An unusual pearl deserves unusual treatment!

    Notice the tiny akoya keshi outlining the piece - a dainty contrast to the black lace. And this necklace was a stunning use of freshwater cultured pearls and diamonds. ...
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  • Does the Woman Make the Pearls More Beautiful?

    Does the Woman Make the Pearls More Beautiful?

    You can't see her lovely face, but I'm sure that she makes all her pearls glow, and not the other way around!



    Enjoy.

    Blaire Beavers
    Managing Editor
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  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico Part 3
    by CortezPearls
    THE FIRST COMMERCIAL PEARL OYSTER FARM IN THE WORLD

    It is at this particular crossroad that we find a Mexican-French Medical Doctor by the name of Gastón Vivès, attempting what very none had tried before: initiate a commercially viable, large-scale pearl oyster farm to produce shell and pearls. The Vivès family owned a pearl fishing armada in La Paz, Baja California Sur, and they were experiencing diminishing profits every year, thus wanting to revert this trend we find Gastón Vivès...
    05-08-2021, 05:20 PM
  • Cibjo webinar/discussion on origins of gemstones
    by CortezPearls
    Although it is not about PEARLS (but it may include them), some of you may find it interesting, so here is the information:

    The origin of a gemstone, namely the geographic location at which it was extracted from the earth, has for years posed substantial scientific challenges to the gemmologists who are called on to make definitive judgements.

    The current focus on supply chain integrity and traceability means that the concept of origin has expanded and is more relevant
    ...
    04-29-2021, 10:26 PM
  • Pearl-Guide.com Presents: Walk and Talk with Josh Humbert!
    by CortezPearls



    Pearl-Guide.com invited forum member & sustainable pearl farmer Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls fame to a "Walk and Talk" Zoom event this past Saturday 10th, 2021.

    Josh -and wife Celeste Brash- took some time from his busy schedule with the pearl seeding season at his farm in Ahe, French Polynesia, to share information about their 2021 pearl harvest (48% rounds, wow!), his farming operation, pearl characteristics of this year's harvest and much more!...
    04-08-2021, 11:55 PM
  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico PART 2
    by CortezPearls
    The arrival of the Iberian Conquerors

    The Native Nations had no real interest in establishing a commercial venture in pearl fishing and we understand little to nothing of the way they fished for pearls, since most of the information was either lost or destroyed during the conquest of Mexico. The rich plunder of the Conquistadores was sent to Spain and later dispersed all over Europe. The most significant information we have on the subject comes from the period of colonization of northwestern...
    04-05-2021, 03:26 PM
  • New Bi-Monthly Column: The Sustainability Corner
    by CortezPearls
    Hello dear Pearl-Guide.com Forum Members: With spring comes renewed energies and pulses, the recent system upgrade also allows me to start adding up content that we believe is necessary to keep the forum growing and renewed, making it the #1 Source for Pearl information on the World-Wide-Web for years to come. I had this idea of a column years ago, when I still published "The Sea of Cortez Peal Blog", which went "black" after a massive Russian hacker attack (the importance of updating your system...
    04-01-2021, 05:40 PM
  • JIV's April webinar spotlights industry's new movers and shakers
    by CortezPearls


    A new generation of jewellery and gemstone professionals, more diverse geographically and culturally from the generations that preceded it, is poised to transform the trade. This is in no small part because the composition of its members more precisely mirrors the consumers who both buy and aspire to buy fine jewellery products.

    What characterizes many in this peer group is that they are first generation jewellers, who chose to join the industry not through family legacy,...
    03-26-2021, 12:13 AM
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