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  • Indonesian South Sea Keshi on a Lazy Sunday

    Indonesian South Sea Keshi on a Lazy Sunday

    Carolyn Ehret operates Ehret Design Gallery on eBay, a favorite of our members, and myself! If you find yourself having to wait for a car repair or a delayed appointment, I can practically guarantee that the time will fly by while you look at the fun items on her site. Of course, looking can be dangerous to your pocketbook. This is also a great place to find a few gems to add to a necklace or earrings--or just to source beautiful and unusual pearls. I had Carolyn add gold spacer beads and finding...
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  • Once in a Lifetime: The Sinkankas Symposium on PEARLS!

    Once in a Lifetime: The Sinkankas Symposium on PEARLS!

    Dear Pearl Friends,

    If you will be in Southern California on April 27th, you will want to attend the 16th Annual Sinkankas Symposium on Pearls! It's an all-day event at the Carlsbad campus of the Gemological Institute of America.

    The Sinkankas Symposium honors John Sinkankas, a legendary gemologist and scholar, with an annual Symposium on a different gem topic each year. Now Pearls get their turn in the spotlight. Speakers include: ...
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  • Tiny Tahitian Pearls are Starting to Get Big!

    Tiny Tahitian Pearls are Starting to Get Big!

    I love Tahitian pearls. I love their colors. I love their shapes. I love the beauty of the environment where they're grown. They just make me happy. I know ... all special pearls make me happy, but there is an extra-special allure with Tahitian pearls. It's better experienced than explained. I know many of you get that. Pearl farmers understand this. Theirs is a business of passion, focusing on the creation of perfection, following traditional methods that are repeated throughout French Polynesia. ...
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  • J Hunter Pearls: Ocean, People, Culture

    J Hunter Pearls: Ocean, People, Culture

    Sharing beauty from J Hunter Pearls.

















    www.fijipearls.com...
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  • Pearls Play a Starring Role in AGTA Seminars

    Pearls Play a Starring Role in AGTA Seminars

    The American Gem Trade Association's Tucson Gemfair has an outstanding lineup of seminars for next year's show. Of particular interest to Pearl Guide readers is the participation of three stellar pearl experts: Betty Sue King, Gina Latandresse and Elisabeth Strack. Betty Sue King is presenting a timely seminar about the effects of global warming on pearls, mollusks, and the people whose lives are immersed in pearl culturing and production. I can unreservedly recommend this presentation, having expe...
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  • Pearls Make Me Feel Beautiful

    Pearls Make Me Feel Beautiful

    Looking through photos from this summer, I noticed that all the photos where I am wearing pearls are the ones where I am joyous and glowing. Could there be a transfer of radiance from the pearls to the wearer? Can pearls fill the soul with visible happiness? I'm not sure, but I love my self-purchase of pearls from little h beyond measure.

    Happy Blaire, followed by closeups of the pearls...

    Non-glam photos, but nothing shows color like a white paper towel!
    ...
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  • The Winners! The 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition

    The Winners! The 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition

    New York, NY – Nov. 2018 The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has announced the U.S. winners of its 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC).
    On Tuesday, Oct. 30, judges Tara Silberberg of The Clay Pot in Brooklyn and New York City, Editor and Brand Consultant Cheryl Kremkow, and Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier, inspected 33 finalist pieces (finished jewels) at a private location in the city. By the end of the day, six winners had...
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  • Pink Pearl Fantasy - Karen Suen

    Pink Pearl Fantasy - Karen Suen

    Karen Suen's eye for color will steal your heart. You will need to visit the collection on her website to see the finest use of clam pearl, conch pearl, opals and diamonds in a ring that I have ever seen. Searching through the jewelry images was a review of some of the finest gemstones in the world, including an enormous padparadscha sapphire and dazzling jade. I found out about Karen Suen at the Couture Show Awards competition. Although the lighting made photo opportunities difficult this year, ...
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  • This is Not a Pearl

    This is Not a Pearl

    This is not a pearl.

    The giant clam, Tridacna gigas, is under attack. The rumor mill never rests on the subject of giant clam “pearls”. They are supposed to be worth millions, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Clam pearls, technically calcareous concretions, do exist. Good clam pearls most often come from Tridacna squamosa, the giant fluted clam, although they can be found in Tridacna gigas. The Tridacna squamosa is much smaller than Tridacna gigas, whose enormous s...
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  • Chris Davies - Pearls with Granulation

    Chris Davies - Pearls with Granulation

    Chris Davies is all about style, texture and easy elegance. His signature beaded granulation gives his work a fluid aspect that works especially well with pearls, as you will see in this wonderful example selected for our Pearls of the Week from the Couture Show in Las Vegas.

    Purple is definitely the color of majesty.



    The fine detail.



    The sumptuous full view.

    Chris was featured in our Pearl Guide News ...
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  • Pearl-Guide.com Presents: Walk & 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!
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    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
  • A New Gem Show and a Rescheduled One Announced by AGTA for 2021
    by CortezPearls



    Dallas. March 18, 2021. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has announced that it will produce two shows for 2021. These include the AGTA GemFair Las Vegas show, which will take place Aug. 24–26, 2021, at the Encore at Wynn Resort, and the new AGTA GemFair Denver, slated for Sept. 18–21, 2021, in conjunction with the Hard Rock Summit (HRS).

    AGTA GemFair Las Vegas was originally slated for June 2021 but was shelved until new dates and a new location could...
    03-19-2021, 02:17 AM
  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico - PART 1
    by CortezPearls
    A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico
    By Douglas McLaurin-Moreno


    Since unrecorded time, man has obtained many bounties from the world’s oceans: food, shells, corals, sponges, seaweeds, and the most desirable of all of these were the beautiful mother-pf-pearl shells and their valuable treasure, Pearls.

    Mexico has four species of pearl oysters inhabiting its coasts, two -the larger sized- on the Pacific side: the Panamic Black Lip...
    03-18-2021, 03:04 PM
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