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  • In the Mood for Green - Autore

    In the Mood for Green - Autore

    Autore jewelry designs are innovative, lavish, and do not shy away from color. This bright green Tahitian pearl pops amongst a background of brightly colored gems.



    I will be sharing more dazzling Autore designs photographed at the Couture show in Las Vegas - stay tuned.

    www.pearlautore.com.au
    and on Facebook here.

    Blaire Beavers...
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  • Natural Abalone Ring - Pacific Coast Pearls

    Natural Abalone Ring - Pacific Coast Pearls

    Here is an amazing natural abalone pearl ring from Tish and Wes Rankin of Pacific Coast Pearls. The lighting wasn't the best, but you can get an idea of the pearl's spectacular beauty.



    And here is a photo by David Rankin from their website, www.allnaturalpearls.com. The setting is great, not only for attractiveness, but for protecting the pearl from daily wear and tear.

    11mm abalone pearl, 18K gold with colored diamonds. Round abalone pearls like...
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  • These Pearls Send a Romantic Message - Tara

    These Pearls Send a Romantic Message - Tara

    The collection is XOXO and the X is immediately obvious. The O is a lustrous South Sea pearl held in its embrace.



    This is an excellent example of orient in a non-baroque pearl, a dream button. And here is the ring.



    You can get a better idea of how large they are by the side view of this golden South Sea pearl.

    These are definitely the kind of hugs and kisses I want to receive. See more Tara & Sons creations at ...
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  • Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU Could Own - The Victorian Period

    Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU Could Own - The Victorian Period

    Fourth in a series by Antique Jewelry Collector Paul Royse. See the first one here.

    Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU could own - The Victorian Period By Paul Royse The Victorian Era is named after the British Queen Victoria, and covers the period of her reign from 1831 to 1901. During this time the industrial revolution rapidly progressed. Gaslights, piped water, and sewage systems were installed in city homes. Stream trains replaced horse drawn passenger carriages, the tele...
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  • Multi-Color Metallic Pearls - Betty Sue King

    Multi-Color Metallic Pearls - Betty Sue King

    If you have never met Betty Sue King, you are missing an engaging experience. Betty Sue King, affectionately titled The Pearl Goddess, is the owner of King's Ransom Pearls and she has a remarkable eye for color, quality and the unusual in pearls. She is a member of the American Gem Trade Association and has served on the board of directors for many years. King's Ransom can be found at the AGTA shows in Tucson and Las Vegas and at the SNAG show (Society of North American Goldsmiths). ...
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  • Pearl Scorpion - Emiko Pearls International

    Pearl Scorpion - Emiko Pearls International

    There are other designers that are noted for occasionally turning pearls into jeweled critters, but Emiko Pearls always has a virtual Noah's ark of glorious gem encrusted pearl animals and insects.

    Last February, at the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, Ron Greenidge was very generous in allowing several photographs to be taken to share with Pearl Guide as Pearls of the Week. This perfectly detailed enormous scorpion pin is the first to be featured.


    Photo: Blaire B...
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  • The Miracle of the Golden Pearl - Jewelmer's 35th Anniversary Gala

    The Miracle of the Golden Pearl - Jewelmer's 35th Anniversary Gala

    To Jewelmer, the golden South Sea pearl is no less than a national treasure. On Tuesday, The Miracle of the Golden Pearl, their 35th anniversary gala, represented the Philippines National Gem as nothing else could.

    It was a splendid multi-arts runway showcase that was set in a play directed by Robbie Carmona and Elmer Lape?a. Angel Aquino and Arnold Reyes played the main characters in a story based on the elements. (Angel seen below as a goddess.) ...
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  • Shaded Pearl Bracelet - Utopia Jewels

    Shaded Pearl Bracelet - Utopia Jewels

    Shaded Pearl Bracelet - Utopia Jewels

    One look at their first display case at the Couture Show in Las Vegas, and I fell in love. This bracelet was my introduction to a brand that knows how to combine gemstones with pearls in a very big way. I invite you to visit their website and I am putting the link here, upfront, because they have a very entertaining introductory video that is not to be missed: http://www.utopia-jewels.com


    Photo: Blaire Beavers More je...
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  • Natural Abalone Pearls from Pala International

    Natural Abalone Pearls from Pala International

    A Historical Reprint from our Friends at Pala International Pala?s Featured Gems: Natural Abalone Pearls This month we feature something a little out of the ordinary?a local Californian/Mexican treat. Pala has found a new supplier of these ocean jewels and it has been exciting to see all the freeform shapes and iridescent colors nature can conjure up. Greens, blues, pinks, purples?oh my! These colorful metallic looking concretions spark in the viewer a wonder of formation and inspire design, a...
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  • Keshi Flower Brooch - Kojima Pearl

    Keshi Flower Brooch - Kojima Pearl

    Sarah Canizzaro, of Kojima Pearl, has been offering these breathtaking brooches for the last few years and it's a lucky group of pearl-lovers that own them.



    Sarah and her husband, Mounir, have been busy creating a wealth of artistic pearl jewelry, custom pieces and special requests. Sarah has been in the pearl world all of her adult life and you couldn't hope to meet a more interesting or knowledgeable person.

    www.KojimaPearl.com is a destination website...
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  • Sustainable Pearls - Links Section
    by CortezPearls
    This section will have articles to Sustainable Pearl Farming and other related news.

    "The Sustainable Corner" Series is here:

    1. Introduction
    2. Sustaining Life with Pearl Farming
    3....
    08-02-2021, 06:24 PM
  • VI. Common Mabe Pearl Varieties - Abalone Mabe
    by CortezPearls
    C. Abalone Mabe (Genus Haliotis)

    Abalone (or “Ear-shells” as they are sometimes referred) are not pearl oysters at all; they are, instead, an ancient group of marine “snails” known as Archaeogastropoda (Ancient belly-crawlers). Because they are snails, they move about their environment, living on rocks and grazing on brown seaweeds (kelp). Another interesting difference with pearl oysters is that these animals have a temperate water affinity: they prefer cold...
    07-21-2021, 12:23 AM
  • VI. Common Mabe Pearl Varieties - B. Mother-of-Pearl Oysters (genus Pinctada)
    by CortezPearls
    B. Mother-of-Pearl Oysters (genus Pinctada)

    Black Lip Pearl oysters (Pinctada margaritifera)

    Black lip pearl oysters are known mainly for their beautiful, dark, cultured pearls but they have also been used to produce Mabe pearls, although in not great numbers.

    Part of the production strategy for Mabe pearls in French Polynesia and Fiji is at the very last part of the pearl producing cycle:
    Cultured (loose) pearls are produced for up to three cycles (first,...
    07-21-2021, 12:14 AM
  • VI. Common Mabe Pearl Varieties - “Rainbow Lipped Pearl Oyster”
    by CortezPearls
    “Concha Nácar” or “Rainbow Lipped Pearl Oyster”

    This species of pearl oyster (Pteria sterna) has been used to produce both cultured loose pearls and Mabe pearls in Mexico. The first Mabe pearls were obtained back in 1994 and were the main product for the Guaymas based pearl farm until loose cultured pearls became more common (2002). Since 2010, “Cortez Mabe” have been produced in a steady number between 1 to 5-thousand pearls per year. There is an experimental Mabe pearl...
    07-21-2021, 12:06 AM
  • VI. Common Mabe Pearl Varieties - A. Winged Pearl Oysters (genus Pteria)
    by CortezPearls
    There are several varieties of commercially grown Mabe Pearls that can be found at jeweler’s displays or on online vendors, but many have become rare over the years. The three main sources for Mabe pearls today are:
    1. Winged Pearl oysters from genus Pteria, including the “original” Mabe-gai (Pteria penguin) and the “Rainbow-lip” pearl oyster (Pteria sterna).
    2. Mother-of-Pearl oysters from genus Pinctada, mainly from the larger Silver (Pinctada maxima) and Black (Pinctada margaritifera) lipped pearl
    ...
    07-20-2021, 11:59 PM
  • V. Processing Mabe or Natural Blisters
    by CortezPearls
    Since these pearls are not very useable in jewelry with the entire shell, they are processed: first they are cut from the shell, with the help of a handsaw, Dremel tool, core-drill or tile cutting saw. The type of tool will depend on availability and production volume, the first used mainly by occasional processing and the latter for commercial production.

    A lineup of the Mabe pearl process.

    Once the blister is separated from the shell, these are rinsed to remove grime,...
    07-20-2021, 11:44 PM
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