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  • July 28th: Jeremy Shepherd and Rui Galopim de Carvalho Discuss Freshwater Pearls

    In the 26th Home Gemmology webinar supported by CIBJO - The World Jewellery Confederation and co-hosted by Edward Johnson, the last session before summer break, we will continue our session on cultured pearls that only covered saltwater production; now, with the help of pearl expert, educator and good friend Jeremy Shepherd, founder of the coveted Pearls As One online course, we'll dive into the fascinating world of freshwater cultured pearls. This is a unique opportunity to learn from Jeremy, who...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 03:51 PM. Reason: Introduced the recorded video

  • Lab-Grown Diamond Industry and the Term Cultured

    Lab-Grown Diamond Industry and the Term Cultured

    The FTC recently amended its regulations allowing lab-grown diamonds to be described as 'Cultured.'

    This is a critical issue facing the pearl and jewelry industry at large. Jeremy Shepherd addresses it in this webinar with the Women's Jewelry Association.

    Cultured Diamonds Vs. Cultured Pearls


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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 03:53 PM.

  • 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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  • 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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