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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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  • Assael Tahitian and Jade Treasure

    Assael Tahitian and Jade Treasure

    Their website says it all: Magnificent Pearls - Exquisite Coral. The Assael display at the Couture Show in Las Vegas was a museum-worthy exhibition of the finest examples of gemstones, pearls and ethically-sourced coral. The people were just as magnificent as the pearls, allowing us to acquire many candid photos to share this year. Today we start with these intensely green Tahitian pearl and jade earrings. The perfect choice to commemorate an important milestone -- or just because they ar...
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  • Golden Pearls Love Lavender Gems

    Golden Pearls Love Lavender Gems

    Golden pearls love sparkling color. Here is proof from Jewelmer for our latest Pearls of the Week. Seen at the 2018 Couture Show in Las Vegas.

    Blaire Beavers
    Managing Editor
    Pearl Guide News...
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  • Big Natural Pearl Attached to the Shell

    Big Natural Pearl Attached to the Shell

    Marine researcher and pearl farmer Dave LeBlanc recently found a large natural pearl attached to the shell of a mussel.

    "Normally blister pearls present as a bump from a drilling predator or a ridge from a fracture, but this pearl spontaneously popped from its sac within the past year and became fixed to the shell. Although the sac burst because of the sheer size, the pearl didn't re-position itself by the looks of the growth fronts towards the outside of the shell. However, it...
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  • little h Goes Lapis at Couture

    little h Goes Lapis at Couture

    Two years ago, designer Hisano Shepherd acquired 1mm faceted lapis lazuli stones, but was waiting on the right pearls and the right settings to create a new line. When she recently found 22K gold granules, she achieved her vision: "I was thinking of the golden specks you see in lapis". Fittingly, 22K gold is a big step up from pyrite! This also works well with the constellation theme running through her Pearl Geodes -- a sprinkling of tiny pearls among the gems, like stars in the heavens. ...
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  • Jorge Adeler - Meteorites and Tahitians

    Jorge Adeler - Meteorites and Tahitians

    As a pearl lover who grew up a rock hound, I find these earrings an irresistible combination. Although Jorge Adeler is not the first to combine Tahitian pearls with meteorites -- my, oh my, what elegance he has wrought!

    You will see more Jorge Adeler pearl jewelry from this year's Couture Show in the future - stay tuned!

    See Jorge's Pearl Guide News article HERE.

    And visit his website Blaire Beavers Managing Edit...
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  • Yael Sonia's Pearl Ring is Out of this World

    Yael Sonia's Pearl Ring is Out of this World

    The new show lighting was a definite viewing drawback, but it didn't deter enthusiasm for the 2018 Couture Show Awards. The display was one of the finest collections in any Couture Show competition. Although the lighting dampened the glow of pearls, this STELLAR ring form Yael Sonia was a standout.

    A movable Tahitian Pearl Moon orbiting a South Sea pearl.

    Okay, the studio photo has better definition. I am one who feels that the charm of pearls is better c...
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  • The 10th Annual Pearl-Guide Ruckus!

    The 10th Annual Pearl-Guide Ruckus!

    It's that time again! The 10th annual Pearl Guide Ruckus begins Friday, July 27th in Marina del Rey, California.

    Not only is this the 10th annual ruckus, but it is the biggest one we have ever had - by a factor of two!

    We are so excited to welcome Pearl-Guide members from around the world for a weekend of Pearling Fun!


    10th Annual Pearl Guide Ruckus
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  • World's First Opalized Pearls -

    World's First Opalized Pearls -

    We've seen plenty of opalized shells, so it only makes sense that they would find opalized pearls! Discussions are underway to devise a plan to get these pearls a showing in Tucson next year.

    This photo is from the article on

    [Coober Pedy] "opal miners Dale Price and Tanja Burk were sorting through a spoil heap when they made the discovery." You will want to read the article on by clicking the link below.

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