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  • SSEF Releases Online Research Library

    SSEF Releases Online Research Library

    The Swiss Gemmological Institue of Basel, Switzerland, has recently released a new online research library covering research they've done of the last few decades. Though often very academic in nature, there are plenty of articles and presentations about pearls that are not available elsewhere online.

    For those of you would just can't get enough pearl knowledge, there are some seriously fascinating articles in their archives.



    Jeremy Shepherd
    Pearl Pa...
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  • The Palawan Strand - A Jewelmer Masterpiece!

    The Palawan Strand - A Jewelmer Masterpiece!

    Here is the perfect marriage of deep golden, lustrous, large and perfectly round pearls. The Palawan strand is an achievement that represents decades of work and the commitment of hundreds of people.

    Pearl matching sounds easy until it becomes your job. It is an incredibly frustrating exercise without a lot of practice and a remarkable amount of patience. Experience, color sensitivity, and visual acuity are required for the professional. Only consider the myriad shades of gold tha...
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  • Couture Day One: Little h, Jewelmer, Assael, Autore, Jorge Adeler and Chris Davies

    The 2018, Las Vegas Couture show officially kicked off today at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, and through all the hustle and bustle, I managed to snap a few pieces of pearl eye candy.

    We have to start with little h, the inventor of the sliced, genuine gem-set pearl. Her lines now include Pearl Geode, Finistrino, Spiral, and most recently, Piccolo. This is her first time exhibiting at Couture and it is clearly a fit.






    Our friends from Je...
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  • Cultured Pearl Association of America Kicks Off $250,000 Marketing Campaign to Promote Its Pearls As One Education


    Cultured Pearl Association of America Kicks Off $250,000 Marketing Campaign to Promote Its Pearls As One Education

    Via PR Newswire

    New York City – May 21, 2018. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has unveiled a $250,000 digital marketing campaign to promote its proprietary online pearl education PearlsAsOne.org (PAO).

    The PAO Pearl Specialist Certification Course was created in 2016 by Jeremy Shepherd, CPAA treasurer and founder...
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  • A Necklace from Brenda Smith

    A Necklace from Brenda Smith

    Brenda Smith, a favorite of Pearl Guide members, returns to our Pearls of the Week with this stunning and artistic necklace seen at the JCK Show Design Center. Brenda's jewels are displayed in museums, but this incredible piece should be worn and enjoyed.



    You can see Brenda's past Pearls of the Week here and here.

    And you can see her fabulous and very museum worthy necklace in this Tucson recap here.

    Visit www.BrendaSmithJewelry.com and www....
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  • The Pearls of Jorge Adeler

    The Pearls of Jorge Adeler

    Master Designer Jorge Adeler has an eye for fine gemstones, but his baroque cultured pearls are wondrous. He makes designing jewelry with them seem effortless, although in reality, it can be very tricky. In these earrings, the pearls have become one with the settings - no small feat for fireball pearls. This elegant combination has an almost organic beauty.

    Less formal, but equally beautiful, are these textured platinum dangles — perfect for any occasion. ...
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  • Carving Into Beauty

    Carving Into Beauty

    Michelangelo said: "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free". I think of that quote whenever I see the pearl carving work of Eric Windeck.

    The nature of nacre is sometimes mysterious. Under the surface, nacre can be wildly capricious—meaning that peeling back a layer of nacre on a cultured pearl may reveal an unattractive proteinaceous layer, air pockets, dull patches, or possibly worst of all—an implanted nucleus. In the above examples, Eric has used...
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  • Cultivating Pearls in the Gulf of Arabia

    Cultivating Pearls in the Gulf of Arabia

    Imagine a place where the finest natural pearls have been harvested and treasured for centuries and you might have an idea of how audacious and exciting it is for cultured pearls to be grown in the heart of this legendary natural pearl harvesting region. More importantly, pearls are farmed using the renowned Pinctada radiata oyster.


    Suwaidi Pearls farm, located in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

    The pearl farm was "established in 2005 by prominent Emirati...
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  • A Little Non-Nacreous Beauty

    A Little Non-Nacreous Beauty

    Once you have been bitten by the non-nacreous natural pearl bug, there can't be too many photos to enjoy. These pearls are featured courtesy of Pacific Coast Pearls.

    Not just pink.


    Even green!


    The treasured pinks.


    And purples.


    You can see more natural pearls and unique jewelry on their website: www.pacificcoastpearls.com

    You can see their past Pearls of the Week Here, Here and...
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  • Tahitian Pearls with Buzz

    Tahitian Pearls with Buzz

    Marisa La Belle of Atelier Marisa has created fanciful, yet edgy insect jewelry to play up Tahitian pearls. This dramatic earring, featuring a trapiche emerald, has a lucky fly wandering away from a spider's web.



    And the bee is hovering right over the honeycomb in this jewel.



    Marisa is the creator of Orbit 8 earrings. See her previous articles HERE and HERE.

    www.ateliermarisa.com Blaire Beavers Managing Editor Pearl Gui...
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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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