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  • Nancy Newberg - Oscar-Worthy Teardrops

    Nancy Newberg - Oscar-Worthy Teardrops

    Seen at the Couture Show, an incredible pair of earrings designed by Nancy Newberg. They make ample use of the gem we love best at Pearl Guide. Oh, and there are also plenty of rubies and gold...

    You can see Nancy's previous Pearls of the Week here.

    Visit to see more of her beautiful work, or visit her Facebook page.

    Blaire Beavers
    Managing Editor
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  • The 9th Annual, 2018 International Pearl Design Contest

    The 9th Annual, 2018 International Pearl Design Contest

    The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has just announced the start of the 9th annual, international pearl design competition.

    Driven by the new Executive Director Jennifer Heebner, some dramatic changes are happening within the competition this year. You can read all about them in the press release on the CPAA's website and in this recent article in National Jeweler. Notably, there will be a domestic and and international division this year. The competition
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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 (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 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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