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    More than 10,000 Members Strong
    Founded in 2003 with the addition of a community forum in 2004, Pearl-Guide.com is a friendly group of pearl dealers, farmers, traders, wholesalers, hobbyists, authors, and consumers. With members from around the world engaged in daily conversation, Pearl-Guide.com is the largest community of pearl enthusiasts in the world.

    World's Only Open Pearl Discussion Forum
    Pearl-Guide.com exists for the benefit of consumers and the trade. With the world's only interactive pearl discussion forum, there is always something for everyone. The unique benefit of the Pearl-Guide forum is the open discussion. Nothing is off limits, and everything is welcome for debate. With the pearl experts from every part of the industry represented, discussions here are unlike any the industry has seen before.

    The purpose of Pearl-Guide.com is to
    • Enjoy discussing farmed and natural pearls as the world's most popular and ecologically responsible gemstone
    • Protect consumer confidence in the online pearl industry
    • Protect consumers from unethical trading practices
    • Educate consumers and members of the industry
    • Promote honest and universal grading systems
    • Promote honest and ethical pearl retailers and wholesalers
    • Break the industry's shroud of secrecy through open discussion and debate
    • Make breaking news of the industry available as it happens

    Group Effort
    Pearl-Guide.com was made possible in 2003 through the work of two companies: PearlParadise.com, Inc. and Pearls of Joy, both of Los Angeles, California. They are competitors who share similar values and standards.

    Today, Pearl-Guide.com reflects the efforts of dozens of different pearl companies and individuals who are committed to the same purpose, education, and the promotion of ethical standards.

    Pearl-Guide.com
    2355 Westwood Boulevard
    Suite 162
    Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
    Pearl Specialist


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