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  • Kamoka is About Color - Responsibly Farmed Color, That is!

    Kamoka is About Color - Responsibly Farmed Color, That is!

    Kamoka Pearl is a darling of the Pearl Guide Forum for many reasons:

    1) Sustainably and responsibly farmed pearls.
    2) Charming and intelligent owner-operators and staff.
    3) World-class pearl farm and ocean surf photos, shared freely.
    4) Some of the finest and brightest Tahitian pearls in the world.
    Best of all...
    5) You can feel their passion.

    Here is a photo from their website of some darling pendants. There is no need for fa...
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  • Winter Antidote - Colors of Jewelmer

    Winter Antidote - Colors of Jewelmer

    Winter getting you down? These lustrous colors of South Sea pearls from Jewelmer should cheer you right up!

    See their previous Pearls of the Week here....
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  • Isabelle Langlois Sea Life Earrings

    Isabelle Langlois Sea Life Earrings

    This summer, I promised that I would post the fabulous Isabelle Langlois earrings that literally stopped me in my tracks at the Tucson JCK show. They were kind enough to allow me to photograph them at the Las Vegas show.

    And here they are!


    I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did in person. Our Pearl Guide News article can be seen here.

    Blaire Beavers...
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  • Thanksgiving Birds I'd Like to Have - Emiko Pearls International

    Thanksgiving Birds I'd Like to Have - Emiko Pearls International

    Emiko Pearls International is well known for their charming pearl critters. In honor of Thanksgiving, we feature two Emiko bird brooches featuring South Sea and Tahitian cultured pearls. The first, and largest at approximately 4.5 inches, is a whole flock in a tree.

    And these sweet birds are lucky to have a very sturdy branch to perch upon!

    Emiko International will be exhibiting at the AGTA Gemfair Tucson in February. ...
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  • Big Gems and Big Pearls - Utopia Bracelet

    Nobody does big colored gems and big pearls like Utopia. Case in point - this wondrous South Sea pearl bracelet seen at the Couture Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

    The opening video is worth the visit to the website!

    Blaire Beavers...
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  • The Dream Sea of Cortez Mabe Pearl Necklace - Pure Pearls

    The Dream Sea of Cortez Mabe Pearl Necklace - Pure Pearls

    Ashley McNamara, of Pure Pearls, is sharing magnificent Sea of Cortez pearls with the world. These rare, limited-production cultured pearls display a rainbow of colors - and why not? They come from the oyster with the common name of "rainbow lip"!

    This lovely mabe pearl necklace is spoken-for, but keep an eye out for possible future siblings. From Perlas del Mar de Cortez to Pure Pearls to one lucky owner and Pearl Guide Forum member. ...
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  • The Colors of Fiji - J Hunter Pearls Fiji

    The Colors of Fiji - J Hunter Pearls Fiji

    It wouldn't be fair to say that the coloration of the typical Tahitian pearl is ordinary, but after seeing the unusual colors of J Hunter Pearls Fiji, they might look tame in comparison.

    These wildly baroque cultured "Tahitian" pearls are really Fijian pearls from the same mollusk, Pinctada margaritifera. Same mollusk, but a different world of hues. And there are plenty of round pearls produced there, as well. If you haven't seen the J Hunter Pearls Fiji website, you are i...
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  • In the Mood for Green - Autore

    In the Mood for Green - Autore

    Autore jewelry designs are innovative, lavish, and do not shy away from color. This bright green Tahitian pearl pops amongst a background of brightly colored gems.

    I will be sharing more dazzling Autore designs photographed at the Couture show in Las Vegas - stay tuned.
    and on Facebook here.

    Blaire Beavers...
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  • Natural Abalone Ring - Pacific Coast Pearls

    Natural Abalone Ring - Pacific Coast Pearls

    Here is an amazing natural abalone pearl ring from Tish and Wes Rankin of Pacific Coast Pearls. The lighting wasn't the best, but you can get an idea of the pearl's spectacular beauty.

    And here is a photo by David Rankin from their website, The setting is great, not only for attractiveness, but for protecting the pearl from daily wear and tear.

    11mm abalone pearl, 18K gold with colored diamonds. Round abalone pearls like...
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  • These Pearls Send a Romantic Message - Tara

    These Pearls Send a Romantic Message - Tara

    The collection is XOXO and the X is immediately obvious. The O is a lustrous South Sea pearl held in its embrace.

    This is an excellent example of orient in a non-baroque pearl, a dream button. And here is the ring.

    You can get a better idea of how large they are by the side view of this golden South Sea pearl.

    These are definitely the kind of hugs and kisses I want to receive. See more Tara & Sons creations at ...
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