AGTA News - "Chinese/Baby Akoya" are Actually Nucleated FWPs!

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The American Gem Trade Association just came out with a News Report about some nucleated freshwater -known as "Edison"- pearls being passed off as "Baby Akoya Pearls" (gotta love the name!), misrepresenting them as saltwater Akoya pearls.

Since the article's content cannot be shared (not even a bit!) I will just add the link HERE so you may read the entirety of the text.

Pearls by the Bay 2024

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I am incredibly Happy to announce that this year's Pearls by the Bay event is officially set to happen on May 18th! Save the Date!

The information right from Kojima's website:


Each year in May, we gather at the Casa Madrona Hotel in Sausalito, California.
We start at 10am with a light breakfast and coffee/ tea service prepared for the group.
Next we hear from a hand chosen group of pearl farmers...

The Iluka South Sea Keshi Pearl Necklace

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Just read Katerina Perez' article featuring a unique South Sea keshi pearl necklace, considered one of the longest of its kind (article states it IS the longest) made using 42 large Australian keshi and that took the artist some 17 years to create!

From the Article (that you can read in full by clicking here):

The Iluka necklace, whose name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘near the sea’, was 17 years in the making, with 13 of those years spent sourcing the Keshi pearls and...

An Interview with Jeremy Shepherd of Pearl Paradise

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This article came up in my morning search! It's an Interview to our own @jshepherd
The article is written by Sara Martins for IV Gradient Insight.

An excerpt:

Get inspired by Jeremy's e-commerce journey with Pearl Paradise. From pearls in China to virtual shopping experiences, he shares insights and the power of AI. Discover game-changing trends for 2023 in this engaging interview on the future of e-commerce.
Jeremy Shepherd, a successful entrepreneur in the e-commerce industry, has been...

Pearl Luster: The Quality Factor Behind a $1.5 Million Price Tag with Pearl Paradise

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Straight out of YouTube with Jordan and her channel "Jewels of the Trade":

This is the mother of all pearl videos, and you won't want to miss a minute of it. In this video, YOU will not only get to examine an ultra-fine strand of pearls with the guidance of one of the industry's leading experts on pearls, but you'll also get to see REAL examples of:-Fine Vs. Ultra-Fine Pearl Quality Comparisons-South Sea vs Akoya and Freshwater Pearls-
The rare phenomenon, "Orient," in South Sea...

How NOT to Buy Pearls: Great Video for Prospective Pearl Shoppers

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How NOT to Buy Pearls: The #1 Mistake Shoppers Make

This is a great find! You know: Everyone - especially for those new to pearl shopping - could use expert this advice in how best to knowledgably shop for pearls. And we usually have these articles or videos about "How to Shop for Pearls" and they are good! But this one ... this one is simply better because NOW we have just the opposite approach: How NOT to Buy Pearls and the biggest mistake pearl shoppers typically make. :geek:


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