Indonesian South Sea Keshi on a Lazy Sunday

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Carolyn Ehret operates Ehret Design Gallery on eBay, a favorite of our members, and myself! If you find yourself having to wait for a car repair or a delayed appointment, I can practically guarantee that the time will fly by while you look at the fun items on her site. Of course, looking can be dangerous to your pocketbook. This is also a great place to find a few gems to add to a necklace or earrings--or just to source beautiful and unusual pearls.

I had Carolyn add gold spacer beads and...

Once in a Lifetime: The Sinkankas Symposium on PEARLS!

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Dear Pearl Friends,

If you will be in Southern California on April 27th, you will want to attend the 16th Annual Sinkankas Symposium on Pearls! It's an all-day event at the Carlsbad campus of the Gemological Institute of America.

The Sinkankas Symposium honors John Sinkankas, a legendary gemologist and scholar, with an annual Symposium on a different gem topic each year. Now Pearls get their turn in the spotlight.

Speakers include:

Robert Weldon, Host
Douglas McLaurin-Moreno – Baja...

J Hunter Pearls: Ocean, People, Culture

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Sharing beauty from J Hunter Pearls.

Pearls Play a Starring Role in AGTA Seminars

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The American Gem Trade Association's Tucson Gemfair has an outstanding lineup of seminars for next year's show. Of particular interest to Pearl Guide readers is the participation of three stellar pearl experts: Betty Sue King, Gina Latandresse and Elisabeth Strack.

Betty Sue King is presenting a timely seminar about the effects of global warming on pearls, mollusks, and the people whose lives are immersed in pearl culturing and production. I can unreservedly recommend this presentation...

Pearls Make Me Feel Beautiful

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Looking through photos from this summer, I noticed that all the photos where I am wearing pearls are the ones where I am joyous and glowing. Could there be a transfer of radiance from the pearls to the wearer? Can pearls fill the soul with visible happiness? I'm not sure, but I love my self-purchase of pearls from little h beyond measure.

Happy Blaire, followed by closeups of the pearls...

Non-glam photos, but nothing shows color like a white paper towel!

If you have never tried...

Pink Pearl Fantasy - Karen Suen

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Karen Suen's eye for color will steal your heart. You will need to visit the collection on her website to see the finest use of clam pearl, conch pearl, opals and diamonds in a ring that I have ever seen. Searching through the jewelry images was a review of some of the finest gemstones in the world, including an enormous padparadscha sapphire and dazzling jade.

I found out about Karen Suen at the Couture Show Awards competition. Although the lighting made photo opportunities difficult this...

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