A Baroque Pearl That Will Make You Smile - Cynthia Renee

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A jewelry collector client brought an unusual 26mm baroque pearl to designer Cynthia Renee. That pearl inspired a very cheerful creation - "The Smile".

Rose gold surrounds the pearl, flowing organically, and enhancing the lovely iridescence.

Cynthia Renee is one of my favorite designers and she has a way with pearls, as seen in this stalker-shot from the AGTA GemFair in Las Vegas. Cynthia is wearing her "Calligraphy" earrings with pink tourmaline, spessartine* garnet and removable...

Bigger than a Walnut - Paspaley Baroque South Sea Pearl!

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Back in 2007, members of the GIA Alumni Pearl Tour happily invaded the private grading rooms of Paspaley, in Darwin, Australia, where we were shown the special pearls.

This pearl was amazing, not only for it's size, but for the orient shimmering on the surface. I have long imagined how I would set it as a pendant with a very long chain so it could be touched and admired. In wilder fantasies, I imagined how magnificent it would look atop a scepter!

You can see their South Sea pearl...

Natural Pearls - Monili Fine Jewelry

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Five years ago, I had the pleasure to see and photograph several pieces of finely crafted jewelry that featured natural pearls. This was at a time when precious metal prices were rising to unforeseen heights and the recession was sending luxury spending to new lows.

So, admire the jewelry maker that did what was right ? honored the natural pearl by giving it its proper setting ? 18K gold, platinum, and fine diamonds, executed by the finest craftspeople in the jewelry industry.

I hope you...

Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU could own - 1800 to 1850

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Third in a series by Antique Jewelry Collector Paul Royse. See the first one here.

Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU could own - 1800 to 1850
By Paul Royse

By the end of the 1700's a great nation had formed through the American War of Independence (1775?1783), and another great nation was transformed as a result of the French Revolution (1789-1799).

Transformations also occurred at the personal level. New ideas of freedom and liberty were in the air, and new forms of literature appeared...

South Sea Keshi Earrings - Golconda

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Reema Keswani, Golconda founder and designer, has a way with gems and color, but especially with pearls. A former prot?g? of the exquisite Harry Winston jewelry designer A.V. Shinde, Reema demonstrates the skills of an old-world master, while creating designs that refect the woman of today.

These graceful handmade earrings feature golden South Sea keshi pearls.

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Objects Organique Orchids - K. Brunini Jewels

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Katey Brunini could very well be the world?s coolest person. An adventurer with a passion for nature, she can be counted on to create jewelry that encompasses the edgy to the lyrical. Here is an orchid, carved from bone, featured in the Couture Show awards display under the category ?Innovative?.

And more at the K. Brunini Jewels booth.

After subconsciously imprinting these pearl-adorned flowers, I was half-expecting to see the real thing sport little pearls. Imagine being disappointed...

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