Douglas McLaurin of Perlas del Mar de Cortez pearl farm in Mexico will be a regular contributor with his column "Adventures in Pearl Farming".
June and July are very special months here at our small pearl farm in the Gulf of California: the water is warm and inviting, the waters clear up and it is also the time to reap the harvest of pearls. After years of culturing, our precious little gems are ready to come out of their watery environment and into Life.
Last February, as I made my way through the new JCK Tucson show, I almost missed discovering Isabelle Langlois. Fortunately, on my way out, I slowed down to scrutinize a display case and saw an amazing pair of pearl earrings.
The pearls were inset into what appeared to be swirls of pink shell enamel. I asked if I could take a photograph and Bruno Radegonde, Business Development Manager for Isabelle Langlois, said that they were too new and he wouldn't be able to get permission while I was...
Alishan Halebian designs sculptural and sensuous jewelry. Having seen some great Alishan pearl pieces in the past, I hurried over to the new JCK Tucson show to find his booth.
These thrilling rings are the inaugural Pearl Jewels of the Week. Alishan and his wife, Lydia Tutunjian are lovely people, always willing to help. Lydia arranged the South Sea and Tahitian pearl rings for this photograph.
You can see more at their website, AlishanOnline.com, on their Facebook page, or at JCK shows...