Pearl Guide

My "Pearling" Story...

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My pearl journey begins here, and my guess is that only pearl lovers will care to read this. In my younger years I always loved admired pearls. As a newly employed Legal Secretary (just out of college) I would go on my lunch hours and look at pearls in the downtown high-end jewelry shop. I eventually saved up enough to purchase a nice 5mm 22" strand and 7" bracelet. For many years, this was the ONLY pearl jewelry I owned, and they were reserved for special occasions only. (Why do we do this...

Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

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So I used to frequent a forum for another type of item that had a neat thread called "Your **** in Action!" where people could post pictures of their item "working it" in the real world, I always used to enjoy browsing that thread! I thought it might be fun to start one here for those that wanted to post some pictures of "pearls in action" making us look beauteous IRL! Soooo, I'll start, here's some pictures of my pondslime strand and I in the restroom at work today (washing hands, not using...

Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing on Serafil, Beaders Secret & Power Pro

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How to string (or restring) your pearls on doubled Pattye's Serafil, Beaders Secret, and Power Pro

This is not hard-- really! It is harder to describe it than to do it. Anyone can learn to string their own pearls!
If after reading through this, it sounds too daunting, I suggest making a mini-strand for practice first. Make one 12-15 pearls long just so you can practice how to knot the end 3 pearls on each side and attach the clasps; the middle pearls are easy to knot.

To just practice...

CPAA Announces US Finalists on their 14th Annual Pearl Design Competition (IPDC)

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New York City. Nov. 22, 2023. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces the finalists in the U.S. division of the 14th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). U.S. submissions were narrowed down to 12 finalists after judges viewed images of all entries.

The judges are Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier; Patricia Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan; Peggy Grosz, senior vice president, Assael; Maria Tsangaropoulos...

The Timeless Allure of Pearls

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The Timeless Allure of Pearls
Born perfect, forever fashionable By Pierre Akkelian

In the midst of a global crisis, the pandemic created unforeseen avenues for certain sectors. While it severely disrupted most businesses, our industry found an unexpected spotlight, with fine jewellery evolving as a top non-essential purchase during the many lockdowns. The pearl market, in particular, witnessed a dynamic shift. The heart of this pearl revolution lay in China, where the great majority of...

VIDEO: Akoya Pearls and The Story of Mikimoto

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From the Jewels of the Trade YouTube channel:

What are cultured pearls?
What are akoya pearls?
What are Mikimoto pearls?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this in-depth interview with Matt Harris of Matt Harris Designs. This video is not sponsored. I am not an affiliate marketer for Matt Harris. He's just a really great dude who sells awesome pearls.

You can watch the video HERE:

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