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The Sustainability Corner - Issue 3

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Pearls in the Web of Life – Part 1


Pearls are not only a product of a living being -a mollusk- but their “mother mollusk” is also a host for dozens of other life-forms! When we think about other animals that we use in our lives (as a food source or as a luxury good, such as furs) we can rarely imagine these creatures being a part of something larger or co-existing with other animals from varied species. We may picture a henhouse bursting with chickens, or a pen full of cows, but we find...

Christina Assael has passed away

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Our friend Jennifer Heebner has just informed us that Christina Assael, wife of the late Salvador Assael, has just passed away peacefully and surrounded by her children at her home.

Her family issued the following statement:

Assael will remain a family owned business, wit Peggy Grosz at the helm, with the support of the family.
No services are planned, but a formal announcement will be issued by next week.

May she rest in peace, now alongside her husband.


An interesting article about...

Happy Holidays!

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From all of us here at Pearl-Guide.com to all of YOU: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Suzanne Kalan Debuts Tahitian Pearl Capsule Collection for CPAA

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Renowned jewelry designer Suzanne Kalandjian of Suzanne Kalan Jewelry has collaborated the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) to debut a Tahitian Pearl capsule collection, Suzanne Kalan x CPAA Tahitian Pearls. Kalandjian debuted the collection at the 2021 Couture jewelry show, and by day two, all the pieces had sold out. Jewels sold to major luxury merchants all over the world, and a list of more have all placed orders.

Thanks to support from the government of French Polynesia...

Scotland's Bill Abernethy and the Last Pearl Fisherman passed Away

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In a sad note, this past November 26th marked the end of an Era for the UK's pearling tradition with the passing of Bill Abernathy: Scotland's last pearl diver and a man known for the dance in his Soul and feet, and for having found valuable natural freshwater pearls in Scotland's lochs and rivers before the pearl fishing ban.


He found the famous "Abernathy Pearl" (also referred to as "Little Willie") and many other valuable pearls. Passed away at 96 years of age.

For the complete story...

Pearls in the Web of Life - Part 3

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Pearls in the Web of Life – Part 3

In our last entry, where we learned that the outside of pearl oysters acts as a small ecosystem in itself, but now we will “dive deeper” into the oysters themselves to find that this pattern repeats itself -in a kind of Hermetic understanding of the “As is Above, is Below” law- but with different actors involved. And, if you ever had the opportunity to stare into a live and open pearl oyster, you would begin experiencing a calmness that emanates from...

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