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Pearls by the Bay 2024

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I am incredibly Happy to announce that this year's Pearls by the Bay event is officially set to happen on May 18th! Save the Date!

The information right from Kojima's website:


Each year in May, we gather at the Casa Madrona Hotel in Sausalito, California.
We start at 10am with a light breakfast and coffee/ tea service prepared for the group.
Next we hear from a hand chosen group of pearl farmers...

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:

YouTube Video - Understanding Pearl SIZE

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Well, this is one hot topic for's one of the characteristics that raises eyebrows and make some confused. Our beloved has covered this subject before, but a video has the ability to allow us to actually SEE these visual effects in all their Glory.

Video will play tomorrow (August 26th, 2023) on YouTube at 4 pm Pacific.

Article - Pearl Prices Driven Up by Chinese Demand!

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Continuing from her last article on this very same subject, Jennifer Heebner of CPAA & AGTA presents her latest pearl article about the price increase of cultured pearls driven by continued Chinese pearl demand.

This is a very short part of the article for you to catch a glimpse and hopefully lead you to read the rest:

American Pearl dealers are having a lot of difficult conversations with clients this year. Since the beginning of 2023, Akoya shortages, price hikes, and Chinese demand...

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