• Caitlin Williams at the Pearl Guide Ruckus

    Our dear forum leader Caitlin Williams passed away last week. She loved Pearl-Guide, our members, and especially enjoyed attending the annual Pearl Guide Ruckus - a kind of sleepover party for pearl lovers.

    Caitlin was incredibly special. Smart, funny, irreverent, talented and best of all, loveable. Here are some photos of Caitlin from Ruckuses past.

    (This photo was from the last ruckus in 2016)

    The first Ruckus, or "International Consequential Pearl Guide Convention", ICPGC, was held in 2009. Caitlin responded to it this way:

    "It was great to meet you all! You my homies! I can't remember a group ever, ever, ever, that felt so much like home. I love you all! My sisters, brothers, cousins, daughters, sons, nieces and nephews. It felt like being a Hawaiian Auntie and..... we got to talk pearl to our hearts content!"

    Waiting for drinks

    Our first Scotch tasting. We wiped out Jeremy Shepherd's personal collection!

    Perusing Pearl Paradise pearls


    Meeting up with attendees at the second ruckus with member Mikeyy

    Mingling before Friday night dinner

    More mingling

    A gift for all her hard work, assisted by daughter Kether

    Getting ready to take the limo to the Pearl Paradise office party.

    Notice member Douglas on the upper left. Caitlin especially enjoyed the drive with Douglas:

    "Douglas, Kether and I drove over from Tucson. An 8 hour drive in which we had Douglas all to ourselves. An incomparable experience. He is so kind and was willing to participate in the 8 hour long discussion with us (mostly me). He answered a lot of questions and expanded my knowledge on every subject we discussed. It was a fabulous experience, the fastest car ride to LA, ever!"

    The Saturday night office party was amazing. They completely transformed it and spoiled us with a Sushi Chef!

    Chris Uhde gives an official Scotch tasting


    Caitlin modeled for us.

    Caitlin was very grateful and said what we all were thinking:

    "Jeremy, Hisano, and all you dears who make Pearl Paradise so special,
    What a splendid occasion! I can't remember having more fun with a more wonderful group of people. So much work and love went into this weekend, I can only say, it was one of the highlights of my life. I truly appreciate the lengths you went to make sure we were all pampered to the max. Your largesse should be legendary!"

    Everyone agrees that Jeremy, Hisano and Pearl Paradise, along with occasional sponsors, have been very generous in hosting each ruckus.


    Group photo

    Pearly Headgear contest

    Modeling Tiara and Hat

    Having tea

    Visiting Pearl Paradise


    Receiving Admin recognition

    On the right, you can see her irresistible mischievous smile


    My dear friend with me

    And with fearless leader Jeremy

    She had more style than a body has a right to...

    And knew how to flaunt it!


    Enjoying the crowd

    Getting recognized as a leader

    Relaxing with husband Reggie - a beautiful way to remember Caitlin.

    We may have to say goodbye, but we will never forget!

    (Names and photo credits were omitted so the author could complete the article more easily, which was emotionally difficult.)

    Blaire Beavers
    Managing Editor
    Pearl Guide News