• Once in a Lifetime: The Sinkankas Symposium on PEARLS!

    Dear Pearl Friends,

    If you will be in Southern California on April 27th, you will want to attend the 16th Annual Sinkankas Symposium on Pearls! It's an all-day event at the Carlsbad campus of the Gemological Institute of America.

    The Sinkankas Symposium honors John Sinkankas, a legendary gemologist and scholar, with an annual Symposium on a different gem topic each year. Now Pearls get their turn in the spotlight.

    Speakers include:

    • Robert Weldon, Host
    • Douglas McLaurin-Moreno Baja Pearls
    • Blaire Beavers The History of Pearls
    • Betty Sue King Evolution of the Pearl Goddess
    • Elisabeth Strack An Update on Pearl Localities
    • Bill Larson Collecting Rare and Unusual Pearls
    • Chunhui Zhou A Brief History of Pearl Testing Through Gems & Gemology
    • Stuart Robertson Pearls: Their Market and Price Trends
    • Hisano Shepherd, Reinventing the Pearl

      And the truly amazing full-length movie, "Power of Pearl".

    Go to the website to learn more and sign up. The price goes up on April 2nd, but it's well worth the full day of pearl knowledge. You also have a chance to visit with pearl friends on lunch and breaks and meet the speakers.