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    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 ...
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    If you can't visit the Tucson Gem Shows, you can live vicariously through this roundup of pearls and people. You won't even need the most important accessory in Tucson -- a good pair of walking shoes!

    First stop was the NAJA booth to see author Renee Newman and pick up the terrific new edition of her Pearl book. Renee's books are full of wonderful photos and her clear writing style makes gems easy to understand and appreciate. For those who want to branch out, the Exotic Gems series is perfect for credentialed and armchair gemologists, alike.

    My second stop was the AGTA show back hallway, to spend time with Jennifer Heebner, my favorite pearl-loving journalist. Okay, my favorite journalist, ...
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    For those who love gems and pearls, this book is a must-have addition to your library. The chapter on natural pearls is brand new and includes this photo of a conch pearl from a Monili bracelet that was featured in a previous Pearl Guide News article.

    Photo: Blaire Beavers

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    When pearl farmers open a mollusk to culture a pearl, they sometimes discover a pearl that has occurred naturally. While some insist that any pearl found in a farming operation is cultured, natural pearls do form in mollusks before they are opened for the first time.

    This is not the same as keshi, small baroque pearls ...
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    Pala International has the best gem and mineral news. They make a major contribution to the education and enjoyment of thousands of people. So, if you haven't already seen it, our member, Ana Vasiliu, has a natural pearl ...
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    Roger Beattie of Eyris Blue Pearls and Jacek Pawlowski of Blue Pearls Gallery have collaborated again on a special project in conjunction with the Miss World Pageant and Karla de Beer, 2016 Miss World New Zealand.

    Roger Beattie is the creator of Eyris Blue Pearls and a master pearl farmer. Eyris blue pearls capture the riot ...
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    Last year Pearl Paradise and Pearl-Guide held a raffle to send someone to the CPAA sponsored trip to visit Justin Hunterís farm in Fiji.
    Pearl Guide member Julie Beth won that raffle and is in Fiji right now!

    Here is a LINK to the video from last yearís raffle.

    They had so much fun ...

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