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    A Historical Reprint from our Friends at Pala International
    Pala?s Featured Gems: Natural Abalone Pearls

    This month we feature something a little out of the ordinary?a local Californian/Mexican treat. Pala has ...
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    As part of Orange County, California?s Fashion Week, I attended FIDM's annual Fashion Museum Soiree on Saturday. Themed "Fabulous!", it was a private, ticketed event with a VIP reception area, refreshments and seating for the runway shows. The event benefitted the FIDM Museum Fashion ...
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    Etienne Perret first came to my attention a few years ago when I fell in love with a pair of earrings that were decorating a beautiful woman. They were a swoop of white metal and diamonds, twining around Tahitian pearls. Now I know I was looking at his "Tendril" earrings.





    And the clean-lined Madonna ...
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    Five years ago, I had the pleasure to see and photograph several pieces of finely crafted jewelry that featured natural pearls. This was at a time when precious metal prices were rising to unforeseen heights and the recession was sending luxury spending to new lows.

    So, admire the jewelry maker that ...
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    Third in a series by Antique Jewelry Collector Paul Royse. See the first one here.

    Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU could own - 1800 to 1850
    By Paul Royse

    By the end of the 1700's a great nation had formed through the American War of Independence (1775?1783), and another great nation was transformed as a result of the French Revolution (1789-1799).

    Transformations also occurred at the personal level. New ideas of freedom and liberty were in the air, and new forms of literature appeared. Jane Austen ...
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    Second in a series by Antique Jewelry Collector Paul Royse. See the first one here.

    Antique Pearl Jewelry that YOU could own - The 1700's
    By Paul Royse

    The Age of Discovery, launched by Columbus discovering America, and Vasco da Gama opening the route to India, rapidly led to the development and expansion of global trade.

    Pearls soon began to reach Europe in quantity from the Sea of Cort?s (off California) ...
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    Provoked Baroque, a term coined by Doug Fiske, aptly describes the newest type of Tahitian pearls. It is now possible to skip the long wait for large pearls that grow in later grafts, while keeping the color and luster ...

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