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  1. Those would be blue and silver-blue baroque akoya...

    Those would be blue and silver-blue baroque akoya pearls. They've been around for some time and large ones are in the 10 mm range.
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    You're correct. Those are dyed Chinese freshwater...

    You're correct. Those are dyed Chinese freshwater pearls.
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    That's terrible to hear :( I hope they turn up in...

    That's terrible to hear :( I hope they turn up in a shop and the thieves are busted.
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    Hisano and I are going to be there for one day!...

    Hisano and I are going to be there for one day! We are there for the CPAA awards ceremony and party on the 6th and then leave the morning of the 7th.
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    The ring came back in and it turns out I was...

    The ring came back in and it turns out I was mistaken. The pearl in the ring in the photo is indeed a Tahitian pearl. It's a very dark Tahitian pearl and not a black akoya pearl. Once we saw it in...
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    Yes, unfortunately you received someone else's...

    Yes, unfortunately you received someone else's item. Sorry about that. We will get it sorted out.
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    That's a black akoya, not a Tahitian pearl.

    That's a black akoya, not a Tahitian pearl.
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    Here is most recent article on that pearl where I...

    Here is most recent article on that pearl where I was quoted on value too:

    https://www.jckonline.com/editorial-article/man-finds-natural-pearl-in-meal/
  9. I wouldn't call the prices over-inflated. You can...

    I wouldn't call the prices over-inflated. You can definitely get deals from the vendors there, but you're not getting what they claim they're selling. If you understand what you're buying and take...
  10. I can help enlighten here. All the pearls...

    I can help enlighten here.

    All the pearls produced in the Philippines are currently grown in Palawan. Those pearls do not stay in the Philippines except in the case of vertically integrated...
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    This is fantastic! We looked over all of...

    This is fantastic!

    We looked over all of Paula's pieces in this thread. I will show her this one too.

    She is very knowledgeable about pearls - she knows types, history, quality ... better than...
  12. Not many people. These aren't pearls. They're...

    Not many people. These aren't pearls. They're just shells. There are more of these fake pearls coming out of the Philippines now than we've ever seen.
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    Madeleine Stowe is coming in today to try on a...

    Madeleine Stowe is coming in today to try on a strand of hanadama pearls. We are going to pull up this thread and put it on the screen when she gets here :)
  14. There are two possible reasons that I can think...

    There are two possible reasons that I can think of: the shipper won't accept jewelry or the shipment was listed as "natural pearls" and a F&W certificate is required.

    Some carriers refuse to ship...
  15. It looks like a freshwater stick pearl. Depending...

    It looks like a freshwater stick pearl. Depending on the age, it could be natural, or it could be cultured American or Chinese.
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all our extended PG family!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our extended PG family!
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    Sticky: Great color! Jeremy Shepherd

    Great color!








    Jeremy Shepherd
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    I love this piece!

    I love this piece!
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    Vintage and typical today - some things never...

    Vintage and typical today - some things never change!
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    Is that what happened? I've even had several...

    Is that what happened? I've even had several people send supposed lab reports showing the chemical composition of their "pearls." Apparently the labs don't realize that shell and pearls are composed...
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    It certainly looks like a pearl. Do you have...

    It certainly looks like a pearl. Do you have photos from other angles?
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    Heather is a close personal friend of mine and an...

    Heather is a close personal friend of mine and an incredible jewelry artist. I love her stuff!
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    Those are some fun and colorful pearls!

    Those are some fun and colorful pearls!
  24. I don't know about any places that close to the...

    I don't know about any places that close to the airport, but the main pearl market in Beijing is the Hongqiao Market in Chong Wen Men. This is a multi-story building with a lot of pearl vendors.
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    If you are looking for the best value, you can...

    If you are looking for the best value, you can find something better than a light champagne South Sea pearl for $2000. Light champagne is not a terribly valuable color. White, medium gold and dark...
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