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  1. Andrew M

    Andrew's Photography & Pearls

    It has been quite awhile since I have posted any photos! I wanted to share with everyone some studio pearl photos. First up, something I did as a level 10/10 photographic challenge to myself -- white on white is extremely difficult, but dark on black is even harder to make look good, but I...
  2. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    With having a new Akoya necklace, what was needed next? Some Akoya dangles, of course! These pearls came from the same group as did the gem grade Akoya necklace I posted about. Stats: 1 ctw diamonds, D/E, IF-VVS1 Akoya pearl 8.5-9.0mm They're lovely and will get tons of use! I'll have to...
  3. Andrew M

    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Some truly exciting news! :) Now that the special project from the Akoya thread has finished, I've managed to finagle a way to keep the lovely strand "in the family," so to speak :) So, here's Mom taking some world-grade Akoya pearls out for a spin:
  4. Andrew M

    Show us your double strands!

    Not quite a true double strand, but here's my grandmother's akoya rope (strung by Pattye) that she wears as a double
  5. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    I've found a lovely pair of gem quality loose gold south sea pearls that I've picked up for Mom, even though I have no idea yet how we will set them or what we will do with them. They are a little larger than she normally wears, at 11.9mm, but they were such a lovely pair I could not pass them...
  6. Andrew M

    The Most Incredible Akoya Pearls I Have Ever Seen

    It's not perfect but I tried to do a quick color correction of Pattye's lovely outdoor photo to give us a more accurate idea. :)
  7. Andrew M

    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Out running some errands. Today finds Mom wearing some simple but very high quality Akoya studs, around 8.5mm-ish My mom likes the classic, slight pink-ish hue. I show her some of the great stylings on this thread and she always chuckles in admiration because she keeps things so simple! Great...
  8. Andrew M

    The Most Incredible Akoya Pearls I Have Ever Seen

    Just for reference purposes, here is a comparison with the strand from the first post and a strand of 8.5-9.0mm (the original strand is slightly smaller at 8.0-8.5mm) Hanadama pearls from a trusted vendor. I won't name the vendor because this isn't really a "versus" comparison, but rather just...
  9. Andrew M

    Travelling to Malaysia and Philippines in Jan/Feb 2020... advice please?

    I would say if you haven't taken the PearlsAsOne course yet it would be very helpful as an overview on GSS before you go - even if you only look at the GSS section. There's a free code you can get from PP, if I remember correctly. My only advice on gold south sea is that they are expensive...
  10. Andrew M

    The Most Incredible Akoya Pearls I Have Ever Seen

    Hi Pearl Guide friends... So, I'm partaking in a very cool photo project that involves pearls. :D I unfortunately don't think I'll be able to share final photos for some time due to a contractual obligation, but I am more than allowed to share the truly special Akoya pearls that will be used...
  11. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    I'm terribly behind on posting, but here are Mom's Mikimoto AAA studs to commemorate our visit to Las Vegas! They certainly aren't cheap but they have an undeniable appeal to them and they are really gorgeous. :)
  12. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    Thanks for the pictures, Bweaves! Here's an additional photo from Vegas that I thought people might be interested in seeing. On the far left is the PP NWH strand, and next to it are Mikimoto A+, AA, and AAA strands, respectively. The only one not in 5-figure prices were of course the PP...
  13. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    Andrew and Mom visit Mikimoto in Las Vegas at the Shops at Crystals! First and foremost, for presentation and display as well as just general luxury feeling in a store, Mikimoto cannot be beat, hands down. Of course, that's also why their prices are what they are... :) We had the chance to...
  14. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    So I have to say, this isn't a pearl item but I have to share anyway, as it will all be in my mom's collection. A recently acquired piece that will be for my Mom, and possibly this stone will be paired with some pearls! - I bought this ring just for the stone, but it's a great platinum setting...
  15. Andrew M

    Andrew's Photography & Pearls

    Here's another treat for everyone - Rocio doing her thing once more. Can't wait to get some real pearls in action. She wears them so well.
  16. Andrew M

    Andrew's Photography & Pearls

    Well, hey, I have a long awaited blog post for you all! First and foremost, I wanted to thank the great folks at Pearl Paradise for even making this possible. :D Without them, there would be no pearl photos here, no blog post, anything! Secondly, I wanted to thank all of you great folks...
  17. Andrew M

    Andrew's Photography & Pearls

    I wanted to share a quick photo of Rocio, who is simply yet another amazing and graceful model I get to work with. For this shoot, she was wearing some pearls, but they were faux. For the next shoot of this time, we're going to use some white Hanadama pearls instead. I just couldn't help it -...
  18. Andrew M

    "The KJM Collection" - Andrew's Mom's Pearls

    Some really little, plain and simply Calla Lily style earrings that we found today at Kohl's - they're just small freshwater pearls but they have an almost peacock effect. With the discounts and coupons, it came to less than $20, so a fun little addition here:
  19. Andrew M

    Andrew's Photography & Pearls

    Everyone! I can share the "special secret project," at last!! :) A little while ago (a few weeks), I got in touch with some folks at PP mostly hypothetically saying "I know PP is focused on awesome quality for affordable pearls, but just for curiosity's sake... What could PP do vs (the well...
  20. Andrew M

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    The VIP page generously gave me a shoutout.. :) cool stuff. - And you don't have to die now, BWeaves!! And, just to get you all enticed a bit more...
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