Every so often we get to create special pieces that are just wow, wow, wow! They tend to be the most time-consuming, but they are certainly the most gratifying. They are also a lot of fun.
Last year Jenni, a customer from the United Kingdom, came into our offices looking for something special. Hisano and I had just come back from Asia and had collected a sizable lot of perfect metallic white drops that we had planned to feature in a monthly special because the first time we offered them, they sold out in one day (that had never happened before).
Well, Jenni fell in love with those loose pearls and so we turned them into strands - likely the only strands of their kind anywhere - and I didn't get a photo :-(
This fall we added several new pieces to Jenni's special collection!
The Triple Strand 10 mm Freshadama
Hisano and I matched a total of four strands or straight-sized, 10 mm loose freshwaters at the Hong Kong show in September. Two were perfect matches and a third blended with the two to create a perfect match. We had one additional freshadama strand here that was slightly graduated from 9 mm to 10 mm, which we used to add length to the ends and create a matching bracelet. The result is one of the most magnificent freshadama necklaces we've ever created!
The Triple Strand Natural-White Hanadama
We also discussed akoya pearls. I sent Jenni a link to a very special set of akoya pearls we had put together back in 2009 that is still displayed in our Flickr account. Those pearls were extra special. The producer that is responsible for our natural white hanadama had created three strands that year of akoya so fine they glowed. I sent the producer and email asking if he had ever put together any more strands like the ones from 2009. He had seven that he'd created and still had since then. Three were a perfect match.
To make the necklace more versatile, we strung two strands together as a double, and nested one strand with its own clasp.
As if these weren't enough, we added one more special strand to the collection - a pearl strand every connoisseur should eventually add to their collection - white South Sea.
I think just about anyone would agree, Jenni now has one "uber" collection of pearls.