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First Ever Golden South Sea Harvest Strand

Over the past few years I've had a lot of fun with harvest strands, creating dozens with Tahitian pearls and even a few special strands with freshwater pearls. They're fun because every strand is so unique with a look all its own - a true expression of organic pearl beauty. While in Hong Kong this past March, I visited a good friend of mine who owns a farm in the Philippines. We spent the good part of an afternoon talking about the industry, about Pearls as One, and the new fun things we were working on. I mentioned creating a massive, 74-inch harvest strand back in January and received a blank stare. He had never heard of a harvest strand before....

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Tahitian Harvest Strands

Two months ago I received the first request for a Tahitian "Harvest" strand. It's something we've been encouraged to make for some time, but there are usually so many different things I "want" to work on and I rarely get to them all. It was decided by the team that we would make a few of these strands for the September Connoisseur event, so when a request came in for something special in July, I decided to take the reigns personally. Fast-forward two months later and I believe we've made a total of 22 strands, and I've personally made most of them. What is trending as a "harvest strand" is a strand of pearls that represents what one would expect...

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Two special pearl commissions

Most of the pearl pieces we make on a daily basis are to us somewhat routine. We know the most popular sizes, lengths and styles and these account for probably 95% of what we ship on a weekly basis. But those that really know us also know that we love to create special pieces. Lately these have been pieces created from unique pearls Hisano and I find while pearl hunting in Asia, but often they are pieces that are a new take on the traditional. This week we received two such commissions. The first was for a special Tahitian pearl strand and the second was for a very particular style of white South Sea. This Tahitian strand is special. The...

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Nontraditional Tahitian pearl pairing that works

Baroque Tahitian pearls are among my favorites. The best tend to have colors and combinations of colors within individual pearls that are nearly impossible to achieve with traditional rounds. The uniqueness of each pearl means that a full strand can never be perfectly duplicated (hence the need for individual photographs) and pairs are very difficult to make. A good customer reached out to me earlier in the month and asked me to find a pair of Tahitians on the smaller side that had amazing colors. While I could have selected something extra special from the rounds, my first thought was to suggest a pair of drops or baroques. We had just finished separating a large lot of Tahitian pearls for...

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How to Create a Perfect South Sea Strand

Pearl auctions happen several times each year, primarily in places such as Hong Kong, Japan and French Polynesia. For the most part, these auctions offer pearls in what are known as "lots." Lots are parcels of undrilled pearls that can be separated into specific sizes, grades or colors, or they may be "mixed lots," with an assortment of grades and sizes. The majority of lots offered at any given auction are commercial lots, or lots in the lower quality range. On the A-D scale, these lots are typically in the C-D range. These lots tend to be the largest and bidding can be quite competitive because these are the lots used to make strands of Tahitian and South Sea pearls...

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