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Provoked Baroques: A New Tahitian Pearl on the Horizon

I love Tahitian pearls. More specifically, I love the dark exotic colors of Tahitian pearls - the colors found almost exclusively in smaller size ranges. Large Tahitian pearls are highly valued, but often lack the color and luster of their smaller counterparts because larger pearls most often come from larger, older pearl oysters. As the oyster ages, it begins to lose the ability to produce fine pearl nacre. But what if there were a way to induce small, young pearl oysters into growing larger pearls? A company out of Japan by the name of Imai Seikaku has developed a new sort of nucleus that comes in the shape of a small blue pill. This is no ordinary nucleus, but one...

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Welcoming On The Reel Production & Power of Pearl

Two and a half years ago I took a trip around the world with a film crew, shooting pearl farms in some of the remotest reaches of the world. It was on this trip that our short Tahitian Pearl Documentary was filmed - the same documentary that went on to win the 2013 IFFF Short Film, Documentary award. The crew that I traveled with, from On the Reel Productions, is still traveling and shooting today, most recently on a pearl farm in Northwest Australia - beyond the outback, where crocodiles outnumber people. On the Reel Productions is owned by Ahbra Perry and Taylor Higgins, a pair of young filmmakers that have spent the past four years working closely with the...

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A Pearl Trip Around the World

Two years ago I was approached by a board member of the Cultured Pearl Association of America about a project that they had in mind. They wanted to send a film crew around the world, shooting pearl farms in China, Japan, Fiji, the Philippines and French Polynesia. I was asked to accompany the team to be the guide/interpreter/pearl expert. My first thought was that it would be impossible to leave my company for the full month it would take to film in so many different locations, but after careful consideration I decided that not only should I go along, I had to go along. As part of the deal, I have full rights to all the film shot on the...

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Getting a Real Pearl Education

Getting a Real Pearl Education As this blog progresses, there are several educational topics that I plan to explore.  Topics, such as the grain-of-sand myth and the art of pearl culturing are high on my list. But to cover every possible topic related to pearls would take much more than a simple blog – the information could fill a number of different texts. I’ve been asked many times over the years what pearl books or resources do I recommend for someone who wants to have a serious pearl education. The following are some of my best recommendations. Pearl-Guide.comA decade ago, I started writing content for this website and added a pearl discussion forum. The Internet was filled with misinformation and...

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