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Red Sea Cultured Pearls: yes, they do exist

In February, Hisano and I attended the Inhorgenta trade show in Munich. I was asked to give a presentation on eCommerce, specifically related to selling pearls online, and an overview of the Pearl Specialist course, Pearls as One. It’s the sort of thing I find myself doing a lot lately; I will be presenting on the course in both Bangkok and New York in the coming months. Side note: If you’re interested in seeing my thoughts on selling online, I was interviewed on camera after my presentation and you can see it here. Munich was fantastic, in part because we were able to connect with so many people we rarely see and highly admire, including Laurent Cartier, Douglas McLaurin, Phillip...

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The Secret Life of Pearls - Set your DVRs!

Tonight on NatGeo at 10 pm, The Secret Life of Pearls will air! You can find details here. I've personally had the honor of visiting the Paspaley pearling operation deep in the outback of Australia and I treasure the experience. While it was many years ago, it's one I will always remember. If you would like to see where some of the world's rarest pearls are grown and where white South Sea pearls originate from and how they are farmed, you won't want to miss this!

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We are Featured in the Financial Times with Jewelmer!

Earlier this year, I wrote about an amazing adventure Hisano and I had visiting Jewelmer's pearl farm in the Philippines, where we were able to take a helicopter ride around the farm and even dive the pearl lines. It was my second time there, but still the trip of a lifetime. What I didn't mention in March (and couldn't mention), was that we were taking a writer and a photographer from The Financial Times, an international daily newspaper with a daily readership of 2.2 million people and 4.5 million registered online users at FT.com. The nearly 1000 word article came out today! You can see the full article here. The golden pearl, the result of a recessive gene, grows in...

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A trip to Paradise (and Hong Kong)

My apologies for being a bit late on the Hong Kong pearl report. Shortly after Hisano and I arrived back in Los Angeles I had to leave again to attend my son's graduation from Delta Flight Attendant Training. We once again have a flight crew member in the family! Hong Kong was fantastic as it always is, but the best part of the trip was our visit to Paradise - Jewelmer's pearl farm in Tay Tay, the Philippines. It was my second trip to the farm and while it wasn't a leisure trip, it certainly felt like it. We brought a GoPro camera and shot quite a lot of video, including from a helicopter over the farm and underwater where...

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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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