We had another great time in Hong Kong, although it was a shorter trip than usual. Somebody accidentally booked flights arriving Hong Kong a day late. We still found most of the pearls we were looking for so I forgave him;)
While at the show, we always try to visit our friends who farm akoya pearls in Vietnam. They are a small, family-run operation that does such special things with akoya pearls, like the beauties I blogged about nearly two years ago and of course this crazy pistachio strand.
This time their show was about small loose lots of special pearls! Most were quite small, but some were little monsters!
While the large pearls are amazing, what really captivated my attention were the smaller pearls with colors so dark, they went from blue to almost a purple. I have always loved little pearls!
I started separating out the darkest ones.
Although the pearls are small (mostly in the 5-6 mm range), they are farmed in Vietnam so the nacre deposition is highly accelerated due to the warmer water so the nacre is extremely thick.
They only sell pearls like these loose, which is very typical with really special pearls. But making a strand of these beauties would be amazing ... our friends offered to do it for us! They promised to collect the pearls for us over the next two months and make a few strands. They are going to be so special!