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BIG YEAR, BIG DEALS…. BIG PEARLS!

We are SO excited to release these Black Friday deals and special items, we couldn’t stop ourselves from letting a little preview slip out…   MASSIVE Freshwater Diamond Ring shown with a beautiful, hand-built Freshwater Pearl Multicolored Harvest Strand measuring in at a whopping 108”! And Metallic Lavender Freshwater Drop Pearl earrings to match … What a set!     Pictured above is our one-of-a-kind 14k Yellow Gold Metallic Freshwater Pearl necklace, knotted leather Freshwater pearl bracelet, and Chandelier Collection Black and White dangle Akoya pearl earrings- such a fun way to mix and match black & white pearls Freshwater and Akoya pearls! These released contain some of the largest pearls we’ve had here at Pearl Paradise. From extra large...

BIG YEAR, BIG DEALS…. BIG PEARLS!

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VIP: Very Important Pearls - something new and something fun!

2018 has been a big year for us. For a long time, we’ve wanted to change out our boxes, upgrade our packages, and really elevate the entire pearl experience. After making excuses for why it was never the right time, we finally bit the bullet and said let’s just go for it. Now don’t get me wrong, we were very excited… but it also took a LOT of trial and error, time, and energy. We wanted this to be perfect. We wanted the material to look good, feel good, but also be versatile. We wanted the boxes to be hefty but ergonomic. Something you could proudly present, but also use after opening it. Something that would protect the pearls during...

VIP: Very Important Pearls - something new and something fun!

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Some very, very special Tahitian pearls next week!

We have something very special coming up for you next month! As most of you know, every year in the fall we try to do something new with Tahitian pearls. We've brought in large lots of intense peacock drops, which we drilled and matched into AAA and gem quality strands. We've done a dark Rikitea collection that featured a lot of blue and cherry strands. We've done one year of pastels and even one collection of white Tahitians. We've got something special again this year. Back in March, we met with a buying group in Hong Kong to discuss creating a collection of multi-color Tahitian strands that would be really, really special. The idea was to create a collection using only A/B graded...

Some very, very special Tahitian pearls next week!

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The 10th Annual, Pearl-Guide Ruckus - July, 2018

We had so much fun hosting the 10th Annual Pearl-Guide Ruckus last week. This was the biggest year ever, with nearly 50 attendees from around the world converging on Marina del Rey, California. We spent a full day learning about everything PEARL. The talks were amazing. Check out this year's line up. To finish the day, we sailed through the marina on a pearl-filled yacht of friends! Enjoy!

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VIP ... Very Important Pearls

Hisano and I love to visit the international trade shows in Hong Kong and pearl producing places around the world. Our job is to find pearls that are suitable for the designs we make and sell on Pearl Paradise, but we both LOVE pearls. That means, when we find something special, we almost always buy it. Over the years, we've collected a number of special pieces. They might be individual pearls with amazing colors, or pearls that are simply so rare, we knew we may never see them again. But these pearls almost never make it onto our website. A few years ago, we did hold a Connoisseur Sale and offered up so many of our rare finds. It was...

VIP ... Very Important Pearls

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We've added some monsters (monster pearls!) to Pearl Paradise!

Happy New (PEARL) Year! We've added some amazing pieces this week you've got to see. It's something we haven't done in a long, long time - BIG, ROUND pearl strands. When we say BIG, we're talking about Tahitian strands as large as 16 mm and even 17 mm. Take a look how a strand like this compares with more traditionally-sized pearls, such as this strand of 8-10 mm Tahitians. We've also added some extra large and extra special white and gold South Sea strands! The last time we offered strands such as these was all the way back in 2008. That's a full decade! We hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed putting them together!

We've added some monsters (monster pearls!) to Pearl Paradise!

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Flash Sale #2 - crazy-color Edisons!

Yesterday we launched our very first flash sale! All together we had about 25 strands of amazing Fijian pearls, and every last one of them went within 12 hours. Saturday morning at 9 am, we are launching the second flash sale featuring only SEVEN strands of incredibly special pearls! These pearls were offered to us last month and we just couldn't say no. We've never had Edisons with color quite like these before. We hope you enjoy! We have two more flash sales coming up before Christmas too!

Flash Sale #2 - crazy-color Edisons!

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Something New! Pearl Flash Sales!

We have something new and exciting happening in the next week!  Sometimes we get really, really special pearls. We've done things in the past such as create VIP sales, connoisseur sales, special Pearl-Guide Ruckus releases ... those special pearls have always found special homes where they are truly appreciated. This month we've brought in some very, very special pearl selections and we've decided to try something new! On the 14th, 16th, 18th and the 20th, we will be releasing these special products in one-day flash sales beginning at 9 am! In addition, our Facebook Live team will be introducing these special sales at 8:50 am before they go live at 9 am!

Something New! Pearl Flash Sales!

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Inspiration to Inception with John Dwight (plus a Black Friday announcement!)

Just in case you missed it, our designer John Dwight walked us through his Helios collection, from inspiration, to design, to lost-wax casting to the finished line! It was all on Facebook live!  We are only THREE days away from our GIANT Black Friday sale! We have hundreds ... literally hundreds of styles at door-buster pricing starting at 6 p.m. Pacific Time and updating every 12 hours through the weekend!

Inspiration to Inception with John Dwight (plus a Black Friday announcement!)

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Join Mia for a sneak peek!

Join our senior product specialist Mia Mesa with Pearl Paradise host Brady Murphy as they discuss "Mia's picks" of the new Tahitian strands uploaded to our website this week!

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The Facebook Live Hong Kong Recap!

Just in case you missed it, we went live again today to show off some of the pearly goodies Hisano and Jeremy collected in Hong Kong last month! Enjoy!  

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A message from Brady Murphy of Pearl Paradise

  Can you say, “Hong Kong?”, because I sure as heck can, in fact I have said little else over the last few weeks. That’s because Pearl Paradise is all set to embark on our next pearl buying trip and this time we’re headed to Hong Kong for the famous Pearl Trade Show. For long-time readers, this trip has become something of an annual expectation, in fact I know that quite a number of you just may be keeping your fingers crossed in hopes we find your “wish list” item (I have a good feeling we will!). For me though the reason Hong Kong has been sitting on the tip of my tongue is the same reason this pearl buying...

A message from Brady Murphy of Pearl Paradise

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A New Type of Freshwater Pearl Coming Soon!

This is beginning to feel like an annual event - a new type of pearl is making its way out of China. Many are familiar with large, bead-nucleated pearls, often called Edison or Ming pearls. One of the most impressive things about those pearls is their size. They are huge. They are also very colorful. But they are huge.  The reason is simple. They are grown within the organ of a mussel, so one shell can really only handle one implant. Farmers typically sell their harvests by weight, so a larger pearl means larger profit. One thing has eluded farmers for years: A method to grow a pearl in the mantle, the traditional way, with a bead and produce a perfectly-round...

A New Type of Freshwater Pearl Coming Soon!

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Pearl-Guide Ruckus 2017

We just finished hosting the 9th annual Pearl-Guide ruckus! Several dozen of our friends from the Pearl-Guide forum gathered here in for a weekend of festivities! We rented a beautiful estate in Beverly Hills and had a packed weekend of pearl talks, friendships and delicious food! We had an amazing lineup of speakers this year! Pearl farmers Douglas McLaurin and Josh Humbert both wowed the group with their expertise and stories. Authors Renée Newman and Blaire Beavers also spoke, and Bali Pearl Farm trip winner Ruth Johnson "took us with her" showing us a video presentation of her pearl trip of a lifetime! This year we tried something completely different! We were on Facebook live almost the entire weekend! And...

Pearl-Guide Ruckus 2017

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Ruth's Trip to Atlas' Pearl Farm in Bali, Indonesia

For those who missed it, last year we held a drawing for a trip to Atlas' South Sea pearl farm in Bali, Indonesia! In order to be eligible, one had to be a member here with a minimum number of posts, and had to complete the Pearls as One specialist course. Our friends from Pearls of Joy sponsored the flight to Bali and we sponsored the flight back to the States. Atlas took care of everything in Indonesia to give Ruth a true pearl-farm trip of a lifetime!Winner, and long-time Pearl-Guide member Red (Ruth) brought a GoPro camera to "take us with her!" Enjoy!

Ruth's Trip to Atlas' Pearl Farm in Bali, Indonesia

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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...

Red Sea Cultured Pearls: yes, they do exist

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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....

First Ever Golden South Sea Harvest Strand

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A clean sweep, First, FIRST, Second and Third place!

We are so proud of our Chief Creative Officer Hisano Shepherd! As many of you know, Hisano launched her own design line, little h by Hisano Shepherd, a few years ago. She has since been making waves in the jewelry industry with her line of geode-inspired pearl jewelry. Hisano has been honored with more than a dozen prestigious awards over the past three years, but nothing could have prepared her for the CLEAN SWEEP of one major design competition this month. Instore Magazine, the publication delivered to nearly every jewelry store in the United States, hosted its annual Indesign Awards. Hundreds of professional jewelry designers from around the US submitted designs in eight different categories from colored stones, to diamond jewelry,...

A clean sweep, First, FIRST, Second and Third place!

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My first (pearl) trip to Hong Kong

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take off on my first trip to Asia. Pearls aside, this would be a magnificent trip to experience – just being in Hong Kong felt exciting. Coming from the East Coast, (Philadelphia) it brought me back home. The city was vibrant and beautiful, with no lack of movement anywhere you looked. You can easily walk, or hop on the metro and be anywhere you need in just a few moments. Best of all; the food was amazing, and the hospitality even better. If not for all the hills, and (obviously) the signs in Chinese, I could have easily mistaken it for New York City. Still being fairly fresh to the pearl...

My first (pearl) trip to Hong Kong

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Pearls as One: www.PearlsAsOne.org

Back in September, I wrote about the new Cultured Pearl Association of America Pearl Certification course I worked on for more than a year. It was one of the biggest and most time-consuming projects I've ever taken on, eclipsing even the book I wrote a decade ago. The labor of love was worth it! Over the past five months, more than 1,500 people have enrolled in Pearls as One and the feedback has been overwhelming. Our goal for the first year is 10,000 enrolled. I think we're going to get there! If you haven't enrolled in course yet, do it while it's still free! Just sign up and redeem (don't forget to CLICK redeem) this coupon code: PEARL10951PARADISE and you'll get into...

Pearls as One: www.PearlsAsOne.org

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Revisiting the Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

Happy (first blog post) of the New Year! Last month was a whirlwind. Christmas season at Pearl Paradise always means putting our all into getting every last package out and delivered before the big day. We have a lot of fun doing it and it’s a lot of work. During the whirlwind, I don’t typically have time for many of the “fun” pieces I enjoy making throughout the year. These are the pieces that take a bit of extra time and several revisits to get the look “just right.” But a request came across my desk and I decided to give it a go. Harvest strands are fun. Whenever we process large lots of drops, circles, baroques and rounds, there...

Revisiting the Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

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Guess who is going to Bali, Indonesia!

A big, big congratulations! This is the second year we've been able to send one lucky winner to a pearl farm. Last year was Fiji, this year it's Bali! Who is going to be next???

Guess who is going to Bali, Indonesia!

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Black Friday begins Thursday at 9 p.m. Pacific!

It’s that time of year again and we are doing something very different! We will have hundreds of products on sale including door busters priced as much as 75% off! The party starts Thanksgiving night and is going to last all weekend. Instead of releasing everything at once, we will be releasing new batches of products every 12 hours! We are calling it the Black Friday Countdown Sale! Sign up for email alerts for the next release of items! Don’t get left out, get an email reminder from us 30 minutes before each release to make sure you don’t miss any of the new items that get added to the sale. You can sign up for that reminder here! Have...

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We are sending someone to Bali, Indonesia!

Last year we held a raffle to send someone to the Cultured Pearl Association of America's sponsored trip to visit Justin Hunter’s farm in Fiji. Pearl-Guide.com forum member Julie Beth won that raffle and just left for Fiji this week! We had so much fun with this we decided to do it again! We’ve teamed up with our friends from Pearls of Joy and with Atlas Pearls to send someone to Bali next year! From Atlas: The winner will visit the beautiful "Island of the Gods", Bali. Atlas Pearls will escort the winner to North Bali to visit a working pearl farm. Also called "another side of Bali", North Bali offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Kuta....

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A full year in the making ... Pearls as One

Over the past year I've been working on a project for the Cultured Pearl Association of America. It's related to something I've been passionate about for nearly two decades, and I proposed it to the organization in September of last year. With the help of avid pearl researcher Caitlin Williams from Pearl-Guide.com, and the technical skills of my good friend Kevin Canning of Pearls of Joy, we've created something designed to educate anyone and everyone who would like to learn more about pearls. Today we launched www.PearlsAsOne.org, with the support of the CPAA (I am now the treasurer and chairman of the marketing committee), Jewelmer, Paspaley, Atlas, J. Hunter Pearls Fiji and the Hong Kong Pearl Association. It's the first...

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The Moti Ratna pearl pendant

Over the years we've received a steady stream of requests for something that is almost impossible to find in the United States: A large (10 mm or seven carat), round, white, all-nacre pearl that is undrilled and completely untreated. "Moti" is the Hindi word for Pearl, and "Ratna" means Jewel or Gem. It is an ancient Hindu belief that wearing a pearl can have many beneficial effects, such as alleviating stress and anxiety, and boosting self-confidence. It is also believed to aid those suffering from insomnia, eye diseases, high blood pressure and heart disease. There are specific guidelines for the type of pearl that should be worn, and how it should be worn. The ideal pearl is said to be white, round and untreated. The...

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Some amazing pearls from Hong Kong, June 2016

We made it back from Hong Kong and have finally started sorting out all the special pieces! As you may have seen from the blog post last week, Hisano and I were accompanied by Erin from our customer service team. She was responsible for the wishlist and had a great time being nearly overwhelmed by Hong Kong and the giant gem show. While she was there, she was interviewed by NHK TV! They only used a small part of the interview, but you can see her starting from 0.53 on the NHK website. June is not typically a "big buy month" for us as we enter the summer season, but we did find some special pearls. Typically the finest strands...

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My First Pearl-Buying Trip to the Hong Kong Jewelry Show

About 2 years ago, Pearl Paradise took a chance on me. Oh, I knew I loved jewelry but an expert I was not. Fast forward to early last month and to my utter amazement, I can call myself a pearl expert. And poof, Hong Kong here I come! While getting the chance to attend a trade show in Hong Kong is a learning experience, I also had a job - I was responsible for the wish list! Golden and white South Seas, freshwater keshis, round Tahitians, I’m coming for you. I was lucky enough to get there a couple days earlier than Jeremy and Hisano, which was truly a blessing for this newbie to world travel. Time travel is no...

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Little Pearls from Tahiti

We just got a new auction lot of Tahitian pearls in this week that included something I've never seen before - Tahitian pearls as small as six millimeters! Last year we secured a small lot of 7-8 mm circled pearls from our friends at Collins Pearls in Takaroa, but these are even smaller. The total lot contains just over 12,000 pearls and those below 8 mm make up only about 10% of the total, but that still a LOT of tiny pearls when we almost never see pearls smaller than 8 mm, let alone smaller than 7 mm. We are going to have fun with these! There are so many silvers and even white pearls in this lot. There are...

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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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A few interesting pearl finds in Hong Kong

Sorry I'm late! Hong Kong was fantastic once again and it really is starting to feel like a second home. I love Hong Kong in March because the weather is so perfectly mild. Contrast March with the Fall show and it's like a spring day in the park vs a sauna set on high! We were fortunate enough to find several things on wish lists and of course our staples, and also a few things that just sort jumped out at us. Like these akoya! I have to say, I don't really know what to think of these. But I'd never seen akoya that looked like this before, so home they came. Hisano didn't give me too much of a...

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Hong Kong Pearl Buying Trip Wish List Hunting - March, 2016

As usual, we hit the ground running looking for our staple items. The first day of the show reminds of those scenes we see every year on Black Friday - huge crowds rushing into the venue to shop. The Japanese Akoyas were still very high in demand especially in the Asian market and we had to push our way through the Japan Pavilion to search for the smaller Akoya strands. By now I have gotten used to squeezing myself between small pockets of space I find between people to get closer to the pearls and firmly tell other buyers to wait until I am done selecting when I see someone's hand reaching over to my "keep" pile. Since the March...

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We are headed back to Hong Kong

It's time once again for the big March Hong Kong jewelry show and Hisano and I are heading out this weekend! We will be surrounded by millions upon millions of pearls and will be meeting with dozens of producers and processors from all over the world. As usual, if anyone has a special request, please feel free to email either myself (Jeremy@) or Hisano.

We are headed back to Hong Kong

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Congratulations JulieBeth - You're Going to Fiji!

Yesterday we held the anticipated final Fiji raffle. Congratulations Pearl-Guide member JulieBeth! Julie has been a member of Pearl-Guide's community forum since March of 2013. She loves and designs with pearls. Some of her work can be seen here on Etsy. We shot a video of the drawing and there is a surprise at the end! Who wants to take the next Pearl Trip of a Lifetime to ... ??? :)  

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Guess what?!?!

Two weeks ago we blogged about the CPAA trip to visit the JHunter Pearl Farm in Fiji. I've been there. The place is amazingly beautiful and I really wanted someone who truly loves and appreciates pearls to go. Last week I decided to take a chance and purchase 1000 tickets for our Pearl Friends on Pearl-Guide.com's forum. We won :) We are going to hold a second raffle for current and active members of Pearl-Guide the week after Christmas. Someone is going to Fiji! If you're a current PG'er, get on this thread :)

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Want to Visit a Pearl Farm in Fiji?

Our friends atthe JHunter Pearl farm in Fiji are hosting a lucky pair of winners of the Cultured Pearl Association of America Pearl Farm Visit raffle next year. The drawing is in two weeks and there are a lot of unsold tickets, which means the odds of winning are better that just about any other sort of raffle or lottery out there. Talk about the perfect stocking stuffers - just 10 bucks! :) Click here to read more.

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Truly Special Vietnamese Akoya Pearls

The wait is finally over! The labor of love has finally arrived and it did not dissapoint. Our friends have worked tirelessly to create the most special color Vietnamese Akoya strands for us. Not only the farmer and his family were able to make amazing blue strands, they were also able to create stunning colors in gold, pistachio, silver blue and multi colors. The arrival of the strands took longer than anticipated but was well worth the wait.  Because of the limited quantities we are doing a special “blog only sale” for these beauties before the Black Friday rush. To give you an idea of how "blue" these blue strands are here is a comparison photo of our regular stock...

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PP Black Friday is just a few days away!

Our Black Friday sale starts at 9 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, November 26th and continues at 9 am on Friday, November 27th, with another release of Black Friday specials! For our friends and clients who looked forward to the Connoisseur Sale that didn't happen this year, we created a selection of special, one-of-a-kind Connoisseur items for this event! It's going to be fun!

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Special pearls from the September Hong Kong Show

I am a bit late posting about the September pearl buy but I didn't forget! September is the biggest show of the year for us because we select inventory for the Christmas season and that means a lot (and I mean a lot) of inventory. Hisano and I don't have much time to look for the "fun" stuff in September! But that isn't to say we didn't have fun! We had so many friends that were at the show, and three people came just to join us; Chenai our director of operations, and Blaire and Sheri from Pearl-Guide forum! Blaire is the managing editor of Pearl-Guide News and Sheri is a long-time member who has made it to all the Ruckuses. Sheri...

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Chenai's first trip to the Hong Kong Jewelry Show

When the opportunity to go to Hong Kong presented itself, I took the chance and did not look back!  Within the next 24 hours, my air ticket and hotel were booked and I had arranged child care. It was decided, before the trip, that I would look for the wish list items. I slept for most of my 15-hour flight so I arrived in Hong Kong well rested and ready for the task at hand. Since my flight arrived early morning the first day of the show, Jeremy and Hisano met me at the airport and we were off to the show! After spending almost an hour in a Disneyland-like line, I got my badge and was official! We entered...

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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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The 7th Annual Pearl-Guide Ruckus

We were honored to host The 7th Annual Pearl-Guide Ruckus once again last month in the Pacific Palisades, just outside of Los Angeles! For those of you who have considered joining this growing group of pearl enthusiasts, pearl vendors and pearl farmers from around the world, maybe this fun video will help push you along. We love to make new Pearl Friends!  

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A Short Conversation with Hisano

After the success of our very own Chief Creative Officer's showing at the Las Vegas JCK Jewelry show, we decided to create a short video in which she shares her inspiration and process behind her International Award Winning Pearl Geode and Finestrino Collection. We hope you enjoy!

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Intense Blue Vietnamese Akoya

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...

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HK Show - Burmese South Sea, Tahitians & Vietnamese Akoya Pearls

We had a good time at the June Hong Kong jewelry show last month and brought back some special goodies! Before getting into the pearls, I think it makes sense to share a short bit of Burmese (Myanmar) Pearl history. Burma has a long history with pearls, both natural and cultured. For centuries, the native sea-faring population of the Mergui Archipelago known as Salons, were the traditional pearl divers. Pearls from the "Mergui shell" (a.k.a. Pinctada maxima) were some of the finest the world had ever seen. It's no wonder Burma was one of the first places where South Sea pearl farming was first introduced. In 1954, and Japanese pearl company headed by a Mr. Kikiro Takashima set up the first...

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We're about a week away from the big one ... :)

Our annual clearance sale is coming up soon and we are excited to show a sneak peek of what we've been planning. We are bringing back the luscious Tahitian harvest strands and beautiful tin cups with colorful gem stone beads. Tahitian pendants are perfect addition to any summer outfit. The cool tones of silver and green are great colors to pair for warm weather. For our Freshwater fans we have playful ensemble of colorful jewelry. These Edison drops have an amazing oil slick luster with rich body color. This sweet orange Freshwater drop pearl is complemented with citrine beads. I can think of so many outfits to go with this pendant! Many of these items are one-of-a-kind pieces or limited...

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Little h Collection Debut at JCK Las Vegas Show

Since I came back from our Asia trip in early March, I have been micro-focused with just one project; the Debut of little h jewelry collection at JCK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center. little h was accepted into the juried Design Center at JCK earlier in the year so my assistant and I have been burning the candle at both ends building the inventory. Leading up to the show, there were so many small components that needed to be built, ordered, made and researched. It felt like working on a million-piece jigsaw puzzle. Every day I tackled few pieces of my long task list and the end result was more than fulfilling. The long late nights I...

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Measuring Pearl Strand and Bracelet Lengths

A question we get quite often is, "How do I measure the length of my pearl bracelet/strand?" The easiest answer is by measuring the total length of the strand from end to end, including the full length of the clasp on one side to the jump ring connecting to the "tongue," or part that is inserted into the clasp when fastened. Click the image below to zoom in on an example. The bracelet measures exactly 7.5 inches while the necklace/strand measures exactly 16 inches. But why is length rarely perfectly exact the way it always is with chains or other jewelry? A strand will rarely measure the exact indicated length. This is because no two pearls are alike; they are...

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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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Heading to the Philippines and Hong Kong

It's just about time for the March HKTDC International Jewelry show in Hong Kong and Hisano and I have decided to visit a golden South Sea pearl farm in the Philippines prior to attending the show. Pictures and more exciting things will follow. I promise ;-) Like always, if there is something special you would like either of us to look out for, please let us know! Golden South Sea pearls grown in the Philippines

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Pearl Friends Interviews: Hisano and Barbara discuss little h

I've been so fortunate to spend the past half decade with a truly talented artist and pearl designer who never ceases to amaze me with her creative works both with pearls and without. Hisano was recently honored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America winning The CPAA International Pearl Design Competition's Orient Award for compelling design esthetic and inspiring a new affinity for pearls for her Pearl Geode designs. Hisano's little h line will be debuting at the Design Center in Las Vegas during the annual JCK Jewelry Show. I'm so proud of her. Our good friend, client and long-time Pearl-Guide member spent a couple of days with us this past week and decided to interview Hisano in a live webinar. In...

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My love affair with Tahitian Pearls continues

2014 could definitely be described as the year of Tahitians for us. We were fortunate to find a few amazing lots of dark peacock drops and colorful rounds, some of the most amazing Tahitians I've ever come across in sizable, workable and graded lots. We also had a lot of fun with Tahitians, working with a new type of baroque Tahitian pearl and getting creating with harvest strands. I don't know how many of those harvest strands I made in September and October but it was a lot. As some of my friends and clients know, this year I am keeping my eyes out for lighter, yet still colorful lots. While dark peacock Tahitians are the most valuable of all,...

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Valentine's Day Style Guide

To celebrate the upcoming holiday we came up with two chic and lovely outfits inspired by our Valentine's Day style guide. Here is a red hot date night look: PearlParadise Valentine's Collection by pearlparadise featuring diamond rings   Here's a laid back comfy casual style for Valentine's Day: PearlParadise Casual Valentine's Day Collection by pearlparadise

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A Pearly Rose Gold Renaissance

You may have noticed a trend building if you are a fan of fine jewelry … ... ROSE GOLD!!! A collection of a few of our favorite ROSE gold pieces It’s gorgeous!!! Now what exactly is it and why is it pink??? Gold is an AMAZING metal. It has been considered valuable and precious since long before the beginning of recorded history, and for good reason! Gold’s Amazing Properties Gold can be hammered so thin, that one ounce of it (about the size of a quarter) can be turned into a sheet measuring roughly 300 square feet! One ounce of gold can also be stretched into a wire so thin (only five microns thick), that it would reach a distance...

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Tahitian Pearl Blues

We had a lot of fun with Tahitian pearls this year. In September we released a huge lot of dark peacock drop strands, something we had never done or been able to do before. The next month was the Connoisseur Sale, but we could have called it the Harvest Strand month given the number of them we made. But I decided to hold something back - something special to release on Cyber Monday - the special Rikitea rounds. Rikitea is known throughout the Tahitian pearl industry as the source for the best colors of Tahiti. The finest cherries, peacocks and dark blues overwhelmingly come from Rikitea. Dark Blue Tahitian Strands We have a total of 51 selected strands that we...

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Win a Trip to a Pearl Farm!

The CPAA is doing it again. A raffle for a priceless trip to a remote, exotic pearl farm. Last year it was a trip to the Philippines and this year it will be Tahiti. I was just contacted by the CPAA to ask for help in promoting the raffle. It ends in less than a week and they haven't sold many tickets. You know what that means, right? ;-) The odds are excellent! The host of this year's pearl farm trip is my dear friend Josh Humbert of the Kamoka Pearl Farm on Ahe in French Polynesia. His operation is one of the most eco-friendly on the planet and he's an all around great guy. This would be the trip...

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Sneak Peek! Black Friday Pearl Paradise 2014

Black Friday sneak peek We’re gearing up for the holidays and our elf hats are on! The entire PP team has been busy selecting a wide variety of pearls for the upcoming holiday season.  From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind special items, we've got you covered.  Here’s a very sneak peek of what will be on our Black Friday sale. One-of-a-kind pendants These special pearls were selected by the Hong Kong buying team. The size, shape and colors vary so much that these are hard to place as regular items. We found some colorful Edison drop pearls in metallic and lavender colors as well as special Tahitian drops. Pearls are set in Sterling silver to 14K gold settings to offer in...

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Jenni's (uber) Pearl Collection

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...

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Pearl Paradise photographer Angela goes to Hong Kong

Working with PearlParadise has always been a privilege, but a couple weeks ago, I was offered a life changing opportunity! Jeremy and Hisano asked me if I wanted to join them on the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair buying trip! After 16 hours of travel time, I arrived at the airport and went straight to the show! Here are some clips and images from my experience in Hong Kong. I took a lot of footage, so make sure to check back later for informational videos from our trip! The entrance to the September Hong Kong Jewellry & Gem Fair - You can see the excitement in my eyes! Pearl Heaven Hollow pearls we call Souffle. The color range and...

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Pearl Friends Interviews: Michael Rivers

Michael Rivers is one the longest-standing members of the Pearl-Guide forum community and someone I consider a close friend. He even officiated our wedding. Michael has a very interesting business. He does deal in pearls, but his primary business is dealing in shell nuclei. At the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus, he sat down with Cynde and Wendy for an interview.

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Pearl Friends Interviews: Sarah Canizzaro

Continuing our Pearl Friend Interview series, Cynde and Wendy interview Sarah Canizzaro, owner of Kojima Pearl at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus. Sarah shares a true passion for pearls!

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Pearl Friends Interviews: Sheri Jurnecka

Continuing our Pearl Friend Interview series, Cynde and Wendy interview Sheri Jurnecka, owner of Jurnecka Creations at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus. Sheri is also the artist behind the Leafy Sea Dragon using the 55 mm pearl we blogged about more than a year ago.

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Pearl Friends Interviews: Barbara and Sylvie

Continuing our series of Pearl Friend interviews, pearl connoisseurs Barbara and Sylvie, interview with Cynde and Wendy at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus. This was the first ruckus for both of them but they immediately fit in like regulars and I know they will be from now on!

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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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Pearl Friends: Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls

Continuing our series of Pearl Friend interviews, a man who needs little introduction, Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls interviews with Cynde and Wendy at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus. I've been friends with Josh for about a decade and you would be hard-pressed to find a more friendly and passionate man. He loves what he does and he loves life! Enjoy!

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Pearl Friends: Douglas McLaurin

In April we started a series called Pearl Friends and interviewed two friends and customers who have amazing collections of pearl jewelry, Cynde and Wendy. We decided to wait until the annual Pearl-Guide ruckus for the opportunity to interview more pearl friends and Cynde and Wendy turned the tables on us -- they decided to do the interviews and we decided to film them! This first interview is with Douglas McLaurin and is fascinating! I've been to his farm and consider him a very good friend and even I learned a couple things from this interview. Enjoy!

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The September Hong Kong Jewelry Show

It's been a busy summer here at Pearl Paradise with the mid-year sale followed by the Pearl-Guide Ruckus, the Tahitian promotion and now the Connoisseur Sale. I just realized today that I forgot to post about the upcoming trip to the September Hong Kong jewelry show! Hisano and I leave this Friday and this time we are bringing Angela with us! Angela has been our photographer for three years now and she was part of the magic behind the videos shot at the ruckus. She is coming to Hong Kong to take lots and lots of photos and video. This should be good! I know it is last minute, but feel free to reach out to me or to Hisano...

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Hisano Introduces Pearl Geodes and Finestrino by little h

Hisano has been working on her new lines of pearl geodes and finestrino for nearly a year now and gave the first public reveal at this year's Pearl-Guide Ruckus, which we were once again honored to host in Palos Verdes Estates, California. In the short video below, Hisano talks about the inspiration behind her pieces and the process of creating her wearable works of art.

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Connoisseur Sale 2014

Our annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale is now live! We will be adding pieces to this sale as we create them every few days throughout the month. Our apologies in advance! We know some items will go very quickly and some will double sell. This happens every time we do a promotion and we sincerely apologize. Many of our items are one of a kind. When two customers have a product in their cart at the same time and checkout at the same time, a double-sale happens. If this happens to you, we promise to do everything we can to make it right. We hope you enjoy this curated collection.

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The Annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale begins tomorrow!

It's time once again for our second annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale! Around 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, we'll post a link on this blog to a hidden page on PearlParadise.com. We won't be sending out an immediate email to make sure that our friends who read this are the first to see what we've created! Here is a link to last year's blog about the sale. Expect to see fancy loose Tahitian pearls that we selected as being the most special from the 5,600 loose pearl lot of peacock drops, as well as a few harvest strands and more. Also this year we are introducing for the first time, Hisano Shepherd's little h line of Pearl Geodes and Finestrino! Hisano has...

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Effecting Change, with Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls

Continuing with the video series from the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus in Palos Verdes, here is Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls giving a presentation about his life on a Tahitian pearl farm and about effecting change with sustainable pearl farming.

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Late Summer/Early Fall Pearl Style Guide

Summer is still prevalent in sunny Los Angeles. This style guide is for the summer fans who are still enjoying the pool side BBQ’s and sun bathing at the beach, but also for women who are looking forward to the cooler and quieter days of early fall. The organic shape and metallic luster of keshi pearls are fun way to spruce up a casual wear. Whether you wear them alone or in multiples, keshi pearls make your outfit pop. The model is wearing white and pink Freshwater keshi necklaces and keshi dangle earrings. Another ensemble that works great with casual white and black outfits are metallic whites. We love our new Violet earrings with 7-8 mm white metallic drops and...

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Pearls and the Environment, by Douglas McLaurin

As promised, here is the first of several videos shot at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus held in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Douglas McLaurin gives a fantastic overview of the Mexican pearl industry and specifically what impacts his pearl farm has on the environment.

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Pearl-Guide Ruckus 2014

  We were so honored again this year to play host for the fifth year in a row to dozens of our "Pearl" friends from around the world. For a long, three-day weekend, we participated in pearl discussions, talks, a pearl-laden party (the RUCKUS!) and of course pearl shopping! This year, the festivities were held at an estate in Palos Verdes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather was fantastic; morning haze for perfect diffused natural light to appreciate the true beauty of pearls, and sunny afternoons, which brought paradise-like sunsets. For our friends that couldn't make it this year, we have something special coming up! We decided to film all the talks, the discussion and  pearl-friend interviews! We are busy...

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What to do with a 55 mm pearl -- challenge accepted!

About a year and a half ago, Hisano and I brought back a truly giant, baroque pearl from Asia. It measured a whopping 55 mm in length and 35 mm in width. The shape was very interesting as well. It looked to some like the beginnings of a wooly mammoth, others saw clouds. To me it looked like the potential for something big and something special. It just needed an artist with a vision to create something amazing. In a blog post back in June of 2013, we asked the question, "what to do with a 55 mm pearl?" I am thankful to say that a dear friend of mine and long-time member of the Pearl-Guide community answered that question. Sheri...

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A few special pieces will be debuting next week!

As those of you on our email list know, we've been adding new pieces to our mid-year clearance page every Tuesday this month (and most things are snapped up by mid-afternoon). Well next week we've got a few new things that we're extra excited about - round, metallic-white freshwater strands! If a strand of those mirrored white orbs have been on your list, keep an eye on the sale page on Tuesday morning! The strands are all long (think 35 inches and longer) and truly special! We chose a special new style of clasp for one of the upcoming options!

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Hong Kong, June 2014: My favorite finds

We had another whirlwind trip to Asia. The show layout looked very different this time. Our regular vendors had a lot smaller spaces but seemed to be busier with visitors crammed in tight booth spaces. Jeremy and I had the pleasure of having Elia with us this time. Since it was her first time at the show, she had to wait in the winding long line to get her badge. While she waited Jeremy and I visited a couple of Tahitian pearl producers exhibiting and got several loose lots. Our small size Tahitians (8-9 and 9-10 mm) are always in demand and we were happy to find the right colors and quality to replenish our stock. As we searched for...

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My Trip to the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair

Elia and Hisano selecting pearls I was very excited to go to Asia for the first time, and especially excited since the trip involved being let loose in a convention center full of millions of gems! I had imagined what it would be like, but this is something that you can’t quite picture in your head; you have to experience it. My first day there, the climate was exquisite. Some people thought it was too hot and humid, but I love tropical weather. Jeremy, Hisano and I headed over to the show bright and early (which for me is 10 am.) There were people there from all over the world waiting to get in. I had pre-registered for the event,...

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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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What to do with 5,600 peacock drop Tahitian pearls!

If you follow our Facebook page you would have seen the post below where Hisano and I were having fun sorting a peacock drop lot of just over 5,600 pearls. We decided to make strands with them, and they are ready as of today! Pictures are below the Facebook post! We are planning a big Tahitian pearl promotion in August, so we'll probably hold off posting them onto the site until then!  Post by Pearl Paradise.  

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Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, June 2014

 Although it just seems like yesterday, we are headed back to Asia once again for one of the large, Jewelry and Gem shows in Hong Kong, taking place from June 19th through the 22nd. In March, we brought team member Lynsey with us to experience what a pearl-sourcing trip is really like. This time we're going to bring a team member who has been with us for nearly a decade now - Elia! This is Elia's first trip ever to Asia, and we're excited to have her along. She is going to be working on product sourcing for our July promotion and the September Connoisseur promotion. We have one busy week ahead of us, but as always, if there is...

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Something Special: Vietnamese akoya pearls

Back in September I purchased a very special lot of loose, Vietnamese akoya pearls while at the Hong Kong show. They were large (for akoya), individual pearls with insane color and super-thick nacre. Since I wrote the blog post about these rare beauties we’ve had many inquiries for pendants, earrings and strands. We just didn't have enough to make them available on the website. At the show in March, however, Jeremy and I were able to get all of the remaining strands from the same pearl farmer who owns and runs the pearl farm in Vietnam, so we finally have a small selection that will be made available on the site as the June Monthly Special this week (the email will go...

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Pearl Friends continued: Wendy

"My husband traveled quite a bit for work and I had to mow our three-acre yard with 300 pine trees on a riding mower. Every week as I traveled in hundreds of circles around the yard, all I could think about was how wonderful these pearls were..."- Wendy We are thrilled to continue our interview with Wendy Fairchild for this week's blog post. Enjoy! Wendy and her husband Bill at Jeremy and Hisano's wedding ceremony Everybody loved the jewelry that you wore to Jeremy and Hisano's wedding, can you tell us a little bit about it? I was at the Malibu Ruckus two years ago. I was interested in finding a White South Sea strand to go with a pair...

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Pearl Friends: Wendy Fairchild

Wendy Fairchild is a prominent member of the online pearl community whom we've known for many years.  As you'll discover from this interview, she's had an eye for pearls since she was in first grade! Her opinions, taste, and pearl knowledge are just as impressive as her collection of breathtaking pearl jewelry. A big thanks to Wendy for sharing lots of pictures and beautiful memories! We have so many of Wendy's pictures and memories, we've decided to split this interview into two separate posts. Watch for part two next week! Wendy's Tahitian souvenir 1. So what was your first piece of pearl jewelry? My husband and I went on vacation in 2000 to Moorea, French Polynesia with two other couples.  I...

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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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Soufflé Pearls: Some things I bet you didn’t know

One of the most popular types of pearl that we’ve been bringing in over the past year have been those lightweight, hollowed out pearls popularly known as soufflé. The name, coined by friend and fellow pearl expert Jack Lynch of Sea Hunt Pearls, conjures up the image of the namesake puffy French desert. But what is a soufflé pearl? Is it the product of brilliant pearl farmer innovation or something else? The name soufflé comes from the French verb souffler, which in English translates to blow or to inflate. Although this may not have factored in to the coining of the term, it’s actually even more accurate than most could have ever guessed. Soufflé pearls are grown by inserting a...

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Bert Pearl

Pearl Paradise is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of The Bert Pearl. As one of the largest muppet-shaped pearls in history, it has been coveted by man and muppet alike. After passing through several royal dynasties, it was purchased by The Count Von Count, who after counting it (one, ah-ah-ah), made it available at one of Sesame Street’s premier auction houses. This exquisite pearl is a White South Sea circled baroque that measures 14.6 mm, and features a naturally occurring 3.9 mm nose. The Bert Pearl prior to its current setting Our jewelers took great care in creating its current setting, which features white freshwater pearl eyes and ears, and a Sterling Silver unibrow and coiffure. Inquiries about The...

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Pearl Friends: Cynde Newberry

For our first interview in this series, I had the pleasure of talking to Cynde Newberry.  She's a long-time friend and customer whose visits we always really enjoy.  Luckily for all of us, she brought in some of the breathtaking pieces from her collection that she describes in her interview below.  Once you see the photographs of these exquisite pieces, you'll understand her advice on selecting pearls "that speak to you and make your heart sing."  Thank you Cynde! 1. Let’s start at the beginning- where and when did your love for pearls begin? Did the women in your family own and wear pearls? My birthstone is diamond, so my love of jewelry began with diamonds. Gifts and tokens of...

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The Best Kind of Gems

A new series with Allison M. Pearls are not just a privilege to work with or own.  They consistently give us the privilege of getting to know great people all over the world who share our love. We wouldn’t be able to make the memories of a lifetime without our friends in the pearl community. We’ve decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to some of our nearest and dearest.  So keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts where we’ll be featuring interviews with some of our friends who have fascinating stories to share about their own love affairs with pearls. It’s become clear to us that what makes pearls even more valuable is the people these gems...

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Just in case you missed it! Google Hangout pearl chat part 3!

Our friend Cynde drove up today for another live Pearl Chat at Pearl Paradise! There are some amazing new finds in today's video, including a full explanation of a BRAND NEW type of Tahitian pearl that is just making its way to the United States! Enjoy the show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBb8zFuX_I#t=10

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My Favorite Finds from Hong Kong March Trip

Metallic Souffle Pearls It’s been over a week since we came back from Hong Kong but pearls are still trickling in. We were very focused on replenishing low-stock items and started the show looking for Tahitians on day one, Akoya strands on day two and freshwater pearls on day three. Here are just a few of my favorite finds! On day one while I was “supposed” to be looking for Tahitian loose rounds, this small lot of Golden South Sea keshi pearls caught my eye.  A Japanese vendor had an assortment of keshi pearls and this was the smallest lot he had.  We purchased a small lot of white South Sea keshi pearls at the last show and these keshi...

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Spring Summer Pearl Lookbook 2014

 We are excited to complete another successful Spring/Summer set of collections. It was a strenuous project juggling Pearl Paradise designs along with our sister site Pearl Collective, but we were able to complete them just in time for our PR editorial event in New York. We were able to create four collections this season. The Encircled Collection was designed and created by John. He focused his design on the deep ridges or indented lines that are prominent in baroque Tahitian pearls. He started experimenting with texturing thin flattened wire and created these designs. It is a very meticulous process since each band is fitted specifically to a pearl. The Encircled necklace above was was pulled for a request by Real...

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My First Hong Kong Pearl Buying Trip

Team member Lynsey joined Hisano and Jeremy on the March 2014 Hong Kong Jewelry Show buying trip What an amazing trip! This past week I had the opportunity to join Jeremy and Hisano at the International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show in Hong Kong.  I arrived late on Sunday night, exhausted but excited to see what Hong Kong and the buying trip was all about. After a 17-hour flight straight across the Pacific ocean I jumped on a train and headed to the Kowloon side of Hong Kong to meet up with J & H who had arrived earlier that week. The city was a blur of lights, people and speeding double-stacked buses.  Every corner was lit up with neon...

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Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show 2014

The large pearl and gem show put together by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council is just around the corner once again, this time with a twist! This year the council is introducing a new concept called "Two Shows Two Venues." The first show (the one that interests us) will be held at the Asia World-Expo and will feature loose gems and pearls. The second show features finished jewelry and will be held at the main exhibition center. The shows combined expect to attract more than 40,000 visitors from nearly 50 countries. Hisano and I will  be leaving for Hong Kong next week and Lynsey from Customer Support will be joining us - it's her first trip to Asia and...

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Valentine's Day Style Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day is this week! How would you style your day with pearls? We love to play dress up and here are some styles that take an ordinary Friday night and turn it into pearly and romantic Valentine’s Day! Wearing red may sounds cliché, but if it's done right with a solid color dress and white Akoya pearls in yellow gold settings, a kitchy idea can turn into classic sophistication. Our new Trinity collection gives the right amount of glam with cluster of diamonds. Classic bracelets are staple piece to wear on their own or stacked for captivating appearance. For someone who is looking for the extraordinary, soufflé styles are perfect! The irregular shapes are fun and the plump surface...

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Two Pearl Predictions for 2014

Nearly every year the news coming out of China is that freshwater pearl prices are on the rise. It’s notable that these warnings typically become more vocal around the time of the main jewellery and gem shows in Hong Kong, but this year I believe prices are undoubtedly set to rise on a wholesale level. According to Michael Tse of the Heng Mei Pearl Company, expecting fine returns, investors bought up raw materials in 2013, leading to much higher prices. Some estimates indicated cost increases as high as 40%. Read more on Jewellery Net Asia by Jeremy Shepherd

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Pearl Size: Volume vs Diameter

We're often asked for advice when customers are trying to determine what size of pearl is best suited for them. The question is typically whether or not it is worth it to go up a size or two in millimeters. Is the difference really that noticeable? The image below is of a 6 mm akoya pearl next to a 12 mm South Sea pearl. The millimeter size is exactly double, but it's easy to see that the true difference in size is much greater. 6 mm akoya pearl next to 12 mm South Sea pearl As a rule of thumb, I've always told customers that a 2 mm incremental increase in millimeter size would approximately double the overall size of...

Pearl Size: Volume vs Diameter

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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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The shopping season has finally come to a close and we are ready to hang up our elf hats and return to normal! Every pearly gift has been dispatched and the vault is closed until Friday. It's family time! We'd like to wish all of our friends and customers a Merry Christmas, a terrific holiday and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2014! Merry Christmas from the Pearl Paradise team Notably absent from our company Christmas photo is our web and IT guy Scott! During the holiday season he genuinely gets into the spirit, and this year decided to donate his time to a Beluga Whale orphanage at the North Pole. He...

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Power of Pearl Documentary Chronicles Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath

Press Release December, 2013 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After news broke about typhoon Haiyan, the film crew of Power of Pearl knew it was imperative that they travel to the Philippines to support the communities they had befriended through the past three years of production. In 2010, Power of Pearl was launched to document both the little known pearl farming communities across the globe and also their culture of sustainability that all industrials should take note of. Some of the team's most cherished subjects, and their livelihoods, were based in Palawan, the Philippines, where the heavy hit Coron is located. Footage coming in from the disaster zones painted a bleak picture, and the filmmakers didn't know what to expect as they frantically...

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