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go forth with confidence and ropes and ropes of pearls...

go forth with confidence and ropes and ropes of pearls...
HAPPY JUNE.. MONTH OF THE PEARL! 
Here is a visual flurry of "how to layer like a pro"! 
Any simple outfit can be brought to life with your pearls.
These pearl queens continue to amaze me with their bold mixes. 
1. Find the length of necklace that suits your height, and lifestyle.
(Does 38" work better for you than 36"? Or do you prefer a 20-24" range?)
Pay attention to your most worn necklines and measure out where you would like your pearls to sit. 
2. Layers most often work best with complimentary elements. 
3. Even if ropes and ropes isn't your thing..
Try pairing your pearls with fantastic shoes! It's a tried and true fashion tip for any event! 
Or maybe wear a fun pair of earrings with a classic round strand? 
4. Most important is to feel GREAT in your pearls!
Wear them how YOU love them most! 
If you're not sure how something on our website will work for you..
just ask us for a model photo.. we send those out all the time. 
If you have pearls you just never wear any more.... send them to us for a "reno" .. we make short necklaces into ropes all the time by adding fresh fun elements that work with your current style. 
Check out the latest Passage des Perles blogpost for a sweet story that really captures why we love to bring you personalized pearls that you can wear with a smile! 
Thank you to all of you who send us their photos wearing our creations.. it is really the magic that keeps us going strong here! 
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a pearl reno from the heart...

a pearl reno from the heart...

Waking up on Thanksgiving in the beautiful back country of Mendocino County was lovely.

Wifi is shaky in the country,

but I was able download the blog post from Passage des Perles , and warmed me like none other. 

Last Spring when I visited with La Duchesse and her lovely family in Montreal, she handed me a gorgeous necklace of lustrous near round fresh water pearls that were dear to her heart, but said that she didn't wear that length much anymore. 

Her account of what these pearls meant to her is a story that makes what we do worth it! 

(really any account by La Duchesse is worth the read, we read them aloud in the studio, and you can sign up for her blog to be emailed to you too!)

I love bringing special pearl pieces back to life, giving them a current appeal while retaining the memories they hold for the owner. 

It was an honor to rework these pearls for her. 

Thankful for the ladies who trust us to handle their treasures.

We love what we do, we laugh, we play, we work with beautiful material, your stories and photos of how these pieces touch your soul and bring smiles to your faces is SO much a part of what gives us the steam to keep going all these years. 

For the circle of friends and family we have created world wide, each one of you:

a pearl in the greatest strand ever! 

Thank you all. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter SALE coming soon!

Winter SALE coming soon!

HOLIDAY SALE STARTS NOVEMBER 24th!

We're starting the Holiday Sale a little earlier this year. 
We're busy creating and uploading lots of new designs.
There will be something for every style. 
Want something custom?
Feel free to email us:
kojimapearl@gmail.com

For more than two decades we've been working
with the best pearls the world has to offer.

Still feeling honored to be doing what we love. 
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
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Spring Sale starts April 29th!

Spring Sale starts April 29th!

 

We are very excited about all the new styles we have to offer you this Spring. 

The first being this delicate but modern necklace we deemed The Duchesse .

(in honor of the never failing fashion advice to be found on Passage Des Perles Blog )

The luster of the South Sea baroque white pearls is fantastic and the 16.5mm natural silver color round Tahitian pearl in the center keeps this necklace from being overlooked! The necklace is made completely of 14k yellow gold and is finished with a small lobster claw clasp. 

 

Along the same lines, but slightly less formal is this 20" long medley of Chinese fresh water pearls spaced with chain. 

 

We also have a few new mixed metal tiny seed bead necklaces that are light and easy to wear with warmer weather. 

This series of necklaces is made with 2mm oxidized sterling silver beads, mixed hues of pink tourmaline, Tahitian keshi pearls, Japan akoya keshi pearls and high luster white South Sea baroque pearls. In some of the necklaces we added gold vermeil paddles (which were cast from ancient South East Asian beads, and tiny textured gold vermeil beads to add warmth. I love how the tiny beads and spacing allows for the pearls to really show their individual shapes and colors. 

 

We are also excited to bring back some of our favorite material to work with : 

Sea of Cortez Pearls

These mabe pearls really exhibit why these shells are called "Rainbow lipped oysters". 

 

Stay tuned, we are still uploading a treasure trove of new designs!  

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You can find the sign up section on the bottom right of our home page. 

I'll send out an email with the Spring Sale Coupon code just before the 29th!

With warmth from all of us here at Kojima Pearl

 

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BIG HOLIDAY SALE ON NOW!

BIG HOLIDAY SALE ON NOW!
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ALL THE PEARL NEWS TO DATE

ALL THE PEARL NEWS TO DATE
Writing this slowly on a lazy Sunday morning here in Kowloon Hong Kong, before the Jewelry show starts tomorrow and the week of pearl shopping takes over my whole attention span. It’s been too long since I have updated this blog. Sometimes the pearl rolls so fast!
The December holiday sale, kept us more than a little busy, our strongest sale yet, with great reviews from online customers near and far… Thank you to all of you who shared the link for our sale with your friends.
January brought with it some much needed downtime and even a little vacation on the gorgeous north coast of California.
 
In January we were asked to estimate the value of a Quahog pearl for the local ABC station in Rhode Island : here is the link to our 20 seconds of fame!  http://ww.abc6.com/story/24521553/man-finds-pearl-while-eating-quahog  For the record… people who have found natural pearls usually have a fantastic imagination of the millions of dollars they are worth. If you quote a price between $800-$2000… all they hear is $2000! I did really enjoy watching the clip of Robert Morris, he has a great sense of humor.

 

The weeks leading up to our show in Tucson are always an exciting time. Full of planning and inspiration. We made a lot of news pieces for the show in Tucson, and the show was great. (even busier than last year) Overjoyed to see many old customers and to meet new ones as well. The highlights of the Tucson show for me were: having dinner with my friends of the Pearl-Guide world. Thank you to Jeremy and Hisano for once again hosting an elegant affair. This year the dinner was extra fun because it just so happened I was seated in the middle of a pearl farming information showdown! Jacques Branellec Jr.  of Jewelmer (fabulous golden South Sea pearl farmers from the Philipines … famous for their magnificent colors and quality) and Douglas and Enrique of the Sea of Cortez pearl farm in Guayamas Mexico (Mexico’s only pearl farm, producing incredible gems in the rainbow lipped oyster).  It was a Star Wars style laser battle of highly technical pearl farming biology and techniques… an epic friendly battle between attempting to “outwit” nature and being its adoring martyr. The other pearl luminaries I was honored to be seated with kept a healthy conversation, and the group .. at the behest of Elisabeth Strack spoke openly about having an International Pearl Culture Conference. A meeting similar to that of the Aqua Culture Conference in Hawaii in 1995, where information is freely shared and the event is held in the spirit of unity as opposed to overt advertising.  I am VERY much looking forward to this conference and hope that it will be soon! I always admire Elisabeth in any gathering, she is such a learned person, and an elegant woman with the most amazing listening skills. I aspire to be such a good listener! It was an amazing dinner, I learned more in a couple of hours than I had in years. As always we had a great time on the “Pearl Walk” with Lois Berger and her band of “pearl watchdogs”. I learned about a new technique of inserting a sponge like expanding nucleus into a  pearl oyster and allowing it to soak up the water and stretch the pearl sac, so that the second graft will produce a larger pearl. This method is creating some gigantic Tahitian baroque pearls … They have soft edges and resemble huge fresh water 2nd harvest pearls in shape. I also had the pleasure to chat with Gina Latendresse of American Pearl Company  . I received a great parcel of beautiful natural American fresh water pearls from her that I will be posting on the website in the coming weeks.

With only 9 days between getting home from Tucson and leaving for Asia on a pearl buying trip… I barely had enough time to unpack, get a cold, have a birthday, fill the orders from Tucson, sleep and pack again… but by the grace of pearl fairies everywhere we made the flight! Tokyo is always fun, bright lights, quirky and  polite people,  and fantastic food. On our second day in Japan, we went to see our dear friends, the farmers at Lake Kasumi ga Ura. We spent the day with them, talking about their latest harvest, drinking tea and of course looking at pearls.  Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for the addition of new Japan Kasumi pearls to our website. We had a lovely mini vacation in Japan.  We accompanied Fuji to his childhood home in Miyanoshita Japan. We visited the shop where the original Pacific Pearls store was in the 1950’s. We visited the Fujiya hotel where Fuji and his sister Aloha were frequent visitors at the heated pool as children… and we visited Lake Ashi where Fuji’s father Rudolf was an avid swimmer. We spent a wonderful time at a hot springs in Hakone … with a view of Mt. Fuji from the pools! WOW what a magical experience, to sit in a natural hot spring with snow on the ground and Mt. Fuji in the distance. We were very lucky to have this view despite the winter weather.

All of this leads up to being in Hong Kong , my home away from home. Looking out at the view of the Central sky line and waiting waiting waiting for the show to open tomorrow. I will spend the afternoon on Mui Wo with my old friend… saving money by NOT shopping for clothes 
 With thanks and the promise to post more photos of pearls soon. Sincerely, Sarah
 
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Almost home!

Almost home!
Well my pearl hunting trip to Japan and Hong Kong isn’t quite over yet as I’m writing this from an airport layover but what a perfect time to show you all some photos of my adventures and give you an idea of what putting pearls in your hands entails.
Our 60 hours in Japan went by so quickly that I can barely remember it now.. But we did have a great soba noodle meeting with the farmers from Lake Kasumi ga Ura (Japan’s ONLY fresh water pearl production). There was a lot of giggling as per usual and of course lots of talk of the current state if the fresh water pearl market. These guys are true gems and it is our honor to carry their magical pearls.. Gifts from “the body of water beyond the mist”. On this occasion I was able to purchase a lot of Kasumi Keshi pearls! They are not big, most of them are not perfect.. And I know that the look will not appeal to most… But for those of you who are avid pearl collectors and understand the rarity of a strand (or rope) of natural color Japan Kasumi Keshi .. Then please find the sneak peek photos below .. I spent ALL day on Sunday painstakingly sorting these into quality and color mix pieces.. ( and for anyone who wonders if these are Chinese pearls.. Rest assured I could think of a thousand other things to do with my entire Sunday.
These are guaranteed Keshi pearls from Japan’s Lake Kasumi ga Ura… And what you see in the stringing board is the collection of one farmer over a decade!

When we landed in Hong Kong … This was the forecast.

And this was the view from the ferry coming home from visiting a friend in an outlying island.

So we splished and splashed from one office to the next trying to see as many pearls as we could before the Hong Kong show started. Most of my days were spent like this.. Making pairs and sorting through thousands upon thousands of pearls to find the most beautiful and unusual ones I could.

Fujis sister Aloha was in town from Bangkok and it was a joy to accompany her to the Hong Kong show as she has been in the pearl business for her entire life and is also a GREAT designer… So fun to have shopping buddies and teachers. It had been so long since i last went to the Hong Kong Jewelry show, I had forgotten how much fun it is! Here is a photo of her wearing our simple drop earrings , so complimentary with her elegant purple blouse!

The weather cleared just before the show began and these are photos from the roof of our building in Tsim Sha Tsui.

My favorite place to escape the hustle and bustle of a city with 7 million people!

The show was fantastic! I really enjoyed seeing so many old and new friends and shopping for pearls and other jewels for three long days!
Here are JUST A FEW of my favorite finds. I will of course post them all on the website little by little upon returning home.

 

AND as an added bonus.. Whilst I was away.. our team at home produced some very tasty pearl rings in our studio in downtown San Rafael.

These are simply warming my heart right now!

So the time has come to board the plane and say goodbye to the balmy days of Asia for a few months..

Thank you all for supporting what I do.. there is magic in it all. 

 

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Not your grandma’s pearls… but we have those too!

Not your grandma’s pearls… but we have those too!
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STYLE FOR WOMEN FIFTY AND BETTER!!!

STYLE FOR WOMEN FIFTY AND BETTER!!!
In case you have not noticed Passage Des Perles on my links page, I would like to take this foggy Sunday morning to introduce you to my personal favorite in the world of fashion blogs. In my 16 years in the pearl business, I have met thousands upon thousands of women and most of my customers are of the “elegant age”.. so I hope you will all find the same genius in Passage Des Perles that I have! I just hope she’s still writing when I am fifty or better!
The author, Duchesse, speaks the truth with a sharp wit and keen eye! Her posts have
had me in tears of laughter. She writes about fashion in terms of age, culture, size and
marketing… she offers elegant solutions for every season. She is also an avid pearl lover
and has featured items from Kojima Company, many of our customers, and fellow pearl
dealers in her posts. Click below for a selection of her posts about pearls, their physical
features and an eloquent rundown of which pearls may better enhance your own shape and style:
 
Duchesse also contributes to other fashion blogs. Here is a link to her guest appearance
on the hugely popular blog Une femme d’un certain age, written by Deja Pseu (http://
www.unefemme.net), where she addressed the bold statements achieved with minimalist
jewelry:
Duchesse has won my pearly heart.. and I feel blessed to have her watching out for my fashion both now and in the future. Her posts are updated on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday..and it’s the fist place I go online in the morning!
THANK YOU DUCHESSE ! WE APPLAUD YOU !
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