Thank you Japan.. More please!
Stay tuned as we continue to sort, drill and set these very special pearls.
Here are a couple of photos of what we’ve put together so far from our new stock of Japan Kasumi pearls.
This is the top strand from this years harvest the pearls measure 10-14mm.
I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion on pearls at this year’s annual Pearl Ruckus, hosted by the generous Pearl Paradise crew. Myself, Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com , Josh Humbert of Kamokapearls.com , Douglas McLaurin of www.perlas.com.mx/en/ .
Thank you all for your continued support and appreciation of our ever-evolving world of pearls.
With warmest regards,
Sarah Canizzaro and the Kojimapearl team.
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.
The protective ninjas we always travel with are
handmade by the amazing Aki Morishima.
From Tokyo , we rode the train to see our dear pearl farmer friends at
Lake Kasumi ga Ura.
Next I spent two wonderful days in Kinugawa with my best friend, such a relaxing and much needed mini vacation.
And then we were off to Hong Kong for more pearl shopping and family time.
Directly following our time in Asia, I was super happy to join my fellow Pearl-Guide members in Malibu for a wonderful weekend of learning, sharing and laughing. As always , in gratitude to Jeremy Shepherd and Hisano Takei and all the people who make this my best pearl weekend each year ! I had so much fun this year, I forgot to take more photos. The pool was just too nice!
This last year was one of the largest harvests in many years.. and full of rich deep colors, these pearls are a delight to photograph, and play with. As many of you know (and some of you may not).. These pearls come from the only pearl producing lake in Japan, Lake Kasumi ga Ura (which translates to “the body of water beyond the mist”. There are ONLY 3 farmers working tirelessly to seed, maintain and harvest this production. That is 3.. just 3 people!!! not thousands, just 3 people. These pearls represent a labor of love.. and dedication deeper than greed. The beauty of this shows in the pearls. These pearls are not mass produced..they are the opposite of that!