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Tucson Show 2016 and Other News from our Pearl World

Tucson Show 2016 and Other News from our Pearl World

The Tucson show was, as always, exhilarating and exhausting! It is  such a treasure to chat with customers who we’ve known for decades and fun to meet the new ones too. Memories of the first five days are a blurr of pearls and invoices. Each night brought a different dinner of pearl traders, rare stone dealers, entrepreneurs, designers, travelers, and very entertaining people. As always, a huge thank you to Jeremy and Hisano for having us to the Pearl-Guide dinner!

Our first batch of Japan Kasumi pearls from the 2016 harvest arrived home with Fuji just before our Tucson show. On the patio overlooking the desert mountains, I put together the first strand. It sold with in the first couple of hours of opening!

Sometimes being in the booth for days knowing the whole town is buzzing with treasure is challenging.. but when friends stop by to share extraordinary pieces.. like this 150 ct. natural wild found horse conch pearl I forget about the outside world.

Stay tuned for many new wild found natural pearls coming to our loose pearls section soon!
Including pearls from the Spondylus princeps, and a strand of giant clam pearls..
as seen in pearls of the week on Pearl-Guide.com
And of course no Tucson Gem Show is complete with out a bizarre purchase or two.. this year’s winner was a vintage set of hand made gold jewelry set with elks teeth. 
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rosebud Tahitian pearls .. the nacreous aliens among us

rosebud Tahitian pearls .. the nacreous aliens among us
Recently I made a strand of what I called “rosebud tahitian” pearls. The surface of these pearls is dotted with small keshi pearls that grew on the surface of the pearl while still in the shell. The texture is something not often seen in ocean pearls… and I was quite pleased with the way this necklace came together!  The term “rosebud pearl” is most often used to describe Chinese fresh water pearls or natural American fresh water pearls, but I felt that these pearls held the same feeling and thus a new category of pearls landed among us. The natural color Tahitian pearls in this piece ranged in size from 14-17mm!
Here are a few photos of the necklace which has sold.
Stay tuned.. we are working with a fresh lot of these unique pearls now!
If you are not reading new posts on www.pearl-guide.com…
you are missing out on the ever widening world of pearls.
Here is a link to a thread about rosebud tahitian pearls
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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2016

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2016
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BOOTH #107
February 2-7 2016
(Fuji’s birthday is February 3rd, come by for cake and jokes, embarrassing him is free of charge)
The most fun a pearl booth in Tucson ever has.. Pacific Pearls.
This is a strict wholesale only show, buyer registration is required.
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BIG HOLIDAY SALE ON NOW!

BIG HOLIDAY SALE ON NOW!
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HOME FROM ASIA, HALF AWAKE, AND HEADLONG INTO PEARLS!

HOME FROM ASIA, HALF AWAKE, AND HEADLONG INTO PEARLS!
We enjoyed lovely weather in Tokyo for a few days, even managed to take in an antiques market where I became obsessed with these old pairs of shells, delicately painted on the inside. From what I understand they were used in a sort of memory game played by Japanese nobility (before, the internet, when people had SO much more patience). There would be a hundred or so pairs on the table and the player would identify the subtle changes in color of the top of the shell and it’s shape, checking to see if it was a perfect match by it’s fit and matching painting inside. We strolled through some beautiful parks, and before long we were on our way to Hong Kong through blue skies with a gorgeous clear view of Mt. Fuji!
Hong Kong was far from relaxing, but always fun and full of inspiration just the same. I shopped my eyes crossed for days on end. Night and day… Hong Kong is buzzing.. it never ends! I was too busy to take photos of pearls but I promise little by little they will all make their debut in front of the camera.

So here is a sneak peek into our whirlwind of uploads in preparation for our upcoming sale. I’m really excited about this season, we have so many great pearls to work with and a FANTASTIC TEAM OF SUPERHEROES HERE.. enjoying the music and creativity and laughter.. Thank you and stay tuned!

(p.s. if you haven’t done so already , make sure to sign up for the newsletters to receive the coupon code and dates for our sales.)

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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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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KOJIMAPEARL?

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KOJIMAPEARL?
After our June Shows
We flew to Japan.

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!

 

 

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