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.
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion , San Francisco
Exhibiting as Kojima Pearl Co.
DOUGLAS TRADE SHOW
HAWAII MARKET MERCHANDISE EXPO
BLAISDELL CENTER , HONOLULU HAWAII
Exhibiting as Pacific Pearls
As we are now nearly finished with all the orders from our sale.. I have a moment to send out a GIGANTIC thank you note..
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ORDERS AND KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
Following that we will be away from the studio from the 7th of June to the 20th of June.. parcels will still be shipped during this time and all questions will be answered, we will simply be closed for studio appointments.
I promise we will return with goodies galore!
With warmth, Sarah and the Kojima team.
Our annual exhibition at the GJX show BOOTH 107 is right around the corner.
The show dates this year are :
February 3rd through February 8th, 2015
Hours: Tuesday 3rd thru Saturday 7th – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 8th – 10:00am to 4:00pm*
*No buyers admitted after 3:00pm on closing day, Sunday 8th.
PLEASE VISIT THE GJX WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON BUYER REGISTRATION
We are very much looking forward to showcasing many new designs and one of a kind pearls.
ALSO THE FIRST DAY OF THE SHOW IS FUJI’s BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR!
If you have never been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, we highly recommend that you make the journey.
Bring comfortable shoes, hand wipes, and a shopping buddy!
There are dozens of shows going on all over the city of Tucson for weeks.
From dinosaur bones to exquisite gems and everything in between.
Here is a little information about the event in general, including show dates and registration requirements.
There are hundreds of seminars and lectures going on throughout the city during the show.
Of course our personal favorite is listening to Elisabeth Strack speak about pearls. This year her lecture will be FEBRUARY 4th 2015 in the MOJAVE ROOM OF THE AGTA CONVENTION CENTER SHOW at 9am.
Here is the link to the full list of AGTA seminars.
We hope to see you there.
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.
Every year, the show in Tucson is a buzz of frenzied work and inspiration. It is one of the few times of the year that I am graced with the presence of so many pearl experts and enthusiasts. This year was no exception. Our booth was busier than it has been in years. Many old friends and customers who hadn’t made it for the last few years, returned to our booth … and it was a joy to see them excited about the pearls. Ready to go home and thrill their customers. One of my greatest pleasures is feeling like the special care we pay to choosing both beautiful and unusual pearls echos throughout the world born into one of a kind creations by some of the most talented and kind people in the business.
We flew from San Francisco on a crystal clear morning … looking forward to the fun!
After a quick birthday lunch celebration for Fuji , we settled in and finally finished pricing all the pearls.
Ready for the great show ahead!
For one golden morning we get to sneak out of the booth and meet with a fantastic group of pearl professionals for a walk and talk around the AGTA show. This walk is organized by the powerhouse appraiser known as Lois Berger.
Lois Berger the world’s most determined pearl grader!
Cute as a button and stronger than most people I know put together~!
Gina Latendresse of the American Pearl Company showing us all some of her interesting beauties. http://www.americanpearlcompany.com/our_company/ Gina is a second generation pearl dealer specializing in American Cultured Pearls as well natural pearls from all over the world. (She can also do handstands and flips) Needless to say , she’s a pearl heroine of mine! The history of their family in the pearl industry is most incredible.
If you knew Lou, please visit the facebook page created in his spirit.
Now it’s back to work, details details details… and pearls galore! Thank you for your patience, to all of you who have been waiting for responses and custom orders. I hope this photo montage will help you to see what a pearl whirlwind looks like!
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!