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Watch the trailer for Power of Pearl, a documentary about sustainable pearl farming in the Phillipines

Watch the trailer for Power of Pearl, a documentary about sustainable pearl farming in the Phillipines

We love this film, it features a community of pearl farmers in a remote locations.  Pearls are a renewable resource, unlike other gems that are created over millennia, pearls can be grown in a number of months or years, with equipment that is reused. The production of pearls supports entire villages, empowering women and children in these communities and producing intergenerational livelihoods. The farmers struggled after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed some of their operations, but came together to rehabilitate the farm and have succeeded despite this setback. The community is strong in their sustainable practices, the industry has equal participation from women and men laborers, and the farming supports education for the youth. 

The kids in the farming community:

A pearl extracted from a oyster shell:

Watch a trailer for the documentary here:

Congratulations to Ahbra and Taylor for completing this phenomenal documentary!~ 

 

See some of these types of pearls on our site here!

 

 

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Do you follow us on Instagram?

Do you follow us on Instagram?
Check us out on Instagram !
We often add new photos of new pieces we make to Instagram first.
It's a convenient way to see what we are up to in the studio of music, laughter and pearls a plenty!
We have also created an Instagram account for our family business www.PacificPearls.us
You can shop many one of a kind loose pearls there. 
Just direct message us with questions or requests to purchase....
There is also a treasure trove of family pearl photos and a priceless video of Enrique and Douglas from Sea of Cortez pearl farm serenading Fuji for his birthday
 
We're getting really excited about our upcoming Spring Sale. 
Look for our newsletters in April with the invitation and coupon code. 
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TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW 2018

TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW 2018
We will exhibit with our family company Pacific Pearls in booth 107 at the GJX. 
The show starts January 30th and ends on February 4th. 
We are very excited to bring you the most unusual pearls we have found!
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February 3rd is a VERY BIG birthday for someone in our booth. 
We'll be hosting an all day celebration for him. 
You might recognize him in this photo taken some time ago. 
(wearing cultured pearls from then Burma)
Don't miss this opportunity
to show the young guy what a great birthday in a pearl booth looks like!
See you there!
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Sea of Cortez Pearls IN FLIGHT

Sea of Cortez Pearls IN FLIGHT
I just got an email from Douglas McLaurin of the Sea of Cortez pearl farm in Guaymas Mexico that they were featured in this months issue of Delta Sky Magazine! 
It's a great read and we are so proud of our farmer friends! 
This article explains exactly how rare these pearls are and how a strand of these gems is a true collectors piece! 
We love these pearls and are honored to use them in our jewelry! 

Congratulations Sea of Cortez pearl farm... "keep climbing"!

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SFO-HKG-HAN-SGN-HKG-SFO-FAMILYREUNION-HIGHALERT - a pearly month in review

SFO-HKG-HAN-SGN-HKG-SFO-FAMILYREUNION-HIGHALERT - a pearly month in review

Exactly a month ago, we jetted off to Hong Kong to shop the famous pearl show. Jet-lagged but fueled with coffee and laughter we poured over the best pearls the world has to offer for four days straight. 

 

We bought treasures galore and are busy dreaming up new designs! 

I'm very excited to work with these natural pearls from the pteria penguin!

They were wild found, and are extremely rare! 

I chose each one specifically for a one of a kind collector's piece. 

 

Next stop was Hanoi. It was a joy to have 36 hours in this rich city, so full of life. 

Probably the best moment from our short stay in Hanoi was when our office manager ran out of a temple to grab me and show me her favorite part; it was a shaft of light.... that light really seemed to like her too!  #kojimagoddess

After a decade away from Ho Chi Minh City, it was so thrilling to see my friends again. 

This is Co Bay, she was my neighbor so many years ago. When I showed up at her gate (unannounced after a decade), she wasn't surprised at all, and acted like I was right on time. She is a testament to prayer and clean living.  This woman means SO much to me, seeing her again brought me to tears. 

Laughing with old friends is the best laughter. 

After all the visiting, we jumped head long into preparations for a pearl lecture and trunk show at the Circle of Love in District One, HCMC. 

We were prepped for the TV cameras and thirty reporters who showed up for the show!

It was a great time, the shop was gorgeous and the reporters asked really great questions. 

Click here for an article in Vietnamese about our visit to Circle of Love. 

We spoke mostly about Japan Kasumi pearls. We discussed the history, integrity with which they are farmed and the value of these dear fresh water pearls from Japan. 

It was our pleasure to introduce Japan Kasumi pearls to Vietnam !

Thank you Tam Mavroudis and Circle of Love for the opportunity and hospitality! 

 

Directly following the trunk show, we jumped on another flight to Hong Kong, resumed pearl shopping, processed the shipments and then made sure to get in a bit of clothes shopping. :)

Neither these options ended up coming home with us, but the temptation was real. 

A day after landing into the peace and quiet light of California, I headed up to Mendocino County for a family reunion.

This pot of gold was the perfect balance to the hectic pace of big Asian cities.  

 

 

Unfortunately, the peace and calm of our state didn't last long and now we are deep into the worst fire season in California history. 

We are hunkered down in the studio by day and reaching out and caring for our friends and family in need by night. 

We as a company will be donating to the victims and evacuees of these fires.

The California fires are only one of the MANY disasters humanity is facing right now.

May we all BE and SEE the helpers right now! 

We're home for the next couple of months prepping for our Holiday Sale which will start right around Thanksgiving and we have tonnes of pearl designs up our sleeves! 

Cheers, Sarah and the KojimaPearl team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BE RIGHT BACK!

BE RIGHT BACK!

We'll be out of the country sourcing new pearls for our designs from the

13th to the 18th of September...

We WILL be fielding emails, and parcels WILL be shipped, but we will not be able to work through any custom designs at this time.

There may be a short delay (1-2 days) in responses.

Thanks for your understanding and we promise to make the wait worthwhile! 

 

P.S. This pendant was a recent custom order. It started as just the diamond/pearl bauble. We added a gigantic coin pearl rimmed in gold and an enhancer, so it's versatile and still retains the sentiment of the original piece. 

 

 

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Sun Shadows Cortez Pearl Necklace

Sun Shadows Cortez Pearl Necklace

Making this very special piece was a journey.

I chose these micro mabe pearls from the farmers of Sea of Cortez pearls in Guaymas, Mexico one by one.

The Cortez pearl farm is the ONLY saltwater pearl farm in North America...and as you have probably guessed by now...we are in LOVE with their magical colors. Grown in the Pteria sterna oysters in the flourishing and protected waters they are also known as "rainbow lipped oysters" 

Micro mabe pearls are appx. 8-9mm in diameter and are hand cut one at a time at the farm on Bacochibampo Bay. 

At the center of this 19" long necklace hangs a 2.5" detachable pendant of graduating sizes of mabe pearls with a gigantic gem of 1.5" in length. 

We hand set each of these mabe pearls on a sterling silver seat, and each one is bezel set with 14K yellow gold. 

The clasp is made of 18K yellow gold and the necklace can be shortened or lengthened as suits your style. 

It is a testament to the wide world of pearls to be able to work across a border to create such a stunning piece. 

From a sustainable farm in Mexico to the hands of our jeweler here in San Rafael California...this piece took many months to produce.

For more information on Cortez Pearls please see our about the pearls page. 

(last photo credit goes to the wonderful Wendy Fairchild)

 

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really a Ruckus to remember

really a Ruckus to remember
Every year at the end of July, 
we gather with our fellow Pearl-Guide friends in Los Angeles for a weekend of true pearl FUN. 
Hosted by the generous power couple ,
Jeremy and Hisano Shepherd of Pearl Paradise and Little h Jewelry
The group of us gathered in a gorgeous mansion in the Beverly Hills to listen to lectures given by : 
Our dear friend Douglas McLaurin of the Sea of Cortez Pearl farm in Guaymas Mexico
(North America's ONLY salt water pearl farm). 
Douglas is a gifted speaker and a BRILLIANT mind. 
His lectures are always fascinating and FUNNY! 
We love the gorgeous color of Sea of Cortez pearls and use them often in our designs. 
Josh Humbert also gave a lecture on how he raises his gorgeous Tahitian pearls in sustainable and environmentally sound ways at his farm on Ahe in French Polynesia. 
Kamoka pearls are true gems, and we have been honored to work with them in the pearl business for many years now. 
Having made visits to the Kamoka pearl farm, I can attest to their commitment to the environment and also the magic that is Ahe. 
Ruth Johnson was the LUCKY winner of a contest sponsored by Pearl Paradise and won a trip to visit the Atlas Pearl farm on Bali Indonesia!
She showed us a wonderful video of her adventure! 
Renee Newman, the author of multiple books on pearls and gemstones..
namely the Pearl Buying Guide gave a lovely talk on advancements in the pearl world. 
The Pearl Buying Guide is available online and it is a fantastic way to educate yourself on up to date information! 
You may recognize the photo we donated to this cover of the latest edition! 
We're delighted it was chosen! 
Blaire Beavers, the moderator of Pearl-Guide.com was honored with a lovely necklace this year, and also gave a talk on the wild adventures of Octavia, the mascot of Pearl-Guide. 
Octavia has spent time at pearl farms and with fellow forum members all over the world. 
This year our gathering was in honor of our dear friend Caitlin Williams, a long time moderator of the forum and a brilliant and loving woman... who is and will be dearly missed.
It was a wonderful blessing to have her daughter, son-in-law and grandson in attendance to carry on her legacy in pearls. 
 
This year was our biggest group yet! 
Smiles were plenty, the food was phenomenal.. and the view was breathtaking. 
Everyone wore their best pearls and traded stories into the wee hours. 
This event is such a joy for me. 
Thank you Jeremy and Hisano and the whole team at Pearl Paradise for graciously keeping this pearl rolling for all these years! 
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my magical time in Montréal

my magical time in Montréal
After communicating with The Duchesse for 8 years via email,
I decided it was time to finally meet her in person.
She is the author of the fashion / practical advice blog
If you are not already an avid follower...
trust me, follow the link and let her delight your inbox!
Arriving in Montréal, was met with a charming apartment, macarons, and a fantastic meeting face to face with a woman I had revered for so long. 
Duchesse handed me a map of the city and a metro card, and carefully laid out the adventures she had tailored to my interests. 
I was in heaven. 
We talked incessantly about art, culture, womanhood, fashion and of course pearls. 
We wandered the streets and the gorgeous open air market of Villeray. 
We even got to see Chance the Rapper at the Bell Centre. 
One morning we  went to the Guild Gallery downtown where I was honored to meet Janis Kerman
Janis was having an exhibition of her 45years of contemporary jewelry!
She was so gracious to show me each and every piece in the show. 
She is SUCH an inspiring woman. 
A dear friend of mine dropped in from Toronto for 24 hours with a suitcase full of gemstones and we had a great time catching up.
With the Janis Kerman show behind me and all these colorful gems in front of me, I felt fueled for the next round of original Kojima designs. 
The Duchesse introduced me to some of the best shopping.
 At nearly every turn we  enjoyed AMAZING food and of course ice cream! 
 
Montréal is a phenomenal city with a diverse population of really really nice people, fantastic public transportation and a deep appreciation for the arts...
the best part, by far was meeting The Duc and Duchesse and hearing about their lives and having the opportunity to see the city through their eyes.
They are truly magical beings leading a life we all aspire to. 
Four days was not nearly enough time, and it was also a perfect time. 
 Score one for the internet that brought us together. 

 

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DIY Guide : how to make a genuine Japan Kasumi pearl necklace

DIY Guide : how to make a genuine Japan Kasumi pearl necklace
Part I :
Get on an airplane, travel to JAPAN. Meet with the actual people who farm these rare pearls in Lake Kasumi ga Ura. Drink tea, giggle, negotiate and buy their pearls.
Part II:
After carefully navigating the import duty procedures and a good night’s sleep, sort the pearls by shape, size, luster, surface quality and color.

Part III:

Carefully drill each pearl using a specialized machine. Ventilation and patience required. https://www.facebook.com/KojimaPearlCompany/

Part IV:

Wash the drilled pearls in fresh clear water, we recommend using Mt. Shasta spring water (but any old mystical mountain water will do).

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Part V: Carefully choose each pearl for the strand to create wearable art , showcasing not just each pearl but the fluid glow of a true heirloom.

Part VI: String the pearls on your choice of thread , learn to knot pearls (expect some amount of frustration at the onset), choose a clasp and create a truly one of a kind piece of natural history.

Speaking of history... Did you know that one of our Japan Kasumi pearl necklaces was featured in the Pearls Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC in 2002? It toured around the world with the exhibit for many years after that!

 

 

There are a select handful of online pearl dealers who are currently carrying genuine Japan Kasumi pearls (besides ourselves and our family company Pacific Pearls ).
If you would like me to introduce you to them, please feel free to email me.
The rest of them are either misleading or being mislead.. or both.
As always, to make educated choices as to which pearls you should buy and wish to avoid look no further than Pearl-Guide.com
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