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Back To The Orient! March 2015 Gem Show: DAY 1

Posted by Kevin Canning on 3/2/2015 to General
Alana and I arrived late last night, feeling tired but excited to be back in Hong Kong. Without question the gem shows are a lot of work but it's always fun to spend the days buying pearls the evenings looking for our next favorite restaurant.

Usually on the first day we start by doing a few laps around the show floor, saying hi to familiar faces and getting our bearings. Once we get a lay of the land I like to pull out my wish list and try to pick up a few items for ladies I know have been waiting patiently.

Big Souffle Pearls

The first item on the wish list was a handful of large(20mm+) souffle pearls for a few customers looking to make pendants. For Pearl Guide members it might seem that souffle pearls are common but the truth is there are only one major producer that carry them and supply is inconsistent at best. With that said, we did find a handful of large beautiful pearls that I'm sure will make a few ladies very happy.

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Edison Pearls From Grace Pearl Co.

Next up on the wish list were large purple Edison pearls. While there are other suppliers that produce bead nucleated freshwater pearls(generic Edison pearls), those in the know, know that Grace always has the best selection of top grade pearls. The sales assistant that usually helps us wasn't available today, but we had the pleasure of working with another girl who is not only super charming but also recognized us from the blog. I promised her I'd give her a shout out, so thanks for all the help yesterday Cicie, I hope you're reading this!

After sorting through a couple hundred of their best 12-13mm pearls we found a half dozen stunning pearls from deep purple to metallic silver white. Also, since Alana works so hard for me when she comes to these shows I also bought her a fun little tin-cup bracelet made with ripple pearls(the one one on the left 8 photos down).

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Multi-Color Freshwater Pearls

12-13mm bead nucleated drops with crazy dark colors, not just one color, but multiple bands of color.  I've seen this sort of banding on the odd pearl before, but never quite this intense or on this many pearls. After seeing these I have to think that true natural "black" freshwater pearls may be coming down the pipe. Maybe not dark Tahitian greens, but dark reds and purples seem inevitable.

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With a good start to day one we called it a day and ended the night with a huge dim sum feast. Shortly after jet lag kicked in and we both passed out by 8:30pm. 

Reader Comments

Date 3/3/2015
Always fabulous photos Kevin, you have a real talent for capturing pearls.
Date 3/3/2015
Lisa C
The bracelet with round alternating pearls and gold beads is gorgeous! That saturated purple is amazing, and Alana is capturing the Magic, for sure. What skill!
Date 3/3/2015
Very interesting to see you in action. The purple pearls are brilliant looking. It's on my list!
Date 3/3/2015
Interesting to learn about the variety and colors that are current. Beautiful photos.
Date 3/3/2015
Deborah Carpenter
I love the purplish black ones.
Date 5/1/2015
Interested in purple/silver Edison pearls. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Mahalo

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