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Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Show 2013 - Recap

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/25/2013 to Products
Its been about one week since we left Hong Kong, with jet lag behind us and pearls safely on this side of the world I find myself with time to reflect on what we saw at the show.

Metallic Pearls

Metallic freshwater pearls are not a brand new phenomenon but the availability and depth of color on display this year was. Never before have we seen metallic uniform strands like we saw this year. The deep purples, pinks and exotic greens available were really exciting. The amount of pearls needed to match just one strand like the ones below is staggering(100's of tons).

metallic freshwater pearls a strand of metallic pearls dark colored metallic pearls golden strands of metallic pearls pearls with beautiful metallic luster golden pearls with metallic luster

Metallic Freshwater Drops

As well as the metallic strands I spent a good portion of day 3 sorting through top grade drops, looking for exotic color metallic pairs. It was hard work but the pairs I was able to make will make some really great one of kind earrings.

metallic freshwater pearl drops a pair of metallic pearl drops rows of matched pearl drops pairs of metallic pearls in different colors

Blue South Sea Pearls

Blue South sea pearls are not new but rarely are they this intense. These aren't silver pearls with a hint of blue, these are blue pearls with a hint of silver.

Blue South Sea Pearls a close up of the South Sea Pearls

"Kasumi Like" Freshwater Pearls

These pearls have been around for a while, most commonly referred to as "Ripples". Most strands I saw had nacre issues too large to ignore, not something I'd want to sell. I was able to spend some time cherry picking a few of the very best, including some monster 14-17mm strands! These strands will likely be our first offering from the trip, hopefully in early October.

Kasumi Like Ripple Freshwater Pearls Kasumi-like Freshwater Pearl close up dark purple Kasumi-like ripple pearls freshwater pearls with Kasumi-like ripple pearls light colored freshwater pearls magnified view of the Kasumi-like ripples pearls

Souffle Pearls

These large strange looking pearls are the result of pearl farmers inserting a mud nucleus into a freshwater mussel. The result is a large but very light pearl, often with very striking characteristics.

Souffle Freshwater Pearls a single Souffle pearl with darker luster a row of freshwater Souffle pearls golden freshwater Souffles Souffle Pearl with fascinating shape

Free Form Baroque Pearls

These are not the biggest pearls but the colors I was able to find were nothing short of stunning. Like opals in the sun, these little guys stand out from across the room. Too small to use as a stand alone pearl, they will add very unique accents to larger pearl pieces.

a pair of Free Form Baroque Freshwater Pearls Free Form Baroques Freshwater Pearls little nuggets of free form baroque pearls close up of the baroque pearls


On Day 2 Alana and I sorted through several big tubs of fireballs cherry picking the very best. We found some great whites and exotic colors, not as many as we hoped for but still enough to make the effort worth while.

Fireball Freshwater Pearls golden fireball pearls a pair of freshwater fireball pearls Fireball Freshwater Pearls in different shapes

Edison Pearls

Edison pearls are bead nucleated pearls made famous by the company Grace Pearl. Most are too low in quality and too expensive to be of interest to us but we did hand select a few pairs of dark purples and one great pair of exotic green/copper pearls.

Edison Pearls a pair of Edison Pearls Edison Pearls in a beautiful dark purple color a pair of dark purple Edison pearls

I want to thank everybody that followed along as we blogged from Hong Kong. All the comments we read on Pearl Guide, Pricescope & The Facet Lounge were really great. If you haven't already we suggest you subscribe to our blog so you don't miss future updates.

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Reader Comments

Date 9/26/2013
lovely photos, I need those ripples!
Date 9/27/2013
Diane Evans
Just gorgeous! South sea blues, metallics, souffles..... all beautiful! Thanks for the photos!
Date 9/28/2013
Fashion Snag
This was very interesting. Lovely photos!
Date 2/27/2014
Need the dark ripples, but are they sold out already?
Date 2/27/2014
Kevin Canning
Hi LSG, I'll be leaving to Hong Kong in a few days, if you email at info@pearlsofjoy.com your requests I'll look for more dark ripples while I'm there.
Date 3/23/2018
loisl apidus
do you have fireballs. how much , are they drilled

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