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Hong Kong March 2016 - The Call Of The East [Day 1]

Posted by kevin Canning on 3/2/2016 to General

It's been a busy couple of days here in Hong Kong. With meetings, dinners and some unexpected technical difficulties(long story), this report is actually coming out a day late -- forgive me.

As is always the case, day 1 of the show is a bit crazy. Instead of fighting the initial crowds in the early morning, we usually take the first half of the day to get a "lay of the land". We'll try and walk the entire pearl hall(it's huge), saying hi to friends and trying to get a feel for for the current pricing.

the crowd at Day 1 of the Gem Show


Holy Grail Ripple Pearls

One of my personal favorite pearls to source are what I've dubbed the "Holy Grail Ripples". These are LARGE, impossibly colorful(natural) pearls, with metallic luster and beautiful organic rippled texture. If ever there was a strand of pearls that would get noticed in a crowd, these are it. They're also incredibly difficult to photograph, but my wife Alana was able to capture the true beauty and color of one of the three strands I was able to source.
Holy grail ripple pearl necklace

frontal image of the ripple pearls

large and colorful ripple pearls

Graduated White Freshwater "Edison" Pearl Necklace

 These pearls are China's answer to the queen of gems, the South Sea pearl. South Sea pearl farmers from Indonesia to Australia feel understandably nervous about their existence. After searching the entire gem show for this strand, I can confidently say there was only a single strand like this available, but if China cracks the code and starts producing these consistently, the South Sea farmers will not be happy. graduated white pearl necklace

freshwater white pearl necklace

freshwater Edison pearls

Large Blue South Sea Pearls

Another favorite of mine are these big natural blue South Sea pearls, there's just something so special about them. As with most the pearls I source, these are exceptionally rare, and you're not likely to see them anywhere else. Lucky for me(and POJ customers), I have a very good friend who deals in South Sea pearls and he put aside these really special blue pearls for me to select from. loose blue south sea pearls

single South Sea Pearl

measuring a blue south sea pearls

four silver/blue south sea pearls



examining a pearl

showing a natural blue south sea pearl

button shaped south sea pearl

a trio of natural blue south sea pearls

a blue south sea pearl with stunning colors

a close up of a beautiful blue pearl

blue south sea pearls with great luster

a natural blue/silver south sea pearl

blue south sea pearl with colorful luster

big blue south sea pearls

Fancy Two-Tone South Sea Pearls

These are special... "Fancy" two-tone baroque South Sea Pearls. As if silver blue baroques were not rare enough, these have flashes of gold and greens as well. I've seen one or two pearls like this in the past, but never a full lot of large AAA grade pearls. The amount of pearls needed to make a lot of pearls like this is staggering. Being a new item I resisted the temptation to purchase the entire lot, instead opting to cherry pick out a handful with the best shape, surface and luster. 
a bag of two-toned south sea pearls

south sea pearls with gold and green overtones

baroque south sea pearl with multi-colored overtone

colorful silver south sea pearls

a pair of two-toned south sea pearl

a handful of silver south sea pearls

silver south sea pearl

close up of a silver baroque pearl

silver baroque pearl

Well... That's it for day 1. If you enjoyed the pictures, please leave a comment below. We can't reply to every comment, but I know Alana(photographer) really loves reading all your feedback.

Reader Comments

Date 3/2/2016
CathyKeshi
WONDERFUL Photos, ALANA ... and Kevin :) I'm really mesmerized by those unusual fancy bi-color South Sea Pearls ... chameleons! Thanks for again taking us "along" with you to Hong Kong.
Date 3/3/2016
Bpearl
Thanks Alana and Kevin for the wonderful pictures! I really enjoy them and being part of your adventures in HK.
Date 3/3/2016
Bpearl
Thanks Alana and Kevin for the wonderful pictures! I really enjoy them and being part of your adventures in HK.
Date 3/3/2016
BWeaves
I love that Edison strand. What size are the pearls? How much will it cost?
Date 3/3/2016
SamD
Those Holy Grail Ripples are nice!
Date 3/3/2016
Alan Rosenberg
My wife turns 60 this June. Please suggest a few items I can consider. I love my wife 17 yrs married so far... Thanx Alan
Date 3/3/2016
Alana
Thanks for your kind comments! Love that we can share our experience with you all :)
Date 3/3/2016
SamD
Those Holy Grail Ripples are nice!
Date 3/3/2016
Nancy Vassilakis
Hello, Kevin and Alana: Enjoyed your photos from HK. Those Holy Grail Ripples are amazing! I've only been to HK once and one of my aunts has gone to this show to buy for her own collection.
Date 3/3/2016
Caitlin Williams
I love those shapes and colors! Those are some extremely sophisticated pearls! I am so happy you have such knowledgeable customers, because they will be getting some rare treats!
Date 3/3/2016
RON IZZO
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience in Hong Kong at the Pearl Hall. I really enjoy seeing the fantastic variety of pearls that are available. Really love the Holy Grail Ripple Pearls, Additionally very interested in some quality Golden South Sea Pearls...like a 20inch strand 9mm / 12mm. Take care, and enjoy your time in Hong Kong.
Date 3/3/2016
Gail
OMG! All these pearls are extraordinary. What a good eye and good sources you have. I'd love that strand of ripple pearls but I'm almost afraid to find out how much you'll be charging. Enjoy the rest of your trip -- I'm looking forward to reading more about it.
Date 3/3/2016
eaton
Thanks Alana and Kevin for the wonderful pictures! am intrigued by the "Holy Grail" metallic luster and beautiful organic rippled texture pearls, but cant locate on the website, could you fill me in with how to source a 18-20 " necklace? t eaton
Date 3/3/2016
Laura Murphy-Connolly
Thanks Kevin, the pictures are great, I am sorely in love with the two-tone silver pearls, what a ring they would make. Also what is the cost of the string of pearls from your first picture?? Have fun!!
Date 3/3/2016
Carol
Not much that I can say except...STUNNING !!!!
Date 3/3/2016
Jane
Awesome find love them all thanks
Date 3/3/2016
Lynn Koellermeier
I just noticed that none of the pearls have been drilled. As I see it, that increases risk for you! Very interesting. . . .
Date 3/3/2016
Lary007
Eek! Exciting first day! Can't wait to see more.
Date 3/3/2016
Liz
Kevin - I want to thank you for sharing your pearl adventures and thoughts with your subscribers. I personally enjoy reading through your emails because they are always so personable and succinct (and humorous!). Please keep it up, and best of luck at the pearl show this year.
Date 3/3/2016
Ying
Very professional pictures! Like all of them, but that Edison strand is stunning!
Date 3/3/2016
Pam
Date 3/3/2016
Pam
This may be an uniformed question, but are the blue South Sea pearls intentionally grown for it's color or is it just something that occurs by accident? If it's by accident, then it's rarity would make sense. Also, the Edison pearls are beautiful, but in my thinking, even if they were sourced in mass quantities, Indonesia or Australia need not be nervous because I think people will still covet the traditional standard of a Tahitian pearl over any other pearl. I know I would. Maybe conneseur collectors would want all different kinds of pearls, but I think if a survey was taken about what pearl someone would want to purchase if they had only one to pick, I would bet that the majority would pick a Tahitian pearl. What do you think? Thanks for sharing your adventures!
Date 3/3/2016
Denise
Hi Kevin, Thanks for sharing. Would the two-tone silver pearls work for earrings? They are just gorgeous. And I have a pendant I got from you which I think would work with them.
Date 3/3/2016
Jacqueline
Thank you for the pictures. They are fantastic. Especially love the holy grail. How much would an 18" cost? And Alana's nail colours compliments the silver blues so well :)
Date 3/3/2016
NP
Wow. You really picked some one of a kind gorgeous pearls. I still love the blue borque south sea pearls. You really scored! Thanks for taking us along on your adventure. Exciting.
Date 3/3/2016
Sherry
Alana,Kevin, I told you it was going to be a treasure hunt. OMG STUNNING and off the charts. The silver blue ripples are my favorite. I can t believe the rainbow on some. Can they all be favorites.? Again, happy hunting. Thank you. It's a hard trip.,but so grateful you do it! Looking forward to my precious treasure.
Date 3/3/2016
Darcy
Very intrigued by those two-toned pearls. They look almost ethereal, magical, soft and full of light!
Date 3/3/2016
Laurence
The Blue South Sea are absolutely B E A U T I F U L ! Thank you for taking the time to share them.
Date 3/4/2016
Carlie White
Alana & Kevin - Thank you for bring us along on your adventure for finding new and colorful pearls. Alana's photos are clear and show off the beauty of each variety of pearls (her nail polish is a lovely shade, too). I can hardly wait for day 2's photos and pearl. Thank you,
Date 3/4/2016
John D
Hi Alana & Kevin Great Photo's. Following closely. Any chance of a photo or two of what $20K worth of a white flawless strand looks like. All part of getting organised for next year. Many thanks JD
Date 3/4/2016
JOY
These pearls are absolutely gorgeous.My favorite gem of all gems and the colors call to me. I would love to have just one of the large colorful ones. I think if a person could be reincarnated I would come back as one of these beautiful pearls. Keep up the good work, I'll keep watching. 3-4-2016
Date 3/4/2016
Nancy
I love seeing all the beautiful rainbow colors. I would be exciting to go to the shows. Glad you are there to find great deals for us. Nancy / Portland, Oregon
Date 3/4/2016
Trystan
What an amazing selection. Have you guys come across truly purple (not lavender) metallic fwp in the 8-10mm sizes at this show? The purple Eds you source last go around were amazing but huge!!!
Date 3/4/2016
Trystan
What an amazing selection. Have you guys come across truly purple (not lavender) metallic fwp in the 8-10mm sizes at this show? The purple Eds you source last go around were amazing but huge!!!
Date 3/5/2016
Malisa
I love baroque pearls. I have two necklaces of them and one other kind I can't remember. They are so beautiful!
Date 3/5/2016
PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED
The Princess says "wowzers!" Love how you educate us. Love your passion for poils! These are gorgeous. Totally Princess-worthy!
Date 3/7/2016
Lisa C
Phwoooo, Alana, photo 13, at Sea Industrial - talk about looking through the eyes of love... softwarmwinds photo for sure, gorgeous.

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