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March 2014 Hong Kong Pearl Show - Day 3

Posted by Kevin Canning on 3/5/2014 to News

Freshwater Edison Pearls


We started day 3 with a mission to hunt down 2 Edison pearls for a good customer, one purple and one white. So back to Grace pearl we went to see if they would allow us to cherry pick from one of their AAA lots. Overall the quality was not great and very few had the dark purple I knew my customer needed. We started by pulling every pearl that was in the right color range and then inspected each for inclusions and defects. After about an hour we had found the winners, including one extra, fancy color piece to help bring the price down.

FYI we asked if there was any price they would accept for the display only pearls we showed you in our Day 1 post, and the answer was $15,000 - $20,000 per pearl - we politely declined.

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Metallic Freshwater Drops


After we had the Edisons taken care of, it was time to sit down and replenish our inventory of  metallic drops. With a bin of several thousand pearls in front us, we pulled about two dozen of the very best.

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Freshwater Souffle Pearls


While on the hunt for more free form baroques nuggets, we came across some small, super metallic, fancy color souffle pearls - just perfect for earrings. I'll be honest these were the most frustrating items to photograph, partly because of the super metallic luster and partly because of the bizarre blue lighting this booth chose to use.

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Bonus Pics


With the day winding down, we decided to put buying on hold, take a walk around the show floor and shoot a few interesting pieces that caught our eye earlier. FYI, that last pic(ombre strand) caused a small international incident, with the shop owner using her body as a human shield and a brief encounter with security. Lucky for me Alana has a cute smile and speaks enough Cantonese to get us off the hook.

Reader Comments

Date 3/5/2014
Robyn
Oh wow! Absolutely amazing purple! Sounds like so much work. Doesn't sound like Grace pearls wants to sell their displays. But you found an amazing purple all the same! What do you mean an incident with the ombre strand? Like you were looking at it and the vendor freaked out? It's definitely super beautiful.
Date 3/5/2014
MV
The ombre necklace is special, usually we see it made with Tahitian pearls in different shades of color. Also the faceted pearls look fab!
Date 3/6/2014
kevin
The thing is, you're not really allowed to take pictures at the show. I only get away with it because I have such a cute photographer and we try to be a little sneaky. Most vendors don't mind if you're buying, but some get very upset.
Date 3/6/2014
M
Wow. Those souffles are so gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you do with them.
Date 3/6/2014
Elizabeth
Ombre! Edison! WOW
Date 3/6/2014
Robyn
Ah, I see. Clandestine operations. Amazing what a pretty smile and some charm can do. I had to come back and look at the metallic drops and souffles. Those souffles are insanely beautiful, but that is some weird light so I bet they're even better in normal lighting. Going to make gorgeous earrings. What are you doing to us? Also, that preview pic of day 4 with the metallic rainbow ripples is killing me. Can not wait for day 4 post, even if it's late.
Date 3/6/2014
Marianne
All beautiful! Really appreciate the photos of your selection process. Goodness, that lady from Grace certainly has her eye on you :)

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