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Become a CPAA Pearl Specialist

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/8/2016 to News
We're introducing the CPAA Pearl Specialist Course! To the general public, this course cost $599. Since you’ve got a friend(me) with some pull in the CPAA…

You can take it for free! Find out how.

The Rikitea Bribe

Posted by Kevin Canning on 5/17/2016 to News
Rikitea Tahitian Pearl Bribe

Tahitian "Circle" Pearls, What's The Deal?

Posted by Kevin Canning on 11/20/2015 to News
Lately I've received a few questions and comments asking "what are Tahitian Circle Pearls?". So I thought I'd write a quick write up what these pearls are all about and how some go crazy for them.

Tahitian Pearls - 3 Things You MUST Know

Posted by Kevin Canning on 11/6/2015 to Products
Just the mention of black Tahitian pearls, conjures up thoughts of deep tropical waters, swaying palm trees and good men gone mad in search of them.  Click the image below to learn three key facts you need to know before purchasing Tahitian pearls.

Loose Tahitian Pearls

Little Guy Vs. Big Guy

Posted by Kevin Canning on 10/12/2015 to News
I want to share the secret to my success.... what gives me an edge over the competition...

...and has customers like you returning again and again, year after year.

The best way I know how, is to share a story from a recent pearl buying trip in Asia:

  "The Little guy Vs. The Big Guy"


Sept 2014 Gem Show - Best Of Show

Posted by Kevin Canning on 11/3/2014 to Products
It's been a over a month since I've returned from Hong Kong and as usual I've had a large box of pearls in the corner of my office, patiently waiting to be sorted and turned into jewelry. This past week I finally made time to work with this new batch of pearls and get them ready to find a new "forever home".

fancy colored metallic pearls

To view all the new pearls I've added to my Maven Collection(20% Off!) CLICK HERE

Jewelmer 35th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Alana Midlane on 9/25/2014 to News
As Kevin mentioned in a previous post, while in Hong Kong we met with Jacques-Christophe Branellec of Jewelmer. Following our meeting he invited us to attend Jewelmer’s 35th anniversary gala in Manila and tour one of his pearl farms. We didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance! We rescheduled our flights and with the help of his team were able to make all the necessary arrangements to attend both the gala and stay at Jewelmer’s beautiful Flower Island resort.

Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 5

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/21/2014 to News
Waking up at 6:00am on day 5 we both felt like hitting the snooze button, sleeping in and calling room service. It's been a whirlwind of pearls, bright lights and extravgent dinners, but we have one final day, so we decide to press on.

Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 4

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/18/2014 to News

Jumbo Edison Necklace

On day 4 the crowds had thinned out a little bit and we had a little more room to move around and explore. Near the far end of the hall we found an interesting booth that had a HUGE 21mm South Sea pearl(with price tag to match) and a near selection...

Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 3

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/17/2014 to News
We had a great day 3 of the show, including a very special meeting with Jacques Jacques Christophe Branellec of Jewelmer Pearl Company. For pearls we were busy selecting metallic freshwater studs, drops and strands.

Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 2

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/16/2014 to News
We started the day at one of our favorite vendors, hoping he had baroque Akoyas and silver/blue South Sea pearls me. At this point he knows I love anything blue, so he had set aside a handful of pretty little 10mm baroque South Sea pearls and a number of...

Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 1

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/15/2014 to News
After a busy summer I'm back in Hong Kong to stock up on pearls for the upcoming holiday season and as usual, hunt down rare and exotic pearls. While I was a little concerned we would see more of the same from the June show, so far Hong Kong has not disappointed.

Heading Back to Hong Kong - Sept. 2014 Gem Show

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/11/2014 to News
sept UBM hong Kong gem show

Well I hate to say it, but it looks like summer is winding down, while I'm sad to see it go, I am looking forward to getting back into the fall routine and prepping for the upcoming holiday season(yes we're planning for December already!).

The good news is, I'm heading back to Hong Kong for the September Jewellery & Gem show. The REALLY good news is that my fiancé and photographer extraordinaire will be joining me for this show.  She couldn't make the June show and let me tell you it's a lot of work to photograph AND select pearls at the same time.....

MAVEN Collection - New Items

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/8/2014 to Products
If you've been following my Facebook Page, you know I've been working with handful of new pearls this past week. Well finally everything has come back from the stringers and I have a small assortment of new and exciting pieces added to my MAVEN Collection here.

New Items from Hong Kong

Rare Blue Pearls - On Sale Now

Posted by Kevin Canning on 7/17/2014 to News
While building this line I've tried to make sure there was something for everybody, from big luxurious 16mm blue South Sea pearl pendants to cute little blue Freshwater Keshi pearl earrings. It took a little longer then expected but I think we came up with a great selection of natural blue pearls, all marked down 20% until July 31st.

June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Best Of Report

Posted by Kevin Canning on 7/8/2014 to News
It's been a couple of weeks since the last Hong Kong gem show and I finally have a chance to come up for air and blog about some of my favorite pearl finds from the show.

amazing luster and color freshwater ripple pearls

One of the amazing "Holy grail" ripple strands, finished and ready to be shipped to it's new owner.

June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 4

Posted by Kevin Canning on 6/24/2014 to News
Day 4 and I spent the morning filling some holes in stock of staple items(white FW & Akoya strands), but by the noon I was free to go back on the hunt for more unusual items.

June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 3

Posted by Kevin Canning on 6/21/2014 to News
Day 3 and I found myself sorting metallic strands, metallic drops, Edison pearls and single knockout Tahitian necklace. Click to read today's report.

June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 1

Posted by Kevin Canning on 6/19/2014 to News
Day 1 is wrapped up and we're off to a good start. Although Alana couldn't make this trip, so I'm doing double duty as pearl buyer and photographer.

June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Here We Go Again

Posted by Kevin Canning on 6/13/2014 to News
I can’t believe its June already and we’re off to Hong Kong again for another gem show. Just like the past shows I'll be live blogging the event and hunting down rare and unique pearls.

Edison Pearls

Maven Collection Sale - Part 2

Posted by Kevin Canning on 5/20/2014 to Products
Maven Collection Sale - Part 2
Early this month I released a few items as part of our new "Maven" collection of exotic and rare pearls. While many customers were lucky enough to snag some great pieces, I know a few have been patiently waiting for part 2 of the sale. This morning I've listed all the remaining pearls I've collected and placed them on sale for 20% off until May 31st.

Click here to jump straight to the sale page

Introducing the "Maven Collection"

Posted by Kevin Canning on 5/5/2014 to Products
As promised, today I'll be releasing the first of the special items I've selected over seas. In the past I've heard complaints that it's been difficult to find the specialty pearls on the website, so I've decided to make a single collection that will house only rare and exotic pearls of the very best quality.
AAA natural blue colored Akoya Pearl

Our Biggest Rare Pearl Sale - Coming Soon...

Posted by Kevin Canning on 5/2/2014 to Products
Our Biggest Rare Pearl Sale - Coming Soon...
Everybody wants to see what I've been cooking up in the "pearl kitchen". The plan is to release the first batch of product on Monday, May 5th and throughout the month of May I'll release more items as they become available...

Ripple Sale Leaked

Posted by Kevin Canning on 3/31/2014 to Products
I didn't plan on writing this post until tomorrow, but it seems the secrets out on the Freshwater "Ripples" sale. So those stunning new ripple strands I purchased in Hong Kong, are officially ON SALE! Sorry for not giving more notice, there's still lots of great strands left.
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