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September 2015 Hong Kong Gem Show - [DAY 3]

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/18/2015 to General

Maybe it was the peking duck feast the night before, or possibly the 2 coffees and a red bull en route to the show. But we we started day 3 with a bounce in our step, ready to get down to business.

First stop was a special request for a single large "fancy color" Edison pearl. For those that haven't hear the term(most the world) -- "fancy color" is used to describe a very special and rare color of freshwater pearl. Difficult to describe, it's a combination of copper, green and pink. 

As luck would have it, we found a couple of candidates. Settled on the one with the highest luster and cleanest surface and put it aside for customer approval. Perfect... we're off to a good start already.

rare colored Edison pearls

Edison pearls with rare colors

a single rare-colored Edison pearl

Galatea Carved Pearls

En route to make another purchase we bumped into the mad pearl genius that is Chi Huynh of Galatea pearls. Chi is famous for growing Tahitian pearls with a turquoise bead nucleus, that he reveals by carefully carving away nacre. These 17-18mm monsters were exceptional!

huge Galatea pearls

carved Galatea pearls

Blue South Sea Pearls

After a quick visit with Chi (and momentarily getting lost in the maze of vendors) we arrived at our our go-to destination of one of my favorite types of pearls. Silver/blue baroque South Sea pearls. The wildly organic shapes and the otherworldly color -- I can't get enough of them.

Lucky for me this vendor knows me well and always put his best selection aside for me.  If they're blue, if they're big, and if they're baroque they're going home with me -- what can I say, I'm an easy sell.

big blue south sea pearls

a single blue baroque pearl

a few baroque blue south sea pearls

close up of a single south sea pearl

blue south sea pearls

baroque blue south sea pearl

a handful of blue south sea pearls

Baby Blues...

Now these were a welcome surprise. Little baby 8-10mm baby blue baroque South Sea pearls. Phew that's a mouthful --Try saying that three times fast!

I have no idea what I'm going to do with these little guys but the price was right and the shapes were excellent. If you have a design idea leave a comment below please.

small baby blue south sea pearls

handful of tiny baroque south sea pearls

group of blue baroque pearls

small south sea pearls

Free Form Baroque Tahitian Pearls

After another red bull we were ready to stock up on baroque Tahitian pearl strands. We found a great selection of strands with fantastic color, luster and an unusual free form baroque shape.

baroque Tahitian pearl ropes

close up of the Tahitian pearl strands

a single strand of Tahitian pearls

two Tahitian pearl ropes

colorful Tahitian pearls

strand of Tahitian pearls

With those Tahitians in the bag we wrapped up our third day of the show and headed over to a local pearl office to stock up on classic white Freshwater and Akoya pearls for the upcoming holiday season. While not as exciting as the exotic pearls, these are the classics and still our top sellers.

The picture below shows just a small fraction of the pearls this one company has stuffed into their office.

an office full of pearls

Reader Comments

Date 9/19/2015
BBBSS Pearls ... LOVE them! Tin cup necklace, but not "in the chain" pearls, instead dangling from the chain, charm bracelet style. Many thanks for the wonderful reports :)
Date 9/19/2015
Kevin and Alana, thanks a lot for the daily reports, the Edisons are nice but they have bags full and only a few with high luster and a clean surface and then you fall from your chair when u hear the price. More expensive than South Sea or Tahitians. What a run on Akoya pearls this Fair amazing, in Europe they not sell that well but they are actually the most beautiful in luster. Blue South Sea is very difficult to find and for big ones 18-20 mm you have to pay a fortune. But glad to see that you managed Fresh water pairs are also expensive now, those with clean surface and high luster. Thanks a lot Alana and Kevin
Date 9/20/2015
The baby blue, I was thinking about tin cup necklace, pairs of earrings, dangling pendant with the bigger blue at the end... the possibilities are endless....
Date 9/20/2015
Joanne Diasio
OMG, that Edison pearl is GORGEOUS !!!! Love that color !!! Thank you for your Blogs!
Date 9/20/2015
What would you charge me to just roll around in a vat of loose pearls? OK, I'm kidding. All those are just gorgeous. I love the carved pearls. And the blues, sigh. The BLUES. Love.
Date 9/21/2015
I LOVE THE GIGANTIC BLOBBLY BLUE SSPS! they are so awesome! also, i agree, those baby blue SSPs should dangle, possibly in profusion. maybe little clusters for pendants, earrings? and i WANT freeform baroque tahitians - those are just gorgeous! thanks for updates! and enjoy! :)
Date 9/21/2015
I agree, the bbbss pearl would look beautiful in a tin cup style necklace.
Date 9/21/2015
I absolutely love the baby blue SSP and amazing colour Edison pearls. Thanks for all the lovely pictures.
Date 9/22/2015
Your daily finds are making me drool....I think I need to be your apprentice!!
Date 11/7/2015
Karen Mitchell
Kevin, Do you happen to have any natural blue pearl strands? I saw a post of yours from 2013 with multiple strands of blues and wonder if you were able to pick up any more at the Sept show? I am a designer looking for some for a client. Smallest 9mm. I looked on the website, but those Blue pearls are v. gray, small. Also, I see the big blue baroque SSea pairs on this page, and wonder how much a pair might be? I have another client who wants a pair of earrings using pearls aprox this size and shape. Would love to hear from you. Not sure if you wholesale to designers, but let me know. Thanks Karen Karen Mitchell Design

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