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June 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 2

Day 2 and the rain is coming down in buckets, perfect weather to hunker down and sort pearls. I started the day in front of a tray brimming with loose metallics and got to work matching pairs. This year I've been getting a lot of requests for pearls with deep purple coloration, so I made a point to select a number of purple pairs, as well as the ever popular whites and "fancy color" pearls.

a tray of the fancy colored pearls
a handful of fancy colored pearls
a close up of the fancy colored pearls
a wide range of colors for these freshwater loose metallics
metallic fancy pearls
metallic pearls with the various purple pearls
a group of dark purple pearls
dark purple metallic freshwater pearls
matched purple metallics
freshwater fancy pearls in pairs
traditional white pearls
close up of the white pearls
beautiful white pearls
freshwater white pearls in pairs
perfectly matched white pearls
white and fancy colored freshwater pearls
multi-coloured fancy pearls

Back at the September 2013 gem show I selected a number of little metallic keshi nuggets that proved very popular. I've been looking for more ever since but kept coming up short. While I couldn't find any colored keshis I was able to make a couple dozen pairs of silver/dove grey pearls, perfect for studs and dangle earrings.

metallic keshi nuggets
keshi pearls on close up
keshi pearls with intense metallic luster
pairs of keshi nuggets
differently sized pairs of keshi pearls
a small pair of metallic keshi nuggets
metallic keshi pearls in pairs

While sorting loose keshis, one of the staff dropped a handful of keshi strands in front of me. The prices were great, so I pulled a dozen or so of the best strands. These will make a fun and affordable special down the road, I just need to decide what to do with them. If any readers have ideas for them, please leave a comment.

gold metallic keshi pearl strands
keshi strand on close up
a few strands of golden keshi nuggets
keshi nugget strands on close up
keshi pearls in gold colors
metallic keshi nuggets with strong gold color
closer look at the golden keshi pearl strands
wonderful variety of shapes of the keshi nugget strands
golden keshi pearl nuggets
keshi nugget strands
pearl keshi nuggets with excellent luster
another close up of the beautiful keshi pearls
clumped strands of golden keshi pearls
golden keshi nuggets
different textures of the keshi nugget strands

Since posting yesterday, I've had a number of requests for more details on the "Holy Grail" ripple strands. With the day winding down, I went to Grace pearl and selected the 3 best strands they had. These pictures perfectly capture their real life color. Let me know in the comments which strand is your favorite?

Holy Grail Freshwater Ripple Strand 1
Holy Grail Freshwater Ripple Strand 2
Holy Grail Freshwater Ripple Strand 3

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