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Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 1

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.

first day of the September 2014 Hong Kong Jewellry and Gem Fair

Holy Grail Ripples

My first order of business was to track down several "Holy Grail" ripple strands, for a few ladies that missed out the last time around. As I suspected the price had gone up, but with a little haggling I was able to get them back down to June prices, "Just this one time". Same as in June, these strands are available by pre-order only. If you're thinking of a strand, this is the time to get one as Grace pearl was very clear that won't be giving me the same pricing again -- EMAIL ME for details.

Holy Grail Ripple Pearl Strand form Grace Pearl
multicolored Holy Grail ripple pearl strand
another multicolored strand of beautiful ripple pearls
Holy Grail Ripple Pearls

Edison Pearls

Edison pearls are large bead nucleated freshwater pearls, produced by the famous Grace Pearl Company, the same company responsible for the Holy Grail Ripples. The prices in June for these pearls were through the roof, but with sluggish sales they have decided to bring them back down within reach. I sat down in front of 3 lots of 12-13mm "AAAAA" (yes that's five A's!) and picked out what I felt were 6 of the best. I don't have plans for these darlings, so please leave a suggestion in the comment section below if you have any.

selecting large Edison pearls
different colored bead-nucleated Edison pearls
a close up of the Edison pearls
dark purple Edison pearl
rare colored pearl
three dark Edison pearls
dark and light colored Edison pearls
bead-nucleated Edison pearls
Edison pearl with amazing overtones
Edison pearls

Baby Ripples

We spent at least half the day looking for high quality ripples and nearly came up short(apart from the Holy Grail ripples). While there were 1000's of strands available we didn't find anything that I would put my name to. Near the end of the day we found one small batch of small white "Baby" ripples. These cute little pearls are the perfect answer for the ladies that love the look of ripples but don't like the weight of the traditional sizes -- these ripples have wearability. At this size, I'm thinking of making ropes, doubles and maybe even a couple triple strands, neck pain not included.

searching for baby ripple pearls
strands of white ripple pearls
close up of a strand of baby ripple pearls
white baby ripple pearls
silver/white baby ripple pearls
strand of baby ripple pearls
baby ripple pearls with stunning textures
rows of beautiful ripple pearls
strands of magnificent baby ripple pearls

As of right now we have a minor typhoon blowing in and the giant palm trees outside my hotel window are taking a serious beating. But the show must go on, so with umbrellas in hand we're off for Day 2!

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