Sept. 2014 Hong Kong Gem Show - Day 3

We started the day with a small change of plans, instead of heading to the Expo to sort pearls, we rushed off to the finished jewelry show to meet with Jacques Christophe Branellec of Jewelmer Pearl Company. I won't give away any details just yet but Jacques is pearl industry royalty and when he wants to meet with you, you don't turn him down.

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Jumbo Edison Necklace

While walking the show taking pictures, a vendor came up and said he had something to show us. When we got to his booth he opened a box to reveal a perfect strand of 36 flawless "fancy color" Edison pearls. I know what I was told the cost was, anybody care to guess the price tag?

perfect rare Edison pearl strand
Edison pearls with a rare color
three perfectly round Edison pearls
close up of a rare colored Edison pearl

True Metallic Freshwater Pearls

I often get asked, "what is the difference between a AAA pearl and a metallic pearl?". More then just high luster, a true metallic pearl is a very specific type of luster that appears to come from within the pearl, as opposed to just on the surface. It takes a lot of work to sort true metallic pairs. We spent hours sorting top grade pearls, to make just a few cards of true metallic white pearls. Well worth the effort, we walked away with rounds and drops ranging from 7.5mm to 10mm.

true metallic freshwater pearls
a single metallic freshwater pearl
perfectly matched pairs of metallic pearls
freshwater pearls with true metallic luster
pairs of true metallic pearls
matched pairs of freshwater pearls
a bag of true metallic freshwater pearls
pairs of freshwater pearls with metallic luster
round metallic freshwater pearlsfreshwater pearls with beautiful metallic luster
rows of perfectly matched metallic freshwater pearls

Freshwater Metallic Strands

We didn't get everything we needed today, but we got off to a good start. We managed to select a number of golden peach, multi-color and even a few "fancy color" strands.

strands of golden peach freshwater pearls
rows of freshwater metallic strands
close up of the metallic freshwater pearl strands
multicolored strands of metallic pearls
close up of the strands of freshwater metallic pearls
golden peach and multicolored pearl strands
multicolored metallic freshwater pearl strands
colorful strands of metallic pearls
strands of different colored freshwater pearls
rare colored pearl strands
close up of the rare colored freshwater pearls

Bags and Bags of Pearls!

With our eyes strained from the bright expo lights, we called it a day and headed over to a vendors office to select out some staples pieces. While it's not terribly exciting selecting 100+ white freshwater strands, it is pretty cool to see how many pearls they keep in their office at any one time.

searching in a vendors office for white freshwater pearl strands

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