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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.