Judi McCormick

Famous Pearls-Abernethy Pearl

Famous Pearls-Abernethy Pearl

The Abernethy Pearl or Little Willie as it is affectionately known, was "fished" out of the River Tay in Perth, Scotland in 1967. It is known as the most perfectly spherical and largest natural pearl to be found.
Read more
The Colors of White Pearls

The Colors of White Pearls

While for many of you, white is white, in the pearl world many pearls are known for their specific hue of white.
Read more
The Incredible Crazy Story of The Pearl of Allah or The Pearl of Lao Tzu-reporting by Caitlin Williams and Kathie Hodson

The Incredible Crazy Story of The Pearl of Allah or The Pearl of Lao Tzu-reporting by Caitlin Williams and Kathie Hodson

Millions of dollars, arranged murder, historical fabrications, journeys across vast oceans and battles in court ? all are attached to what some people have called the ugliest pearl in the world.
Read more
Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian Pearls

You may not know that the Tahitian Pearl, which is so well known today and worn proudly by so many, has only been acknowledged as jewelry since the 1970s.
Read more
The World's Oldest Pearl

The World's Oldest Pearl

In 2017 this peach colored pearl was discovered in an excavation site on the island of Marawah off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Read more
What are Biogenic Materials?

What are Biogenic Materials?

Historically, gem materials of a biological origin were called organic. The term organic can be confusing as a definition by itself because of its use as a clarifying word for natural substance that has had no additional chemical intervention. 
Read more
Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Since we are talking about style this week, I will leave you with a thoughtful quote from the most stylish icon of the 20th and 21st century, Coco Chanel.

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

photo courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

Read more
The Mystery of Edison Pearls

The Mystery of Edison Pearls

Edison Pearls were an experiment to cultivate pearls that could duplicate South Sea Pearls, but grown in Freshwater pearl mollusks. They have only been available for about 7 years. Developed by a brother/sister team in China, Weijan and Weiyui Zhan, this process has remained a secret. Edison is the brand of pearls developed by the Zhan family.

 

Read more
Red Sea Cultured Pearls

Red Sea Cultured Pearls

Yes. There are Red Sea cultured pearls. Jeremy Shepard, a pearl guru of Pearl Paradise had the extraordinary experience to see and bring home 2 strands of these unusually colored pearls.
Read more
Philippine South Sea Pearls

Philippine South Sea Pearls

Philippine South Sea Pearls grow in the Pinctada Maxima oyster. It is one of the largest oysters in the world.
Read more
Pearl Pioneers- Nicholas Paspaley (Picture of Nick and his sister in 1932)

Pearl Pioneers- Nicholas Paspaley (Picture of Nick and his sister in 1932)

It all started out as a wonderful wild adventure for 19 year old Nick Paspaley in the 1930s. 
Read more
Men in Pearls

Men in Pearls

What a delightful subject. There are just some guys that can pull this off in varying degrees of commitment. Here is the Surfer Style and then there are other men that go all the way.
Read more
79 results