Freshwater or Saltwater Pearls?

Freshwater or Saltwater Pearls?

All pearls are cultured either in freshwater – mostly lakes, or in saltwater – oceans, seas, atolls, and bays. Saltwater Pearls are the South Sea White and Golden Golden South Sea Pearls, Tahitians & other South Sea colored Pearls, and Akoya Pearls made famous by Mikimoto. The best saltwater Pearls are prized above the freshwater..."
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How To Buy Pearls

How To Buy Pearls

You may not get the opportunity to visit the actual pearl farms as I have been able to do, but there are distinct qualities that you desire in pearls. Much like the 4Cs of buying diamonds, pearls have a similar set of standards. Pearl Quality = Luster, Size, Shape, and Surface. Luster is the commanding...
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Obsessed with Pearls

Obsessed with Pearls

I am obsessed with Pearls. They are, of course, always appropriate, a statement made by Jackie Kennedy, but even more than that, they are organic. They have been birthed by a living being. They are such a treasure to have in your presence. Pearls are farmed, not mined. Saltwater pearls are farmed on atolls in...
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Aquaprase- a really new new Gemstone

Aquaprase- a really new new Gemstone

Aquaprase is a recently discovered gemstone. It is an entirely NEW gem, never seen before. It’s a chalcedony that has never been discovered. It was discovered “somewhere” in Africa and no one knows how much gemstone is there. Aquaprase is a very new gemstone discovery and has a unique story. A couple of years ago...
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Edison Pearls

Pink, Peach, Purple Pearls or Edison Pearls

Edison Pearls are the newest experiment in the long history of Freshwater Pearl experiments. They are produced on a few rare pearl farms in China. They have only been available for 3-4 years. Edisons may have a unique “ripple” surface but some are beautifully smooth. One of the most incredible properties of Edisons is the...
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What are Cultured Pearls?

What are Cultured Pearls?

Today all pearls with a very few exceptions are cultured pearls. In 1905, Kokichi Mikimoto began experimenting with native Japanese Akoya shells and discovered the beginnings of culturing pearls. His experiments, although there are many different techniques, are the foundation of pearl farming all over the world today. Pearl farms can be in...
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 Pearl Flower Petal Earrings with Pink Sapphires and Diamonds

This is my current post to Instagram. It’s fun to be able to see the photos and information if you miss it in your feed, or just don’t “do” Instagram!

This is my current post to Instagram. It’s fun to be able to see the photos and information if you miss it in your feed, or just don’t “do” Instagram!
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Instagram Alive!

Instagram Alive!

What fun to be connected to my Instagram feed. Lots of color and fun pictures. It’s all about lifestyle, baby.
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I am exploring new ways to stay in touch with you.

I am exploring new ways to stay in touch with you.

I want to share with you some pictures that I took in my fabulously creative cousin’s fantasy garden. She has paintings and sculptures and wild tropical plants that I had a wild time draping my jewelry over.
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Tucson Gem Show Report 2015

Tucson Gem Show Report 2015

With over 41 shows, some that had 1000 vendors in them, I had to keep my sensory input from exploding!  There was such an array of the good, the fabulous, and the ugly.  I tried to bring back only the fabulous! I had an exciting experience arranging this hank of freshwater pearls into a “wig..."
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A New Jewelry Drawing!

A New Jewelry Drawing!

Just letting you know that I have entered some new pieces to fill some of the sold spots on the website.  I just like these little necklaces this summer with fun little summer dresses.  Go to Necklaces to find these new beauties.  I love to wear them anywhere.  It doesn’t have to be an occasion.
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NEW Limited Edition Brass Bracelets!

NEW Limited Edition Brass Bracelets!

From time to time, I will post and upload a limited sale of something I had an inspiration for either in the middle of the night or while swimming laps.  Today I am premiering my haute hippi brass bracelets with large minerals and gems in wonderful wearable colors.  These are very reasonably priced at $49.95
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