An interesting thing happened on the beach yesterday…. I am visiting with family in Canada and my brother in law asked me to explain mother of pearl to him. What a coincidence with the launching of our new mother of pearl earrings, the Abby Earrings! Sometimes I forget how much I take for granted […]
Las Vegas destroyed pearls in Mexico. Hard to imagine isn’t it? Most people blame Las vegas for ruining dreams, promoting alcoholism, supporting hedonism, etc. I love Las Vegas (because I am a great at dice 😉 however there is one thing I just do not support… how Las Vegas destroyed pearls!
I have found a new way to look at black pearls courtesy of last month’s article by Paul Rush in the New Zealand Herald. In his article, Paul talks about Fijian black pearls and let me tell you, they are not black! As you know, I am a huge fan of Tahitian black pearls and I […]
“Where do black pearls come from?” I get asked this a lot and I am feeling like it is a great day to talk about black pearls. Not only because it is, you know, Thursday but mainly because we just got some pearls from our farm in French Polynesia and I am SERIOUSLY wanting a strand […]
“Where in The Philippines is pearl farming practiced?” was the question on the tip of my tongue when I landed in The Philippines. I had this very handy map which lacks quite a bit of detail from the GIA. I think it was accurate as of 2009… So, what resources did I have? One was […]
Pearl Farming in The Philippines Having just returned from Australia, this is pretty wild that I turned around four days later to another destination for South Sea pearls, The Philippines. And, compared with Australia, production in the Philippines is miniscule. Only 15% of the world’s south sea pearls are produced in The Philippines. That equals […]
I am on the plane to Manila musing about starting a pearl farm in The Philippines… Get your bankroll ready if you want to start a pearl farm in the Philippines! Yes, farming cultured pearls is an expensive business! This is true for anyone thinking they want to start their own pearl farm! You need the money. […]
Our black pearls have landed! I spoke to our favorite Tahitian black pearl farmer last week. He had finished his harvest and matched us some amazingly beautiful Tahitian black pearl necklaces for our eight pre-order customers! Thanks to each of you who preordered your strands. The pearls cleared the strict Tahitian custom and duties and they […]
Have you read up on the life cycle of mollusks? If not, click here are read the fascinating story. This reproductive cycle must be maintained within the cultured pearl industry so pearl farmers have mollusks to nucleate to create pearls. So, how old do mollusks need to be to create pearls?
If you have not yet read my last post on Mollusks Go Mobile, I explained the life cycle of freshwater mussels and how important it is to have fish for the development and mobility of freshwater mollusks. Now, for a bit more info on cultured pearls and fish.