We travel to the ends of the world to bring some of the most exotic, out of the ordinary pearls including Faceted pearls, Maki-e decorated pearls, and iridescent Blue Akoya pearls to the market.
These are South Sea Tahitian pearls with 24k gold paint overlay and abalone shell inlay. This style is called "Maki-e", a traditional Japanese decorating technique from the Edo period. Each pearl is decorated by hand using a combination of Urushi lacquer (from the Japanese Urushi tree), 24k gold powder and abalone shell.
These pearls are faceted using a special Japanese technique. Using special machinery, facets are cut into the cultured pearl revealing layers of nacre and the pearl’s inner beauty. This faceted technique creates a sparkling effect unparalleled in the gemstone world.
Keshi pearls, from the Japanese word for “poppy seed” are generally small pearls which form as a by-product of the pearl culturing process. They do not have a nucleus and thus are nacre throughout. We carry keshi pearls in South Sea White, South Sea Golden and South Sea Tahitian in singles, pairs and strands.
Blue Akoya pearls are grown in Japan and Vietnam. Known for their intense blue or silver color, these natural colored Akoya pearls have great luster and are amazingly eye catching. They primarily range in size from 6-10mm. They are available in Round, semi-round, and semi-baroque shapes.
Baby Akoya pearls, grown in Vietnam are a unique item in the pearl world. Ranging in size from 1.75-5mm, these perfectly round, white, Akoya pearls are suitable for creations requiring small, round pearls.