Funny Flakes: Keshi Pearl Jewels to Look for in Tucson

If you like the lustrous, organic gem oddities known as keshi pearls, then check in with pearl vendors who’ll be exhibiting next week at one of the various gem shows in Tucson, Ariz. Members of the JCK staff head west this weekend to take in the invitation-only Centurion show, which marks its 10-year anniversary in
2011 (congrats, team H2 Events!), the AGTA
Tucson GemFair
, and more. 

Updates will be posted online throughout the show by me and colleague Paul Holewa. If you’re there, let me know by sending a message on Facebook, Twitter @jenniferheebner, or just look for me at the lunch tables at Centurion. 🙂

Safe travels, all!

 Pearl Exporting

booths 812–912

South Seas keshi
pearls range in size from 9 mm to 17 mm and feature diamonds, tsavorite, ruby, and
tourmaline micro pavé in 18k white gold. Necklaces range in price from $10,000 to $22,000.
Shown, from left, an 18-inch diamond pavé piece ($16,000) and two 36-inch
ruby-, diamond-, and tsavorite pavé pieces ($24,000 each). Pearl Exporting
Company, Portland, Maine; 866-673-2757;

Emiko Pearls

AGTA booth

A one-of-a-kind South Seas pearl flower ring in 18k yellow gold features
two natural keshi weighing 5.3 grams and 1.05 cts. t.w. diamonds; $8,400. Emiko Pearl, San Francisco; 425-646-0111,


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