Spat Parade: Pearls From Tucson

The pearl front was a little quiet this year, compared with
the excitement drummed up by the Soufflé pearls of 2010.

Emiko Pearls

Bright Strands: I apologize for the photo—it clealry doesn’t do them
justice! Australian South Seas pearls range in color from sky blue to
golden,
and in size from 14.1 mm to 17.5 mm for $84,000 triple key. Ron Greenidge
says he’s
sold two already…nice! Emiko Pearls, Bellevue, Wash.; 425-646-0111;
emikopearls.com

 

American Pearl Co.  American Pearl Co.

Jurassic Pearls: For the ultimate collector, fossilized
pearls are $4,500 (larger) and $1,500 triple key. There are three pearls in the smaller piece, in the shell matrix; the envelope in the second photo relates to the larger specimen. Contact Gina Latendresse for more information. American Pearl Co.,
Nashville, Tenn.; 800-288-2877; americanpearlcompany.com

 

Sea Hunt Pearls

Bronze Beauties: Bead-nucleated, natural-color bronze
metallic pearls range in size from 13 mm to 16 mm and start at $1,500 per strand
triple key. Sea Hunt Pearls, San Francisco; 415-543-7900; seahuntprl@aol.com

 

Pearl Concepts

Peachy Sheen: Tiny 2 mm–3 mm potato-shape dyed pearls are
available in colors like peach and sage—the latter serving as the “color of the
season,” according to Kenny Tse, Pearl Concepts. Strands shown are $30 a
strand, triple key. “Designers are buying 10 to 12 strands at a time and twisting
them,” he says. Pearl Concepts, New York City; 212-226-8585; pearlconcepts.com

 

Imperial Pearls

Discount, Discount! Modestly priced selections of loose
Tahitian and South Seas pearls. Imperial Pearl, East Providence, R.I.;
800-556-7738; imperialpearl.com

 

Editor’s note: More info to come regarding a new hybrid
pearl from Sea Hunt.


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