From the Editor: September–October 2017

Girls love pearls. I can vouch for that. Pearls were my first love (in the jewelry business, that is). At the start of the millennium, I took a job writing about them for a gem and jewelry trade website, even though I was so new to the industry I had no idea what a cultured pearl was. My first assignment brought me to a pearl farm in the Arafura Sea, off the northern coast of Australia, where I watched two blond, sunburned farmworkers lift a line of giant Pinctada maxima oysters from the water and explain to me how they cultured the most valuable pearls in the world. From that point on, I was hopelessly under their spell. That explains why I’m so proud of the striking image that graces our cover and the luscious photo feature “Pearls’ Night Out.” Paired with modern combinations of gems, chains, and metal finishes, pearls are the perfect accessory for cool girls—and the retail

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