Tucson, Ariz. Feb 2, 2020. Aziz Basalely of Eliko Pearl is known for his eye—and his monthly trips to Asia—for unusual pearls, so some rare and stunning recent finds now en route to the AGTA GemFair Tucson shouldn’t surprise many.
On his most recent buying trip to Hong Kong, just a couple of weeks ago, Basalely came across uncommon flat baroque shapes of freshwater pearls that were bigger than quarters. The color was unique: pinkish-purplish overtones, a first for the veteran pearl buyer who first saw this shape and size in white just a few years earlier.
“They are similar to the souffle pearls that came on the market a few years ago and probably have a similar production,” he says. “The nucleus is a flat disk, and I’m guessing—it’s hard to get accurate information from sources—that they would take six to eight years to grow.”
He has 15 lovely pairs for Tucson as well as a Wilma-Flintstone-size finished strand.
“I selected these out of 700 to 800 pearls,” Basalely adds. “These were the only quality sufficient to be used in jewelry. Many of the others had blemishes or indentations; after so many years in an oyster, the pearls do get damaged.”
Find them fast at the Eliko booth #1306 at AGTA. Pairs are $900 to $1,200 triple keystone (retail), while the strand is $1,900.
And fans of Eliko’s mosaic or Maki-e pearls should prepare for an epic shopping frenzy: there will be 110 individual Maki-e pearls available and 109 pairs, ranging in price from $360 to $4,500 triple keystone (retail). Most are $600 to $900 triple keystone (retail).
Flat baroque-shape freshwater pearls with pinkish-purplish overtones in sizes bigger than quarters, pairs range from $900 to $1,200 triple keystone (retail); email email@example.com for purchase.
Finished strand of flat baroque-shape freshwater pearls with pinkish-purplish overtones in sizes bigger than quarters, $1,900 triple keystone (retail); email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase.
A shot from the Eliko office in New York City: some 110 individual Maki-e pearls and 109 pairs are available, ranging in price from $360 to $4,500 triple keystone (retail). Most are $600 to $900 triple keystone (retail). Email email@example.com for purchase.
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