Thursday was a busy day running around the smaller satellite gem shows here in Las Vegas. Jay and I made many offers and only closed one deal. However there is another on offer the table that looks like it will be accepted tomorrow and this is an exciting one. We met with a large scale pearl farmer in his hotel suite high above the show and he had brought with him half a year's production!
It is a very nice lot of Tahitian pearls--in fact, the nicest we have seen in a lot this size. They come from Ahe (about 1,300 kilometers SE of Tahiti) which is a reef-topped seamount (part of the Tuamotu Seamount Trail) that rises sharply from the seabed which around the Ahe is located at a depth of 2,700 meters. Ahe is a large atoll of the North West Group, making up part of the historical group known as the Îles du Roi Georges (King George Islands). The archipelago forms a series of loose chains stretching in a northwesterly to southeasterly direction across some 2,000 kilometers of the South Pacific.
Maybe because of this pristine and sparsely inhabited location these beauties seem more lustrous, having more nacre than most. They range from 8mm to a huge 16mm round, with most falling in the 8-12 mm range. When we returned to the show below we saw similar pearls for several times the price we offered so I am keeping my fingers crossed!
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