Desert Pearl

Patricia Schiffler, Borrego Springs, CA

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"Pearls to inspire a wardrobe"

About Desert Pearl

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Welcome to my artisan jewelry store in Borrego Springs. My shop is located in a village, central to the Anza Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California, USA.

I enjoy making fashion jewelry, especially fresh water pearl necklaces. Like gem stones, fresh water pearls come from all over the world. In some countries the fresh water pearl business is considered agriculture because many small farms have a fresh water pond, stocked with bivalve mollusk,
for the purpose of growing "cultured" pearls. While earning my certification in Pearl Grading from the Gemology Institute of America I became interested in these natural gems and the process of their cultivation. The delicate nucleation (inserting the mother of pearl bead), the harvesting, cleaning, bleaching and dying of the pearls and the long tables with men and women sorting these gems according to size, color and shape, then stringing them onto multiple strands of silk thread is in stark contrast to mining gem stones.

When I refer to the pearls in one of my necklaces as being "natural" in color I mean they have not been dyed through the process of soaking them in colored solutions until the pearl nacre absorbs the dye. Pearls are dyed for artistic effect. I will indicate to you when the pearls in a necklace are dyed or are natural in color. One is not "better" than the other as the dying process is an art in itself.

Two words I will use to describe the pearls in my pieces are "luster" and "orient." Luster is the shine and soft reflection of light that appears when you turn the pearl in your hand, orient is the rainbow of color that your eye sees as the pearl catches the light.

My formal education is in Fine Arts with GIA certification in diamond and pearl grading.

I am delighted to bring you "pearls to inspire a wardrobe,"
Patricia Schiffler
Patricia Schiffler
1907 Falchion Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-2637
Tel: (805) 722-8547
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