Desert Pearl

Patricia Schiffler Starkie, Borrego Springs CA

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"Pearls to inspire a wardrobe"


About Desert Pearl

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My art studio is located in Borrego Springs, central to the Anza Borrego State Park in San Diego County, CA, USA.

While traveling I attend live auctions and estate sales to acquire the "vintage" jewelry items presented in my store. These items reflect the style and craftsmanship of the time period when they were made.

I personally make the necklaces listed under the Artisan category. A description of how I have chosen to assemble my Artisan necklaces and their gem components can be found on the item list page.

The cultured fresh and saltwater pearls I use come from China, Japan, and the South Seas. The turquoise I use is from the USA. I am particular about using American turquoise because it is a good gem investment due to the continual closing of most USA mines producing this quality stone. I purchase my Turquoise from other USA jewelers, gemologist and lapidary "rock hounds" I encounter at gem and mineral events held throughout the American South West. The semi-precious and precious stones used in one of my necklaces are most often purchased from a trusted supplier in India. I use 100 % natural stones that have not been dyed or heat treated to enhance their color. The faceting or shaping of these stones is done by hand and they have not gone through a "stabilizing" process using glue to secure their crystals. Each of these stones is fragile and should be handled with care and securely stored when not worn.

Sometimes I find an interesting charm or pendant that I like to include as a focal in one of my Artisan necklaces. I find these beautiful pieces at estate sales, auctions, and even pawn shops! When I have information about their origin, age or components I will share that knowledge on the item list page.

In the 1950's the Mikimoto, pearl company adds declared that every woman's wardrobe should have a strand of pearls. Personally, I think that every strand of pearls should inspire a woman to build a wardrobe!

My education is in fine arts with GIA certification in diamond and pearl grading.

Patricia Schiffler Starkie
Desert Pearl
Patricia Schiffler Starkie
P.O. Box 2637
Borrego Springs
CA 92004
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