Pearl Society presents: A pioneer of the American Freshwater Pearl: James Peach
Sunday April 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Don’t let the easy Tennessee charm and genuine down home manner deceive you: James Peach means business, pearl business. From mussels with names like pigtoe, washboard, ebony, heelsplitter, pistol grip, and the colorfully named pimpleback, James has spent a life gathering the shells that will be milled into the nucleus at the heart of every marine cultured pearl.
His American Shell Company is a worldwide supplier of U.S. mussel shell for nuclei, and his United States Pearl Company, now trading in every kind of pearl, is the specialist in cultured and natural American pearls.
Peach started his pearl farm in Tennessee in 1981, ending up in Big Sandy, a large operation with a fishing resort, on a TVA lease on Kentucky Lake. Mussels that had been retrieved from murky river bottoms by divers were carefully pried open and nucleated, put in cages tied to floating PVC pipes until a pearl had time to grow around the nucleus. This is not an easy business. A few years ago, Peach closed the farm due to economic conditions.
But the shell business continues, and as the divers bring back their finds, occasionally a natural freshwater emerges. Not in the great numbers of the storied Great Pearl Rush, but enough that attendees to this presentation will be able to see and handle, and perhaps acquire, a remarkable array of rare natural pearls brought especially to this Pearl Society meeting
James Peach is himself an avid collector of natural pearls. He appreciates all types of pearls and feels, “the more pearls the better. “And a greater supply of natural pearls will make the pearl world much more interesting!”
Join us in this rare appearance by a true pearl pioneer and a charming Southern gentleman. For reservations, please contact Diane at (847) 869-7920 or RSVP Online:
Come out and Play with us! Please join us Saturday February 9, 2013 from 1 – 5 pm as we continue to celebrate our 25th Anniversary Year with our “Head Over Heels” Party.
Party guests & friends who wear something red or pink to the party will be eligible to enter our free drawing to win a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s necklace designed by artist Eve J. Alfillé.
Of course, there will be tasty treats as well as our own special recipe “Love Potion.”
At 3pm artist, designer and archeologist Eve Alfillé will give a fascinating presentation celebrating the gemstones connected with love, romance through history and gem lore titled “The Magic & Passion of Romantic Gems.”
Eve will also debut her newest collection of romantic removable drops which can transform your look with color, style and length.
Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for Eve’s Holiday Party on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from noon – 6pm. RSVP Online
Support the the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research & Team Fox and take home a special Eve Alfillé jewelry treasure for the holidays!
10% of all direct sales that day will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Adding to the festive atmosphere harpist Derin Kenny will perform throughout the event.
Enjoy bubbly champagne, wine, or non-alcoholic punch and refreshments while you shop.
Enter to Win: All who attend Eve’s Holiday Party may enter to win a new Eve J. Alfillé necklace, shown at left, which is a pretty combination of cultured and freshwater pearls and faceted amethysts with an amazing faceted amethyst egg suspended from the center. No purchase necessary, must be present to win.
Media Sponsor Donation:
Make It Better Magazine, our media sponsor for Eve’s Holiday Party, will donate $5.00 to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for each new person who signs up for their free Better Letter email during our party.