Most of us who have flown would have seen a sunset from up high, but last night's was gorgeous. A crazy cloud formation in the distance added to the fire in the colours. Couldn't resist a few snaps.
The primary reason for my Melbourne visit was, as mentioned, to go shopping for supplies and to touch base with suppliers. It's always good to forge positive relationships with one's suppliers, so it's nice to do the face to face thing and have a chat (rather than over the phone).
One supplier who I haven't purchased from before, but whose wares I have long admired, is Luke the Akoya (and Tahitian and South Sea) pearls man.
Luke imports directly from pearl farms and I was fortunate to be the first to look through his newest arrivals from Japan. After much deliberation I chose two strands of fine Akoya pearls.
The pinkish-white pearls are slightly baroque, about 8-9mm in size and have such a deep lustre that they glow in an almost metallic fashion in all kinds of light. Stunners. Pure, beautiful stunners :)
The other strand is a black strand of around 8mm again. These pearls have been treated to create the black colour (the only true black pearl is the Tahitian pearl), but once again they are deeply lustrous, of slightly baroque shape and gorgeous too.
No doubt I'll make a decision very soon, as I'm really excited about using these new, high quality pearls.
I also purchased two perfect pairs of 6-7mm white Akoyas, which I'll use for dainty little earrings.
On another note, it's lights, camera and action very soon. I have the lighting set up now, so now it's just about removing my designing and making hat and getting on with the business of photographing and uploading. It's going to be a big job, because as well as my own jewellery I also have a range of stock left from the shop - Mexican silver rings and greeting cards amongst the mix.
I'm very excited! I hope you are too.