Monday January 8, 7:30pm
Multi-Purpose Room
Culver City Veterans Memorial



New Types, Fakes, Treatments & Jewelry Styles




The size of freshwater pearls has been increasing,their quality has improved and their shapes have become more varied, thanks to new and better methods of cultivating. These pearls now compete with Tahitian and Australian cultured South Sea pearls in terms of beauty and size.

Find out why there are so many different types of cultured freshwater pearls now, compared to 20 years ago, and see examples of how design-
ers are using cultured freshwater, Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian pearls to create unique pearl jewelry.

Learn about:
* unbleached natural-color cultured Akoya
pearls that are now being sold;
* characteristics of top quality cultured Akoya
* how to detect pearl imitations;
* how to detect some of the pearl treatments
currently used;
* natural-color cultured “black pearls” from
Tahiti and the Sea of Cortez and
* natural pearls from oysters, mussels,
abalone, clams, scallops and conch.

While conducting tours to Tahiti, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Japan, Renée became passionately interested in pearls in the early 80’s. Her passengers wanted to know how to judge the quality of the pearls and other gems they saw. Seeking to answer their questions, she enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and earned a GIA gemologist
diploma. She was hired as a gemologist at a wholesale firm in downtown Los Angeles where she gained expertise with diamonds, pearls
and colored gems.

Renée wrote a series of books to help people identify and evaluate gems. Her Pearl Buying Guide was first published in 1992 and the new sixth edition was released last year. Her books will be available for a discounted price of $15 each, including sales tax (cash and check only). Additional information and reviews of her books are available at

Future Meetings

  • February 12 - Silent Auction

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday or the day after the Fiesta of Gems annual show.

Guests are always welcome.....

meeting room