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By  , Thursday, April 19, 2007

From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - Since Jan. 19, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum has hosted the South Sea Pearl Consortium’s exhibit, “White Magic.” The exhibit will be on display at the Institute’s Carlsbad headquarters through May 15.

Sponsored by the Paspaley Pearling Company, the exhibit features South Sea cultured pearl jewelry by 16 international jewelry designers, including Henry Dunay, Ellagem, Fai Co, Lily Lam, Christian Tse, Stephen Webster, and David Yurman. For the exhibit, Paspaley provided its finest cultured South Sea pearls to each of the specially selected designers.

Pearl and Diamond Bracelet

Piece by David Yurman.  Pearls by Paspaley Pearling Company.  Photograph by Douglas Dubler for the South Sea Pearl Consortium Exhibition.

Henry Dunay Pearl Necklace

Piece by Henry Dunay.  Pearls by Paspaley Pearling Company.  Photograph by Douglas Dubler for the South Sea Pearl Consortium Exhibition.

Stephen Webster Pearl Jewelry

Piece by Stephen Webster.  Pearls by Paspaley Pearling Company.  Photograph by Douglas Dubler for the South Sea Pearl Consortium Exhibition.

According to GIA Museum Director Elise Misiorowski, "White Magic" is a traveling exhibition that has been on display in cities throughout the world, including New York, Milan, London, and Hong Kong.

“We are thrilled to have this extraordinary collection here in Carlsbad,” said Misiorowski. “Because each piece was created specifically for 'White Magic,' we are able to offer the public a glimpse at a unique collection of stunning pearl jewelry that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.”

Known for their luster and size, South Sea cultured pearls are harvested from Pinctada maxima oysters found in an isolated region between Northern Australia and Burma.

The “White Magic” exhibit is free and available to the public through scheduled tours. To sign up for a tour, contactGuest Services at or call 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. Outside the U.S., call 760-603-4116.



About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Media queries contact: Laura Simanton, 760-603-4112.

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