Pearls have been used as a decorative form for ages.
K2 Pearls is an online retailer, but made it’s mark
at the Nolita Market, which operates throughout the
warmer months. The owner, Kevin Lee, is NY born and
was an English instructor in Asia. He decided to gather
pearls from lakes and oceans in China, Indonesia, Bali, Fiji,
Java and French Polynesia. He uses nature’s color palettes,
from white to purple and golden South Sea pearls, to
jewelry that is on display next to the Old St. Patrick’s
Church. Natives of these countries, help to design and
create the line. The collection of pearls are sometimes
solitaires or strands which become bracelets, necklaces
and earrings. He uses gold and silver vermeil as chains,
stone material merges with the pearl designs. The table is
open from 10 A.M. until 6:30 P.M. on Wednesdays through
Sundays in the spring to fall. During the winter, Kevin Lee
travels to countries abundant with pearls and works on
the collection. He still writes and has published a book;
Indonesia Discovered. The book covers his journey through
the land and speaks to his personal journey with people,
language, culture and pearl arena. Lee speaks Indonesian,
the fashion is intertwined with the culture of each region he
visits. Another jewelry line which is admired in the pearl
world, is Mikimoto, founded by Mr. Mikimoto of Japan in
the 1800’s. There is a boutique on Fifth Avenue and it caters
to high end markets worldwide. The company uses grade
A Akyoi shades mixed with precious gems and gold.
The displays are magnificent and are classic and modern,
often at auction houses such as; Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
Two companies which specialize in the pearl market yet
target separate markets. They both attract those who are
pearl lovers and afficonados.