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If you are anything like me at all (and *wink*, I know you are), I'm a borderline obssesive researcher with a raging penchant for gems and pearls. My first love was watermelon tourmaline and, once bitten, I scoured gemology forums and probed the field experts (occupational hazard) for the latest discoveries of tourmaline deposits, never letting it rest till I acquired Afghani, Nigerian, Brazilian and Mozambican samples. (Does this all sound familiar?) When I exhausted the list of gemstones Richard W. Wise described in his books, I moved on to freshwater pearls, buying from harvest to harvest, expanding my collection to include the innovative pearls that pearling guru, Fuji Voll, has passionately detailed online at Pacific Pearls. Let's just say I acquired so much material over the years, that my then toddlers were allowed free reign of my bead box. So while others fretted their kids might have stuffed lima beans up their noses or…

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If you are anything like me at all (and *wink*, I know you are), I'm a borderline obssesive researcher with a raging penchant for gems and pearls. My first love was watermelon tourmaline and, once bitten, I scoured gemology forums and probed the field experts (occupational hazard) for the latest discoveries of tourmaline deposits, never letting it rest till I acquired Afghani, Nigerian, Brazilian and Mozambican samples. (Does this all sound familiar?) When I exhausted the list of gemstones Richard W. Wise described in his books, I moved on to freshwater pearls, buying from harvest to harvest, expanding my collection to include the innovative pearls that pearling guru, Fuji Voll, has passionately detailed online at Pacific Pearls. Let's just say I acquired so much material over the years, that my then toddlers were allowed free reign of my bead box. So while others fretted their kids might have stuffed lima beans up their noses or swallowed the contents of Grandpa's pillbox, I just kept a casual lookout for straggler pearls or gems in their poo.

I'm lucky enough to be currently based in the Asia-Pacific region (we move between Melbourne and Singapore) and have been known to plan conferences and family holidays in the region to coincide with buying sprees in Bali (can you say, "granulated vermeil findings"), Bangkok (oooh, gemstones) and Hong Kong (my latest and, OMG, the pearls!?!). A decade on, my husband has uncovered that this oft-demurred 'modest' gemstone collecting hobby of mine is in reality a roaring obssession. "The lady doth protest, 'tis no deception". In partial penitence, I have decided to share with fellow likeminded individuals my gorgeous possessions.

Don't misunderstand me, I would not and could not disparage my partner nor my pretties. But with another possible relocation on the horizon, there's an urgency to divest of part of my collection as they'd neither fit into an aeroplane's overhead locker and would certainly bust my entire baggage allowance nor do I want them to traverse the seas in some nondescript container without insurance (and they've done that sojourn twice already). Parting is such sweet sorrow, but it comforts me knowing they'd somehow be woven into a delightful tapestry of jewelled designs and find themselves a lovely new home - yours!

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