Jeweller’s first pearl exhibition in KL draws more than 200 visitors

Much to learn: Guests at the exhibition listening to the talk by Andrew on choosing, purchasing and creating pearls.

MORE than 200 enthusiasts visited the two-day Amee Philips Pearl Exhibition to check out the great deals offered at wholesale prices.

This was Amee Philips’ first exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur since opening its outlet at the same location in 2013.

Amee Philips was established in 1999 in George Town, Penang.

The event, which took place on Jan 1 and 2, followed the exhibition held at its headquarters in Penang on Dec 29 and 30.

Founder and chief executive officer Amee Philips said there was a big demand for pearl jewellery in Malaysia.

“We wanted to offer our customers a wider selection of quality pearls at wholesale prices, while also organise talks on the finer points of choosing and buying the pearl jewellery of their dreams.

Elegance: Amee with a string of white south sea pearls.
Elegance: Amee with a string of White South Sea Pearls.

“The natural lustre and sheen of pearls have made them popular for centuries.

“Well-crafted pearl necklaces and chokers are classy, elegant and go well with virtually any outfit,” she said.

The exhibition saw a variety of loose South Sea pearls as well as strings of pearls on sale.

There was also a selection of pearl sets on display to give patrons an idea of how the pearls could be incorporated into beautiful jewellery.

Managing director Andrew Philips, who is also Amee’s husband, gave a talk on choosing and buying pearls.

One of the pointers he gave was on the ways to differentiate between genuine and imitation pearls.

“You can either rub the pearl against your teeth or with another pearl to feel the texture.

“Genuine pearls should feel a little rough and sandy, while those made from plastic would be smooth.

“Pearls should not be kept with other jewellery or come into contact with perfume or any other chemical to prevent damage,” he said, adding that it is important to wear them often as storing them for a long time may cause the pearls to become dehydrated and powdery.

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