On the rumor front, the same whisperings about Autore are making their way around the industry. “Hey, did you hear Autore closed this office and that office?” Yep! Heard it! It doesn’t sound like they’re bunging on an act.
I know publishing that rumor a couple months backed chapped a few hides, but come on folks! It is not a rumor that a lot of producers whose production was historically sold by Autore are not renewing contracts. Atlas had a presence at the Hong Kong show and Arafura is actively seeking direct-sale relationships now. It would seem they may be getting ready to go belly up at any tic of the clock.
…and now here comes the hate mail.
One interesting tidbit came from CIBJO recently. Apparently there is new treatment being applied to akoya. Those Japanese sure are resourceful. This time they are injecting metal fluids directly into the pearl’s sac during growth. I guess they cannot wait to color-treat those buggers. CIBJO is now calling them “colour induced pearls.”