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Brand: Little H Booth: DA24 Based In: Los Angeles Owner/Founder/Designer: Hisano Shepherd Back story: Shepherd has been creative director at pearl retailer Pearl Paradise for 10 years, but six years ago she also decided to branch out and launch her own line that pushed the boundaries of design with pearls. She started with Baroque pearls, adding stone-encrusted metal pieces, and later began cutting pearls in half and setting the insides with jewels to mimic the look of geodes. She spent the last three years exhibiting at the JCK Design Center to learn the wholesale side of the business. “Because I do buying trips to Hong Kong for Pearl Paradise, I’m able to really cherry pick the pearls I use in my own collection,” she said, noting the pointed tear-drop shape pearls she used for one pair of ruby and amethyst-encrusted earrings took her years to find. “People tend to think freshwater pearls are the bottom of the totem pole, same thing with Tahitian shapes, Baroques and drops. I try to incorporate everything — blue akoya peals, keshi and South Sea pearls,” she said. Of the stones she incorporates into her designs, it began with rubies and sapphires, but she’s now also using emeralds, tourmalines

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