“Our Shop LC family loves us for the rare gemstones and unique products we offer,” says Amit Agarwal, Shop LC President. “And few things are more unique than exquisite pearls, expertly carved into precious jewelry! For these reasons, we’re proud to offer Galatea: Jewelry by Artist creations to our viewers.”
The Galatea Pearl is the world’s only cultured pearl with a brilliant colored stone center, hand carved to let the gem’s color shine through. The Galatea Pearl is truly rare, the result of a unique cutting process that begins with a bead nucleus of R.C. turquoise, synthetic opal and colored gems. The bead nucleus is inserted into the oyster and the mollusk is gently placed back into the sea, where it will coat the bead with nacre (pearl) over 22 months. After harvesting, these rare cultured pearls are carved by hand. This sculpting of the pearl allows the color to be seen beneath the nacre. Galatea Pearls are then set into jewelry.
Several collections are launching during the Shop LC premiere, including Diamond in a Pearl, Carved Pearl Collection, Galatea Pearl Collection, DavinChi Cut Collection, and Bible Pearl Collection.
About Shop LC
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Shop LC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaibhav Global Ltd. (VGL), a vertically integrated company with global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities. Shop LC is a value-conscious, interactive retailer focused on the fine jewelry, beauty, fashion, home decor and lifestyle product categories. Established in 2007, Shop LC reaches approximately 73 million U.S. households via high-definition programming offered live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information visit shoplc.com and download the interactive app on iTunes, Google Play or many other streaming devices or televisions.
About Galatea: Jewelry by Artist
With an uncompromising artistic vision, Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea, has created some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual jewelry collections–collections that rely upon pearls and other gemstones that have been transformed by proprietary and patented processes. A poet, painter and humanitarian, Galatea, founded in 1994, employs over 150 people in the U.S. and Vietnam. Contact Chi Huynh directly at (951)202-1227 for interviews or additional information.
Chi Huynh has been the founder and creative force behind Galatea of San Dimas, California since 1994. A painter, poet and humanitarian. An artist who asks, “why not?” when others say, “you can’t,” Huynh holds multiple U.S. patents. Huynh’s designs have won accolades from the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s International Pearl Design Competition, JCK Magazine’s Jewelers’ Choice Awards, the Platinum Guild International Design Competition and the Tahitian Pearl Trophy Competition. His paintings, which sometimes serve as the inspiration for new pieces of jewelry. Huynh lives with his wife and four children in Southern California.
My father was a talented and widely respected jeweler in Vietnam. In the old days, in my home country, it was considered a great privilege and honor to apprentice with him. One was more than willing to tolerate the six months or so spent cleaning the shop, polishing and making jump rings, only to “progress” to spending day after day making simple wedding bands–just to be asked to melt them down and start over because they weren’t round enough! The great mystery of why he was so hard on us was finally revealed to me the day he said, “If you want to be a good jeweler, it takes skill and repetition. To be a ‘great jeweler’ also requires patience, dedication, courage, and a special love for your trade. Having these qualities makes you worthy to work in my shop.”
Today at Galatea, we share our philosophy and love for the trade. We create each piece of our jewelry as if it is to be worn by our own beloved.
When I was 12-years old, my mother held my hand, walked me down the dirt road into the dark and said to me, “Tonight I am going to take you to a boat, and this boat will take you to a new land with hope for a brighter future. I cannot come with you now, but when you arrive there, your brother will be waiting for you, and I will see you soon, understand?” When you are 12-years old, you trust whatever your mother says to you. That night, I found myself on a tiny boat that carried 45 people. We were all leaving Vietnam illegally. The night was dark and rainy, and the thunderous waves of the ocean were beating our boat with a violent, angry voice that terrified me.This went on for quite a few hours when suddenly, the boat’s engine stopped. Burnt out and broken, it left us adrift in the vast and stormy sea. Now facing the greatest fear that anyone sailing the ocean can face, our only hope was for a fisherman or another commercial boat to rescue us. But there was no one in sight. I had never been so scared, so I started to pray. I prayed to God, Jesus, Buddha, my ancestors and anyone else I could think of. “Please don’t let me die in this ocean. I want to live.” Several days went by, and no one’s prayers were answered. We ran out of food and water. I had never been so thirsty. At times, I was so thirsty, I would say to myself, “I wish I could have a cold glass of water and drink it, and then you can put a gun to my head and kill me.”