After the great success of the International Pearl Forum at Inhorgenta Munich over the last three years, the 2017 Pearl Forum once again brought together international speakers to discuss current global market trends with a wide audience. The theme for the 2017 edition focused on unexpected types of pearls, finding innovative ways of using pearls in jewellery and creative means to market them. Speakers included Dr. Hubert Bari from Qatar; Douglas McLaurin from Cortez Pearls, Mexico; Jeremy Shepherd from Pearl Paradise, USA; and Melanie, who was invited to give a talk on pushing the boundaries of pearl design. The forum also featured a screening of “Power of Pearl” a documentary film about the pearl industry and ocean health by On The Reel Productions, USA. While at Inhorgenta Melanie took the opportunity to have a look around and see what new and exciting pearl and MOP products were on offer.