Hoping any pearl farmers or members who are experienced in visiting pearl farms around the world will be able to answer this question:
Are there any known pearl farms in estuaries where freshwater and saltwater mix? Just wondering whether it is possible to find pearls that are a mixture of freshwater and saltwater! The farms I have visited or know about are either entirely saltwater (Tahiti, Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam, UAE) or freshwater (China, Vietnam, Thailand).
I am looking for a farm to buy directly from.I used to work for a company and interested in going out on my own.I can't see continuing to pay this company $20 per oyster and sell to customers for $30.I know there's cheaper prices out there for freshwater pearls in oysters.I would just like to buy directly from the farms if possible..Thanks everyone for any help..
If anyone has any information that they could share with me about where I could find oyster farms to buy from.That would be greatly appreciated.Tired of working for companies that over charge for oyster openings.I would appreciate any and all help with this.Thank you.
Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
You will not find such information on this forum. We actively discourage the selling (and buying) of freshwater pearls in akoya oysters. We consider it to be a fraudulent business practice.
There are many threads about this.
Please read the following and you will understand why we take this position:
No one here is going to actively help you with such an endeavor, pearlqueen. Please take a look at the links Pearl Dreams posted. They have a lot of good information on why it's such an awful practice.
Tonight I go witness a harvest of South Sea pearls on Pulau Talisei near Manado on Sulawesi in Indonesia and there have been trials there to grow South Sea pearls with a freshwater nuclea pearl. Some of these pearls have been tested by GIA and I spoke to Nicholas Sturman, Senior Manager with GIA pearl department in Bangkok, Thailand. Some pearls will be further investigated and a report will in a GIA publication with the tests are completed.
I will try to find out what the situation is in this matter.