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    Default Where to purchase wholesale Akoya round Pearls at least AA+

    Hello everyone!

    Such wonderful information on this forum! So glad I found it!

    I am needing some good resources to bulk purchase wholesale Akoya rounds in oysters at least AA+ quality. (individually sealed no water) I would prefer to pick the colors also.

    I have been searching for weeks and I found this forum so I thought I would ask where many of you get yours?

    I would prefer Japan to CA. US to me if you know of any wholesalers that ship in that order?

    Also looking for bulk SS pearl cages and different necklaces.

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Blessings

    Lori

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    I'm a bit confused. Welcome though !! lol

    You want to buy Akoya Oysters? OR Do you want to buy Akoya pearls? Im pretty sure no one here buys Oysters..but we do have some pearl farmers so who knows.. maybe they can help. Of course there is no way to know the colour, shape or quality of a pearl in an oyster or mussel until it's opened.

    And are you looking for SS ( south sea ) cages?? Or Sterling silver cages that hold a single undrilled pearl for a pendant?

    You can check out Bella findings and CGM findings for chains and pearl findings if that's what you are talking about.

    You might need to clear up exactly what you are looking for. sorry I don't quite follow .. I'm a bit slow

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    lekrtk00, first of all - welcome!

    I wouldn't get too thrilled with Japan - as to buy such a thing from Japan you would need to buy really bulk quantities, and probably even make it a custom order if you have a particular farm in mind.

    In general, if you are interested in buying a thousand or more at a time - drop me a message, I will try to help you with contacts.
    If you are looking for smaller quantities (like a dozen or a hundred) and buying online/ by phone (i.e. without actually going to the vendor) - I would consider buying from China only, as, in my opinion, it anyway has very little to do with actual farming and country of origin doesn't really guarantee anything in this particular case. Be prepared for a long chat with the customs as well oh they gonna love it.

    About picking the colour - that would be quite difficult as well. Mostly you would be offered random mixed colours, with only grade and shape determined.

    Just a out of interest. Why do you need them?) We have oysters in the shops over here just as a client amusement thing, and I cannot say they are very popular (but we still have them as it just looks fun and arises questions, even though hardly generates any profit). How do you plan to use them? For sale?.. For a party?..
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    Are you wanting 'wish pearls' where some punter picks a shell from a tank or even someone pretends to dive off a pier and there is a shell and surprise, it has a pearl in it.
    The dead mollusc is pickled and the pearl is salted into the shell, like putting gold nuggets into a fake gold mine.
    It's all a con if you want to be exact or a bit of a holiday souvenir froth if you want to be gullible.
    Do a search for wish pearl wholesale. They were running about $1 a pop including box and fancy plated basket.
    But if you do mean that I won't wish you good luck in your venture. It's a con and a way to sell pearls at an absurd profit by lying about them

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    Quote Originally Posted by lekrtk00 View Post
    Hello everyone!

    Such wonderful information on this forum! So glad I found it!

    I am needing some good resources to bulk purchase wholesale Akoya rounds in oysters at least AA+ quality. (individually sealed no water) I would prefer to pick the colors also.

    I have been searching for weeks and I found this forum so I thought I would ask where many of you get yours?

    I would prefer Japan to CA. US to me if you know of any wholesalers that ship in that order?

    Also looking for bulk SS pearl cages and different necklaces.

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Blessings

    Lori
    It seems you are referring to Wish Pearl, right? There's something called Vantel Pearl also. But they are indeed canned dead mollusks like Pearlescence said. They're not akoyas, usually they are freshwater pearls. And you can't choose the quality of the pearls in cans!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    They're not akoyas, usually they are freshwater pearls. And you can't choose the quality of the pearls in cans!
    Well, technically they can be akoyas or freshwater or whatever you squeeze into them (as far as the object doesn't oxidize I suppose), but the mollusc (the oyster) will be freshwater only. I suppose you could try pickling other oysters as well, but I've never seen it done with other types (and hardly a potential client for such a thing would know the difference anyway). You can choose the quality of pearls as well if you first buy pearls and then make a custom-order to be delivered in oysters, but for that you need to buy bulk as I said. And not to buy drilled ones for that

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    You can find companies all over Alibaba that offer these. There are typically two kinds: freshwater mussels with a small freshwater pearl and akoya mollusks with a small freshwater pearl inside. There are no companies in China that insert akoya into those shells.

    I did some research last week and found one company in Japan that was inserting genuine akoya pearls into akoya shells for a "wish pearl" sort of operation. I don't know who or where those shells are being sold. All the companies I've seen here in the US (Vantel, Pearl Factory, pearl parties on Facebook) "harvest" freshwater pearls from akoya oysters.

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    This is an example of a freshwater mussel with a freshwater pearl.
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...522215037.html

    This is an akoya shell.
    https://wholesaler.alibaba.com/produ...838.0.0.rSsEb9

    Even though the latter describes the pearl as akoya, it's actually freshwater.

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    I wouldn't dare to argue with you Jeremy, besides my first-hand knowledge is limited to freshwater pearls in freshwater shells, that are quite common)
    On the Internet some Chinese companies do promise akoya pearls in what looks to me like freshwater oysters here or akoya in akoya shells here. I've never been an expert in shells though) and neither I know what they actually put inside those shells after all. Does look freshwater in the photo)) Do you know if there is some natural reason why an akoya pearl cannot be inserted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugana View Post
    Well, technically they can be akoyas or freshwater or whatever you squeeze into them (as far as the object doesn't oxidize I suppose), but the mollusc (the oyster) will be freshwater only. I suppose you could try pickling other oysters as well, but I've never seen it done with other types (and hardly a potential client for such a thing would know the difference anyway). You can choose the quality of pearls as well if you first buy pearls and then make a custom-order to be delivered in oysters, but for that you need to buy bulk as I said. And not to buy drilled ones for that
    Thanks for the info, Lugana. Everyday I learn about something new here on PG - great because I believe learning is a lifelong process. The type of canned pearls I have seen myself was freshwater pearl. The colors shown on the box are clearly the colors of freshwater pearls. Never seen akoyas in a can because I figured in the past that would be too pricey for the company to put akoya pearls in a can. Never did I pay attention to the type of the mollusk in that pickling solution, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    Thanks for the info, Lugana. Everyday I learn about something new here on PG - great because I believe learning is a lifelong process. The type of canned pearls I have seen myself was freshwater pearl. The colors shown on the box are clearly the colors of freshwater pearls. Never seen akoyas in a can because I figured in the past that would be too pricey for the company to put akoya pearls in a can. Never did I pay attention to the type of the mollusk in that pickling solution, though.
    Dear Pareltje, I seem to be a rotten source of knowledge here though - sorry)) Jeremy says akoyas are not put into such shells. I would trust his expertise here completely I still assume one could put akoyas in shells as well, at least theoretically?.. Our retail chain over here wouldn't bother with akoyas as the shells are kept in golden fish bowls in the shops, and getting a seawater pearl out of a freshwater tank would be a bit suspicious for the clients. The sellers do say molluscs are alive though - I was terrified when got to know they were not

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    Hi Lugana,
    I'm also waiting for Jeremy to reply your question. Thanks, because of you I learned that people can order the quality of the pearls inserted in their pickled shells . I thought it was picked randomly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    I'm a bit confused. Welcome though !! lol Thanks! hahhah!

    You want to buy Akoya Oysters? OR Do you want to buy Akoya pearls? Im pretty sure no one here buys Oysters..but we do have some pearl farmers so who knows.. maybe they can help. Of course there is no way to know the colour, shape or quality of a pearl in an oyster or mussel until it's opened. I want to purchase what I thought was Akaya oysters with Akoya Pearls inside for parties. But I do NOT want to lie to customers! This is going very well online for a few companies and I was thinking of doing it myself.

    And are you looking for SS ( south sea ) cages?? Or Sterling silver cages that hold a single undrilled pearl for a pendant? Sterling Silver Cages.

    You can check out Bella findings and CGM findings for chains and pearl findings if that's what you are talking about. Thank you I will check these out.

    You might need to clear up exactly what you are looking for. sorry I don't quite follow .. I'm a bit slow
    You are not slow I am sure! Just I am on a learning curve here.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshepherd View Post
    You can find companies all over Alibaba that offer these. There are typically two kinds: freshwater mussels with a small freshwater pearl and akoya mollusks with a small freshwater pearl inside. There are no companies in China that insert akoya into those shells.

    I did some research last week and found one company in Japan that was inserting genuine akoya pearls into akoya shells for a "wish pearl" sort of operation. I don't know who or where those shells are being sold. All the companies I've seen here in the US (Vantel, Pearl Factory, pearl parties on Facebook) "harvest" freshwater pearls from akoya oysters.
    Hi Jeremy!

    Yes you are correct on where I am at. But I wouldn't want to lie about the pearls! So are you saying there are no actual Akoya shells that have real Akoya pearls in them? This is really disturbing to me. I had found the sources everyone has in here already so thank you all for those.

    So what are these farms doing? Are they just inserting the whole pearl into the shells then selling them? Sorry just confused and wanting to do the right thing. And yes everyone I am speaking of party pearls in the actual oyster. It is getting very big here in the US. And if I do this I would be doing bulk purchases.

    I have found some wholesalers in Cali what do you all think of them?

    Thanks for all your advice it's much appreciated.

    Blessings

    Lori

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    Hi Lugana,
    I'm also waiting for Jeremy to reply your question. Thanks, because of you I learned that people can order the quality of the pearls inserted in their pickled shells . I thought it was picked randomly.
    Yes I have found wholesalers that you can order in bulk by color. I found one that in bulk package they tell you what's in there. I was wondering how they know. But then I figured they knew by what they started them off with?

    Blessings

    Lori

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