I am Hannah and I live in Alaska (originally from Oregon). I will try to keep this concise! So, I came across this forum while researching about pearl parties on Facebook that I recently discovered through a friend. I have friend most of your discussions here about that topic so I understand the general disposition on that subject! I was hoping to get some advice, however!
My friend shared this live feed and I was curious, naturally. So I tuned in and I knew instantly that the oysters being opened were awfully strange for oysters (I was not familiar with Akoya species... please excuse me not using the scientific nomenclature, i can't remember at the moment). I have a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, so I am somewhat familiar with various animal species and such. I did some research about it and discovered a lot of information! Honestly, I felt inspired to do this business myself, but not working for another company. Except!!! I do NOT and would NOT want to be dishonest and unethical! I would definitely not want to be sued and take part in anything that is immoral, illegal, etc.. Anyway, so as part of my research to unlock the truth about these parties or verify if they were being honest, I discovered the truth.. that the oysters being opened probably are Akoya oyster species but that the pearls inside are not genuine saltwater Akoya pearls. Partly I found out because some of the suppliers I did research with in Asia were honest about their products on that end and clearly stated that the pearls themselves ARE freshwater.
I also found this forum and have been researching all the types of pearls and everything I can about them. On the same token that I want to be weary of doing anything dishonest if I was to start my own business, I want to be fully honest (not claiming Akoya pearls, disclosing the truth about the dark colored pearls being dyed, when dyed, and explaining/providing real information about the process and such.)
With all that said, would it be "okay" for me to move forward with my small business (i already have a small business online with my license and everything but its very much a side income thing) to switch to offering these oyster/mollusc openings for freshwater pearls? Obviously any business venture can be risky and has risks, some more than others. I have thought about everything I possibly can, as a business owner.. the potential pitfalls and such..
I guess, as knowledgable pearl people, do you believe people would purchase from my business, knowing they are all freshwater pearls (which in my opinion are just as beautiful if not sometimes more beautiful than saltwater!) that they are purchasing? I likely will not sell any jewelry because I could not find anything that was not plated and gross that I felt comfortable selling to my customer base. I may get some cages to give as a complimentary thing with pearls..