What I know about customs in the U.S. would fill a thimble. I have made many purchases in HK, shipped to the US of gemstones and pearls. I know of no US import restrictions. I do know I am not charged custom fees as I do not purchase finished jewelry. I think what you were told is correct, however, the word "imitation" was translated incorrectly. I could be wrong.
Originally Posted by lookingforpearls
But my question to you is, why not call customs for a definitive answer? If your goal is to import according to custom regulations, then they should be able to advise you better than we. We can only share our experiences.
As far as a vendor is concerned, I can highly recommend BigWell Pearls as a source, Mr. Vigor He. While I have not been able to purchase a large quantity from him, I found him to be very forthcoming in his dealings. Additionally, he also has sources you can purchase from in the U.S. whereby you can by-pass your customs concerns.
Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]