am i glad i found this website. awesome information!
i am a jewelry designer and small-time seller of jewelry in the US. i live in Shang-Hai (i am an american) so naturally i buy pearls and various semi-precious gem-stones here. however, so far i have only bought through the pearl markets in hong-qiao and nanjing road. i would like to attend some trade shows here, but am looking for suggestions on the best ones. are there shows that include fashion jewelry? i can also travel to beijing or hong kong.
my other question is: what exactly am i getting at the hongqiao market? is it all junk? i don't really sell strands of pearls, mostly fashion pieces with pearls mixed in, so i am not really looking for mikimoto quality stuff, just stuff that is pretty and will last. are there better sources in shanghai?
BTW, i deal almost exclusively with Ling Ling on nanjing road. i have seen their name mentioned here and wonder if others have experience with them. every once in awhile i will deal with Ru Pei Pei, but their prices seem inflated to me and i have not had good experiences with the sales staff (i speak mandarin).
again, this forum is an amazing resource. thank you so much in advance for any feedback.