I agree with Caitlin totally. I would love a strand of round pearls with the quality of keshi pearls, but not at the price of naturals. I have no idea what one of these strands should be fairly priced at. As cultured, but no bead, strands. They must be very beautiful and I for one would love to have them.I am in total agreement with this. Why not produce non-beaded salt water pearls? I would think it would take much longer for them to grow, so I don't think it would be a money-saving gesture, just a way to supply those who are not satisfied with the pearl-plated beads. Since most of the natural pearls being found nowadays are small and off-shaped, this opens up a whole new world. If I had the money, I would pay more for the un-beaded cultured pearls than for the beaded ones.
Just need the growers that have perfected this will put them on the market as such, well eventually. And maybe they will as more and more pearl buyers become aware that they can easily be fooled into paying whatever it is they are paying for them now and just stop buying. Then the growers could turn to honest market practices. They do deserve a good price regardless for this pearl invention.
I think it is the biggest thing since Mikimoto first started but much improved.
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