Japanese Kasumi vs. Chinese "Look-a-likes"
Sorry if this has been asked a million times but I've tried going back over old threads and haven't seen a lot of information about these two pearls. Can someone give me more information? I know the Kasumi comes from only ONE lake (hence the name of course) and I think there are only three farmers currently producing them? (is that right?) Now for the Chinese pearls, are they from the same species of mussel? From what I've seen, they might not look exactly like the Kasumi pearls, but many of them are just AMAZINGLY beautiful in their own right. So...... does the price difference just reflect the rarity of the Japanese pearls? I mean, I've seen Kasumi strands priced at over $10,000 and Chinese of comparable size and colour (with gorgeous overtones and lustre) at just around $1,000. The disparity strikes me as rather odd. Is it just a matter of time before the Chinese prices go UP?
thanks to everyone in advance for all your knowledge!
- Jodie -
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