Hello, from a new member.
I have a question for the assembled:
I heard recently, in speaking with a 47th St. gemologist, that the Chinese are now working on nucleated freshwater pearls, with sizes going up to 15 mm, which puts them in tight competition with south seas. They have still not come up at market, but does anyone out there have any direct knowledge of this product? I did what I could to research online, and found a cable tv merchant who offers 13-15 mm off-round freshwater pearls at $399/ strand. Not sure about luster/ surface quality.
I know about the flame-pearls but I believe this is about something different altogether.