I'm a small size jewelry designer based out of Chicago, and have been trying to figure out what the best sourcing options are in terms of fresh water pearls. I have had limited experience with youpearl, and the quality in comparison to the prices seemed very fair. I've also done a little background research from the forum threads and have purchased one or two thing from ebay sellers (pearllunar, and icomepacks) and was pleased again with the overall results. Also I've seen mention of pacificpearls, and Kojima although I have yet to actually order anything from them.
I'm wondering what who you would recommend for suppliers? Ideally I'm looking for as close to manufacturer as possible while avoiding the insane MOQ requirements of people at the head of the supply chain. Specific items of interest for my current designs are japanese keshi pearls, fw keshis (reborn), nucleated fireball pearls, baroque nugget pearls. Thank so much in advance for reading and possibly providing me with so pointers! First hand advice on suppliers is priceless and makes purchasing items much less stressful!