Hi! Lurker/first time poster. I've been reading posts here but essentially no next to nothing.
I am heading to China next week for a business trip and wanted to do some pearl shopping while I'm there.
I'll be in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, & Hong Kong but have the most leisure time in Beijing & Hong Kong. Where should I shop?
I'm not looking for heirloom quality pieces but a few decent finds to bring back for my mom & best friend. Freshwater, nothing crazy expensive. What's the ballpark, post-negotiation price for your average necklace? $30? $40?
I have a 3-strand black pearl bracelet that was a gift but never fit, so I would like to have pearls added to it. Would this be something vendors would do (even if I only purchase a few pearls from them)? I'll also be looking for simple black pearl studs to match. I know this set was purchased in Beijing but I do not know how much it was or specifically where. Should I assume the pearls have been dyed "black" (they actually look more green/blue/gray)?
I am also thinking about looking for a unique piece for myself. Maybe a necklace of large baroque or fireball pearls or an interesting pair of earrings. I'm kind of all over the place. Does anyone have suggestions or inspiration for what to look for, beyond your traditional white rounds??
Thank you so much!!!