Now Yoko London and London Pearl, another London headquartered wholesaler, are both claiming to offer a rare dark pink and purple round pearl produced at a Chinese farm using an innovative patented process. Harvested in January, the pearls replicate the rich pink colour of sought-after freshwater pearls from Lake Kasumiga in Japan, which are no longer produced.
Daniel Vecht, managing director of London Pearl, claims his close relationship with the farmer means he has taken the cream of the crop and that this pearl might just revolutionise the industry. Mr Vecht supplies pearls to a significant proportion of the UK’s jewellers. Such is the secrecy surrounding the techniques used to produce these pearls that Mr Vecht himself has not been privy to them, and neither wholesaler will disclose his farming contacts.