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  • #16
    That sounds like a good plan...why spoil it now? Besides, when you eventually take it apart, it may be apparent what they are without further testing.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    • #17
      Completely agree with PD, have a fab trip, whatever the pearls are, they are beautiful on you! Even Chanel mixed her cultured and imitation pearls! Here's a photo comparing the drill holes ~

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      SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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      • #18
        I am glad you're a good sport about it. I know the market you went into and it is a fun place to visit and shop, especially if you like negotiating. But even the jade is all soapstone.

        You probably saw a lot of pearl sellers in Vietnam too selling freshwater pearls and calling them Vietnamese pearls. When I visited Hanoi and Halong Bay I saw a lot of them. One shop at Halong Bay was completely dedicated to pearls and had demonstration rooms showing pearl grafting. The shop was filled with Chinese freshwater pearls. There had a few strands of baroque akoya that could have been Vietnamese, but they insisted those were natural pearls.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by jshepherd View Post
          I am glad you're a good sport about it. I know the market you went into and it is a fun place to visit and shop, especially if you like negotiating. But even the jade is all soapstone.

          You probably saw a lot of pearl sellers in Vietnam too selling freshwater pearls and calling them Vietnamese pearls. When I visited Hanoi and Halong Bay I saw a lot of them. One shop at Halong Bay was completely dedicated to pearls and had demonstration rooms showing pearl grafting. The shop was filled with Chinese freshwater pearls. There had a few strands of baroque akoya that could have been Vietnamese, but they insisted those were natural pearls.
          As a Vietnamese, I am sad to have to agree with the fact that our country's pearl market is flooded with Chinese freshwater pearls. There are many Vietnamese articles about this problem too. But I am surprised that even pearl-dedicated shops are flooded with CFWP too. Can I ask you how you can tell the Chinese and Vietnamese pearls apart, since I would assume they come from the same species of mussels? Is there difference in quality? When you talking about pearl shop, do you mean name-brand pearl shops or just regular pearl shops?
          I really want to support my country's pearl industry, but I don't know the professionalism of Vietnamese pearl companies. I purchased a pair of dyed pearls from a national brand that have pearl farm in Phu Quoc, whose representatives told me the color was "real". And I never seen Vietnamese blue Akoya in Vietnam. Not in pearl shops, brand-name pearl showrooms nor even in google search. And it is such a shame that they don't even bother advertise nor acknowledge it.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by nnguye20 View Post
            As a Vietnamese, I am sad to have to agree with the fact that our country's pearl market is flooded with Chinese freshwater pearls. There are many Vietnamese articles about this problem too. But I am surprised that even pearl-dedicated shops are flooded with CFWP too. Can I ask you how you can tell the Chinese and Vietnamese pearls apart, since I would assume they come from the same species of mussels? Is there difference in quality? When you talking about pearl shop, do you mean name-brand pearl shops or just regular pearl shops?
            I really want to support my country's pearl industry, but I don't know the professionalism of Vietnamese pearl companies. I purchased a pair of dyed pearls from a national brand that have pearl farm in Phu Quoc, whose representatives told me the color was "real". And I never seen Vietnamese blue Akoya in Vietnam. Not in pearl shops, brand-name pearl showrooms nor even in google search. And it is such a shame that they don't even bother advertise nor acknowledge it.
            There are no commercial freshwater pearl farms in Vietnam, only a small akoya pearl farming industry. China is the only country growing tissue-grafted freshwater pearls, so they can't come from any other place.

            All of the sellers who claimed to be selling Vietnamese pearls showed photographs of akoya pearl farms, not freshwater. They were simply lying, unfortunately.
            Jeremy Shepherd
            President and Founder
            PearlParadise.com, Inc.
            The PearlParadise.com YouTube Channel
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            Some of My Favorite Pearly Finds on Instagram

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            • #21
              I found an article about this man in Vietnam who has been farming freshwater pearls since 2012/2013?. I guess one person doesn't really count much, but I think there are some FWP farmers in Vietnam who still trying to get their feet in the market.
              http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/sci...m-farming.html
              here's his company's facebook, he posted some photos of his harvest: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008431451133
              This one is not really commercial pearl farmer, but this is another FW pearl farmer who figure how to make figure-shaped pearls:
              https://churchpop.com/2016/01/23/vie...shaped-pearls/

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              • #22
                Originally posted by nnguye20 View Post
                I found an article about this man in Vietnam who has been farming freshwater pearls since 2012/2013?. I guess one person doesn't really count much, but I think there are some FWP farmers in Vietnam who still trying to get their feet in the market.
                http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/sci...m-farming.html
                here's his company's facebook, he posted some photos of his harvest: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008431451133
                This one is not really commercial pearl farmer, but this is another FW pearl farmer who figure how to make figure-shaped pearls:
                https://churchpop.com/2016/01/23/vie...shaped-pearls/
                I've seen these, and there are similar articles coming out of Thailand. It's difficult to tell whether or not there is any truth to them. The cockscomb and triangle sail shell in China, for example, were typically grafted up to 50 times - that's more than 40. The prices quoted, even on the low end, are one in tens of thousands for freshwater pearls. The high end, 7-8 million Vietnamese dollars per pearl ... not even the akoya have ever reached that level except maybe in the rarest of rare.

                Even if there are elements of truth - that they really are trying to grow freshwater pearls - commercial production to produce strands means metric tons. The vendors in Vietnam are selling Chinese freshwater pearls, not locally produced pearls.
                Jeremy Shepherd
                President and Founder
                PearlParadise.com, Inc.
                The PearlParadise.com YouTube Channel
                PearlParadise.com on Flickr
                PearlParadise.com on Facebook
                Some of My Favorite Pearly Finds on Instagram

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                • #23
                  Jeremy you are right, most of the fwp in Vietnam are from China. But the Vietnamese farmers are working on it, and the local governors are interested in investing in the pearl industry too. It's just that both pearl farmers and pearl consumers are not very well-informed about the pearl industry in the world, which is pretty sad. I still believe that our pearl industry will get better in the future tho, since Vietnamese people are getting more and more hesitant in buying Chinese stuff in general.

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