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  • JerseyPearl
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    Originally posted by Cees View Post
    When I see many mainland Chinese buying full bags of Tahitian and white and golden South Sea pearls I can hardly believe that they hardly sell these pearls as China is the biggest buyer. The price might be not so interesting as import taxes are high. Some Japanese wholesalers on the Hong Kong Fair sell most of their entire stock to China with lower margins than others do. The first day they keep the prices higher than the 2nd day, I noticed. Once the price per momme was interesting to the Chinese big bags with 1000 and more pearls were moving fast. They have a particular taste for only round, dark green. No fancy colors.
    I wonder if they will continue to be large buyers, given the state of the financial markets this past week.

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  • Cees
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    When I see many mainland Chinese buying full bags of Tahitian and white and golden South Sea pearls I can hardly believe that they hardly sell these pearls as China is the biggest buyer. The price might be not so interesting as import taxes are high. Some Japanese wholesalers on the Hong Kong Fair sell most of their entire stock to China with lower margins than others do. The first day they keep the prices higher than the 2nd day, I noticed. Once the price per momme was interesting to the Chinese big bags with 1000 and more pearls were moving fast. They have a particular taste for only round, dark green. No fancy colors.

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  • JerseyPearl
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    Search the forums for trusted sources and do your research on what to look for in fakes. This site is a wealth of knowledge.

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  • pearlescence
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    Very few mainland chinese pearl sellers sell genuine Tahitian pearls. In Hong Kong, yes. Some do. But not mainland. Most times they are the fakes - right along with the fake sea of cortez, south sea,kasumi and every other type of pearl you can think of.

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  • bluidragon
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    Of course, I am soooo stupid. I should have thought of that. I was thinking of Chinese businesses that buy Tahitian pearls, blah, blah, blah.
    I totally agree. Thank you for your correction. Bluidragon.

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  • bluidragon
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    Wow, a lot of information. I need to keep this writing as the information is Written so I can understand. Thank you.

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  • pearlescence
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    Because Tahitian pearls come from French Polynesia, not China. China produces dyed freshwater look-alikes by the kilo though

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  • bluidragon
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    When you state don't buy Tahitian pearls from China, why? Are thinking of the cultured pearls that with a lack of nacre? On-line china pearls we do see on Ebay? Or in general?

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  • Pearl Dreams
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    They're only at 55% of their goal and the deadline for the drawings is Monday night at 11:59 pm EST.

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  • lisa c
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    This wasn't the exact thread I was thinking of, Renna, but the info is good. I'll keep looking.

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  • KarinK
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    Welcome Fabio,

    Your way of looking at jewlery sounds a lot like our Dutch friend here on the forum who also loves pearls and takes his work very seriously. Good for you! and your customers...

    - Karin

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  • Marianne
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    Welcome Fabio.
    Thank you for your contribution, both to Pearl Guide and to your lucky customers. Your English is very understandable

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  • Fabio
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    I hope to have not done to many mistakes in my poor english !

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  • Fabio
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    It's all true but it isn't all the truth. Jewelry retailers aren't all the same. I don't charge for drilling my pearls. I don't charge my pearls 100% or more. I buy only by lots mixed in size or in colors and not mixed grade. I do my pendants or rings in my atelier. I buy baroques and cerclees in A grade (sometimes B) and round or semiround in B grade (very few C). All my pearls arrives directly from Tahiti and not Hong Kong. And last but not least all my pearls passed X-ray before leaving Tahiti ? so I can nearly match the big online sellers' prices.
    I don't know if in the US it is possible to work this way, but here it is ! Perhaps 'cause I do what I love, earning money it isn't the first aim in my jewellery shop ! Sure that if you want a top gem strand, of the exact coulor and size you like, in my shop you have to wait till the next time I'll do my boughts and it could take 3 or 4 months ! All the above was to explain that you could do bargain also in a little shop, but to have little prices and a big choice you have to go for the big and well reputated ones.

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  • moviezombie
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    informative! thank you.

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