Five facts you need to know about freshwater pearls
1) 95% of the freshwater pearls sold in the world market are produced in China
More than 95% jewelry are produced in China. Since the 1950s, the Chinese government had started investment to technology development of pearls cultivation. After 30 years efforts, China has developed a complete cultivation industry including selecting the cultivation location, to the cultivation place building, to the cultivation technics, to the manufacture of jewelry, and to the wholesale market. Today more than 95% are produced in China and being sold worldwide.
2) 90% of REAL freshwater pearls produced in China are from the same city: ZHUJI
With the development of cultivation technology, and with the help of the government, Zhuji currently has the most intensive farming system and companies in China. From the 80s to 90s, Chinese scientists successfully cultured large size saltwater and of 19mm – 20mm diameter. Today pearls rival Tahitian and South-Sea in roundness and size, but prices are so much more affordable.
3) Finest freshwater pearls are usually more expensive in market
As pearls have different shapes, colors, and quality identification criteria, it is difficult for an end customer to identify the real value of a pearl. At the same time, there are lots of fake and colored being sold in the market, it looks like without experts or a famous brand people can hardly trust a company for real high-quality pearl jewelry. This expertise gap made the emergence of a big market for retailers from both local and international level. A good pearl could be transferred 9 times by retailers in the middle before getting to the end customer.
4) Freshwater pearl industry: 4 traders in the middle before reaching out to end customers
From the farmers to the local retailers (Chinese jewelry market), from the local retailers to the international retailers (Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, Hong Kong International jewelry show, etc.), from the international retailers to worldwide pearl jewelry manufacturers and marketplaces, and finally to the very end customers buying from retail stores there are more than 4 retailers in the middle who usually take part of considered profits. Some of them make added values such as design or re-manufacturer; some of them just resell the original design.
5) How to identify fake pearls such as plastic, colored or fake pearls?
The biggest challenge today is to educate people how to identify good pearls? There are so many educational articles and videos about this topic, but actually it is very difficult since fake pearls manufacturers have different technology to make you believe that they are real Well we think the best way to avoid fake or colored pearls is directly got good pearls from the farmers without dealing with any retailers in the middle.