Golden Pearls Are Growing More Popular With Consumers

South Sea white and Tahitian pearls have a honey-colored sibling and its popularity is on the riseDuring the course of her 33-year career at Ben Bridge Jeweler, Laura Barringer hadn’t noticed much interest in golden pearls. Earlier this spring, however, a few sizable sales—two golden pearl strands in excess of $10,000 each to Chinese tourists in Southern California, and a 16 mm loose golden pearl to a client based in the company’s hometown of Seattle—encouraged the senior buyer to think twice about how she positions the product.“Golden pearls are a category that we have not readily stocked, but we are now considering putting some in our more metropolitan markets,” ­Barringer says.Like Ben Bridge, Providence, R.I.–based Imperial has also witnessed strong interest in golden pearls—­coupled with diminishing availability. For the past two years, Josh Bazar, the face of Imp

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