Letters

Did Pearl Report Mislead? An Exchange of Views In his report “Chinese Pearls a Hit in Tucson” (JCK, April 1999, p. 28), Gary Roskin presents a picture of a large black strand of freshwater pearls, implying they could someday be a threat to the Tahitian pearl market. What he fails to report is that the freshwater pearls are color-dyed. I consulted with several experts to confirm that freshwater pearls do not exist in a natural dark black color. Nevertheless, Roskin implies again that these are natural in color when he states, “Now the Tahitians are beginning to worry too, after this year’s Chinese production saw 9- to 13-mm blacks as well as white South Seas-appearing freshwaters.” Not to report that these pearls are dyed is irresponsible and misleading. There’s no way one can begin to compare them with the natural-colored black Tahitian South Seas pearls. They are different
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