Cultured Club: A Deep Dive Into Pearl Varieties, Availability & Pricing

Our snapshot of the pearl market tells you everything you need to know about characteristics, pricing, and availability   Pearls have upped their game in recent seasons, going from traditional and classic to trendy and chic. Both supply and demand have risen—presenting opportunities and challenges for retailers who want to capitalize on their popularity while maintaining achievable price points. Below, we’ve assembled a primer on the six pearl varieties you’re most likely to find in jewelry collections. (Note: All of the varieties described are cultured, except for conch pearls.) 1 / FRESHWATER Introduction Cultured in the Hyriopsis cumingi and Cristaria plicata mussels, freshwater pearls have a reputation as entry-level pearls. For retailers, that means these gems are better suited for fashion-oriented rather than investment pieces. Characteristics Freshwater pearls

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