Robert Wan: ‘Tahitian Pearl Auctions Show Upward Trend’

The 18th Robert Wan/Tahiti Perles Auction, held May 16-18 in Kobe, Japan, took advantage of the turnout among pearl dealers exhibiting at the eighth annual Reed Expo International Jewellery Kobe Show, May 13-15. Robert Wan, CEO of Tahiti Perles Company in Papeete, Tahiti, says he chose May over June partly because of the Kobe Jewellery Fair, but also because many suppliers were running short of Tahitian pearls, particularly in large sizes. Prices rebounding? Not according to The Guide, which had its pearl pricers scouring The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas for current prices. But according to Wan, the international auction price for Tahitian pearls began rebounding with the 26th Tahiti Poe Rava Nui Auction in October 2003. Prices reportedly continued to rebound in March 2004 at the 17th Robert Wan/Tahiti Perles Auction in Hong Kong, and then at the 27th Tahiti Poe Rava Nui Auction three weeks

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