The Case for Pearls

We spend a lot of time examining pearls because of their beauty, their variety, their popularity, and their potential for bigger profit margins. You will read about saltwaters (akoyas and South Seas, including Tahitians) versus Chinese freshwaters. You will also read references to nacre thickness and the method of culturing (bead nucleation or tissue activation). These details are important when it comes to value. But don't let details obscure the big picture. Following are some of the trends from this year's Tucson shows. NEW PRICES FOR CHINESE PETALS, COINS, AND TOP ROUNDS While the classic round bead-nucleated cultured-pearl choker remains the ultimate in elegance, the Chinese freshwaters, mostly in shapes other than rounds, are taking advantage of their variety for the fashion industry. In her annual report, Lois Berger, G.G., NJA, of Fuller & Associates, pearl expert and rep

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