Understanding beadless pearls...
Many retail buyers have been exploring unusual pearl products such as petal, wing, soufflé, and baroque pearls. But “beadless” pearls, which recently entered the market, have sparked nomenclature issues. Chinese-freshwater-pearl producers are using small pearls as nucleus inserts, which makes the pearls appear natural. As a result, labs have difficulty labeling the product.
Supplies of various qualities of Tahitian pearls
will soon enter the market. A quasi-government group that exported only finer goods was disbanded. The group’s export policies forced many Tahitian pearl farms to close, hurting production.
In other pearl news the University of Florida is producing cultured conch pearls
. Learn more about colored stone market in addition to beadless pearls.