Major types of pearls that the Group sells include:
– South Sea Pearls (which is a type of saltwater pearls)
– Tahitian Pearls (which is a type of saltwater pearls)
– Freshwater Pearls
– Freshwater Pearls (Nucleus)
These pearls are sold individually, in packs of sorted pearls in various numbers and in strands mainly of 16 inches (approximately 40 cm).
South Sea pearls are considered to be of the highest quality amongst the cultured pearls. The Group sources South Sea pearls mainly from pearl farmers and suppliers in Australia and the Philippines. They are available mainly in white and gold with overtones such as white-pink, silver-white, creamy-pink and gold. The size of South Sea pearls is usually from 8 mm to 16 mm in diameter.
Tahitian pearls processed and sold by the Group are mainly sourced from French Polynesia (Tahiti). Tahitian pearls are usually available in sizes of 8 mm to 13 mm in diameter and in a spectrum of black colours with various overtones (green, violet, purple, blue, copper, gold and, to a rarer extent, peacock green).
Freshwater pearls processed and sold by the Group are available in a variety of shapes including round, potato and rice shapes, with sizes usually ranging from 2 mm to 10 mm in diameter. Freshwater pearls are generally less expensive than saltwater pearls. The Group sources freshwater pearls mainly from pearl farmers and suppliers in Zhejiang Province, the PRC.
Unlike the farming of saltwater pearls which involves putting an external nucleus into the mollusc, farming of freshwater pearls generally only involves the grafting of strip of tissue from a suitable donor mollusc.
In recent years, farmers of freshwater pearls have adopted a similar farming technique used in growing of saltwater pearls, namely the insertion of an external nucleus in the mollusc. Freshwater pearls grown with this technique have different natural colours like South Sea pearls and Tahitian pearls. The market for this new type of freshwater pearl is still developing. Traditional freshwater pearls grown are generally in white, cream, pink freshwater pearls and usually require bleaching.