One can only guess that the show Quanzhou pearls, like today, with advances in technology and China in such a big role on the world stage. Back in the 1970's and 1980's, my late wife and I are among the few Westerners who traveled to China and do business with suppliers of beads, cultured pearl jewelry, stones and handicrafts. In 1988, one hundred and fifty beads importers, China National Arts and Crafts Jewelry, Pearls and industry were invited to participate in the fair at Pearl Quanzhou (Canton) and to submit applications for numerous freshwater and saltwater pearls. 1988 was a disappointment for us - we have zero winning bid.
Since 1978, freshwater pearl jewelry, my wife and I enjoyed the talks with the Pearl branch in Shanghai. Within a few days were spent sifting heavy canvas bags, each with hundreds of strands of freshwater pearls, beautiful filled. Our collection has been expanded several key forms, and Baroque periods, unusual homes, and a bundle of rice in a large variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
With the new controls over the distribution of Pearl Beijing was founded in 1988, we had to take part in the fair to buy our pearl. The site was on the seventh floor of the Hotel Quanzhou Hua Liu. In the great hall, more than fifty tables with sample data and the existing large collections of small groups were sacrificed. They were taken from different pearl farms and offices across China, just suggestions, or offers to buyers of pearls. Bidding system of writing the ticket number on a piece of pink paper with the name of your company and your offer in U.S. dollars and put money in a drawer nearby.
The first day of the announcement in a big ball pounds. The second day was drilled for beads and strung together with proposals by hanging - a train a few thousand are not uncommon. On the third day, different sectors may deal directly with buyers of these products, which has not been renamed the money, or at which the stakes were too low to be acceptable to the seller.
Some groups of rare pearls and costly individual, and then closely monitored by staff members were divided. We sorted through them, wrapped in his case paper and can offer them, pearls pearl.
A few Americans, Britons and Australians were friendly, share experiences and discuss other shoppers and businesses in general. Importers of beads close to Hong Kong have been preserved in a very competitive against each other, and develop strategies for the majority of the most interesting beads. They never close a lot or have not shown a clear interest in trying to keep secret, even if they intend to participate in the auction. The Japanese have been filled from the center of the cord, Kobe, Japan, in the hope that their stocks are depleted of environmental problems. In contrast to his usual costume white shirts and black suits, they were in short sleeves, open neck shirts, knitted himself visited the summer heat in southern China. Indo-Japanese saw expensive pearls, Mabe (blister pearls) in India, Indians and tried to oust Cliqued competition. They are usually a lot of money as a group and share of this amount if they won. Their favorites include the Giant of the best and not drilled pearls kilogram much unsorted beads cheap. They were kind of cheap labor to return home and put an end to this chain of lots.
Everyone gorged themselves, if the traditional invitation to dinner, the public has a massive breakfast buffet instead of the old-style seated dinner.
Pearl fair trade was very interesting, and our world-class accommodation in the Swan Hotel on the peninsula and the Pearl River was as beautiful as anything we have been hanging in the central atrium, with its huge waterfall surrounded by half a dozen good restaurants.
We came to the fair empty-handed this year have been pathetic and futile because of the low cost for sale at $ 1.00 strand. The best pearls are less threads that we have collected and presented in our stores, so that over our heads. A good result is that our existing offers on his son meters at the new prices, which appears later in this year's event jewelers were cheap. We were wondering if what we do for sale next year.
But the buzz, we thought. We can not talk back to China and the Pearl of Turkey with our friends in Shanghai. Maybe we went north to be south of Hainan, Dali or Iceland, or perhaps, as far as East Malaysia, and Ambon in the Moluccas in Indonesia. If necessary, we could travel to the west coast of Australia, Broome, and spend a lot of time on the beach and eighty miles. It is a treasure hunt for pearls, perhaps only a few months of free Asia and South Pacific. Tough duty!