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As per Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index report for 2019 jewelry offers a great investment opportunity. Jewellery grew 142 percent in a decade which includes items made up of pearls, Art deco, and colored gemstones. Jewelry offers a highly mobile and easy to manage store of wealth. Pearls are most underrated as humans have hacked the process of growing pearls but all such produce are not equally precious. In 2000, the average value of West Austrian pearl was $220 million, where the South Sea pearls was judged costlier than the smaller Akoya pearls.
In the recent months, the demand for pearl peculiarly grew since Netflix showcased ‘The Crown’, where Claire Foy wore these in the popular series that led to a lift in the demand. Many leading brands are using diamond and pearl combination for creating fine one-off pieces. As per the report by Vogue and The Times, there has been an increase in trade calls for irregularly shaped pearls – which were, earlier, mostly found at a lower price than average round ones. Buyers seek fancy colored – pink, grey, and peach, and fancy shaped like a drop gems. There has been an increase in demand for Japanese Akoya pearls in China. The recent trends in jewelry for unusual shapes and colors have been noticed by the leading producers.
Historical Value vs. Recent Trends
Pearl can be directly used once collected from the shells and these can be used in rough state or processed. Classical natural pearls are rare, which were found only with the Royals. These were collected along the Persian Gulf, India, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Nowadays, are grown in some regions, nevertheless, the cost of growing is very high, and it is rare to get one.
These were, historically, found in saltwater, where Japan was one of the key producers. Japan is promoting pearl farming in warmer climates. Such cultured gems can be found in Northern Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other locations. The farmed pearls from South Sea can be white, gold, black, brown or in other tones, and can grow up to 20 mm, notwithstanding, these are not considered expensive. Some low –cost farmed pearls are supplied to local companies that use it in holistic cures.
Japan to exhibit pearls at the Hong Kong event
Classic pearls from Japan have invariably been expensive, but lately, the demand for new types of fashionable gems in vivid colors, shapes, and sizes grew. Japan External Trade Organization has for the first time taken part in the sixth HKTDC (Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show) that will be held in the February 26 –March 2 week, and will showcase a number of precious gemstones and pearls. The show will feature over 4,600 exhibitors from 48 countries. The total value of fine jewelry exports at Hong Kong was worth HK$ 56.97 billion in 2018, that increased 13.3 percent y-o-y basis, and the total value of pearl, gems, and diamonds exported was HK$ 148.10 billion that declined by 17.6 percent in 2018.
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