The Jewelry and Pearl Market in Guangzhou

I recently went with a group of ladies to the Jewelry and Pearl Market in Guangzhou. It’s amazing to me how these markets are all so big! This one has around seven stories inside with individual boutiques along the street.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed and not know where exactly to begin. Thank goodness my friend has a “favorite” store that she buys from (and can negotiate). I am thankful that I live here and can go on scouting missions….so that a return trip can have me more prepared on what is available and what general prices are.

The Guangzhou Pearl and Jewelry Market is about seven stories high!

The Guangzhou Pearl and Jewelry Market is about seven stories high!

The friend I went with led us to her "favorite" store....imagine the millions of pearls contained in this building!

The friend I went with led us to her “favorite” store….imagine the millions of pearls contained in this building!

There are bags and bags in every store of pearl strands, of varying quality.

Bags and bags in every store of pearl strands, of varying quality.

Display cases allow you to inspect different strands.  I love the pastel multi-colored pearls!

Display cases allow you to inspect different strands. I love the pastel multi-colored pearls!

A long strand of pearls and matching earrings, of the multi colored kind, was about $80 US dollars total.  The whiter, rounder, larger and more perfect they are, the more expensive!

More traditional sets, with more perfect specimens are a bit more expensive.

More traditional sets, with more perfect specimens are a bit more expensive.

I fell in love with simple, single Tahitian pearl on a gold chain. Its size and perfection were incredible – and at $600 US, means I can go visit it whenever I want…at the store….not in my jewelry box! :)

Here's a pearl measuring gadget!

Here’s a pearl measuring gadget!

Many kinds of beads are found in small boutiques on every floor!

Many kinds of beads are found in small boutiques on every floor!

The stores with a color theme are visually appealing to me!

The stores with a color theme are visually appealing to me!

The turquoise shop was one of my favorites!  (No, I didn't buy anything there.)  :(

The turquoise shop was one of my favorites! (No, I didn’t buy anything there.) :(

There were many other markets too - this one had tons of jewelry storage bags and these little dolls. There are 50+ versions of the Chinese language - all different and representing the 56 minority groups in China.  There are 56 of these little dolls representing each of the minority groups/languages.

There were many other markets too – this one had tons of jewelry storage bags and these little dolls. There are 50+ versions of the Chinese language – all different and representing the 56 minority groups in China. There are 56 of these little dolls representing each of the minority groups/languages.

The silver charm market had just about every charm you could imagine - in quantities of 1000 at a time!

The silver charm market had just about every charm you could imagine – in quantities of 1000 at a time!

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

29 thoughts on “The Jewelry and Pearl Market in Guangzhou

  1. Millie Sanjurjo

    I enjoyed this tour of the jewelry and pearl market. Simply amazing and beautiful. Such fun to share it through your eyes.

  2. admin Post author

    Thanks for your compliments! It is fun to go there – and wish you had a pile of money to spend. :)

  3. Asad Ahmed

    I recently visited the Guangzhou pearl market. I have been to the pearl market in Beijing as well. The difference is that the Guangzhou one is HUGE. Your site is very informative. I found out that there is not much of bargaining on prices, as there is in Beijing. The shopkeepers here are not as flexible and the prices are bit on the higher side. Do you have the exact location of your friend’s preferred shop. Thanks

  4. admin Post author

    Wow, I would love to visit the one in Beijing sometime. Yes, the pearl market here is huge! The store we visit is on the first floor (so as you enter the main door, go down to the ground floor. It’s on the right, number GB72. I think it’s called Guang Fa Pearl. They negotiate, but only a little and only if you’re buying several pieces. Have fun!

  5. admin Post author

    It’s the Liwan Plaza Jewelry Market. 9 De Xing Road, Guangzhou. It’s in city center, about 5 minutes’ walk from Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Good luck and have fun!

  6. Anneli

    Hi! I am living outside of Guangzhou in the city of Zhongshan. I have been trying to find a pearl and jade market in Guangzhou! My Mom and sister will be here this summer for a few weeks and we wanted to look for some pearls. My sister is adopted from China and when my parents were here in 2002, they went to a big jade and pearl market. However whenever I look online, I can’t find anything!

    I would love to know WHERE this one is and how to get there (is it near a subway line?). Please email me at: annelifjohnson@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Anneli

  7. Rhonwyn Vaudrey

    This is one of my favourite places ever. I lived in Foshan in 2005, and discovered it then, and even now it still draws me back nearly every time I am in Guangzhou.

    Just discovered your blog tonight. I love Guangzhou and Foshan, so your blog is putting quite the smile on my face.

  8. admin Post author

    Thanks for reading and commenting! Foshan was fun for our entire family! Safe travels to you!

  9. Asad Ahmed

    Recently went to Guangzhou Pearl market. Bought a string of beads(Muslim prayer beads) made of Lapis Lazuli…..WOW.Though a bit expensive(USD 280) but worth the price. The price gets expensive with the size of the bead and it’s clarity of colour.

  10. admin Post author

    I’m so glad you made it down there. And, though expensive, I’m glad you were able to find something precious to you. Thanks for letting me know!

  11. Gabriel Bello

    Hello.! My name is Gabriel Bello I am Venezuelan but currently peared in Panama (Central America) I write the following: I am a trader, businessman and market information’m looking to go do some shopping for the largest market. Beads but not looking clothes and jewelry in stainless steel of good quality. I do not want to go to China until it gets at least two places where I can really do business. I know that Guangzhou is one of the provinces most dedicated to the sale of this merchandise. Can you help? You perhaps with some information or advice? Greetings and Blessings to all

  12. Brenda

    Hi found your blog while searching for wholesale beads in guanghazou. I love beads. I want to have a go at selling them to my crafting friends and thinking of travelling to guanghazou from London in spring 2015 to buy them in larger quantities, not very large as I will just be starting out. Did you notice that you mention that the prices are very high or is it just for the pearls? Is it worth buying a plane ticket just to buy beads of about £3,000. I realise you may not have the answers to my questions but thought I would ask in case you have a rough idea.

    If you can’t answer here but can inbox answers, that would great in . Most importantly, thanks for the info in this blog. Brenda

  13. admin Post author

    Hi Brenda, It sounds like you have a good game plan! The beads I have seen in the jewelry market are usually already strung, and with no clasps. I suppose you could re-do them into any style/design you want. I wish I knew more about the prices here relative to anywhere else. But surely saying you went all the way to China to find them would add a little pizazz to your product! I understand from the pearl sellers that Europeans have a fondness for the “less than perfect” pearls – so no round but the ones with funky shapes. They do make a nice addition to any beaded necklace. Plus, I think you would enjoy a trip to Guangzhou! Best of luck to you!

  14. admin Post author

    Hi Gabriel, I do know that our jewelry market is one of the largest in the world. While there are shops on the lower levels for individual buyers, all of them cater to (and will negotiate with) wholesale buyers. Surely if you were here a couple of days you could vet out the best sellers and get some good deals. While I have seen lots of beads and pearls, jade and turquoise, they almost all are already strung with out clasps. I wish I could be more helpful to you….best of luck!

  15. Asad Ahmed

    Hello Brenda.,
    There are many shops selling different types,colours & shapes of beads(glass, stone and other materials). Mostly they sell it by weight. I suggest that you should go to Guangzhou. You will recover your plane ticket many times more. Try to find a hotel of your requirement near your place of business/interest. You can have the beads made into necklaces or anything of your own designs with no or very little extra cost. STRONGLY suggested to go to Guangzhou.

  16. Asad Ahmed

    Hello Brenda.,
    There are many shops selling different types,colours & shapes of beads(glass, stone and other materials). Mostly they sell it by weight. I suggest that you should go to Guangzhou. You will recover your plane ticket many times more. Try to find a hotel of your requirement near your place of business/interest. You can have the beads made into necklaces or anything of your own designs with no or very little extra cost. STRONGLY suggested to go to Guangzhou

  17. Brenda

    Hi Asad

    Thank you so much for your response. Yes, I would love and intend to go Guanghzou but I have to find out so much. My worry Was/ is that if that amount of money would be able to buy enough beads to make the journey worthwhile.

    Have you been to Guanghzou before, would you be willing to answer sone questions. If so, how can I get it touch ?

    Thanks so much fir you time.

    Brenda

  18. Brenda

    Hi thanks for you response. I think most of the beads are sold strung so that is fine as I expect that. I really want to go over there so I will do a little more research. Thanks again.

    Brenda

  19. Brenda

    Thank you! You are so very kind. I will send you an email as soon as I get chance. Thanks again.

    Brenda

  20. Laura

    I’m a student doing one semester at the University of Hong Kong. I have always dreamed of a real pearl necklace. I’m thinking of traveling to Guangzhou just to buy a necklace. Do they only sell real pearls at this market or also fake ones?

    I might be coming in a month. It would be fun to have a tour guide if anyone has sometime for a Finnish tourist 😉

    Thanks.

  21. admin Post author

    It’s a fairly easy day trip to GZ from HK! I think you would really cherish a real pearl necklace from China!

  22. Salushca

    Hello! I will be travelling to Guangzhou in a few weeks and will definitely be visiting the jewelry market. I will be looking for metal beads and findings as well as stone beads. I would like to ask if your photo of the silver charms is also located within the Liwan Plaza building?

    Thanks for the inspiring blog and photos too!

  23. tarek

    hello, iam from montreal Canada, I go often to yiwu china, but this time iam thinking of going to Guangzhou
    I am looking for
    1-soccer jersey
    2-plated gold jewelry
    3-muslim product

    can you advice best place where to go
    thank you

  24. admin Post author

    Hi – We found the charms in the LiWan Plaza building – but it was in the center circle that was outside (but we got to it by first going inside the market then out to the center circle – does that make sense?) I can’t remember if there was access to it from the street. Anyway, there were a couple of shops there with huge quantities of silver charms. I think that the shop in the picture was on the left as you exit the escalators. Best of luck and happy hunting! :)

  25. admin Post author

    Hi, thanks for reading the blog! I’m not sure about the items on your list. There are several sports shops on ErSha Island that may have soccer jerseys. You could probably find plated gold jewelry in the jade market buildings across the street from the Liwan Pearl Market. And as for Muslim products – I’m not sure! Sorry I can’t be of more assistance. Enjoy your journey to Guangzhou!

  26. jenny

    Just want to know the real situation with the polution we may have a job opportunity there and I hava a 2 year old and 6 year old. lived in Beijing before but not sure about GZ air quality this days.

    Thank you

  27. admin Post author

    Hi Jenny, They say that the air quality in GZ and Beijing are about the same when you look at it over the course of averages on the year. Beijing has more “spike days” both highs and lows, while GZ is more consistently in the 150 range. I think fewer expats in GZ wear masks, which I think is a mistake, but it usually doesn’t *seem* like you need to wear a mask. Best of luck!

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