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 friend I went with led us to her “favorite” store….imagine the millions of pearls contained in this building!
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!
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.
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!
Many kinds of beads are found in small boutiques on every floor!
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.) :(
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!