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  2. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  3. Pandora Unveils First Ever Art Collaboration - Keith Haring X Pandora
  4. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  5. Platinum Jewellery Sales Rise in Key Markets in Q2 2022, PGI says
  6. AGTA Announces New Board Members
  7. Fura Gems Discovers 101-carat Ruby
  8. Lightbox Sells Lower-Quality Lab-Grown Diamonds
  9. 160-Carat Rough Unearthed from Angola Mine
  10. GIA Found Synthetics, Simulant among Four ‘Natural’ Sapphires
  11. ‘De Beers Blue' Might Originate from Deep Earth, Says GIA
  12. New Chairman Elected at India’s GJEPC
  13. Tiffany Launches Its First All Gender Bangle Collection
  14. Pandora Launches Lab-grown Diamond Jewellery Collection in North America
  15. Gemfields Reports Record Revenues
  16. IIJS Premiere Sees Record Number Visitors
  17. Signet Acquires Blue Nile for $360M
  18. Hong Kong jewellery sales slide in H1
  19. Fancy Colour Diamond Price Index Rises
  20. The Potentially Largest Pink Diamond Found in 300 Years
  21. Kering Reports Strong First Half Jewellery Sale
  22. Vicenzaoro Back In September
  23. eBay Offers Fine Jewellery Authentication with GIA Partnership
  24. New Executive Director and Secretary General Appointed for Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
  25. VO Vintage Returns To Vicenzaoro September
  26. Sarine Partners With NGTC on Grading Reports In China
  27. Diamond Prices Slide Amid Economic Uncertainty
  28. De Beers, Botswana Sales Agreement Extended
  29. AWDC Appoints David Gotlib As New President
  30. IGI Debuts Online Learning Courses
  31. Swarovski Appoints First Non-Family CEO
  32. Kashmir Sapphire Ring Comes Out on Top at Bonhams
  33. WJA Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Women of Colour
  34. Blue Nile Merges with Mudrick for Its Second IPO
  35. RJC Launches ‘Gender Equality Toolkit’ at JCK Las Vegas
  36. GIA Reports to Go Digital by 2025
  37. Gemfields Achieved Highest Revenue at Emerald Auction
  38. DAMAC Group Now Owns de GRISOGONO
  39. GJEPC Proposes Lab-Grown Diamond Park in India
  40. Pandora’s New Crafting Facility in Vietnam Costs $100M
  41. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  42. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  43. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  44. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  45. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  46. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  47. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  48. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
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  50. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  51. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  52. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  54. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
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  56. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  57. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
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  59. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  60. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  61. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
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  64. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  65. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
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  72. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  73. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  74. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  75. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  76. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  77. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  78. De Beers Boosts Production
  79. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  80. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  81. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
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  83. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  84. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  85. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  86. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  87. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  88. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  89. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  90. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  91. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  92. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  93. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  94. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  95. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  96. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
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  98. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
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  105. JMA show to stage next Thursday
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  108. HKDI show to continue in Dec
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  110. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
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  • Cultivating Hong Kong’s akoya pearls
  • The lustrous pearls grown in Hong Kong
  • Preparing Metakaku® nuclei for cultivation
  • Education is essential to rejuvenate the traditional industry.

Pearler sees future beyond pearls

Established in 1990, Hong Kong’s Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory is a major global manufacturer and supplier of pearl nucleus. In April 2014, the company ventured into akoya pearl cultivation in the Hong Kong area. Project director David Wong shares with Hong Kong Jewellery the latest on local pearling activities, his aspirations to do more for the value chain of the pearl industry in Hong Kong and his interest in moving beyond pearls.

Approximately 60,000 pearl oysters were cultivated in the sea located near Sai Kung West Country Park in Hong Kong in 2018. According to Wong, this represents a 100-fold increase over the previous amount of 500 shells.

“During the April harvest last year, the output rate was over 65 percent. We suffered losses due to the typhoons last year. But it remained a good investment for us thanks to our business model,” Wong said. He believes unpredictable weather makes the outlook uncertain.

Besides uncertainties caused by the weather, Wong said that the company’s pearling activities face a number of other challenges. These include the lack of government support for non-IT related business innovation, relatively long waits for startups to see a return on investment (ROI), and the need to undertake promotions and public education in house.

Hong Kong is widely recognised as a global hub for pearl trading, but few people know about the city’s long history with pearls, dating back some 1,500 years. “Only in the 1950s with the support of the Japanese did Hong Kong begin pearl cultivation. The government also fully supported this development by enforcing laws that favoured the industry. Nevertheless, in the 1960s the industry began to shrink. According to the late industry guru Ho Pak To, a pioneer of pearl cultivation in Hong Kong in the 1950s, it would have been beneficial for Hong Kong to grow its own pearls,” Wong said.

After almost five years of cultivation, Wong said the understanding and knowledge of pearl farming in Hong Kong remains limited. He admitted that pearl farming in itself is not an appealing business venture. It is highly risky and very difficult, and there is no immediate ROI. “Efforts to develop an interest in and promote an understanding of pearl farming must go beyond discussions of buying and selling and appeals to traditional notions of seeing pearls as personal adornment,” he added.

Technology is a tool that can make pearl farming more understandable to the public and the trade, Wong believes. The pearl authentication technology Metakaku® developed by Fukui is an example how this works. This technology ensures the authenticity of pearls by tracking their life cycles in a non-destructive way using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology  to identify the self-developed nucleus. For customers, this process adds emotional value to the pearls by ensuring that every pearl is unique with its own story that can be traced along the supply chain.

“RFID is merely a medium enabling the pearl to communicate. We hope to understand its significance from other perspectives,” said Wong. “For example, we are exploring how RFID technology can enhance the value chain and encourage Hong Kong to become more than just a pearl trading hub. We want to build our industry, bringing the focus back to Hong Kong and making Hong Kong the new leader of the global cultured pearl industry. We seek ways to work with the government to make our industry in Hong Kong a benchmark for genuine innovation and sustainable development,” he elaborated.

David Wong sees fierce competitions in the pearl industry in 2019. “There are over 30 local brands that design and sell pearl jewellery and accessories in Hong Kong. Add to these a growing number of foreign brands coming to the city because it offers a window to mainland China, and I would say competition for traditional markets is going to be huge and intense. The year 2019 will rattle those who have a weak foundation or rely on luck,” he said.

Wong revealed that in 2019 Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory will focus on increasing the exposure of pearls through various cross-industry activities. The company is also looking for opportunities to develop applications of the Metakaku® technology for industries outside of the pearl sector. (Photo courtesy: Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory)


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