At the northeast of the Temple of Heaven lies a well-known pearl market. Every day it attracts a great many people from home and abroad. Recently I paid a visit there, and was greatly impressed with Fanghua Pearl and Jewel, the largest shop in the market. If you want to find a beautiful natural pearl necklace, and give yourself a more elegant and nobler look, don't miss this shop.
As soon as I entered the well-decorated shop, I felt myself dropped into a sea of pearls. Numerous pearl necklaces were neatly displayed in showcases. The colors mainly included milk white, golden yellow, pink and black. Some overseas customers were sitting at tables, talking to the shop assistants.
A shop assistant named Ms. Carrie greeted me politely. She told me her company is the No.1 retailer of high-quality pearls, which had been in the business for twenty years. According to her, the pearls here were in three categories: fresh water pearls, sea water pearls, and South Sea pearls.
A common fear of people is buying fake pearls. But Ms. Carries explained to me how to distinguish real pearls from fake ones: First, scratch two pearls, real ones sound and feel smooth. Second, scratch a real pearl with a scissors, a bit of white powder will drop. Also there's a rule to judge fine pearls: the rounder and shinier, the better.
I also noticed the photos on the wall showing foreign dignitaries visiting the shop. There were Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of UK, Putin¡¯s wife, the Queen of Spain, and the Queen of Belgium. The photos are proof of the charm of the Oriental pearls.
In this shop, you can ask the shop assistants any questions about pearls. They speak fluent English.
What I appreciated
Precious and elegant pearls, famous pearl dealer
What customers appreciate
Natural pearls, much inexpensive than in Western
Chinese four treasures, easily to get
Traditional Chinese jewelry boxes
Delicate, light bone china
Colored glaze jewelry