Next week, Hisano and I will be heading back to Asia for the biggest pearl-buying trip of the year - the Christmas buy! We will be heading first to Japan, followed by a week in Hong Kong for the large, September jewelry show. This show attracts nearly 52,000 buyers from around the world, including a lot of our friends from Pearl-Guide.com's forum, turning the week into a family reunion of sorts.
The September show is split into two parts; one at the Asia World Expo at the Hong Kong International Airport, and another at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. The most important show for us is the one held at the Asia World Expo. This is where the pearl producers exhibit and where jewelry manufacturers go for loose pearls. Finished jewelry is more prevalent at the latter show.
This past June, Hisano and I collected as many truly unique, one-of-a-kind pearls as we could find for the 'Pearl Connoisseur' selection we put together early this month. We were thrilled with the overwhelming response, and are now considering doing similar promotions in the future. We will still be on the lookout for the new and the unique this trip, but our main focus this time is going to be on traditional inventory.
As I mentioned in June, if you have something on your wishlist that you would like either one of us to find, drop either one of us an email and we will do our best.
Lastly, I will be speaking at the Wanchai Show on September 16th. If any of our friends are at the show and would like to attend, we would love to see you!