Pat and Dennie. I have never been to mainland China but lived and
traveled in the Far East for many years, nearly 20 years in Taiwan,
Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, PI, etc, etc. I would suggest that you be
very careful when buying Jade in China. You really should have
someone you trust introduce you to a supplier and even then check out
their merchandise carefully. I love the Chinese people but know full
well when they do business - all’s fair in love, war and business.
On the other hand, if you are going to be in Hong Kong, you might
look into getting entrance to the jade market. The best stuff is
siphoned off to HK and jobbed out from there. It is not easy to get
in and, again, you must find an introducer. Should you make it
however, your eyes will bug out at what you see. I also had some very
good success in acquiring some nice jade while in both Taiwan and
Korea. Excellent quality of both nephrite and jadeite in various
colors. Even then, it took me several years to find “an in”.
I cannot comment on the pearl market there. Good luck. Cheers from
Don at The Charles Belle Studio where simple elegance is fine jewelry!