Tuesday, July 01, 2008

China's pearl farms prosper away from pollution

By Royston Chan- Reuters

ZHUJI, China (Reuters Life!) - For decades, the clean waters of Zhuji have fed China's rise to the world's top producer of freshwater pearls and now they are helping to turn this eastern city into a global trading hub for the lustrous gem.... Click for more

1 comment:

The Pearl Professor said...

The pollution is such a problem. In part it is intentional. The farmers add a lot of chemicals to the water to increase the speed of nacre deposition. That is just wrong! But, unfortunately, it is the Chinese way.

Chinese pearl farmers! Take lead from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines! Keep your waters clean or the Chinese freshwater pearl industry will go the way of the Japanese akoya and Biwa industry.