Recent news has emerged out of China of an innovating technique to harvest freshwater pearls that are approaching the quality of standard pearls worldwide. Grace Pearl is the company behind the project which offers high quality pearls at a fraction of their usual saltwater cost. The typical cost of a saltwater Tahitian half-inch white pearl, which are used to set the world standard, is anywhere between $ 25 – 35, whereas the Chinese freshwater pearls are available for anywhere between $ 4 – 8. This lucrative price has led to the wholesale prices of half-inch white pearls dropping by 30 percent in the past several years. These are impressive results from China, a country not often associated with extensive production of jewellery. Apart from the affordable prices, the freshwater pearls can also come in a variety of new colours such as vivid purple, pink, and bronze – a feature not common in saltwater pearls.Wonderful Colours!