China is known for many things…
A few of my FAVORITES are: tea, silk, jade and pearls. If you visit or live in China then it is a MUST to purchase a set of pearls. When we lived here in 2011/12, David bought me an absolutely beautiful set of pearls and matching pearl earrings on a trip to Dalian city . I wear them a lot, they are one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. I soon realized I probably should have gotten a matching bracelet.
There is a market in Shenyang that has real pearls at a good price. It’s not a pearl market but an exhibition market of sorts that can at times have vendors from all over China selling things. It’s hard to know when the main hall is open with exhibits, it’s kind of hit or miss for us, so we like to go often.
We were at Zhan Lan Guan one day last week and there was a pearl lady in the exhibit hall. It was the perfect opportunity to get a bracelet. First, we found pearls that matched my set in color and size, made sure they were real and then asked the vendor if she could create a bracelet, double knotted with a clasp similar to my necklace. Pretty easy. David and I were amazed as she made the bracelet in front of us in minutes! She really knows her craft and did a fabulous job.
I love it! And I am so pleased to have a bracelet to complete my set.