Houston Woman Returns from Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look at China's Cultured Pearl Farms, Bringing Home Farm-Direct Bargains and Video Footage for Pearl Lovers

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Determined to bring home low prices for top-quality pearls, PurePearls.com founder Amanda Raab of Houston recently braved a rugged trip to remote rural areas of China's Guangdong Province, where hard-to-find pearl farms grow first-rate Akoya and Freshwater pearls. Raab not only negotiated farm-direct prices so that she can continue to offer exceptional pearls for 85 percent less than jewelry stores, she also filmed what she believes will be the first documentary of the step-by-step process of pearl farming.

Determined to bring home low prices for top-quality pearls, PurePearls.com founder Amanda Raab of Houston recently braved a rugged trip to remote rural areas of China's Guangdong Province, where hard-to-find pearl farms grow first-rate Akoya and Freshwater pearls.

Raab not only negotiated farm-direct prices so that she can continue to offer exceptional pearls for 85 percent less than jewelry stores, she also filmed what she believes will be the first documentary of the step-by-step process of pearl farming (http://www.purepearls.com).

"Going to China is always an adventure," Raab says. "Negotiating prices is a game I've come to enjoy. The pearl farms are located far from the cities, where air conditioning is rare, bathrooms are holes in the floor and sleeping arrangements are quite primitive. The highlight of my trip was being able to observe and film the process of nucleation, the insertion of a bead nucleus into the oysters, around which pearls form when the oysters are returned to the water."

A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in Pearls and Pearl Grading, Amanda Raab founded PurePearls.com in January 2004. With pearls more popular with both women and men than ever before, the e-commerce site has thrived.

"Pearls carry the status of a diamond yet are more affordable," she says. "More and more of my customers understand the differences between naturally black Tahitian pearls, luxurious white South Sea pearls and the lustrous Akoya, and freshwater pearls in which China's fast-growing pearl industry specialize."

PurePearls.com (http://www.purepearls.com) offers pearl earrings, necklaces, cuff links, tie tacks and more, along with fascinating information about the history and creation of pearls. Many customers take advantage of the site's free consultation policy, getting guidance to select the most elegant item for a particular occasion. All purchases carry a 90-day money-back guarantee.

For more information, please visit http://www.purepearls.com or call 800-762-0977.

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Amanda Raab

PurePearls.com

800-762-0977

http://www.purepearls.com

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