Says Freshwater Pearls is a Renewable Resource

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As ‘numbers of wild’ freshwater mussels in Scotland decline due to poaching and the practice of killing mussels for pearls, China emerges as the environmentally friendly solution to preserving an endangered species.

In the freshwater inlets of Scotland lives an endangered species - the freshwater pearl mussel. Once a source for rare freshwater pearls, these habitats are now decimated by poaching, bringing the species to the brink of extinction.

According to the Scottish Natural Heritage, poachers continue to find and open mussels in hopes of a pearl, killing the invertebrate in the process. The odds of finding a pearl are slim, and the population of mussels continues to decrease, sliding towards extinction.

In contrast, a pearls wholesaler, supplies those in need of freshwater pearls straight from their own pearl farms offshore China. The mussels in these farms are handled carefully, and in many cases returned to their beds to produce more pearls after each harvest.

“We are able to extract pearls without harming the mussel,” says Lan Toma, a representative of “This means our mussels can produce pearls literally for years. Our pearls come from sustainable farms, making them more eco-friendly, less expensive, and just as beautiful as the stray pearl someone might find in a Scottish mussel”.

ChinaDirectPearls specializes in the wholesaling freshwater pearls to private pearl shop owners. This cuts out the middleman and provides lustrous, matched pearls to customers worldwide at a reasonable price.

“There’s absolutely no reason people should be poaching pearls,” Toma comments. “So few Scottish mussels even contain pearls anymore, and the ones that do produce are erratic and undependable. Our pearls come from such a wide cross section of healthy mussels that we can harvest all sizes and shapes, and be able to match them perfectly for our clients who depend on a steady supply with consistent sizing and color.”

The Scottish government has instituted laws to protect the remaining native freshwater pearl mussels. Most freshwater pearls now come from Chinese farms, where consistency and pricing makes high quality pearls available to anyone, without harming native wildlife. “Pearls can and should be a renewable resource”, finished Toma. “We have to conserve resources and respect the planet and all life.”

ChinaDirectPearls is a branch of C. D. Plus, Inc., an established California corporation, which serves the wholesale pearl industries with high quality freshwater pearls directly from pearl farms and operates an in-house manufacturing unit for freshwater pearl and gold jewelry. Its headquarters are in San Diego with offices in China and representatives worldwide. For more information, log on to http://www.ChinaDirectPearls.copm call Lan Toma, spokeswoman, at (619) 405-8044.


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