Only one saltwater pearl can be grown in each oyster, w […]
Only one saltwater pearl can be grown in each oyster, while a single freshwater mussel can produce more than one pearl.
Saltwater pearls are more labour intensive and the number of pearls harvested is much smaller than the number of freshwater pearls harvested. This leads to much higher prices for each saltwater pearl, which causes the next condition.
Consumers feel less confidence in the quality of freshwater pearls, because it’s so much cheaper than saltwater pearls. In some consumer’s minds, cheap equals low quality.
The cost of labour is much lower in China, for example, than in Japan, which results in less profit for Japanese growers.
All of these factors added up show the Japanese growers it’s not as profittable to grow freshwater pearls as growing saltwater pearls.
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