Monday, March 28, 2005

Small Sizes

Recently we have many requirements for smaller sizes as under 6.5mm. for export. For domestic, Japanese women like medium to bigger size as over 7mm.
So most of pearl farmers wants to making over 7mm and smaller sizes are short recent years particularly fine quality.
For commercial quality, they can use Chinese Fresh water pearls, however these quality is not enough for fine quality.
If Japanese farmers are making more fine quality of smaller sizes, definitely it would be popular items. However problem is smaller sizes don't make profit for farmers. They prefer to making medium to bigger sizes, because it is heavier than smaller sizes and making more money.
It is the problem for our pearl industry.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

"HANADAMA" grading

There is no public grading of pearls so far. Recently some stores and catalog house are using "HANADAMA" grading. According to them, "HANADAMA" is gem grade and there is certification.

We have been pearl dealer for 3 generation and our definition of "HANADAMA" is very rare. There were not much quantity when condition of pearl farm was good as 20 to 30 years ago.
The quality of real "HANADAMA" is like metallic deep purple color and luster is excellent. Of course shape and smoothness are important, however I notice that luster is most important part of Akoya pearls.
Unfortunately condition of pearl farm has not been good recent years, and I don't see real "HANADAMA" for long time.
Actually recent "HANADAMA" grading is not real "HANADAMA". So basically we don't get certification of "HANADAMA" grading for our sales.

It is sad things that many pearl dealers are selling "HANADAMA" grading pearl which is not real "HANADAMA".
I believe that real "HANADAMA" is dream of Akoya pearl and we should not forget about it.
It is the culture and history of Akoya pearl and we have to keep making for the future.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Customer from New York

We had customer last 2 days and she came from New York. Actually she is a president of pearl dealer which I used to work.
She went Hong Kong show first and visited Kobe, Japan.
She told me about recent life style of New York and there are big differences when I was in New York. Actually I was in New York about 15 years ago.
I'm surprised that rent in New York is up about 150% to 200%. I used to live in Queens and upper west side. I paid $650permonth for small studio in upper west side and she told me that it costs now at least $1,300 to 1,500. Salary of New York is higher than Tokyo, however I can not image for rent over $1,000.
Also rent of Blonx and Harlem are up too. I wonder that where are low income people to live?
Anyway, I miss New York much. I don't want to live there anymore, however I would like to go to shopping and eating. I could buy many good things as close, shoes, etc. For good price and could eat all kind of foods for good price.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

"HANADAMA" grading

We can see "HANADAMA" grading, top grade, pearl necklace on the store, catalog shopping in Japan.

I've been doing pearl business since my uncle for 3rd generation. My experience of "HANADAMA" grade is really top grad. There were only few lot and the quantities were limited in 20 years ago when the pearl farm situation was much better than recent years. So, only pearl farmer and manufacture can have them.
"HANADAMA" has really heavy pearl coated and color is metallic purple. Of course shape and smoothness are important, however their color and shining give me more impact.

Therefore the quality of "HANADAMA" grading in recent years is different items of "HANADAMA" which I know. So we don't give "HANADAMA" grading for our retail in Japan.

Real "HANADAMA" is very important culture for Japanese pearl business and we have to keep producing for the future.
"HANADAMA" quality is the dream of pearl and Japanese pearl farmers and manufacturers should not forget about it.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Not a type of retail sales person

It seems that I'm not a type of retail sales person. We had some retail sales during business fair and all of them were that I was not in the booth. It's happened not only this time but other retail fairs too. Usually our sales staff who are women make the retail sale.
I have confidence to selling pearls for whole sales. I can make good presentation for our merchandises. However retail sale is other yard and it is not just merchandise.
Also I don't care much about my fashion or hair style. I go to $15 barber.
Maybe I should care more about my fashion and hair style.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Business fair

We attend Business far in Osaka last Saturday March 5th.
This business fair was not only for Jewelry company, but many kind of business.
Over 90 companies had booth and there are so many visitors.
Our booth can sell the merchandise, of course I don't expect much sales this time, but I thought it might be better to make profit for fair expense.
We brought casual pearl accessory line. Retail price is up to US$300.-
We had some required for wholesale and sold some for retail.
It is lot of job to prepare for the fair, however always we could meet new people.
So if we have a chance, we shall attend business fair.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Flower powder allergy

Flower powder allergy is serious problem in Japan recent years. It is like cold, but there is no fever. There are eye, nose, throat problem.
I live in mountain area and there are so many flower powder in this season.
I've got flower powder allergy since 10 years ago. Actually I couldn't sleep at night for throat ache.
I start exercise since 2 years ago and flower powder allergy has gone. I was very happy.
But I catch very bad cold in this January and I couldn't do any exercise, then I get flower powder allergy again.
I have to do exercise until die.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

My wife's Birthday

Today is my wife's birthday. I have class of swimming tonight, however I cancel it and go back home earlier.
I'm going to buy Sushi, red wine and cake. Because she can not eat meat, she doesn't like white wine much and she like sweat. I'll go to shopping for her birthday gift this weekend.

My father's generation didn't celebrate the wife's birthday. It was Japan old traditional style. They think about business all the time. Business is No. 1 priority and family was second.
However Japanese culture has been changed and many people said family is No. 1. Also I think so either.
I hope it's going to be a good her birthday dinner.