Summary: Cheapest & Best are words that most often do not go together very well. One can buy bluff Chinese Cultured pearls at INR 3000/- per kilo should you find the right source.
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Cheapest & Best are words that most often do not go together very well.
I hope when you are talking of best pearls you mean fine Gem quality Natural Pearls.
These are just 2% in the world by most conservative estimates.
Anything which is just 2% in the world would definitely not be cheap or cheapest as you put it.
These fine quality pearls are very expensive, difficult to source and are valuable.
A certificate of such a pearl based on X Ray Radiography could cost anywhere from INR 1400/- to US ($) 300/- depending on the labs and specifications tested.
If the expression cheapest and best is India context specific and often used in several places in India with unrealistic expectations then one can buy bluff Chinese Cultured pearls at INR 3000/- per kilo should you find the right source.
Even cheaper ones will be available depending on quality.
And please note I have given the rate per kilo and not per carat.
These are then sold to unsuspecting buyers who are not aware of the background information at anywhere from INR 500-INR 5000 per carat which the buyer may find as affordable or cheap as Astrological stones but unfortunately these have no astrological powers. Some Astrological magazines also give them has gifts trying to increase their sales.
Buy the bucketful, I wouldnâ€™t think it would get cheaper than this but of course it would not be the best pearl as you state in your question.
Since this is the quality most people deal in you can find them in any city but if buying by the kilo Hyderabad, Mumbai, Tuticorin and Chennai would be your first choices to look and research unless you establish direct contact with a Chinese supplier but in that cases the quantity to buy would go up substantially.
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