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Our History

About DAHLIA:

DAHLIA was founded to make quality & design affordable. Its products include fine & fashion jewelry, clothing & accessories, and home products. From product design and development to production and logistic management, Dahlia’s top-notch supply management capabilities not only lead to most cost-efficient operation but also ensure product quality. By selling directly to consumers via internet, Dahlia maximizes the cost saving to you and provides superior customer services.

It has regarded as one of the highest customer-rated merchants on Amazon.com since 2005 because of its highly competitive price, superior quality and outstanding customer service. Its products has been featured (NOT PAID ADVERTIMENT) by the jewelry industry authorities such as Modern Jeweler, National Jeweler, Jewelry Information Center and etc; TV shows at CBS, ABC, and etc; leading fashion magazines Lucky, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride, Bridal Guide, , and etc.

 

Our Promise

 
Our founders have extensive experience in design and manufacturing in the U.S. and Asia and strongly believe that consumers should be made aware of the recent innovations in pearl farming.
Click here to read more about the advances in freshwater pearl farming techniques at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Click here to read about the different types of pearls on the market at Professional Jeweler.
These innovations include more colors and larger sizes than ever before, so they designed three distinct lines of beautiful and stylish pearls at exceptional prices. They also knew that the best way for a customer to appreciate the value of pearls and what was available on the market was to educate the customer about pearls. So, Dahlia provides our Pearl Guide, which includes information about pearl quality factors, varieties, processing, and care, with every purchase. We also pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge and experience, so please email us any questions you may have about pearls. We will answer each inquiry as detailed as possible.
Each piece is designed and created with quality and style in mind. Our trained artisans use only select top-quality gemstones, and each piece is individually inspected by our quality experts prior to shipment, to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction upon receipt.
We promise to bring you:
  • Stylish and classical designs
  • Comprehensive pearl and jewelry expertise
  • Exceptional value on high quality fine jewelry
  • Expert guidance for gift or corporate purchases
  • Extraordinary customer service and support
  • 45 day return policy & 90 day guarantee

Our name

In the language of flowers, a single Dahlia represents good taste. The name Dahlia means novel, elegant, and tasteful. We believe that the Dahlia embodies the elegance of our pearls, but we specifically chose the name to also emphasize the importance of innovation and variety. Dahlia originated in the mountain ranges of Mexico and south to Colombia, but some of the first imported Dahlias grew in Empress Josephine's royal garden in France in the early 1800's. Josephine was very protective of her dahlia collection because during that time, a good dahlia could be traded for a diamond. Dahlias were reserved for her royal garden and not accessible to the public. Dahlias weren't popular in Europe until botanists discovered how to hybridize the flower and produce the incredible variety of colors and shapes which exists today. Dahlias range from one to twelve inches in diameter and display just about every color except blue. A prize of one thousand pounds was offered in 1826 for a blue Dahlia, but no one has yet produced one. We compare Dahlias to our pearls because we offer elegant varieties of pearls not found anywhere else. We constantly innovate our cultivation techniques to bring you unique shapes and colors as well as fine quality jewelry.

 

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Our promise

Our pearls are pure nacre. Nacre is the calcium carbonate-based crystalline substance secreted by mollusks to form a cultured pearl. If you cut one of our pearls in half, the pearl would look exactly the same from outside to inside. Other cultured pearls such as Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian contain a mollusk shell nucleus that may compose 40 to 90% of the pearl.
Each individual piece is designed by us and hand crafted by artisans. Our designers are inspired by European and Asian art as well as modern designs to create our Vintage, Style & Classic lines. Our artisans are trained for several years to ensure the quality that you expect. If you are interested in creating your own unique Classic piece, please contact us directly.
We source our pearls direct from the pearl farms, which allows us to eliminate the costs associated with brokers and pass the savings to you. Our pearl farms are some of the oldest and largest in China and span over 10,000 square miles. Therefore, we also have the ability to use pearls that are more unique in color and shape than what is commonly available. Most jewelry companies are limited to what their brokers carry. We are not.

Our collections

We offer three collections to cover the spectrum of pearl jewelry. Our Classic collection features our exquisite cultured pearls that will last forever with the right care. Lustrous white, grey, pink, lavender, and peach cultured pearls are crafted with 14k gold and may include diamonds or precious stones. These Classic pearls offer timeless looks. The Dahlia Style collection includes cultured pearls designed to reflect contemporary tastes with a wide range of colors. Pieces may include sterling silver and crystal accents. Our Dahlia Vintage collection is natural seed pearl jewelry handcrafted to last for generations and carried exclusively by us. The Vintage line is marked by intricate craftsmanship with each natural pearl either drilled and mounted or set into place with multiple prongs. Our sterling silver pieces include semi-precious stones such as black agate, garnet, rubies, and sapphires.

Our story

In 1974, our pearl farm began with a single boat and few pearls in a small river in Asia. For the last thirty years, our pearls have been sold to manufacturers and wholesalers in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. However, in the last ten years, our pearl cultivation and processing techniques have advanced rapidly, enabling us to produce high quality pearls with gorgeous luster, unique colors, and larger sizes at lower prices. Typically, we sell our pearls to brokers in Hong Kong, who then export them to wholesalers all over the world. In 2002, Dahlia developed an exclusive partnership with our pearl farms to work directly with us to bring unique designs at reasonable prices to the market. Buying from Dahlia means dealing directly with our pearl farms since there are no brokers, distributors, or manufacturers between you and our pearls. Our customers find that Dahlia prices are at least 30% lower than retail prices. In 2003, Dahlia launched dahliajewels.com, a fully functional website allowing customers to browse through our fine jewelry and place orders online.
Today, our pearl farms span over 10,000 square miles and are some of the largest farms in Asia. We grow cultivate our pearls for a longer time than most other pearl farms, which produces a more durable and lustrous pearl. Our pearls grow for three to six years before they are ready for harvest. Generally, other pearl farms pearls grow pearls for only 18 months to three years. Each year, we harvest millions of pearls, but only a very small percentage passes our quality standards to qualify as fine cultured pearls.
We are dedicated to combining style with quality and bringing it to you at an affordable price. Our designers travel through Europe, Asia, and the Americas searching for design inspirations in antique stores, auction houses, and estate sales. Once we develop a design, we carefully produce it in limited quantities for you. We source our gems and metals from all over the world to produce it in the most cost-effective way. Our products have lasting value, classic design, and an abundance of product information to make your purchase decision easier. At Dahlia, you'll discover something unexpected, yet pleasantly familiar, be it a rich shade of lavender, the filigree detail on our rings, or the diamond encrusted gold clasp. Our philosophy is simple: We take pride in the details. This extraordinary attention to detail lets you rest assured that every item is the perfect reflection of elegance and value.
 

Our Farms

We began our first pearl farm in southeast China in the early 1970's. Pearl farms were state-controlled, and exports passed through the government agencies. Because quality was initially low and uncontrolled, these small and irregular rice pearls flooded the market. Inferior freshwater pearls gained a reputation as cheap and low quality, which explains why many people still rank freshwater pearls in the lower tier of the whole pearl family. By the mid 1980's, our farms could produce better quality small baroques, oval, and potato-shaped pearls. During the last decade, Chinese farms released from state control were able to create round pearls. Unlike Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian pearls, freshwater pearls are tissue-nucleated. So it is much more difficult to create a round pearl from a tissue nucleus as opposed to a round, mollusk shell bead. In 2000, 30-40% of China's harvest was made of up round pearls, and as many as 40% of these round pearls, or 10-15% of the total were of gem quality. Our pearls are also increasing in size, up to 18mm, making them competitive with the larger South Sea and Tahitian pearls. Today, our farms are some of the largest in the world and span over 10,000 square miles. Our innovative farming techniques enable us to produce larger sizes and more colors than some other types of pearls. Our goal is to produce extreme high quality pearls at reasonable prices.
Click here to read more about the advances in freshwater pearl farming techniques at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Click here to read about the different types of pearls on the market at Professional Jeweler.

Homes

Our experienced farmers scout fresh water areas for suitable homes for the implanted mollusks. By itself, clean, unpolluted water does not necessarily guarantee high quality pearls so we test potential water areas for levels of bacteria, nutrition, oxygen, pH, and plankton. Water condition is the key to successful mussel growth with an ideal temperature between 64 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The water should be peaceful, well-circulated, full of nutrients, and non-polluted. The water depth should be 3.5 to 8 feet (not more than 13 feet) because if the water is too shallow, the temperature may fluctuate too rapidly and cause the mussels to die. Ideal acid - alkali concentration is 7 to 8 ph. If the water is too acidic, the pearls will be small, but if the water contains too much alkali, the pearls turn slightly yellow.
Due to our extensive search for the best water, our pearl farms are located across six provinces in China. Until the mid 1980's, we used the mussel Cristaria Plicata, but the pearls from this species are oblong or irregular shaped, of poor quality. We now harvest pearls from a thicker-shelled, hardier mussel named Hyriopsis Cumingii. This species yields the best quality round pearls with excellent luster and large sizes with the major drawback being that the pearls take longer to cultivate.

Grafting

The selected mussels soak in a basin for a few days, and then are cleaned and put in a wooden basin with water level slightly lower than the mussels so they can breathe. Each mussel is opened less than half an inch wide to avoid injury, and a piece of tissue is placed in the triangular scalpel slit. It is crucial that the tissue not make contact with the shell. The tissue origin partially determines the color and quality of the cultured pearl. The number of tissues implanted depends on the size and health of a given mussel, but unlike saltwater oysters, a freshwater mussel may take more than a few tissue implants. The entire process from shell opening to tissue preparation and grafting should take less than 15 minutes.

Cultivation

Generally, our farms plant between March and May and September and October since in the summer the water temperature is too hot for the newly-implanted mussels to survive, while in the winter it's too cold for technicians to perform the delicate implant work. A group of three or four implanted mussels are placed in a basket or nylon net and hung at 0.5 to 1 meter intervals from a long thick rope, which is tied to two bamboo poles at its two ends respectively. The rope is floated by buoys allowing the mussels to remain at a constant depth even during periods of low water. Our implanted mussels are given special treatment ?which means the best food and care. These mussels are fed various nutrients from soybean milk, fermented organic fertilizer such as bean cake and compost (pine tree soil and chicken manure), or compounds developed specifically for pearl mussels. Farmers check the water temperature and nutrients and move the mussels up or down as necessary.
Periodically, the mussels are removed from the water for cleaning and a health check. Aquatic weed, barnacles and other organisms that might interfere with their feeding are removed from the mussel's shell. Mussels are also susceptible to bacteria, virus, plankton, and fish. With research and development, medicines have been invented to thwart certain diseases, making it possible to cultivate mussels for longer periods. However, plague is still the largest problem that the industry faces. Tending to the mussels is a labor intensive and continuous process aimed at smoothly developing the pearls to minimize blemishes.
Previously, we cultivated our implanted freshwater mussels for about two years before harvest. Now, we have extended the cultivation period to four to seven years, or sometimes longer, to create high quality freshwater pearls sized 9 ?18 mm. On the other hand, most other pearl types are grown for one to three years.

Harvesting and Processing

 
Farms usually harvest between October and February, because during the fall and winter, mussels produce nacre layers more slowly, resulting in a smoother surface and higher luster. Harvested pearls are cleaned immediately in freshwater. The pearls are scrubbed, and then washed in warm water followed by several more soap and fresh water washings. Usually, the pearls are tumbled with relatively soft material such as crumbled cork, bamboo chips, or walnut shell chips to remove organic tissue that may still surround the pearl. Last, the pearls are dried and sent for sorting, drilling and matching. Used freshwater pearl mussel shells may be processed into roadbed material.
 
 
After harvest, gem quality pearls must be sorted by size, shape, color and luster. No two pearls are ever exactly alike, so the sorting is done by experts. Each pearl is handled hundreds of times during the classification and matching process. After sorting, the pearls are drilled with great care and precision because an inexperienced operator can split or ruin pearls. A slightly off-center hole will ruin a necklace or other item of jewelry that depends upon the symmetry the pearls.
All pearls must be matched and strung for future use. Experts must compare pearls that are similar in size, shape, luster and color - looking for nearly exact matches. Only highly-trained artisans with years of experience can find matching pearls for a necklace, a pair of earrings or other jewelry. Artisans must sort through more than 10,000 pearls to find enough pearls that are so closely matched to create a single necklace.
 
 
 
 
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