A quick lesson on Pearls

Photo of Martha Stewart's "Weddings Good Together" editorial
Martha Stewart Weddings Good Together editorial recently featured Mikimoto’s Akoya Special Edition Value set ($3,950). The signature Akoya cultured pearl strand necklace and matching stud earrings perfectly complement a strapless gown and can be enjoyed and passed down?

Pearls are classic and still contemporary and probably one of our stores best sellers. Pearls are not only beautiful, but they are facinating. Each pearl is, of course, unique, but what makes each pearl strand different and what are the different types of pearls? Here is a quick lesson on pearls…

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Meaningful and Heartfelt Gift Purchasing on a Budget

Close up of bangles stacked on a bamboo branch
The bamboo collection of bangles from John Hardy starts at $250. photo credit: John Hardy

Everyone knows that when it comes to sincere gift giving, there is no substitution for a gift of fine jewelry. She loves it, it is meaningful, personal, and it shows that you took the time to ‘shop.’ A gift of fine jewelry is the most thoughtful gift for anyone you love for any special occasion. That part is easy. The hard part for many is the “budget.” But, a gift of fine jewelry does not have to break the bank. Here are some suggestions on purchasing affordable gifts that still come in those cute little boxes that are sure to delight:

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The Pearl of Queens, and the Queen of Pearls

Pearl bracelet with a diamond claspThat is exactly what the South Sea Pearls are called – the Queen of Pearls.

Did you know that before the science of pearl culturing was developed by Mikimoto in 1893, pearls of any kind were so exceedingly rare that thousands of oysters could be opened before one natural pearl was revealed?

Did you know that even today it could take years to assemble a harmoniously matched strand of high-quality South Sea pearl necklace?

Whether you desire a pair of luminous earrings or a simple elegant strand of pearls, enjoy these sumptuous gems.

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Are Pearls for Everyday Wear?

3 pearls-- two white and one blackAre pearls for everyday wear? You bet they are. No longer do we associate those beautiful, lustrous gems only with getting “all dressed up.” A strand of pearls can even be worn with jeans and a crisp white shirt.

Pearls that are spaced out on a strand with gold chain between the pearls would be another modern interpretation. A pearl stud earring is a great alternative to a diamond stud . There are so many sizes and hues available. And what could be more brilliant and flattering than a pearl pendant with a diamond accent framing a woman’s face?

Pearls can also be surprisingly affordable since there are so many varieties. What a unique, organic gem!

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