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6 Halloween Costumes Boosted By Pearls

Friday, October 12, 2018 4:08:06 PM America/Chicago

Halloween is lurking around the corner, and odds are you will take the kids trick or treating or will be heading to a costume party — or both! 

For many of us, Halloween is like Christmas. We cannot wait to go all out, both in our attire and with our home decorations. The anticipation is agonizing. 

If you are considering creating your own costume, or looking for accessories to complete your costume, here are a few costumes in which you incorporate pearls for some added flash and style: 

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An Add-A-Pearl Tribute

Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:56:49 AM America/Chicago

The gift that keeps on giving. "My mother started and Add-A-Pearl necklace for our daughter," said Laurye Cambell Ray. " She started the necklace sometime around 1985 and added pearls each birthday until she completed the necklace. My daughter wore her necklace for her college graduation in 2007 and when she got married in 2010. Here is a picture of her wearing her necklace when she got married."

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Something Old, Something New, Something More Than A Silly Wedding Rhyme

Thursday, September 27, 2018 2:53:22 PM America/Chicago

There are so many details that go into planning weddings. Most people don’t realize it until they plan their own, when detail after detail fly in your direction. 

And within those wedding-planning details are a variety of musts and traditions. One of the most common traditions is incorporating something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

That’s a lot of pressure coming from a rhyme that has existed since before you were born (the 19th century!). So before you gather your somethings, you should know where the tradition began.

And that’s where we start today.


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5 Unique Baby Shower Games That Won't Make Guests Roll Their Eyes

Friday, September 7, 2018 3:26:42 PM America/Chicago

Let’s face it ladies, as we get older, the prospect of another shower — or sprinkle (Yes, it’s a thing!) — gets less and less exciting. And each and every one of them has the same, old games to entertain guests and make the shower a bit more enjoyable. 

After a few showers,  though, all the activities blend together, and you could do them with your eyes closed; sometimes that’s even the point of the game!

But shower games aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They just need some upgrading.

The key to a good baby shower is creating games that are unique and fun for everyone. That being the case, these games will keep everyone at the party laughing and are sure to make the shower fly by.


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Love and Loss

Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:27:54 AM America/Chicago

"When I found out I was pregnant with our daughter, I had several friends suggest the Add A Pearl idea. She will be 3 in November and we have gotten her a pearl for each birthday and other big milestones.

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Amy Ekis with Emma

Monday, August 27, 2018 1:22:25 PM America/Chicago

I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to have kids. I ached to be a mother and dreamed of having a daughter. My hope ebbed and flowed over the years; wavering some days then firey and solid the next, fading to only a shadow on others. 

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How To Evaluate Pearls

Friday, August 17, 2018 2:45:49 PM America/Chicago

Pearls’ beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and these 5 characteristics


Pearls here, pearls there, pearls everywhere. Cultured pearls, natural pearls; freshwater pearls, saltwater pearls. 

When does it end? (hopefully never!)

Pearls are popular. But all the quantity can make it difficult to determine the quality.

Depending on how you are planning to use your pearls, you are going to want the highest quality for your dollar.

We’re here to help you figure out what you’re looking for:


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Meaningful Baby Gift Ideas

Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:22:31 AM America/Chicago

Having trouble thinking of a perfect baby gift for your friends/family? Here’s just a few ideas to inspire you!

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Why Luster Matters

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:55:56 AM America/Chicago

single cultured pearl with high luster / shutterstock image

Pearls are categorized and sorted based on 7 value factors: size, shape, color, nacre, luster, orient and surface quality. Nacre and luster are the most important indicators of quality; however, most people do not understand what nacre is. Nacre is the hard, iridescent coating that oysters (and some mollusks) use to line the inside of their shells. Nacre is also what pearls are made of.

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Pearls 101: A Quick Look at the Different Types

Friday, August 10, 2018 11:55:31 AM America/Chicago

Cultured pearl come in a variety of colors and shapes from round to baroque. image c/o shutterstock

Pearls aren’t just for necklaces anymore. 

A tradition the world over, pearls are often passed down through families, expanding their reach. But their uses have expanded, too. Growing popularity in fashion and decorations make pearls versatile and elegant items. 


They can be seen worn with casual or formal wear or as part of wedding, home or party décor. 

While pearls can been seen just about everywhere, different pearls can be used for different occasions. 

Understanding the different types of pearls is the first step to finding the perfect pearl for any event or space. 


Natural pearls

A wild, natural pearl is extremely rare, so if you get your hands on one, hold on to it!

Natural pearls are made almost completely of calcium carbonate and conchiolin, with no human assistance. 

These pearls come in a variety of shapes, and perfectly round ones are the rarest. 


Cultured pearls 

You are probably familiar with cultured pearls, which are created on a farm and made in either freshwater or saltwater. Not all mollusks create pearls, and when they are created, they may not be of high quality.

Cultured pearls are typically a uniform shape and size, but can be dyed any color. 

Cultured pearls are sold at a variety of prices based on quality and rarity of the type. There are 4 distinct types of cultured pearls. They are Akoya (saltwater), freshwater, South Sea and Tahitian. Here’s a closer look at each.

Akoya pearls


Commonly seen with white color and rose overtones, the finest Akoya pearls come from Japanese pearls farms. 


The roundest and most lustrous of these saltwater pearls are considerably more perfectly round and smoother than other types of cultured pearls.



South Sea Pearls


Found in Australia, Philippines and Indonesia, the South Sea pearls are among the rarest and most valuable of pearls. South Sea pearls are hard to miss and they stand out from other pearls usually due to their ability to grow larger than other types of cultured pearls.


South Sea pearls are large in size and range in color from optic white to a deep, honey gold. These pearls have a soft, luxurious reflection.


Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for these rare, but high-quality pearls. 



Tahitian Pearls


These pearls are known for their natural exotic black color — but don’t be fooled, they can come in any color including light creamy white, greens and deep black. The color comes from the oyster’s black lips. 


Tahitian pearls are farmed in French Polynesia, not Tahiti like the name suggests.





Freshwater Pearls


This varietal of pearl grows in mussels that live in rivers and lakes and are most commonly found in China. Mussels can create more than one pearl at a time. 


Pearls found in freshwater will look less lustrous and glossy than saltwater pearls. 


Freshwater pearls come in a variety of shapes and colors and are usually cheaper than saltwater pearls therefore they are commonly used for multi-strand necklaces and bracelets.


Now take this knowledge — and your pearls — and go impress some people at your next party. 




Alyssa Groh, 22CM Boost




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