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The Charm of Victorian Valentines

A card from the Victorian era with flowers and a fan
With Valentine's Day on horizon, we're thinking about our loved ones, of course, but we're also thinking about some of the unique ways that Valentine's Day has been celebrated throughout history. As a child, you may have passed homemade or drugstore-bought Valentines to your classmates and friends. These days, you may share cards and gifts with those closest to your heart. You may even receive gifts like chocolates or heart-shaped candy.

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Sentimental Milestone Gifts for Sons and Grandsons

A young boy reaches for sentimental Christmas ornaments
A question we often receive from customers is: "Now that I've purchased an Add-a-Pearl necklace for my daughter or granddaughter, what can I buy the boy in my life who also deserves a special gift that will last a lifetime?" There are actually plenty of examples of heirloom treasures that can be gifted to a son or grandson. Continue reading this blog post for some of our favorite ideas.

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Ideas for Unconventional New Year's Resolutions

Woman sitting down to brainstorm New Year's resolution
In January, many people feel hopeful about the year ahead, which they see as a blank slate. They imagine positive changes, better habits, new beginnings, and a brighter future. According to a survey from Discover Happy Habits, more than a quarter of respondents plan on setting a resolution for 2021. Some of the most common New Year's resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, eating a healthier diet, saving money, achieving a better work-life balance, getting organized, and quitting smoking. Do you typically set a New Year's resolution?

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Trimming Your Christmas Tree With Pearls

This angel-shaped Christmas ornament features a beautiful pearl.
Decking a Christmas tree with garland, lights, and ornaments is a beloved holiday past-time for many families all over the world. Ornaments can be treasured heirlooms, and they often symbolize special moments and milestones, just like Add-A-Pearl custom pearl necklaces do. While some people adhere to a specific theme for their tree trimmings, others simply accumulate ornaments over the years. Either way, the decorated tree always looks magical and otherworldly.

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Power Pearls: Female Leaders Who Love Pearl Jewelry

Jacqueline Kennedy wearing pearls on her wedding day.
Many people today associate pearl jewelry with power, and that idea all started with Cleopatra. In one legendary tale about the Egyptian queen, she dissolved one large pearl from a pair of her earrings in vinegar and drank the solution as a way of showing Mark Anthony her power and extravagant wealth. Even in modern-day times, pearls are associated with fierce female leadership, both in the courtroom and in politics.

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Holiday Desserts Featuring Pearls

Festive holiday table with special desserts featuring pearls
With the holidays quickly approaching and many people still spending a lot of time at home, ovens are getting pre-heated! Home bakers all over the world are dreaming about the treats they'll be making for family and friends - and even for themselves.

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How to Explore the United States Virtually

Scratch the travel itch by exploring the United States virtually
Do you miss traveling? Seven months after the federal government first declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, life in many parts of the country is slowly starting to return to normal. However, many people are still staying home and trying to cope with their wanderlust. Just because you’re on the couch doesn’t mean you can’t scratch your travel itch! Check out the following resources and start exploring America from a unique point of view.

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Best Family Heirloom Gift Ideas

Coins are an excellent heirloom gift idea
While an heirloom is a treasured item that has belonged to a family for multiple generations, a "future heirloom" is typically a special gift shared with the intention that it will be passed down to children and grandchildren. The best heirloom gifts are personal, meaningful, and timeless, so they're not driven by fads or trends. In addition, they're typically made from high-quality materials that can hold up to a controlled indoor environment and reasonable wear. Ideally, they'll also appreciate value over time.

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