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History of Wearing Pearls in Jewelry

Hindu god Hanuman wears a strand of pearls.
Did you know that pearls were given as gifts as early as 2300 BC? Found in the China’s Huai River, freshwater pearls were a preferred gift for Chinese royalty at that time. When you give the gift of pearl jewelry, whether it’s a single pearl necklace or other sentimental jewelry piece, you’re following in the footsteps of some of the most legendary figures in world history. Many cultures, including the Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greeks, and Europeans, have valued pearl jewelry before us.

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How Many Pearls are in a Necklace?

bride wearing a full strand of white cultured pearls with lace wedding dress and veil
Knowing how many pearls you will need to complete a necklace is helpful for planning the amount of pearls you will need each year. Cultured pearl necklaces are available in varying pearl sizes. You can choose to build a pearl necklace using all small size pearls to create a dainty piece of jewelry or you might prefer a bold look of larger pearls closer to 8 or 8.5mm.

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Best Celebrity Pearl Jewelry Looks of 2019

Kate Middleton wearing pearl earrings at Wimbledon 2019.
If you don’t follow current fashion trends, you may not have realized that pearl jewelry is a popular look right now. In fact, many celebrities and models are wearing pearls about town, to awards shows, and to social events. In this blog post, we share some of our favorite celebrity looks, which you can use as inspiration when you’re designing your custom pearl necklace.

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Common Myths and Meanings Associated with Pearls

Iridescent oyster shell filled with various pearls
Whether or not you personally believe that gemstones and other natural materials carry meaning, you should consider knowing about the common meanings associated with pearls if you plan to give them as a sentimental jewelry gift. Sharing the meaning of a pearl when you give pearl jewelry to a loved one can add an extra-special touch and help the recipient better connect with the gift.

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The Five Most Impressive Pearls Throughout History

The Pearl of Allah, once the largest natural pearl in existence
Can you name some of the most famous gemstones in the world? The Hope Diamond, The Taylor-Burton Diamond, and The Cullinan Diamond probably come to mind. We’re left wondering: why should diamonds get all the attention? The truth is that famous, beloved pearls have also inspired awe throughout history. In this blog post, we discuss five of our favorite well-known pearls, some of which have been set in meaningful jewelry.

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A Forever Gift of Pearls

Jordan is wearing her Add-A-Pearl necklace the day she and her grammy went downtown to have lunch at the Walnut Room.

The Add-A-Pearl tradition in my family started about 50 years ago, thanks to my mom, Janet.  I can't recall what exactly made her start but it must have been for my ninth or 10th birthday that she brought me home my pearls. We didn't have much and I remember thinking that they were the most beautiful thing I'd ever owned. Funny, but a half century later, I still feel that way. 

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What is Cultured Pearls vs Real Pearls?

pretty girls face and neck shown wearing a single pearl necklace

Seeing as pearl is the birthstone of June, the timing is right to highlight a precious gem whose lore, beauty, and mystique has been prized as far back as 2206 BC. During Ancient Roman times, Julius Caesar was fascinated with natural pearls. Being that they were associated with the goddess of love, Venue, Caesar would gift pearls to his favorite mistresses. At the height of the Roman Empire, when the pearl obsession reached its peak, the noted Roman historian writer Suetonius expressed that the Roman general Vitellius financed an entire military campaign by selling just one of his mother’s pearl earrings.

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