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The Pearl Necklace Debate: What Happens If You Wear Pearls Every Day?

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There's been much speculation about whether it's best to save your pearls for special occasions or wear them every day. Some argue that pearls should only be worn on special occasions because they're delicate and can be easily damaged. Others contest this view by saying that you should wear them every day if that's something you enjoy. So how do you know what's best?

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The Grand Return of Weddings: 2022 Trends, Gift Ideas, and Tips

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This time of the year, two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down. This meant countless postponed and canceled weddings and just as many heartbroken couples and families. Lucky for many of us, 2022 is expected to be “the year of the wedding” as the coronavirus loosens its grip, and there are fewer restrictions. According to The Wedding Report, approximately 2.5 million weddings will happen this year. Since summer and fall are the most popular wedding seasons, now’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the best 2022 big day trends, gift ideas, and guest style tips.

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What Does It Mean When Something Is Handcrafted?

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When shopping for special gifts for loved ones, you may have come across the terms "handmade" and "handcrafted". Though they sound similar and both suggest that a human has been involved in the production process, they actually mean two different things. Before you make your next special and sentimental jewelry gift purchase, continue reading this blog post for an explanation.

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Diamonds and Pearls Are a Natural Pairing

A ring with a cluster of diamonds sits atop a strand of pearls
April's birthstone, diamonds are "a girl's best friend" and so much more. At Add-A-Pearl, we're obviously partial to pearls, but we love and appreciate diamonds as well. Stunning to behold and a perennial classic, diamonds have captivated hearts and inspired awe since the 4th century BC. In this blog post, we share the history and lore of diamonds as well as why they make such a great pairing for pearls. Continue reading for the full story.

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What Gifts Do Most Girls Like?

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Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift for your favorite girl, whether she's your daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, or someone else special in your world? Buying a gift for anyone can feel intimidating, but it's especially nerve-wracking when you're trying to express your appreciation and love for an individual who matters.

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Spring 2022 Fashion Trends - Including Pearls!

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Spring has sprung! It's a time when the natural world revives itself after the cold winter months, and sunlight becomes more plentiful. Similarly, humans like to shake off their winter doldrums, welcoming the warm weather with a fresh perspective and possibly a new outfit or two. What are the fashion trends we're expecting to see this spring season? Read this blog post for all the details (hint: pearls are definitely involved).

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What Does It Mean When Someone Gives You a Pearl?

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Have you recently received a pearl or pearl jewelry as a gift? You may be wondering about the pearl's significance. What makes it so special? If you're gifted a pearl, then you're a very lucky individual! In this blog post, we explain why pearls make lovely gifts and why you should treasure your special new object, whether it's an Add-A-Pearl cultured pearl necklace or something else.

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The History of Valentine's Day

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One of the most common criticisms about Valentine's Day is that it's just a "Hallmark holiday", meaning it's a holiday that exists only for commercial purposes. Every year on February 14th, sales of chocolates, cards, and roses skyrocket as individuals get struck by Cupid's arrow and go out of their way to demonstrate their love. Good luck trying to book a reservation at that romantic steakhouse in town!

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"Cultured Pearls" - A Pearl's Place in the Arts

Mosaic art featuring Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring
Throughout history, pearls have played a prominent role in arts and culture. Symbols of powerful concepts like rarity and purity, pearls are beloved by artists, writers, and other creators, who naturally find inspiration and meaning in their beauty. In our past blog posts, we've highlighted the various ways that pearls have made their way into the arts, including genres like music, fine art, literature, and cinema.

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The History of Santa Claus

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Ho, ho, ho! With his red suit, white beard, round belly, and jolly demeanor, Santa Claus is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world. Sometimes known as Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, this gift-giving fellow is beloved by children who leave him milk and cookies while awaiting his arrival and the accompanying reindeer hoofsteps on the roof. Throughout the year, kids are motivated to be on their best behavior because, when Christmas comes around, Santa will know if they've been naughty or nice - and then judge accordingly.

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