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What's the Difference Between Natural and Cultured Pearls

Monday, May 8, 2017 2:12:00 PM America/Chicago

(Natural Pearl Starter Necklace, photography by Zamier)

Pearls have been prized since ancient times for their natural beauty and their ability to embody timeless style without further enhancement. Symbols of love and glamour, they have been adored and admired by Emperors, Kings and Queens throughout history and across cultures.

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Saltwater or Freshwater Cultured Pearls: What's the Difference?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:59:51 PM America/Chicago

There are two main categories of cultured pearls: saltwater cultured pearls and freshwater cultured pearls. When shopping for pearls, it is important to understand the differences since saltwater and freshwater pearls vary greatly in price and luster.

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What Are Natural Pearls?

Friday, April 21, 2017 12:41:32 PM America/Chicago

(image c/o shutterstock)

Once upon a time, Pierre Cartier had a pearl necklace. It took him years to assemble all the big beautiful Oriental Natural pearls. This was long before the time of cultured pearls. Daisy Plant wanted the necklace. Although, her husband was very rich, she couldn’t afford to spend $1.5 million, which is what Mr. Cartier wanted.

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Silver vs. White Gold

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:48:21 AM America/Chicago

(shutterstock image)

Although they may look a lot alike and both are white metals, white gold and silver are two different types of metals. Each metal has its own benefits and drawbacks. 

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Cheer 4 Greer

Thursday, April 6, 2017 11:48:36 AM America/Chicago

photo of Greer courtesy of Courtney Bond

"My 3yo daughter's bone marrow transplant anniversary is just a few days away. We wanted an annual and tangible tradition to celebrate this life saving day. We decided on the Add-A-Pearl tradition necklace. They are also based in Chicago which is where she had all of her treatments and transplant for leukemia. When you start a new necklace you name it. We named it "Greer's Remission Celebration". 

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Luster and Value

Friday, March 31, 2017 2:11:57 PM America/Chicago

Pearls have been a much-loved symbol of beauty for centuries.

Although there is no universally accepted standardized grading scale, pearls are evaluated based on 7 value factors. The seven factors are size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching. Each factor is important by itself, but it’s their relationship to each other that determines a pearl’s value. Of the seven value factors, luster is considered the most significant because it is what gives a pearl its unique beauty.

 

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Share Your Add-A-Pearl Story Win a gift!

Monday, March 27, 2017 10:17:50 AM America/Chicago

Do you have a story to share about your Add-A-Pearl necklace? Has your necklace been passed down through several generations or has it been lost and found again after many years. Was it given to you for a unique occasion?  If so, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your story along with a picture of you or your sweet girl wearing your Add-A-Pearl necklace to inquiry@addapearl.com for a chance to be featured on our website. We’ll be selecting one story a month to win a special silver-plated heart shaped keepsake box with your choice of a personal message custom engraved on the lid! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dan and Ella

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:12:55 PM America/Chicago

 

When I was asked to be the godfather of my sister-in-law’s youngest child I was thrilled and excited. It was an honor I did not take lightly. 

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Nicole Roche and her Super Cute Twins

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:00:47 AM America/Chicago

Chloe and Sophia on Easter

“After having 3 sons, my husband and I were blessed with twin daughters Chloe and  Sophia. We wanted something special to give them and add a pearl was perfect! We  started their necklaces on their christening day and they get 1 for Valentine's Day and  Easter every year."

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Jan Hahn and Family of Girls

Monday, February 20, 2017 4:06:45 PM America/Chicago

Heather and Jennifer, 2 wonderful daughters

 “Next Tuesday, February 14, 2017, my husband and I will be married 47 years.  We were married on Valentine's Day in 1970.  I have a heart shaped diamond as my wedding ring.  I will turn 72 on Wednesday, Feb 15th. 

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