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Ashley Williams and her Add-A-Pearls

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:42:46 PM America/Chicago

lola and her grammy and poppy

(Lola and her Grammy and Poppy on her 5th birthday. Photo c/o Ashely Williams)

I started necklaces for my 2 girls for their 1st birthdays.  I have two girls, a 5 and 2 year old and we have been giving them pearls for special occasions like the first day of kindergarten! I purchased a pearl for Lola (5 year old) for becoming a Big Sister.  I take a picture of us giving them their pearls and keep the card in an album that will be displayed on their wedding day…

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Patty Martin and June

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:00:15 PM America/Chicago

(Patty's granddaughter, June. Photo c/o Patty Martin)

My dad started this necklace form when I was a teenager and unfortunately he passed before ever being able to finish it for me. I never did finish it. My daughter was born and I just couldn’t do it for her. Then my children shared that I was going to have my first grandchild and it was going to be a girl and her name would be June, not born in June but I thought that being my first granddaughter that I would like to give her a pearl for every special moment in her life adding the final pearl on the day she gets married. It will be the largest and center pearl to have an entire strand to wear on her wedding day! I will set aside an account for this to be finished just in case! This is important to me. My dad always gave that one special gift and I want this to be my one extra gift for my granddaughter.

Written by: Patty Martin

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Karen O'Hara with Skylar and Bettie

Monday, July 10, 2017 12:39:59 PM America/Chicago

(photo of Skylar (top photo), 10 months old and Bettie, 4 months c/o Karen O'Hara)

I started my Grand Daughters Add a Pearl Necklace Christmas, 2016.

We had our first grandchild 7 years ago, a Boy.  When we found out our daughter and husband were expecting their second child June, 2016 we were so excited.  Months later they were told they were having another boy. 

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Morgan Kath and Her Add-A-Pearls

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:07:18 AM America/Chicago

(Morgan Kath wearing her Add-A-Pearl necklace)

I’ve had my Add-A-Pearl necklace for as long as I can remember. I received it from my godparents for my baptism with three pearls and the necklace grew as I did. Every year for my birthday and Christmas,

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All About Pearls: The June Birthstone

Monday, June 12, 2017 9:53:00 AM America/Chicago

(Coco Chanel and her ropes of pearls, google images)

Known as the Queen of Gems, pearls have been coveted for centuries. Elegant, timeless, and mysterious, pearls come in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. Besides being the birthstone for June, the pearl is also frequently gifted on the 1st, 3rd, 12th, and 30th wedding anniversaries. Our overview will help you understand the basics to choose pearls just right for you.

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Will The Next Generation Love Her Add-A-Pearl Necklace?

Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:45:40 PM America/Chicago

(Baby playing on a laptop while holding a cellphone, shutterstock image)

If you’re considering starting an Add-A-Pearl necklace, you might be baffled by lifestyles, behaviors, and values of younger generations. Plenty of research is available on the characteristics of millennials (defined as "twenty-somethings')) and post-millenials (dubbed Generation Z), so by now, we’re aware of their likes and dislikes. Often described as self-expressive, upbeat, passionate, tech-savvy and civic-oriented, they often have a strong sense of community and a focus on societal needs. 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Kay Etheredge and Caroline

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:45:07 AM America/Chicago

(Kay and her granddaughter Caroline)

“I was in second grade when I overheard a conversation between two girls in my class.  They were talking about their Add A Pearl necklaces that their grandmothers had gotten them. Even at that young age I thought it was such a beautiful idea but didn't think my parents or grandparents could afford it.  I never mentioned it to anyone.

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Jim and Barbara Berger

Monday, June 5, 2017 1:03:51 PM America/Chicago

(Jim and Barbara Berger anniversary dinner)

"In April we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as you know. And as is tradition for us I gave Barbara her necklace during our dinner out on our Anniversary.

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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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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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