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4 Ways Pearls Will Class Up Your Christmas

Friday, November 30, 2018 4:53:40 PM America/Chicago

The holiday season gives people an excuse to do that little extra.

People go all out spoiling loved ones with gifts, giving back to the community or decorating their houses — or all of the above!

To make your house stand out from the rest, adding subtle touches here and there goes a long way. One such subtle touch that can fit into most every holiday idea is: pearls.

Here are a few easy ideas using imitation, simulated or plastic pearls to take your holiday decorating to the next level. 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

6 Halloween Costumes Boosted By Pearls

Friday, October 12, 2018 4:08:06 PM America/Chicago

Halloween is lurking around the corner, and odds are you will take the kids trick or treating or will be heading to a costume party — or both! 

For many of us, Halloween is like Christmas. We cannot wait to go all out, both in our attire and with our home decorations. The anticipation is agonizing. 

If you are considering creating your own costume, or looking for accessories to complete your costume, here are a few costumes in which you incorporate pearls for some added flash and style: 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

An Add-A-Pearl Tribute

Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:56:49 AM America/Chicago

The gift that keeps on giving. "My mother started and Add-A-Pearl necklace for our daughter," said Laurye Cambell Ray. " She started the necklace sometime around 1985 and added pearls each birthday until she completed the necklace. My daughter wore her necklace for her college graduation in 2007 and when she got married in 2010. Here is a picture of her wearing her necklace when she got married."

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Something Old, Something New, Something More Than A Silly Wedding Rhyme

Thursday, September 27, 2018 2:53:22 PM America/Chicago

There are so many details that go into planning weddings. Most people don’t realize it until they plan their own, when detail after detail fly in your direction. 

And within those wedding-planning details are a variety of musts and traditions. One of the most common traditions is incorporating something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

That’s a lot of pressure coming from a rhyme that has existed since before you were born (the 19th century!). So before you gather your somethings, you should know where the tradition began.

And that’s where we start today.

 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

5 Unique Baby Shower Games That Won't Make Guests Roll Their Eyes

Friday, September 7, 2018 3:26:42 PM America/Chicago

Let’s face it ladies, as we get older, the prospect of another shower — or sprinkle (Yes, it’s a thing!) — gets less and less exciting. And each and every one of them has the same, old games to entertain guests and make the shower a bit more enjoyable. 

After a few showers,  though, all the activities blend together, and you could do them with your eyes closed; sometimes that’s even the point of the game!

But shower games aren’t necessarily a bad thing. They just need some upgrading.

The key to a good baby shower is creating games that are unique and fun for everyone. That being the case, these games will keep everyone at the party laughing and are sure to make the shower fly by.

 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Love and Loss

Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:27:54 AM America/Chicago

"When I found out I was pregnant with our daughter, I had several friends suggest the Add A Pearl idea. She will be 3 in November and we have gotten her a pearl for each birthday and other big milestones.

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Amy Ekis with Emma

Monday, August 27, 2018 1:22:25 PM America/Chicago

I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to have kids. I ached to be a mother and dreamed of having a daughter. My hope ebbed and flowed over the years; wavering some days then firey and solid the next, fading to only a shadow on others. 

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How To Evaluate Pearls

Friday, August 17, 2018 2:45:49 PM America/Chicago

Pearls’ beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and these 5 characteristics

 

Pearls here, pearls there, pearls everywhere. Cultured pearls, natural pearls; freshwater pearls, saltwater pearls. 

When does it end? (hopefully never!)

Pearls are popular. But all the quantity can make it difficult to determine the quality.

Depending on how you are planning to use your pearls, you are going to want the highest quality for your dollar.

We’re here to help you figure out what you’re looking for:

 

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Meaningful Baby Gift Ideas

Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:22:31 AM America/Chicago

Having trouble thinking of a perfect baby gift for your friends/family? Here’s just a few ideas to inspire you!

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Why Luster Matters

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:55:56 AM America/Chicago

single cultured pearl with high luster / shutterstock image

Pearls are categorized and sorted based on 7 value factors: size, shape, color, nacre, luster, orient and surface quality. Nacre and luster are the most important indicators of quality; however, most people do not understand what nacre is. Nacre is the hard, iridescent coating that oysters (and some mollusks) use to line the inside of their shells. Nacre is also what pearls are made of.

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