Laryssa Wirstiuk

Wedding Jewelry Around the Globe

A woman wearing traditional Chinese wedding jewelry, including a headdress.
A celebration of love and commitment, marriage is honored all over the world by many different cultures. When it comes to weddings, jewelry plays a very significant role in the traditions and customs surrounding this special ceremony, with a wedding ring acting as a universal symbol of love and unity.

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Celebrating a 30th Anniversary With Pearls

Couple celebrating their anniversary by embracing.
As a company that believes in honoring life's most cherished moments, we think every anniversary is a milestone worth celebrating. But wedding anniversaries are particularly impressive, especially when a couple dedicates themselves to one another - in sickness and in health - for several decades. Reaching the 30th year of marriage, for example, is a significant achievement.

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The History of Jewelry Boxes

Valuable Jewelry box with inlayed and carved relief of fruit motif
As lovers of jewelry, especially pearl jewelry, we take pride in caring for our favorite pieces, so they can last a lifetime and even be enjoyed by future generations. Having a safe place to store jewelry is essential for maintaining its original condition. For many people, jewelry storage methods are based on personal preference, but jewelry boxes have an undeniable charm, making them one of the most common ways to store treasured items.

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Exploring the Origins of Gift Giving

Gold gift box with gold ribbon
Do you love giving gifts as much as you love receiving them? You’re not alone - we also love the pleasant feeling we get from this exchange. Gift giving is a two-way street that creates a bond between the giver and receiver. It produces a euphoric feeling of pleasure and joy, which makes gift giving - and receiving - so addicting! We've seen firsthand how giving an Add-A-Pearl cultured pearl necklace can positively impact someone's life.

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Pearl Is One of Three Amazing June Birthstones

Give a pearl birthstone gift to June babies with an Add-A-Pearl gift.
The balmy and bright summer month of June is one of only two months (December is the other) with three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. People with June birthdays can choose from multiple gems to celebrate their special day. At Add-A-Pearl, we're obviously partial to pearls, but we also enjoy learning about other birthstone alternatives and the origins behind their birthstone traditions.

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The World's Most Infamous Jewel Heists

The famed Al Thani jewels collection on exhibit at Grand Palais, Paris
The cinema box office has shown us that the spectacle of elaborate jewelry heists will always draw in excited audiences. Entire film subgenres and lucrative franchises have been dedicated to this type of crime-filled fantasy. Ocean’s Eight is a popular movie that falls under this category, with the thieves targeting a necklace worth more than $150 million. Lupin, a popular Netflix series set in Paris, is another example of a heist-related film that involves a jewelry heist at an auction in the Louvre.

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Famous Crowns and Tiaras With Pearls

Royal crown featuring pearls and velvet
At the top of every aristocrat’s head rests a piece of jewelry that symbolizes royalty, wealth and power. Wearing a crown or tiara is the ultimate sign of supreme excellence. These regal hair ornaments have been worn by noble women and men as far back as 2500 BC. Made with precious metals and clusters of garnets, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, amethyst, aquamarine, rubies, and lustrous pearls, each headpiece proclaims its wearer’s sovereignty.

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Mother's Day Traditions Around the World

Celebrating our moms all year long is important, but one special holiday allows us to dedicate all our attention to our favorite mother figure, whether that's a biological mom, grandmother, pet mom, or anyone else who acts in a motherly way. Mother’s Day is celebrated far and wide across the globe, on different days and in different ways.

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5 Spring Cocktails With a Side of Pearls

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the pleasant weather and a refreshing drink, with or without alcohol. Elevate your drink service this season by experimenting with craveworthy new drink recipes and by adding some new pearl-inspired bar tools to your collection. The grass is green, and the flowers are blooming, and we couldn’t be more excited!

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The Charm of Victorian Valentines

A card from the Victorian era with flowers and a fan
With Valentine's Day on horizon, we're thinking about our loved ones, of course, but we're also thinking about some of the unique ways that Valentine's Day has been celebrated throughout history. As a child, you may have passed homemade or drugstore-bought Valentines to your classmates and friends. These days, you may share cards and gifts with those closest to your heart. You may even receive gifts like chocolates or heart-shaped candy.

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Sentimental Milestone Gifts for Sons and Grandsons

A young boy reaches for sentimental Christmas ornaments
A question we often receive from customers is: "Now that I've purchased an Add-a-Pearl necklace for my daughter or granddaughter, what can I buy the boy in my life who also deserves a special gift that will last a lifetime?" There are actually plenty of examples of heirloom treasures that can be gifted to a son or grandson. Continue reading this blog post for some of our favorite ideas.

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Ideas for Unconventional New Year's Resolutions

Woman sitting down to brainstorm New Year's resolution
In January, many people feel hopeful about the year ahead, which they see as a blank slate. They imagine positive changes, better habits, new beginnings, and a brighter future. According to a survey from Discover Happy Habits, more than a quarter of respondents plan on setting a resolution for 2021. Some of the most common New Year's resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, eating a healthier diet, saving money, achieving a better work-life balance, getting organized, and quitting smoking. Do you typically set a New Year's resolution?

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Trimming Your Christmas Tree With Pearls

This angel-shaped Christmas ornament features a beautiful pearl.
Decking a Christmas tree with garland, lights, and ornaments is a beloved holiday past-time for many families all over the world. Ornaments can be treasured heirlooms, and they often symbolize special moments and milestones, just like Add-A-Pearl custom pearl necklaces do. While some people adhere to a specific theme for their tree trimmings, others simply accumulate ornaments over the years. Either way, the decorated tree always looks magical and otherworldly.

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Power Pearls: Female Leaders Who Love Pearl Jewelry

Jacqueline Kennedy wearing pearls on her wedding day.
Many people today associate pearl jewelry with power, and that idea all started with Cleopatra. In one legendary tale about the Egyptian queen, she dissolved one large pearl from a pair of her earrings in vinegar and drank the solution as a way of showing Mark Anthony her power and extravagant wealth. Even in modern-day times, pearls are associated with fierce female leadership, both in the courtroom and in politics.

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Holiday Desserts Featuring Pearls

Festive holiday table with special desserts featuring pearls
With the holidays quickly approaching and many people still spending a lot of time at home, ovens are getting pre-heated! Home bakers all over the world are dreaming about the treats they'll be making for family and friends - and even for themselves.

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How to Explore the United States Virtually

Scratch the travel itch by exploring the United States virtually
Do you miss traveling? Seven months after the federal government first declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, life in many parts of the country is slowly starting to return to normal. However, many people are still staying home and trying to cope with their wanderlust. Just because you’re on the couch doesn’t mean you can’t scratch your travel itch! Check out the following resources and start exploring America from a unique point of view.

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Best Family Heirloom Gift Ideas

Coins are an excellent heirloom gift idea
While an heirloom is a treasured item that has belonged to a family for multiple generations, a "future heirloom" is typically a special gift shared with the intention that it will be passed down to children and grandchildren. The best heirloom gifts are personal, meaningful, and timeless, so they're not driven by fads or trends. In addition, they're typically made from high-quality materials that can hold up to a controlled indoor environment and reasonable wear. Ideally, they'll also appreciate value over time.

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Four Memorable Songs About Pearls

Memorable songs that feature pearls
Many people associate the summer season with music and for good reason - there's always a "song of the summer". You can probably recall the songs that played in the car while you enjoyed a summer road trip with friends or family, and you may think fondly about the best outdoor concerts you attended during the summer months. In these last few weeks of summer, we have music on our minds, and we're thinking about memorable songs that feature pearls in their lyrics. Can you think of any?

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Top Wedding Trends for Fall 2020

How couples are celebrating weddings in fall 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples who had planned to tie the knot in 2020 are now postponing their weddings or scaling back on their original vision for their dream wedding ceremonies and receptions. However, some couples are still planning to get married this fall. According to the results of a recent survey by the wedding planning resource Hitched, 18% of couples will be sticking with their original wedding date if it's due to take place before the end of the year. They simply can't wait any longer to commit to forever!

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Tips for Traveling the World With Pearl Jewelry

Keep your pearls safe while traveling
If you've got a case of wanderlust, you've likely been pinning new travel destinations to your Pinterest Bucket List Travel board and binge-watching YouTube travel videos. Your adventurous spirit is more than ready to travel again! Unfortunately, now may still not be the best time for travel, and you may have put some of your 2020 travel plans on hold. But that's not going to stop you from dreaming!

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Celebrating Summer All Over the World

Young women celebrating Midsommar in Sweden
Author Charles Bowden once wrote, "Summertime is always the best of what might be." Many people all over the world agree with his sentiment, taking advantage of summer as a time to indulge in warmth, relaxation, and joy. We're fascinated by all the ways that different cultures celebrate the summer season, and we'd like to share some of those festive traditions with you. Continue reading to learn more about summer celebrations from all over the world.

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4 Classic Fiction Books with "Pearl" in the Title

Classic literature and the timeless elegance of a cultured pearl necklace complement each other naturally.
Classic literature and the timeless elegance of a cultured pearl necklace complement each other naturally. Powerful symbols and awe-inspiring objects, pearls have fueled creativity and commanded attention for centuries, so it's no surprise that they've been featured in many stories. Summer is a great time to indulge in reading and to sink your teeth into a captivating novel, especially if you have the chance to sit on the beach or by a pool. In this blog post, we'll be sharing some classic novels featuring "pearl" in the title, so you can add them to your summer reading list and explore some exciting and new fictional worlds.

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Celebrations for Kids and Teens in a Post-COVID-19 World

Many milestones for kids and teens have been cancelled during COVID-19.
Enduring lockdowns, event cancellations, and other restrictions has been difficult for nearly everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, few people realize just how profoundly the social upheaval has affected children and teens, who haven't been able to experience some of the traditional activities and moments that bring joy to their lives and shape their budding identities.

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Profiles of Famous People Named Pearl

Pearl S. Buck is best known for her novel The Good Earth
Did you know that the name Pearl first gained traction among expecting parents during the late Victorian Era? Toward the end of the 19th century, many parents started naming their girls after gemstones, including Pearl, Ruby, and Opal. To people who lived during that time period, pearl necklaces and pearl jewelry represented purity and were highly prized. Queen Victoria herself was a collector and lover of pearls. If you're interested in learning more about the fascinating significance of Victorian-Era jewelry, you should definitely check out our blog post about experiential jewelry.

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3 Tips to Style Yourself for a Work-from-Home Video Call

Wear a cultured pearl necklace for a Zoom call
Businesses and offices across the country are slowly reopening now that strict shelter-in-place guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, but many people are still working from home, either by choice or because their employers have not yet resumed normal operations. The work-from-home crowd has quickly adapted to this new lifestyle, setting up makeshift offices and creating boundaries between work life and personal life.

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The Tradition of Pearls in Healing Arts

Pearls have been prized for their healing and anti-aging properties throughout history
With nearly every person in the world somehow affected by the pandemic, both directly and indirectly, you have likely been impacted by COVID-19 in some way. You may be worried about your own health or the health of your loved ones. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds. During this uncertain time, we may find some comfort in protective talismans, which can remind us, at the very least, to take care of ourselves and maintain a positive outlook.

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History of Wedding Dresses and Pearl Embellishments

Pearl embellishments on a wedding dress
For many married women, a wedding dress is one of the most elaborate and intricate pieces of clothing they'll ever wear in their lives. Some unmarried women spend years dreaming about the wedding gown they'll one day wear, making mental notes about what they do and don't like. They make Pinterest boards and save pages out of magazines, imagining how they'll look at the altar on their big day.

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Less Is the New More, and Minimalism Is Abundance

Pearl jewelry can support a minimalist lifestyle.
In 2014, Marie Kondo published her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in the United States and subsequently started a movement of people who became interested in organizing their surroundings and reducing clutter in their lives. Released in 2019, Kondo's Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" drew even more attention to her innovative yet straightforward KonMari method, which involves gathering your belongings, category by category, and then keeping only the items that "spark joy".

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Choosing Between Graduated and Uniform Pearl Necklaces

In a graduated strand of pearls, the largest pearl is placed at the center of the strand.
Cultured pearl necklaces are available in more varieties and silhouettes than most consumers realize. Not only do the pearls themselves come in different diameters and shapes, but the strands are also available in two major styles: graduated and uniform. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between these two styles, so you can decide which one is right for you and plan your pearl purchase accordingly.

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The Meaning of Circles and the Role They Play in Jewelry

From the beginning of the history of jewelry design, circles have played an important role.
Throughout history, the circle has remained a symbolic shape that transcends geography, language, culture, and time. Many people believe that the circle represents concepts like eternity, femininity, wholeness, and the cycle of life. In addition, the sun and the moon, which have captured the devoted attention of scientists, astronauts, poets, astrologers, and many others, are both circles.

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Pearl Diving Is the Travel Experience of a Lifetime

Get a meaningful jewelry gift while you travel the world
Giving pearls as a meaningful jewelry gift will definitely make a lasting impression on the person who receives them. Now imagine taking that gift to the next level by treating your loved one to a pearl-diving travel experience, where she can not only see how pearls are formed but also find and choose a cultured pearl to take home with her and have set in a piece of jewelry like a cultured pearl necklace, which she'll treasure forever.

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Pearl Jewelry Is an Ideal Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve Accessory

Pearl Jewelry is the ideal accessory for holiday dressing
Now that the holidays are in full swing, you may be eyeing the most festive and dressy items of clothing in your closet - luxurious cashmere sweaters, sequined dresses, high-heeled boots, and velvet accents. At this time of year, most people like to seize the opportunity to put a little extra effort into their wardrobe. They also love dressing their young daughters in cute dresses with bows and young sons in adorable holiday sweaters.

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Pearl Jewelry Plays a Supporting Role in Many Hollywood Movies

Audrey Hepburn wears a pearl necklace in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Without a doubt, Hollywood and jewelry fit together like movie theaters and popcorn. "Silver screen" and "Golden Globes" are two movie industry terms that seem like they could be associated with jewelry, which also plays a major role in Red Carpet fashion. Watch any Hollywood award show these days, and you'll see the presenters fawning over starlets dripping with diamonds and other precious gems.

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The Symbolic Meaning of Pearl Colors

Pearls come in many colors, and each color has its own meaning.
White isn't the only pearl color in cultured pearl necklaces and other pearl jewelry. In fact, pearls are available in many captiving colors, including white, black, pink, purple, blue, yellow, and others. Some colors are more common than others, but all of them possess the beautiful lustre that makes pearls so desirable.

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How Climate Change and Other Environmental Factors Have Affected Oysters

The warming of ocean waters is affecting cultivation of pearl oysters.
Just like natural gas, iron, and coal, oysters are natural resources that are affected by shifts in the environment and climate. In the past, marine biologists feared that the greatest threat to oysters was over-harvesting. However, researchers and oyster farmers alike are realizing that climate change, disease, and pollution are threatening the world's oyster populations, which are used for both pearls and food.

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Where Do Pearls Come From? An Exploration of Exotic Pearl Origins

These workers are farming cultured pearls for jewelry.
One of the most exciting things about wearing pearl jewelry is knowing that pearls are sourced from some of the most exotic and remote places in the world. Even if you never get to visit those destinations yourself, you can still feel connected to them, knowing that your jewelry came from a far-off land with unique traditions probably very different from your own

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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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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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