Laryssa Wirstiuk

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.

In this blog post, however, we're going to turn our attention to pearls, which have played supporting roles in many memorable Hollywood movies. We're going to focus on two films in particular: The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany's. We love that both of these movies are based on novels, so the costume and set designers had to work extra hard to bring an already-imagined world to life.

The Great Gatsby

In 2013, Warner Brothers released a new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Based on a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby tells the story of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American Dream.

Since the movie is set in the 1920s, the styling must also reflect the time period, so the cast members wear lavish items like sequined and fringed flapper dresses, bejeweled headbands, feathers, and of course - long strands of pearls, which the women typically knot to create a Y-shaped silhouette.

Lead actress Casey Mulligan, who plays Daisy, looks especially stunning in her pearl hand ornaments and Savoy headpiece, which you can view on the Tiffany & Co. website. Daisy wears these striking pearl pieces in a very important scene: the first time Daisy and her husband Tom attend one of Gatsby's famous parties.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

We simply couldn't write a blog post about pearls in Hollywood without mentioning Audrey Hepburn and her iconic look in Breakfast at Tiffany's. If you've never seen the movie, you must see it immediately because it's a classic. Here's a summary: based on Truman Capote's novel of the same name, it's a 1961 film that tells the story of Holly Golightly, a young New York City socialite and party girl who becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Played by Hepburn, Holly Golightly is known for a very specific look, which includes a long, sleeveless black dress, a jeweled hair clip stuck into her high bun, and a multi-strand pearl necklace with a jeweled pendant. The amazing pearl necklace has traveled the world as part of an exhibit called "Pearls: A Natural History", and it continues to influence women's fashion today. According to this article from Forbes, "The image of Hepburn standing outside Tiffany’s jewelry store at the break of morning in the gown she wore the night before and multi-strands of pearls with a floral clasp in the center, a tiara, sunglasses and opera length gloves has been imprinted in our minds, imitated and recreated in a host of magazines, jewelry display cases and windows and has been handed down for generations since the film came out."

If you haven't seen these movies, you may be wondering, "How can a detail as small as a pearl necklace be so memorable?" The truth is that the characters' clothing and accessories define them and shape their personalities. Since we can't fully know the characters in real life, we look to eye-catching details like memorable pearl jewelry to help us better understand the characters' style and tastes.

Before you buy a milestone jewelry piece like a pearl necklace, you may want to watch either one of these films to see how pearl jewelry can support strong emotions and how it can become a person's signature piece. Then, you'll better understand how pearl jewelry can be a meaningful jewelry gift for your daughter or another special lady in your life.

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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