History of Pearl

Who Should Wear Pearls?

Pearls and white roses on a table
For many centuries, pearls had exclusively been associated with royalty and wealth, but today pearl jewelry is relatively accessible for consumers with many different jewelry budgets. The popularity of pearl jewelry has only continued to grow in recent years.

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The History of Valentine's Day

Cut-out hearts for Valentine's Day on a table
One of the most common criticisms about Valentine's Day is that it's just a "Hallmark holiday", meaning it's a holiday that exists only for commercial purposes. Every year on February 14th, sales of chocolates, cards, and roses skyrocket as individuals get struck by Cupid's arrow and go out of their way to demonstrate their love. Good luck trying to book a reservation at that romantic steakhouse in town!

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"Cultured Pearls" - A Pearl's Place in the Arts

Mosaic art featuring Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring
Throughout history, pearls have played a prominent role in arts and culture. Symbols of powerful concepts like rarity and purity, pearls are beloved by artists, writers, and other creators, who naturally find inspiration and meaning in their beauty. In our past blog posts, we've highlighted the various ways that pearls have made their way into the arts, including genres like music, fine art, literature, and cinema.

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The History of Santa Claus

Santa reaches for a sugar cookie with his gloved hand.
Ho, ho, ho! With his red suit, white beard, round belly, and jolly demeanor, Santa Claus is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world. Sometimes known as Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, this gift-giving fellow is beloved by children who leave him milk and cookies while awaiting his arrival and the accompanying reindeer hoofsteps on the roof. Throughout the year, kids are motivated to be on their best behavior because, when Christmas comes around, Santa will know if they've been naughty or nice - and then judge accordingly.

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Histories of Traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Objects

This tree is decorated with glittery poinsettia ornaments.
For many cultures worldwide, December really is "the most wonderful time of the year", no matter what holidays or traditions are being celebrated and observed. Whether they're connecting with friends and family members at festive gatherings or exchanging gifts, people from all parts of the globe engage in activities that feel special and memorable - from cheerful soirees with indulgent food to other meaningful moments like lighting a menorah or decorating a Christmas tree.

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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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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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