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Top 7 Reasons to Love Pearls

strands of white round pearls
Pearls are unique among gemstones. Perhaps because of their origin and radiance, pearls have fascinated people from the time they were first found in artifacts in Mesopotamia until the present. Pearls are among nature’s most fascinating creations. They are produced by mollusks and come from nature beautiful and ready to be worn.

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Pearl Necklace Stories from Our Finalists

melanie beasley with her daughter and twin granddaughters

Melanie Beasley expressed fondness for the tradition of Add-A-Pearl. She plans to add pearls for her twin granddaughters, Amelia Elizabeth and Butler Anne, for many years to come. She shared her thoughts with us below:

When I was 13 Add-A-Pearl necklaces were the rage. I was lucky enough to get one with five little pearls. This past June my twin granddaughters turned one year. I called the company because I still had (in the original box) my beautiful necklace. I wanted an exact replica of mine from 57 years prior. Your company made an exact necklace. My namesake was given the original and her sister a brand new one that looks just like it. I intend to add pearls for them for all special occasions so that they may hear a beautiful necklace to remember their grandmother.

 

written by Melanie Beasley, Charlotte, NC

Top 9 Types of Pearls You Should Know About

attractive brunette woman wearing a pearl necklace and a beautful double strand bracelet

Created naturally by a living creature over many years, every pearl is unique in its color, luster, size and shape. Pearl is one of the most beautiful and surprising gemstones available. Pearls have a timeless appeal them and enduring and worldwide popularity. Buying pearls for the first time can be confusing you will be confronted by hundreds of different varieties at an enormous range of prices. The two most important distinctions are the pearls habitat (saltwater or freshwater) and how the pearls have been grown, are they natural or cultivated?

 

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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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How Many Pearls are in a Necklace?

bride wearing a full strand of white cultured pearls with lace wedding dress and veil
Knowing how many pearls you will need to complete a necklace is helpful for planning the amount of pearls you will need each year. Cultured pearl necklaces are available in varying pearl sizes. You can choose to build a pearl necklace using all small size pearls to create a dainty piece of jewelry or you might prefer a bold look of larger pearls closer to 8 or 8.5mm.

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