Category: Ormond Beach

We are moving!

Attention Ormond Beach Pearl Girls!

We are moving!

Pearls International’s Ormond Beach location on Granada Blvd. will CLOSING on Sunday, but we won’t be far away! We will be open through Saturday, May 9th. After Mother’s Day, we will still be available for all of your jewelry, repair, and custom design needs right down the beach at 3114 So. Atlantic Avenue!

Some REALLY FANTASTIC opportunities have opened up for Pearls International and we will be focusing on those as well as making sure you are well-taken care of! (We will be announcing BIG NEWS soon!)

As always, you can reach us by phone at 386.767.3473 or online at www.pearlsinternational.com.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon in our flagship shop at 3114 So. Atlantic Avenue!

UCF Helps Restore Oyster Reefs

UCF Knights Give Back

The University of Central Florida’s volunteer program, Knights Give Back, recently completed their Eighth Annual Day of Service! The program has grown extensively over the years, as more and more UCF students, alumni, teachers, and other volunteers have started lining up for their chance to give back. This year, thousands of volunteers working at more than 20 different volunteer sites across central Florida worked on a variety of projects helping the community and the environment.

Infographic on Knights Give Back throughout the years

We at Pearls International are especially interested in this event because this year, one volunteer activity aims to help our favorite little ocean organisms – that’s right, oysters!

On October 11th, 2014, a multitude of students, teachers, and alumni, led by Dr. Linda Walters of the UCF biology department spent their day helping to restore degraded shorelines and oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon. Volunteers planted and transplanted mangroves and marsh grass, and created oyster restoration mats. These mats were placed in areas where oyster reefs used to exist, helping to restore the population. Oysters are a keystone, or essential, species and are filter-feeders, which means they actually clean the water as they eat, helping to create a healthy ecosystem in the lagoon.

UCF Students creating oyster mats.
UCF Students creating oyster mats to help restore the oyster population.
Pearls on Sand

Pearls are Fun, but We Take Oysters VERY SERIOUSLY!!

(This post is part of our blog series that deals with Pearls International’s take on social and environmental responsibility. For more information on how Pearls International gives back, please click here.)

Pearls International is the best place around if you want to play with pearls, get educated on pearls, find out about YOUR pearls, or just have fun!  Everyone knows that pearls are our favorite pastime and that we have a huge selection of creative pearl pieces that you can admire, touch or try on!

But when it comes to oysters, those amazing little animals who actually make the pearls, Pearls International gets deadly serious!  Because we live and breathe pearls, we know the importance of making sure that our friends, the oysters, stay healthy and happy and keep on making their little gems.  Now, it takes an oyster at least one year to come up with a pearl of any size at all, and two years if you want a nice big one.  Some really large pearls take as long as six years to form!  Actually, a healthy oyster can have a life-span of 8-12 years, but pearls that are grown in polluted water are usually pitted with rough spots and the delicate oysters don’t last long there, either.

Oysters need clean water in order to thrive and make lovely pearls.  As it turns out, oysters are quite fragile and they can’t survive in pollution. When oysters are forced to live in polluted water, they become frail.  Their shells weaken and predators come along, invade those soft shells, and destroy the hard-working mollusks!

Pearls are amazing.  The shells they come from are more amazing still, and the animals who live in the shells and make those gorgeous pearls are the most amazing of all.  Not diamonds, not pearls, but OYSTERS are a girl’s best friend!  Nature at its finest never made a more beautiful finished product.  So we need to keep those vulnerable oysters in clean water.

Here’s how Pearls International is helping:

[dropcap2]1.[/dropcap2]Sustainable Practices
Whether it’s making sure to recycle that soda can or turning off the lights when we leave a room, it’s important to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible. Around here, we are careful not to put harmful chemicals into the water supply, and we re-use as many materials as possible to help reduce waste products and energy use from mining and transport.

[dropcap2]2.[/dropcap2]Ethical Sourcing
We’re a small company, but we still handle millions of pearls every year. Here at Pearls International, we are very aware of how even a small company like ours could have an effect on the environment if we were to use practices that could negatively affect the environment. That’s why we are constantly working with our vendors to seek out better ways to protect the oysters we love through every step of the supply chain.

[dropcap2]3.[/dropcap2]Responsible Stewardship
Perhaps the most important thing we do here at Pearls International is educate! We are always telling people about the amazing things you can find in the ocean, and why they’re worth saving. We think that if everybody did the same, our oceans would be a whole lot healthier. Toward that end, we are always learning, and always spreading the word about our H20-loving friends.

Here’s how you can help:

There are many things you can do to keep the oceans healthy, from cleaning up after yourself at the beach to using fewer plastic products (remember the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Yuck!).

These are things you can do every day, but if you really want to make a change? Get involved! Contact your local policy-makers to let them know you care about our oceans, and join an organization that is working to protect our most valuable global resource.

With your help, our oceans will be just as beautiful for our children’s children.

Oysters

Oysters: The Threatened Species

(This post is part of our blog series that deals with Pearls International’s take on social and environmental responsibility. For more information on how Pearls International gives back, please click here.)

To continue with the green-theme, I found some thought provoking information concerning our favorite jewel-creating animal. Although this may not be completely about sustainability, it raises a lot of the same non-pollution motifs as far as sustainability is concerned.

In terms of the jewelry that requires the most effort put forth by human hands, pearls are at the top of the list. Since pearls are purely organic, the animal that makes a pearl, an oyster, must be provided for in order to produce a pearl. Recently, some species of oysters have been classified as a threatened species in the freshwater rivers of the United States.

There are several statuses offered to species that are facing rapid decline due to habitat encroachment, pollution, over-harvesting, and other factors. While the “threatened” and “endangered” statuses are very similar, a species belonging to the threatened status has a more promising population growth trend compared to an endangered species, and therefore the threatened species has a more likely chance of recovering.

The article Endangered Freshwater Mussel Species and Trade, written by the TED project, states the “primary cause for (the reduction in oyster population) is believed to be due to non-specific pollution from areas including: coastal, urban, agricultural, and industrial runoff into rivers and waterways”.  Since oysters are filter feeders that consume algae and microscopic organisms in the water, they are an important part of the aquatic habitat. Without oysters, an infestation of algae and microscopic organisms would lead to diseases within other species. Since oysters are so small and because of the way their systems operate, they are more vulnerable to toxins and ecological change than many other marine creatures.

Not only has modern pollution been a problem, but according to Alan P. Covich, in his paper titled Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds, experts have pointed to the extremes in the variability of precipitation due to the temperature increase in many regions, which could cause floods and droughts. It was stated that “the main effects on freshwater resources are likely to consist of greatly increased uncertainty in maintaining sufficient local and regional supplies of high-quality water resources to meet demands for municipal, industrial, and agricultural needs while also sustaining natural ecosystem services.” It is theorized that global warming may alter regional hydrology and ecosystem capacities to supply reliable sources of high quality freshwater. The changes that have been documented are now considered long-term even though they may not be completely understood at the moment. It appears lake levels are declining across western basins, midwestern aquifers, and southeastern states.

Oysters are experiencing increasing danger due to the dire state of the environment. Without oysters, the pearl industry will cease to exist. Although we cannot prevent global climate change completely, we can all do our part by preventing pollution and conserving water for our aquatic friends. Next up in the ‘sustainability’ chapter: we all heard how terribly devasting the oil spill in the gulf was in 2010, but did you know who much harm it did for the oyster population?

Cut Wedding Band

How do I remove a stuck ring? Warm weather tips!

Pearls International is based in sunny Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, where the winters are warm and the summers are warmer! We get a lot of customers in who have purchased jewelry in cooler parts of the country, and are horrified to discover that when they arrive in Florida, their fingers swell from the heat and their rings won’t come off!

While we do offer ring cutting services, it’s always best to avoid damaging the piece (and your finger!) if possible. Try out these handy tips before cutting your ring, but remember, safety first! If your finger is losing circulation or turning funny colors, it’s time to go to the emergency room.

[dropcap2]1.[/dropcap2]Hold your arm over your head for a few moments while gently massaging your finger. This will allow gravity to pull the excess fluid in your finger back toward your heart, which may help loosen your ring.

[dropcap2]2.[/dropcap2]Run your hand under cool water to reduce swelling (be careful not to make the water too cold, you don’t want to give yourself frostbite!). We suggest placing a soft cloth over the drain just in case your ring slips off unexpectedly.

[dropcap2]3.[/dropcap2]Use a bit of soap on the ring to make your finger more slippery. Try to get some of the soap underneath the ring and then use a twisting motion while pulling in order to remove the ring.

[dropcap2]4.[/dropcap2]If you have some handy, silicone anti-chafing spray (the kind used by athletes, we use this in the store) makes an excellent ring removal tool. Simply spray it on and slip your ring off your finger. You’ll need to use some soap and water to clean your ring off  afterward, but it’s safe for gems and metals.

[dropcap2]5.[/dropcap2]When all else fails, use our secret weapon: dental floss! Wrap a good length of floss around your finger, starting at your first knuckle and moving toward the ring. You’ll want your finger to look like a dental floss mummy. You’ll need to work quickly, as you will be limiting circulation to your finger. When you have wrapped your finger all the way, use a blunt tool like a paperclip or hairpin to tuck the end of the floss underneath your ring. Using the dental floss as leverage, scoot the ring down onto the wrapped part of your finger (which should be smaller from being wrapped). Pull the end of the floss toward the tip of your finger, and your ring should come right off!

Floss Trick

These tips work most of the time, and Pearls International is available for those rare occasions you might need to have your ring removed using other methods. Just remember, your fingers are more important than your jewelry. If you experience any loss of sensation or if your finger is not getting any circulation, please seek medical attention immediately. It’s also a good idea not to wear your ring again until after you’ve had it properly sized or the swelling in your fingers has gone down. Contact us for information about ring sizing and other repairs!

More tips coming soon!

$10 freshwater pearl necklace on your choice of ribbon color.

Oyster Shell

The Humble Hero: Oysters’ Surprising Role in a Delicate Balancing Act

(This post is part of our blog series that deals with Pearls International’s take on social and environmental responsibility. For more information on how Pearls International gives back, please click here.)

 

It is becoming increasingly apparent how important the tiny oyster is to the health of our oceans. If you didn’t get a chance to check out this video we posted a while back, it’s worth a watch.
As filter-feeders, oysters spend most of their lives absorbing the water around them and processing the tiny particulates through their highly evolved systems. Some of these particles are tiny planktons and algae that are used as food and energy for the oyster, and minerals are used to produce nacre to layer onto the oyster’s shells (and create pearls!).

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One remarkable byproduct of this process is that through the filtration process, oysters actually manage to remove toxins such as mercury and pesticides from the water–storing them neatly away within the layers of shell that make up their homes. In fact, oysters are so efficient at this technique that in some regions, it is not recommended to consume them during periods of the year when toxic algaes are in bloom or when large quantities of pesticides from agriculture are expected in runoff from nearby areas.
Their ability to filter is not their only virtue however, as they also act as a valuable food source for birds and other ocean-dwelling animals who give their lives in turn to larger predators in the food chain. The humble oyster forms an important nutritional foundation for much of the ocean’s wildlife. These gifted little creatures are so important to our waterways that should they disappear entirely, the entire marine ecosystem would come under threat of collapse.

 


Not bad for a bivalve!

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Happy Earth Day from Pearls International!

Our earth sure does a lot for us. In addition to providing a wonderful place for us to live, the earth gives us all sorts of beautiful things to enjoy. We want to take just a moment to appreciate the beauty around us today, but there are hundreds of ways that you can help support the earth all year long! Check out the ways that Pearls International Gives Back.PI Loves Earth Day!

Big news from our little business!

As many of you who have shopped with us may know, Pearls International is a small, family owned company. These past couple of months have been very, very busy for us and we are excited to announce that we have just taken a very big step in growing our business!

Blank slate, no floors, old paint. Jim and Marty survey the battlefield.

Pearls International now has two locations to serve you! We have been dreaming of opening a new store for quite some time, and have just recently been given that opportunity. A storefront we had our eye on went out of business due to retirement, and we were happy to fill the spot. Little did we know, we had our work cut out for us. Our first step was to grow our staff – two stores requires twice the Pearl Girls! If you have been around the Daytona Beach Shores location, you may have seen some of our new girls learning the ropes of working in a jewelry store and learning all about our wonderful selection of different shapes, colors, and sizes of pearls! Next, we had to get the new location ready to bring in our inventory. This involved pulling up the layers of flooring (all five of them!) so we could lay down our new tile, painting walls, refurbishing jewelry cases, designing displays, and whole LOT of cleaning – all while keeping our first location running smooth for our wonderful Daytona Beach Shores customers.

The covered cases, a little mishap with the paint
The covered cases, a little mishap with the paint
Putting up the new chandelier!
Jim and Marty put the finishing touches on the store, about 5am the night before the Grand Opening! There were MANY all-nighters.
Jim and Marty put the finishing touches on the store, about 5am the night before the Grand Opening! There were MANY all-nighters.

So, after many all-nighters and some unexpected bumps in the road, we are happy to announce that our Grand Opening was a success! Thank you to everyone that joined us in our ribbon cutting ceremony on November 15th, and if you haven’t seen the new store yet, please stop by! We would love to see you. You can find us at 177 East Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176.

The finished product! Visit us soon to get a better look!
The finished product! Visit us soon to get a better look!

Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so stop by either of our convenient locations this month to add your favorite items to your Wish List! See you soon!

Shop Local

Reasons to Shop Small

As some of you may know, Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend on November 26th. Small Business Saturday was designed to help recognize, promote and show support for locally owned businesses all over the country. Here are just a few reasons to keep mom-and-pop shops in your community in mind this year, and especially this weekend, for your shopping needs.

1) When you buy from a locally owned business, more than 50% of the money you spend stays in the community.

2) Small businesses provide more jobs locally, helping the economy in your town.

3) Locally owned businesses create products and services based on their own interests, rather than corporate-controlled national sales plans, so with more small businesses comes a greater variety of purchase choices. And that is just one way mom-and-pop shops help keep our community unique.

4) Smaller businesses are more likely to give back. Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from small businesses than they do from larger companies.

5) Your local business cares about YOU. Mom-and-pop shops tend to be friendlier, more hospitable, and take the extra time and effort to get to know their customers. Employees at small businesses in your town are more likely to recognize, remember, and support you.

Join us this weekend in supporting your favorite Daytona Beach Shores business with our Open House Sale! Come out, have some fun, support your local economy, and start checking off your shopping list for this Holiday Season. We’ll have in-store specials for 60% Off Gold Plate Jewelry, Holiday Layaway, and 20% off Gift Cards all weekend!

 

*This post was originally posted on November 6th, 2015 and updated November 22nd, 2016 for relevancy.