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It’s Recycling Time!

(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 happy to introduce our new recycling program. This summer we are making an effort to be more environmentally-friendly. We now have two big recycling bins located at the back of our store and we’re ready to start this mission! Recycling cans, plastic, cardboard, paper, and other eco-friendly materials is a great way to help the earth become more beautiful, and beautiful is definitely something we appreciate around here!

Like many people, recycling often gets pushed to the bottom of our “to-do” list, but we felt the urge to make a change for the better. By creating this new recycling program, we hope our customers follow in our footsteps and find their own ways to be kind to the planet.

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Recycling is easy! Just call your local waste-management facility to get started, then set aside a separate bin for recyclables and you’re good to go! Our new recycling program is the first step to making Pearls International more green. We hope you take the initiative to do the same.

Pearls International strives to embrace greener business practices. To read more about how we hope to give back to our planet, please click here

The House a Necklace Bought

In my search for unique pearls, I came across an inspiring story about the origins of the famous Cartier building in New York City. The story is told that in 1915 Louis Cartier made history with the first natural, double-stranded Oriental pearl necklace costing $1.2 million ($16 million today). This necklace was placed on exhibition all over the world including Paris, London, and New York City. In the fall of 1916, the necklace’s appearance in New York reportedly caused a huge uproar with women from all over coming to admire them. Among these ladies was Mae “Maisie” Plant. At the time Cartier’s New York Salon was on the second floor of a small building in an inconspicuous part of town. Coincidently, Maisie had just placed her $1.2 million mansion up for sale. Knowing she wanted to sell her mansion anyway, Maisie approached Cartier and proposed a trade…the mansion for the pearl necklace. Surprisingly, Cartier accepted. Ever since that exchange, the Cartier firm has been located in the former Plant mansion and has come to be a great landmark for tourists in New York City.


Regrettably, things did not go as well for Maisie as with Cartier. Seeing how she didn’t anticipate the depression, war, or the introduction of cultured pearls her necklace did not end up being an even trade. Maisie died in 1956 and in 1957, her $1.2 million necklace was sold at auction for a mere $170,000; the current value of the Fifth Avenue mansion I’ll leave to your imagination. More recently, in 2004, a similar natural, double-strand pearl necklace sold at Christie’s for $3.1 million. Because only one gem-quality pearl is uncovered from every 25,000 wild oysters found in the ocean, these pearls are considered the rarest in the world today. If only Plants’ heirs had held on to her necklace for a few more decades, they could have sold Maisie’s pearls for much more!

Maisie Plant and her fabulous double strand of natural pearls from Cartier.
Maisie Plant and her fabulous double strand of natural pearls from Cartier.
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Support your Favorite on Small Business Saturday

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Nearly everyone has a list of sales and gifts to be purchased on the traditional inaugural Christmas shopping day, however, so many people forget about Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday. It is common to forget about smaller businesses as deal busters but most do provide their customers with deep discounts before the holidays!

All businesses have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is Small.  Consider the garage days for the founders of large companies like Microsoft or Apple. They didn’t get to where they are without effort and growth.

A small business is defined broadly — as a company with 500 or fewer employees. In all reality, it is the small businesses that keep the local economy alive. In a recent article “18 Amazing Facts About Small Businesses In America,” it was stated that small businesses contribute to over 40% of Americans’ payrolls, while nearly 80% of all new jobs are created by small businesses. In the same article however, it was suggested that only 50% of small businesses stay open over 5 years due to the likelihood of bankruptcy.

Pearls International is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th. Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday celebration offer! Shop online or come in to the shop on November 24th and you’ll get 20% OFF your entire purchase, plus FREE gift wrap! Stop in for the newest and timeless styles offered in the freshwater and saltwater pearl jewelry market.

Let’s do our part and keep small businesses in Daytona Beach Shores alive and thriving! Get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business. To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-about-small-businesses-in-america-2011-8?op=1#ixzz2CKSDb5F8


Pearly Whirly Pearl Fact – Who Really Was the First to Cultivate Pearls?

Although Kokichi Mikimoto is credited with discovering how to culture pearls, two other Japanese men, Tokichi Nishikawa and Tatsuhei Mise, also had a hand in the science of pearl cultivation. Eventually  Mikimoto bought out the rights of the other two pearl culturers and started a huge business of pearl culturing. His business eventually became the premier brand of cultured Akoya pearls.

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We want your opinion on the NEW AND IMPROVED Pearls International!

Howdy there!

If you’re looking around today, you’ve probably noticed that there have been quite a few changes at Pearls International! That’s because we’ve completely overhauled the way this website looks and functions in order to give our customers the very best online shopping experience.

Here are a few of the cool new features:

Better security.

Our customers’ security and privacy online is of the utmost importance. Our new site provides even better protection for your personal information during online transactions. We are committed to protecting your information to the greatest degree possible. When you shop online at Pearls International, you can be absolutely your information is safe and secure. Check out our Privacy Policy for more information!

User-Friendly Menus and Search.

Our new drop-down menus make it easier than ever to find the products you’re looking for! Simply select the appropriate category and you can navigate to any type of product we sell. You can also choose to view all of the products we carry by clicking the Shop Now button!

Simple Sharing and Syndication.

You can now share content from anywhere on the site, using the handy buttons located next to the search box at the top of each page. Want to subscribe to the content on our site? The RSS button makes it easy! For all you Pinterest addicts, you’ll now find a “Pin It” button at the bottom of each product page!

Mobile Support.

Get your Pearl Fix on the go with our new mobile functionality! You can view Pearls International on both iPhone and Android platforms and the responsive layout will adjust to any screen size.

Comprehensive Content.

Our customers asked for more information about pearls, and we have delivered! At the bottom of each page, you’ll now find plenty of resources for the Pearl Addict and Novice alike! Check out our Pearl Library and Pearl Buying Guide for helpful tips and information!

Let us know what your favorite part of our redesign is, and you’ll be entered to win our monthly prize drawing! Be sure to leave your contact info so we can let you know if you win!

This Season, it’s Pearls!

When it comes to our jewels, we all have our ‘everyday goes with everything’ category, our ‘night out on the town ’ category, and then there’s the pieces that  should be getting much more attention than they are. Instead, they are hidden in the back of our closet! So, how do we fix this? Either dig out grandma’s pearls from the back of your closet or it’s time to go shopping and find yourself some pearls to call your own!

Let us help…

Pearls are timeless, they can be casual, dressy or fabulously elegant!

For starters:

Not all pearls are white.

Not all pearls are round.

Not all pearls are expensive.

We forgot to mention, when we talk about pearls we are referring to gorgeous genuine pearls from Pearls International!So, what’s “in” for the Spring/Summer of 2012? Pastel pearls! These colors can vary from different shades of pink and peach all the way to a sea-blue/green and our personal favorite, gunmetal grey.

We’ve provided examples of great versatile necklaces right out of our shop that will look amazing this season and quite honestly, for generations to come.

Multicolor 6-6.5mm round pearl rope, no clasp, 64 inch length. Color grades from white through various shades of gray to pink to gray to white.

This necklace begins with white genuine freshwater pearls and gradullly deepens to a lustrous lilac.Each pearl has been hand selected, matched and knotted. Sixty-four inches of ombre pearl perfection!

Rare Conch Pearl Necklace

Today during our routine web-surfing procrastination efforts, we stumbled upon a truly one-of-a-kind necklace that’s worth $1,118,500. In this economy, you’d better be making the big bucks to afford to purchase anything this exquisite!

The craziest thing about this necklace is that it is made from pearls that have been produced by the conch. A conch! Can you believe it? That’s right, that cone-shaped shell actually produces pearls (Well, sorta. Conch pearls aren’t technically pearls, but that’s a story for another post)! At any rate, the next time you are chowing down on conch fritters, make sure to chew carefully, you just might be eating a fortune!

We can’t get over the cool flame-like patterns on the surface of these treasures. The colors in this piece are perfect for the spring, they look like sweet little candies in yummy strawberry, peach, and lemon!

These pearls are said to be as rare as 1 in 10, 000. Can you imagine finding a pearl in a conch, worth $30,000? View this crazy-cool creation here.

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Pearls International brings high-fashion jewelry to Daytona Beach Shores

Many residents of Daytona Beach Shores don’t know there is a living legend in their own backyard. Jim Stradley, the owner and jeweler at Pearls International in Daytona Beach Shores, has singlehandedly affected the path of the jewelry industry for the past 45 years.

Beginning in 1967 with a small lapidary company in the western United States, Stradley rapidly became known for his avant-garde styles and for tackling large-scale projects that other cutters avoided. His notable achievements have included cutting three of the world’s largest gem-quality amethysts and a softball-sized blue topaz that topped 2200 carats. Some of his cut gems are a part of the Smithsonian Institute’s collection.

Stradley worked tirelessly to develop new styles of cutting gems to maximize their inherent color and refractive properties. Many of his signature cutting methods are now used by jewelers around the world to increase the brilliance and sparkle of traditional stone shapes.

In 2009, Stradley left gem-cutting  in favor of a new venture, pearls. He set up shop on A1A, and now spends his time creating affordable one-of-a-kind pearl jewelry and gifts. Pearls International carries exotic and unusual  pearl jewelry incorporating pearls from around the world. On the affordability of his art, Stradley quips that he would ”rather charge lower prices and get beauty into people’s hands, than charge high prices and keep the beauty locked up in the store.”

Pearls International is marking its third anniversary in business this month by holding a “Party with the Pearls,” Red-Tag Celebration Sale from March 19th-31st.