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Hurricane Matthew Satellite View

After Matthew: Reflections on the Storm

Pearl Girl Cindy Kautter wrote this piece last weekend after weathering the storm here in Daytona. We thought it was lovely and so similar to the experiences that many of us had, and we wanted to share it with all of you! 

I am sitting in my Florida room on Saturday evening after Hurricane Matthew has, thankfully, passed. I am alone for the first time in a few days, as we had family members staying with us during the storm.

I am basking in the peace and quiet as I contemplate all of the craziness that has gone on since Monday night’s staff meeting at Pearls International. Marty opened the meeting with, “let’s go over our hurricane plans”. I’m like, “whaaaat, this is the first I’ve heard of a hurricane”! “Oh yeah”, says Jim, “could be a category 4, looks like it’s heading this way”. So in my typical Florida know-it-allness, I assure everyone that it won’t come this way, they rarely do. Denial has always been my hurricane coping strategy.

I tell everyone that my hurricane plan is as follows: If it looks like it’s going to be bad, I am getting out of town, the heck with the house. Plain and simple. The only trouble with my plan is that the rest of my family would not get on board. My husband, Rich, has dutifully appeased me in the past by whisking me away to Ocala to a cheap hotel so that I can blissfully watch the storm pass by on TV rather than watch it through the front window. This time he would not budge!

My Mother who has lived in Florida for 42 years and has never evacuated for a hurricane would not take my side in this matter. “Oh, we’ll be fine”, is her mantra. My daughter and her 7 year old refused to leave their cats! I confess and ashamedly admit that I am a hurricane scaredy cat, but what could I do? I can’t run off to Ocala and leave everyone behind, so I start getting ready to hunker down… as fear and dread begin to slowly consume me. I went to Winn-Dixie (bought the very last loaf of bread) then to Walmart and Walgreens in search of water, (found it at Publix, should have known, Publix never lets me down).

I waited in line at WaWa for gas, there was a nice lady there floating around with a tray of free mini frozen cappuccinos, it seemed rather surreal to me under the circumstances. We dug out the candles, flashlights and batteries. We dragged in all of the patio furniture, plants etc. Created a safe room in our bed room as we did not have enough time to board up the whole house. We go to pick up my mother, our daughter, and granddaughter and bring them all to our house so that they can leave their own cars in their garages and then, we wait.

The news goes from bad to worse, the media talks about death and destruction. They use words and phrases like catastrophic, decimate, wind speed, dangerous and the dreaded “storm surge”! I spend quite a bit of time on-line looking at inundation maps trying to determine how far inland this said “storm surge” can come and if it does come in as far as our house how deep will it be?

I have visions of all of us up in the attic to get out of the flood. It happened during Katrina, they found people sheltering in attics. I then begin to secretly gather what we might need to take up into the attic, if need be. I ask Rich if his chain saw is in working order. “Why”, he asks? “Oh, umm, we might need it after the storm if we have any trees down”, I reply. Actually what I am really thinking is, we may need it in the attic if the water comes up that high to cut a hole in the roof. Does this make me a resourceful person or a crazy person? I do not know, it’s just how I roll.

OK, enough of my drama. Let’s get back to me sitting in my Florida room basking in the peace and quiet after the storm. My yard is a mess, I spent all day raking and dragging debris to the curb. Rich did get to use his chain saw, but thankfully not to cut a hole in our roof. I am safe, my family is safe, I have no complaints. Now we get to watch and participate in what always happens after an event like this. We help and pray for those who may not have fared as well as us in this storm. We get out and actually talk to our neighbors. The community pulls together and helps each other to clean up and recover. I feel good about humanity, there is hope, I am at peace. Life goes on.

We hope all of you had the same good luck during Hurricane Matthew. Share your hurricane story in the comments!

Did you know that stronger hurricanes are a result of rising ocean temperatures? Find out why climate change is damaging to oysters and the pearls they create by clicking here!

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!

5 Reasons We Like Pearls Better Than Diamonds

We here at Pearls International believe pearls are an excellent investment, not to mention more affordable than diamonds! Here are our top ­5 reasons to choose pearls over diamonds.

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]Although both gems are natural, pearls have the advantage over stones dug out of rocks. Pearls come out of an oyster ready to use in jewelry-perfectly polished by the sea; while diamonds must be cut, cleaned, and polished in order to be used for jewelry.

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]A high quality pearl is often cheaper than a high-quality diamond of the same shape and size-making pearls great for all ages (even those younger or not-so-careful wearers).

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]No two pearls are exactly alike, making them extremely unique, while diamonds can be identically faceted.

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2]Pearls naturally come in a wider variety of colors than diamonds.

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2]Pearls are a timeless treasures – enough said!

Next time you need that special gift for a special someone, think pearls!

 

Baroque Pearl Pendant with Wire Wrap

Pearl Spotlight: Baroque Pearls

Baroque pearls are a subcategory of pearls given their name due to their non-symmetrical shapes. They often have uneven surfaces with anywhere from minor to severe lumps, ridges, and curves. In today’s market, the more round a pearl is, the more valuable it is considered to be.  Consumers expect to pay more for a rounder pearl, and particularly for larger round pearls.  Therefore, most baroque pearls have been fairly inexpensive due to their “imperfections,” even in the larger sizes.  Baroque pearls, however, have become extremely popular in recent times due to their uniqueness and artistic allure, so we are seeing rising prices due to increased demand.  Now is the time to buy baroques!

Baroque Pearl Pendant with Swarovski Crystal

Baroque pearls are generally cultured freshwater pearls that are mantle-tissue nucleated, meaning a tiny piece of mantle tissue from one oyster is placed in another oyster to form the irritant which gets the pearl started. This is perhaps the closest humans have come to imitating nature in pearl cultivation because a pearl that forms in nature is usually started from some type of non-uniform organic debris that gets lodged inside an oyster.  The wild oyster makes itself more comfortable by coating the debris with nacre to make (usually) an irregular-shaped pearl!

The one-of-a-kind beauty that is seen in a baroque pearl can provide a great centerpiece for expensive and highly sought-after jewelry.  Their completely unique shapes are often used en solo or for the centerpiece of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to show off their distinctive shapes.

Baroque pearls are often a favorite among pearl lovers due to their exclusive forms.  No two are remotely alike!  They are powerful enough to adorn formal wear, but can also be worn with casual outfits as an artistic piece without seeming overdressed.

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.

                                                                                   Recycle logo

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

Fashion girls

5 Fashion Must Haves

Just like an LBD (little black dress) is a closet must-have for every lady, there are also some jewelry basics every woman must have stashed away for certain occasions. Jewelry boxes can fascinate and entertain women of all ages. Women love to accessorize and what better way than with something that glistens and shines!

  • Class Pearl Strand: An 18 inch pearl necklace is the perfect addition to any outfit. As the quintessential pearl accessory this is what most people think of when they hear “pearls.” Perfect for business casual, a night out on the town, or even with causal blue jeans.
  • Pearl Pendant:  A simple yet elegant pendant with a white pearl in the center of a sterling silver setting can be paired with V-necks, rounded collars, or even high necked tops for the chance to dress up or dress down.
  • Pearl stud earrings: A classic pair of white pearl stud earrings can be great for formal evenings or every day, and would complement any pearl necklace or pendant in white. For a more dressy spin on the classic white pearl studs, try our White Freshwater Pearl w/Swarovski Stud Earrings.
  • Long pearl necklace: A long necklace works well for any season.  With the ability to shorten or lengthen the length depending on individual body type, the 78″ Gunmetal Gray Freshwater Pearl Rope is a great addition with a fun and artsy way to display pearls. With endless ways to wear this necklace, friends and onlookers will see a new necklace every day!
  • Pearl dangle earrings: Another artsy way to display fashion sense, pearl dangle earrings can help put a more personalized feel when added with pearl pendants or necklaces.

Next time a shopping spree is needed, instead of adorning a closet with new shoes, purses, wallets, and dresses, try stopping into Pearls International to spice up that jewelry box! With new and ever-changing inventory, Pearl’s International always has the latest and greatest ways to help keep stylish accessories for every jewelry need!

Freshwater Pearl Rings

Promise with a Pearl

Did you know the most popular time to get engaged is between Christmas and Valentine’s Day? If you’re not ready to get engaged, how about a Promise Ring? The Promise Ring is a way to symbolize a commitment often, but not always, pre-engagement. Promise rings can be worn on any finger, but those symbolizing pre-engagement are generally worn on the left ring finger; sometimes, the left middle finger or right ring finger is used instead to prevent confusion with an actual engagement ring. The Promise Ring is an icon of any type of promise between two people either romantic or platonic, and can be given to a man or a woman.

Here are some common promises sealed with a Promise Ring:

  • Promise to monogamy: in a serious relationship that is not quite ready for an engagement ring, the Promise ring expresses a strong commitment to the relationship and a promise for the future together and as a mutual sign for monogamy
  • Promise to abstain: Promise rings are also called “purity rings” and can be given by a parent to a child as a symbolic promise by the child to the parent to remain a virgin until marriage, or to remain substance free. The Promise ring acts as a constant reminder that a sexual relationship can wait for marriage
  • Promise of Intimacy and Closeness: If a friend is living in another, the Promise ring can signify to both wearers that they will always be there for each other

A pearl is an excellent ring to use as a Promise ring for nearly any type of promise. Since pearls represent purity and harmony, a solitaire pearl ring can represent a relationship promise, or the promise of a child to his or her parent.

Nevertheless, when giving a Promise Ring it is important to be up-front about the terms of the promise. A handwritten note accompanying the ring, read prior to opening the gift, can clarify the sentiments and reasoning behind the ring.

Stop on in to Pearls International, Daytona Beach, for a Promise Ring for that special someone between now and Valentines Day to prolong the wait for an engagement ring!

Parade judges view a special performance

Marty’s Corner Winter 2012

The Holidays are finally here, after all the planning, decorating, creating and displaying – I think we’re ready!  Stop by  the shop or website and see an amazing display of nature’s best!

Beautifully decorated cases at Pearls International

The latest:  We had a “tornado” by the name of Cherise Wintz come through our lives this last month- a smallish human with a heart of cyclonic proportions, who took it upon herself to pull together an entire holiday parade!  – Nevermind that there has not been a parade in our town for fourteen years – Nevermind that the idea didn’t even come up until sometime in late summer –  She decided, and that was that!  So, last Saturday, she pulled it off in grand style!  If you don’t believe it, you can view the photos on our Pearls International Facebook Page.

Parade judges view a special performance

The motive – Cherise was raising funds for Operation Changing Lives, a group of doctors who perform facial surgeries for cleft palates here and overseas, helping those who can’t help themselves.  What an inspiration Cherise is to all of us, and she pulled it off.  We were all honored to be a part of this great undertaking and moved that one human got all of us to take our minds off the daily grind for a moment and think about someone else.  Thanks, Cherise!

Cute kids perform for a good cause

‘Til next time!
-Marty (and Jim!)

Happy Holidays from Jim and Marty!

 

Pearls International at Night

A Special Message from Pearls International

Well folks, the holidays are here again – are you as surprised as we are? Seems like time flies faster than ever here at Pearls International, and BOY have we been keeping busy!

If you haven’t had the chance, stop by to check out our STUNNING window displays, which include the first-ever ribbon sculpture in Daytona Beach Shores! All the girls knocked themselves out to decorate the shop this year, and we think it’s the prettiest it’s ever been!

As the year comes to a close, we like to look back and reflect on all of the great people who helped us get here. A BIG thank you to everyone who has supported our endeavors this past year, who has shopped in the store, hosted or attended a Pearl Party, checked out our website, who has cheered for us, stuck by us, and helped us to succeed for yet another year. YOU are the reason we can keep our doors open, and we are GRATEFUL for everything that you do!
Merry Christmas from Pearls International, and may your New Year be even better than the last!
-Pearls International

Marty’s Corner Spring 2012

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite”.  – Francis Bacon

We are all involved with “Beauty” this season!

First, of course we have the beautiful pearls in a beautiful pearl shop by the beautiful Atlantic Ocean!

Then we had a beautiful table set up at the recent open house sponsored by wedding planner Rachael Kasie (see our Facebook for more photos) and enjoyed all the beautiful flower arrangements and wedding decorations, amazing art by Michael’s Photography & Video, fancy finger foods from Chef Papas catering, beautiful music by Mister DJ Entertainment, stunning hairstyles from Bei Capelli Salon, gorgeous wedding gowns by Bridal Ltd. and of course unparalleled pearl jewelry from Pearls International!

Click to see more photos on Facebook!

Next, I was appointed to the Board of Beautification for the City of Daytona Beach Shores to help beautify our city and enhance our businesses and residences here.  It will be a new endeavor and an avenue for Pearls International to give back to the community and be more in touch with the beautiful people who live and work here!

Now, we are getting ready to beautify the Wyndham Resort with another display of beautiful pearls and oysters in a fountain!  What fun!

Can you believe that we are celebrating our THIRD anniversary this month which means we have had three whole years of BEAUTY!

What can be more beautiful than that?

‘Til next time – Marty