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When Life Hands You Oysters…

…shuck ’em. You just might find a pearl!

heart in the sand

So you didn’t get exactly what you wanted for Valentine’s Day. No need to whine or complain! Put any hurt feelings away, along with the jumper cables in the pink tote bag that he lovingly presented to you over a beer at the local sports bar.

This is your perfect opportunity to plan your pre-gift strategy for the next big holiday!

Empower your man by providing a little road map to your heart. You can either tell him outright what you really want, or just drop a couple of hints to steer him in the right direction (check out the “Send a Nudge” buttons on our site, for example!). Tell him about Pearls International’s dazzling jewelry!

Just a few pieces of our jaw-dropping pearl jewelry!
Just a few pieces of our jaw-dropping pearl jewelry!

You can choose a stunning gift for yourself from our endless selection of beautiful jewelry and put it on our registry! Tell him about your wish list and let him be the hero! We have Pearl Girls standing by just waiting for your guy to come by or call so we can skillfully guide him to make just the right purchase for you!


You’ll be happy that you got what you really wanted and he will feel like a million bucks! (Not to mention he’ll be thrilled with the stress-free shopping experience, the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and the FREE Shipping on orders over $99!) It’s a win-win situation!

Valentine’s Day is over, but there are endless opportunities for you to ever-so-selflessly empower your man to make the right choices. 😉 Is your birthday coming up? If not, no worries, the anniversary of something or other is always right around the corner. Hint away!

We at Pearls International believe in the power of the pearl.  We also believe that there is no better place to find it than at Pearls International Jewelers. Check out our website or stop by to experience the power of the pearl!

Note for the Guys: Jumper cable idea went over like a lead balloon? Still in the doghouse about the vacuum cleaner? Better give us a call at 386.767.3473. We can help.

Jewels of Tradition

Pearls International has always been a family business, and several years ago, when mom and dad asked me to move to Daytona Beach Shores to help out with their flagship shop, it wasn’t a difficult choice.

You see, I’m a rockhound’s daughter, and many of my memories are mingled pictures of Dad hunched over his cutting table and the smell of rock dust and polish. Family car trips were always punctuated by explanations of the regional geological phenomena through which we drove, and I could point out the difference between igneous,  metamorphic, and sedimentary formations while other kids my age were still happy making mud pies. My story is unusual in that – while most people can tell stories about the jewelry in their collection, the jewelry and stones in my collection tell stories about me.

Selenite Hunting in Utah
Sophie and Jim on a sand dune in Utah

We spent a lot of time traveling in the western states, through the Rocky Mountains, collecting bits of flaky mica and huge crystals of smoky quartz. On one trip, we climbed hills in Utah on a whim, searching the surface of the windswept dunes for selenite crystals the thickness of your thumb. A photo shows the two of us silhouetted against the sky, waving to my mom below. I kept my growing rock collection in a fishing tackle box, which I would present in elaborate detail to dinner guests who made the unfortunate mistake of asking about it.

Jim on a rock hunt
Jim ventures into a ravine in search of treasures

On rare occasions our rock hunts would turn up something impressive, as it did on a hike in the Tarryall Mountains, Colorado, when he bent down to pick up an ordinary- looking brown, dirty, lumpy rock.  “Why on earth would he pick that one up, of all the beautiful stones we passed,” I asked, and several days later, after working some stonecutter’s magic, he showed me this:

Smoky quartz egg
300 carat smoky quartz egg

 

Gemstones await second phase of cutting
Emeralds, garnets, and amethyst await the second phase of cutting

Actually, my dad is not the first rockhound in our family’s history. His grandfather, and likely his ancestors as well, were Italian stonecutters. When jobs became scarce and his tiny old-world hometown shrank to just a few hundred residents at the turn of the 20th century, he packed up his wife and children and immigrated to the United States, where he found work in a Vermont granite quarry.

Great Grandpa Matteo
Great Grandpa Matteo

Little did I know when I enrolled in school for my graduate degree that this piece of my family’s history was just a couple of hillsides away. This is the quarry where my great-grandfather labored for many years, and it was incredible to visit and experience this connection to my past, still etched in the landscape.

Jim visits the granite quarry
Jim (and his pretty pink umbrella) visit the granite quarry in Vermont where Great Grandpa Matteo worked when he first arrived in America
The most meaningful jewelry I own is a pair of garnet earrings my parents gave me when I graduated from Norwich University in Vermont, and they remind me of the very happy trip we took together to the granite quarry.

My story keeps evolving year after year, and the jewelry I wear, admire, give, and care for continues to shape my story every step of the way. I hope that you’ll let our story become a piece of your story, because at Pearls International, you aren’t just buying a piece a jewelry, you’re investing in a handcrafted piece of our family’s tradition!

 

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!

 

Zuckerberg Style

The acclaimed Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, popped the question to his Harvard girlfriend of nine years with a ruby engagement ring. As Ira Weissman, a diamond industry veteran with over a decade of knowledge and expertise, says, the use of a diamond for a wedding proposal is a modern tradition. It started back in the late 1930’s with the advertising campaign “A Diamond is Forever.” Apparently, this statement was attractive for both men and women, because for men, it was shown that it was a reasonable purchase since it would last forever. For women, it represented a way to put “forever” into their relationship.  Weissman stated “To think that we’re only doing it because the very people who mine and sell the diamonds have convinced us to do so….”  Today, for better or worse, diamonds are the main commodity a bride looks for in an engagement ring.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg opts for ruby engagement ring. Photo credit: Noah Kalina

Men, if you are considering a less expensive colored stone instead of spending three month’s salary on a diamond, there are a few things to remember to increase your chances when popping the question:   First, is she expecting a diamond?  Ask her!  If she is interested in a colored stone, make sure you know what color and type.  Second, combining a diamond ring with another precious gemstone may counter the cost while making your lady feel special and loved, and also save some extra money to begin your new life together, but will she be able to wear that colored stone with all of the colors in her closet?  For a look that will blend with all colors, you may want to ask her about a pearl and diamond ring!  Pearls are famous for being able to go with any color.

Here’s the main thing to remember:  If you are going outside of the normal “diamond” track, try to avoid any shocks that may cause an obstacle to your proposal! Communication is key, and the only surprises you want are the good kind!

 

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.

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!

Santa's Secrets

SANTA SPILLS HIS SECRETS! Pearls International sits down with the Merry Old Elf Himself.

PI: Thanks for being with us today. Haven’t seen you in a while. You probably don’t remember, but I sat on your lap at a mall once when I was seven.

Mr. Claus: I’m happy to be here. Hope you weren’t too disappointed by that lump of coal. Good thing your behavior has improved since then.

PI: Ahem. We’re excited to get to ask you a bit about your process. Would you consider what you do more of an art or a science?

Mr. Claus: A little of both, really. With most people it’s pretty cut and dried. They want a pony. Tickets to the Superbowl. Maybe a nice set of potholders. But then there are those few who get very difficult. They’re the ones who just go and buy what they want, instead of waiting for someone to gift it to them. With them, it’s more of an art form. You have to find something that really makes them stop and say “Wow!”

PI: Are you usually able to find just the right thing?

Mr. Claus: For a while there, it was touch and go. I had a few near misses, but I think I’ve finally got the right recipe.

PI: Care to share it with us mortals?

Mr. Claus:  Well, it’s generally very important to get just the right combination of unique and sparkly. If you get those proportions correct, things usually work out just fine. If you’re just a little bit off, though, you’re headed for disaster.

PI: What do you suggest as the best way to avoid a worst-case scenario?

Mr. Claus: As you know, I’ve stopped by your store a few times over the past couple of years. I’ve always managed to find something that will work. The best part is that I still have some cash leftover to buy presents for everybody else when I’m done. I’m always pleasantly surprised that I can get so much stuff for under $100.

PI: I thought the elves did most of the toy making. When did you start buying gifts?

Mr. Claus: The elves have been a bit preoccupied with Facebook lately, their work was a little lackluster. It seemed reasonable in this economy to support small businesses and buy American-made goods.

PI: Thanks. We appreciate that. What’s your best go-to gift from Pearls International?

Mr. Claus: I always shop the sales — the $10 earring sale you’re doing this week is great. I’d have to say I’ve had the most luck with some of your pendants, and an earring and necklace combo is always a pinch hit. I also like to give kids the Wish Pearl Gift Kit. It’s inexpensive and educational. It’s nice that you’re doing free gift wrap until Christmas, it saves me a lot of time.

PI: Great, I know what to get for my niece now. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us! 

Mr. Claus: You’re very welcome. Now, if you don’t mind, I need to get back. If the reindeer don’t get walked, they tend to bite.

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