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Pearls For Halloween!

Pearls are always appropriate.

-Jackie Kennedy

We couldn’t agree more! So why not incorporate your favorite gem into your Halloween costume? Here are some fun ways to wear pearls to that costume party you got invited to!

1) Imitate one of your favorite “pearl girls” in history and pop culture! Here are some examples:

Audrey Hepburn in her iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” outfit.

Audrey Hepburn

One of Rihanna’s many pearl looks!

Rihanna with her pearl glasses. Rihanna in layered pearls.

Rihanna layered real and faux pearls for her runway look – you could do the same for your statement costume!

Some other icons known to rock the pearl look: Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel, Lucille Ball, and Lady Gaga. Get creative!

2) 1920’s Flapper

Flapper costumes are easy, fun, and beautiful! Enjoy a store-bought version or do-it-yourself!


Flapper Halloween Costume Flapper Halloween Costume DIY 1920's Flapper

Rope Necklaces
Don’t have a pearl rope? Click here to check out our gorgeous selection of ropes you can wear all year long!

 

3) The Silent Movie Actress

This one is great for DIY by yourself or with a partner! Dress in all black and white, paint your face so you look pale, add some bold, black make-up, don your favorite pearl strand, and carry a sign with your “lines” on it!

Silent Movie Costumes

4) Mermaid

Why wouldn’t a beautiful sea creature wear pearls?! Incorporate pearl necklaces and ocean-inspired jewelry into your store-bought mermaid costume, or glue faux pearls to your DIY top.

Atlantis Collection Sterling Silver Jewelry

Or try a combination of both! This one has endless possibilities. Here are some pictures for inspiration. (Including one by Kim Kardashian!)

Mermaid costume with pearl necklace Mermaid with Pearl Necklace Kim K's gorgeous mermaid Halloween costume DIY Mermaid Top

5) Wilma Flintstone

Bet you didn’t think of this one! We didn’t forget Wilma’s love for her chunky pearl necklace. For extra fun, dress the whole family up as Flintstones!

Wilma Flintstone Costume

 

6) Dr. Frank N. Furter

If you’ve ever seen Rocky Horror Picture Show, you know Tim Curry’s character rocks a very…um…unforgettable look. This one is fun for the girls, and for the guys (if they’re bold enough!)

Here are some photos that are slightly more modest than his movie version. Either way, you’re sure to be the life of the party!

Tim Curry In The Rocky Horror Picture Show DIY Frank N. Furter Costume for Ladies Men's Dr. Frank N Furter Costume

What do you think of our list? Are you daring enough to try any of them this coming Halloween? Have another festive pearl look you think we may have forgotten? Tell us in the comments!


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.

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.

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
High Fashion Pearls

The Beyoncé Effect?

According to SmartMoney.com, this sluggish economy is not affecting consumers’ holiday wish lists, well… at least not the ladies’ lists! One study showed that jewelry ranks higher on holiday wish lists than laptops, smartphones, digital cameras or TV’s this year. Not to mention jewelry was the only category to grow more desirable since last year AND more and more women are saying they wouldn’t mind if he “put a ring on it” this holiday season!

We say forget that iPad or laptop that will be outdated next year, and buy something that will cherished for a lifetime. Women love jewelry, and no matter how much we own I think we can all agree it’s never too much! Pearls are timeless and versatile, how can you go wrong?

If  you are shopping for the earrings to complete that lustrous set, something that will someday become a family heirloom or you’re in the market for that ‘special’ ring, Pearls International is the place to visit! If you are in the Daytona Beach area stop in and see us or visit us online. Rest assured we will take care of all your holiday needs and make this Christmas something magical!

Celebration Champagne

Top 5 Tips to Make Your Holiday Shopping Easy-Peasy!

At Pearls International we hope to make your holiday shopping this season unforgettable! Whether you are planning a proposal or seeking that perfect gift to make her eyes light up, here are a few tips to make things just a little bit easier.

[dropcap2]1.[/dropcap2]Holiday hustle and bustle or crowded shopping malls not your thing? Shop online and avoid the stress!

Make your way over to www.PearlsInternational.com and take care of all your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home! Browse our website and find unique items that will make her feel like a rare gem and look exquisite. Keep an eye out for special promotions such as “Free Shipping” or “Free Gift Wrap” and with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can’t really go wrong

[dropcap2]2.[/dropcap2]Make a list!

Write down everyone you plan to buy for, even if its something little. Beside each name, write how much you’d like to spend for each gift. This is an easy way to make sure you haven’t forgotten someone and also manage your holiday budget.

[dropcap2]3.[/dropcap2]Be sure to know her ring size!

Ring size? Yes fellas, this number is VERY important when purchasing a ring, ESPECIALLY if you’re proposing! She will not want to wait, we promise! If you aren’t naturally sneaky, we encourage you to ask her best friend, mother or sister. Of course, you could always try out the handy-dandy Pearls International Printable Ring Sizer!

[dropcap2]4.[/dropcap2]Stick to your budget.

There’s no need to skip paying the power bill this month. Pearls International makes it easy to stay within budget (and even have a little left over to treat yourself!) with our Fabulous Finds under $50!

[dropcap2]5.[/dropcap2]When in doubt, get them what they really want.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Why not get a gift card and set a date to go shopping together to pick out exactly what she wants!?