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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.

How Can I Tell if My Pearls are Real? Ten Quick Tips.

Pearls International only carries genuine cultured freshwater and saltwater pearls, but with so many convincing fakes on the market, how can you tell if the pearls you got somewhere else are the genuine article?

Today recently broke a story about dishonest salesmen in destination spots like Cozumel who duped their customers into purchasing jewelry that wasn’t real. We wanted to take a moment to help educate our customers and readers about how you can avoid scams like this on your vacation and protect yourself from people who don’t have your best interests in mind.

First, always ask for recommendations at your hotel or with a local resident you trust. Most people aren’t going to shop at a jeweler who is hidden down some dark alleyway, but it’s always a good idea to be smart about where you spend your money.

Satisfaction Guarantee SealSecond, ask about their return policy. If you get home to discover that an item you thought was gold instead turned out to be gold plate, at least you’ll know how to get your money back. Pearls International offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee with easy returns and exchanges. If you ever purchase the wrong size or color with us, we’ll happily and enthusiastically make it right.

So what if you’ve already made a purchase, and you’re wondering whether you got your money’s worth? Or maybe you’ve inherited some jewelry and you’re thinking of selling it, but don’t want to risk taking it to a pawn shop or a gold-buyer without knowing what it’s worth?


It’s always a good idea to have a jeweler you trust take a look at a new piece to validate its authenticity. At Pearls International, we’ll even give you a free jeweler’s loupe that you can use to look at the metal hallmarks in your jewelry, and they’re also very useful for doing annual checks on prongs to prevent your stones from getting lost!

If you don’t have time to bring your jewelry to an expert, there are several things you can do at home to find out if your pearls are real.

Are my pearls real? Ten things to look for:

Tip: It’s best to start with a clean strand so you can identify small details that might be missed due to a buildup of oils or perfumes on the surface of your pearls. If you need to find out how to clean your pearls, check out this tutorial or use our specially created pearl-safe cleaner.

Pearl Juice
Normal gold and silver cleaners are acidic and can damage your pearls. Use a pearl-friendly cleaner like our Pearl Juice to avoid damaging your pearls. It is best to start with a clean strand when determining if your pearls are the real deal.

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]Real pearls are heavier than fake pearls. Imagine you are holding a strand of little pebbles. Would your strand be about the same weight? If not, you might be holding some pearl impostors. The nacre that makes up the layers of a real pearl is very dense, so it will weigh quite a bit more than plastic or resin, two common materials used in many fake pearls. Beware! Some materials such as glass and composite, or ‘shell’ pearls (pearls made from crushed and reconstituted shell) may fool this test.

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]If your pearls are heavy, but you still suspect they may be false, chipped or cracking paint is a sure sign that your pearls are fakes. To find it, look carefully between two pearls at a drill hole. If you notice any paint is missing, or if the material from inside the pearl formed a ‘burr’ when the pearl was drilled, your pearls are probably fake. Real pearls will have a drill hole that is quite smooth and doesn’t show any chipping (unless it has been mishandled). If in doubt, ask an expert.

Chipped Pearl Paint

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Real pearls on a strand will never be perfectly matched. Since no two pearls are identical in nature, look for minor variation in color and shape that indicate your pearls are authentic. You may need to look very closely, as high quality strands will be well matched. However, the differences will be there! 

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2] Size matters. Are your pearls enormous and perfectly spherical? If you paid a comically tiny price for your comically huge pearls, it’s very likely that they are fake. In nature, the longer a pearl remains within an oyster’s shell, the more likely it is to develop imperfections like dents and divots. As a result, pearls of a very large size can be extremely valuable. If your pearls fit this description, it’s likely you have a strand of shell pearls.

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2] Knots are important! Real pearls will be individually knotted on a silk or microfiber strand. These knots are crucial to the longevity of your pearls. In addition to preventing each pearl from rubbing against its neighbor, the knots also protect against the loss of more than a couple of pearls, should your strand get caught on something and break. Many high-quality fakes will be knotted (such as Mallorca Pearls), but they are easy to identify when you know what to look for.


Tip: If your strand is knotted, take note of the condition of the knots. Are they frayed or discolored? Is there space between the knots and the pearls? If so, you may need to have your strand restrung to prevent breakage. Pearls International offers restringing for $1/knot. Contact us if you’d like to get more information about our jewelry repair services.

Knotted vs. Unknotted Pearls[dropcap2]6[/dropcap2]If your pearls have unusual coloring, they may be fake. While some real pearls are dyed for fashion or to cover up unsightly surface imperfections, good-quality pearls usually stick to colors that appear in nature. Your favorite chartreuse strand might not be the real thing, but feel free to rock that look if it suits you! To learn more about color treatments in pearls, check out this post.

[dropcap2]7[/dropcap2] The temperature of your pearls can give you some hints. Real pearls often feel cool to the touch and will quickly warm to your body’s temperature when worn. Fake pearls will feel much more close to room temperature when you first pick them up.

[dropcap2]8[/dropcap2] Do your pearls look like soldiers in a row? If they are perfectly uniform without any differences or imperfections, it’s very likely that they were manufactured. Real pearls are born in the sea, so they grow up getting rolled around by wind and waves, and as a result, they are never, never perfect. Even ’round’ pearls will show small lumps and bumps and minor imperfections in the nacre. In the pearls of utmost quality, these may not be visible without a loupe, but they are still there. Don’t worry — these are signs that your pearl came from nature!

Pearl Shape

[dropcap2]9[/dropcap2]Genuine pearls appear more ‘glowy’ than ‘shiny’. Look at your pearls under natural light. Real pearls are made from layer upon layer of a material called ‘nacre’. These layers are translucent, and reflect light in such a way that a real pearl appears to have an inner glow that is almost impossible to recreate with artificial methods. If your pearls appear harsh or have an unusual brassy or metallic appearance, they may be fake.

Graduated white akoya pearl necklace
Genuine Akoya Pearls from Pearls International – this exquisite strand shows you a real life example of the ‘glowy’ quality mentioned above. Faux pearls can appear more metallic.

[dropcap2]10[/dropcap2]Last but not least, one of the best methods for determining if your pearls are genuine is the ‘tooth test’. Real pearls have microscopic crystalline structures, not unlike fingerprints. Every pearl has its own structure, but fake pearls do not have this unique characteristic. As a result, if you hold one pearl between your thumb and index finger, then gently rub the pearl on one of your teeth (this only works with real teeth, not veneers or dental implants), you will feel a slight ‘gritty’ texture, as if you are rubbing sand on your tooth. Fake pearls will feel perfectly smooth. Note: Shell pearls, due to the powdered nacre they contain, may feel gritty. Ask your jeweler to identify them for you.

Now you know!

We hope these tips helped you determine if your pearls are real or fake. Still not sure? Drop by and we can take a look for you, or you can send your pearls to us at the address below. Be sure to include your name, phone number and a return address with your package!

Pearls International
3114 So. Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118


This is the newest way to shop!

Pearls International Digital Showcase Screen Capture
Pearls International Digital Showcase Screen Capture

 

Pearls International is proud to introduce our new Digital Showcase!

We have created many gorgeous custom works for our customers in the past, and now we have found a way to make it easier…and more FUN!

Our new Digital Showcase offers thousands of options for you to choose from when it comes to creating your own special piece of jewelry. You can select from unique rings, engagement sets, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are perfectly suited to your style. We are now even able to offer you loose diamonds and gemstones!

Have your own stone? That’s great – choose your dream setting, metal type, and accent stones and we will set your stone for you!

Are you a do-it-yourself kind of person? Our Showcase also offers findings, metals, and jeweler’s tools at great prices!

And if your creative juices just aren’t flowing, our Showcase offers fine, completed pieces that can’t be found in stores.

So how does this thing work? Here’s an example of how to create a customized engagement ring – we took the same setting and made two very different pieces of jewelry! (Click the images below to make them larger.)

How to Use the Showcase
We selected this gorgeous halo engagement setting. Here are some of the options the Showcase gave us!
Showcase Ring B
For our first ring, we decided to go with yellow gold. This one has a round diamond with emeralds, peridot, and more diamonds as the accent stones.
Showcase Ring A
For our second example, we chose white gold, a square cut diamond, and sapphire, tanzanite, diamonds, and aquamarine as our accent stones. Wow!

Stop in to either of our locations and have a Pearl Girl walk you through the Showcase. The possibilities are endless!

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!

 

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!

Loose pearls in dishes

Join Pearls International on Instagram!

The wait is finally over, Pearls International is now on Instagram! In the past few months, Instagram has become a great new way of promoting and advertising a brand.

Since we are all about showing off pretty pearls around here, we thought this would be a great way to include our fans in the behind-the-scenes and day-to-day of life at Pearls International. We will be using this great new platform to announce any upcoming events and sales and to give our followers the inside scoop on what we do at the shop.

Keep an eye out for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and snapshots of our Pearl Girls hard at work!  Follow us: @pearlsinternational. 

Instagram

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!

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