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Beautiful Coral Reef under Threat

Our Oceans Are Depending On Us.

(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.)

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
BUT OUR OCEANS NEED YOUR HELP.

This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. We are polluting our oceans, killing off our sea-life and obstructing our very own eco-system. We must make changes. It won’t be long before this planet is taken over by…PLASTIC! This plastic over-pollution issue is a sign of over consumption and we need to bring it to an end, and I believe this is possible simply through awareness. If we can make everyone AWARE of the horrendous consequences of their actions, wouldn’t it only be right to change our actions to create positive consequences?  Before I continue my rant, I’d like to share a few eye-opening  statistics and it is then that I feel you will better grasp the severity of this issue.

Did you know:

  • Ocean pollution affects at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of sea turtle species, 44% of all sea bird species, and 43% of marine mammal species.
  • 60,000 plastic bags are discarded in the US every 5 seconds
  • 1 million plastic cups are used just on airline flights in the US every 6 hours
  • 2 million plastic beverage bottles are used in the US every 5 minutes

saveourshores.org

If that isn’t enough to make want to stop using plastic products forever, what about our helpless marine life? These little guys depend on us to keep their environment clean and safe but we are doing exactly the opposite. We are turning their sanctuaries into deadly trash ridden dump sites in the middle of the ocean!

These are just a few things our sea creatures are having to battle, daily.

Ingestion: Many birds mistake pieces of plastic for tiny fish. Once the birds ingest the plastic their bodies are unable to digest it. Because the plastic does not get digestion, the bird feels full eventually resulting in malnutrition.

Suffocation: Animals will make the mistake of thinking that six-pack holder and plastic bag you left behind on the beach is their dinner. Once the plastic is ingested the plastic blocks airways resulting in suffocation or inhibiting its growth patterns. A sea turtles favorite meal is jellyfish…often plastic bags look just like this tasty treat. Lucky for the jellyfish, but poor turtles!

Entanglement: This most often is a result from fishing line and plastic material left from 6-packs. Once the animal become entangled their breathing is restricted along with their ability to eat and swim.

What about us? This over consumption of plastic affects us too!

Plastic is made of petroleum which would be oil or natural gas, but plastic also consists of harmful checmicals not found on labels. Time to expose these bad boys.

First, we have Phthalates: chemicals used to create soft and flexible plastics that are commonly used in the in food and construction industries, as well as in beauty products, pesticides, wood finishes, insect repellents, and solvents. Studies have found abnormal male sexual development, infertility, premature breast development, cancer, miscarriage, premature birth and asthma all associated with exposure to phthalates (saveourshores.org).

Second, there is  Bisphenol-A (BPA) is the chemical name for polycarbonate plastics, found in everything from 5-gallon water jugs, baby bottles, and the lining in many cans of food, including baby formula. Studies of Bisphenol-A show it is an estrogen disrupter with the ability to migrate into liquids and foods that it comes into contact with (Earth Resource, 2000). Numerous studies have found unsafe levels of BPA in children, adults, baby bottles, water bottles, teethers, baby formula, and other common household items.

Plastic more than likely isn’t going to disappear (anytime soon), but by bringing awareness to the catastrophic effects it has on our Planet I hope the next time you go grocery shopping you remember to bring your own bag and say “No Thanks” to plastic!

Even our decisions on what jewelry we wear is effecting mother earth!  One eco-friendly option we suggest… PEARLS! The pearl industry is proud to say that they are more eco-friendly than your typical mined gem. Pearl farmers are working harder than ever to constantly find new ways to make the pearl farming industry more eco- friendly. Ultimately, to keep this precious gem on the market without destroying nature. Although pearls are not mined,  that does not mean pearl farming is 100% harmless. Aquaculture can damage the environment from the use of high-powered hoses that are used to clean the oysters. Solution? Pearl farmers are using tropical fish to clean the oysters (saveourshores.org)! Resources, lets use all of our resources! Stay tuned for our next installment in the sustainability project to find out, ‘Are pearls threatened?’

 

 


Oyster Spats

Ooh, Baby: All About Oyster Sex!

Did you know that oysters can be hermaphroditic, meaning each mollusk is non-gender specific and has both male and female reproductive organs? When water temperatures reach 68 degrees Fahrenheit, mature oysters over one year can begin reproduction. Oysters are broadcast spawners; this means they release their sperm and eggs into the water to be fertilized, and each oyster can produce between 1 and 1 million eggs, depending on the species! A fertilized egg develops into a planktonic, or free swimming, larva in about 6 hours. Then, within 12 to 24 hours, a fully shelled larva is formed within 12 to 24 hours. The larvae remain planktonic and float around for about three weeks which helps introduce oysters to other areas in the ocean.

Credit: National Geographic

The larvae often fall to the bottom of the ocean and land on rocks, shells, or sand. Towards the end of this larva period it develops a foot which helps the oyster consciously walk instead of float with water movements. At this stage, the collection of itty-bitty oysters is called a brood. The larvae look for appropriate hard surfaces like old decaying oyster shells to form their new home. There, the larva cements itself in place and continues its growth process. The newly attached oyster is known as a spat (pictured in photo at the top of this post). From the spat stage, the oyster can begin its metamorphosis into the adult form. It usually takes about 2 years before the oyster becomes large enough to produce a pearl!

Credit: University of Maryland
Gorgeous Pearls

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!

Pearls and the Little Black Dress – The Perfect Combination?

Ok Ladies–

We have come to realize that Little Black Dress is nothing new. Audrey Hepburn was one of the most well-known people to rock the “Little Black Dress” and that was in the 1960’s! A little black dress (LBD) is a simple black cocktail or evening dress. The cut of the dress is kept very simple and length can vary, depending on the current designer trend. Originally the little black dress was made popular in the 1920s, by the well-known fashion designer Coco Chanel. Little did “Chanel know at the time, but LBD was so wonderfully versatile, that it would become the number one style that defied time… The little black dress continues to be a staple in most women’s wardrobe some 70 years later. It continues to hold its own on the top ten lists of classic fashions, and it has become a steadfast “rule of fashion” that every woman should own at least one or two seasonal elegant black dresses.

A piece that’s a must for your wardrobe, and should never let you down, your go-to LBD should make you feel sexy without doing anything but slipping it on! We all have our favorite LBD, but we need to spice it up from time to time…that’s where the pearls come in! The best way to accentuate your LBD is with something versatile, like a pearl rope. A rope gives you options, and options are always nice when it comes to looking good!

Black Givenchy dress of Audrey Hepburn
Black Givenchy dress of Audrey Hepburn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But what about something a little more on-trend to go with your LBD this spring and summer?

Jewelry this season is all over the place, so avoid the fads and stay classic with pearls! Pastel pearls are big this spring / summer season. You name it, bracelets, necklaces, rings… You will see loads of variations of soft pastel shades making up wonderful pearl jewelry creations. When buying jewelry, buy a piece of jewelry that you can be comfortable knowing will never go out of style, and some day become a family heirloom! While pearl jewelry continues to defy time, these pastel-toned pearls are the trend this season.

This Spring, jewelry is all about making a big statement. Be it with a necklace, a bangle or an oh-so-dazzling cocktail ring. From ethnic beading, to exotic stones, to avant-garde pieces, the one thing is constant: it must be big and bold, and colorful…

Nature Calls…Lots of emphasis on natural colors. Also materials such as stone and wood are big this season in jewelry. The natural feels are an organic and botanical looking beads is a big trend especially in pendants.

Bold and Big – a MUST in Jewelry this season

Pendants, Charms and Single Stones – Is one better than many? Single large stones that hang in a pendant configuration are in …. Women will be wearing bright and somewhat larger charm bracelets and necklaces this season .

What’s Up With Colors?

Natural to bright – anything goes this spring. The bright colors of nature, think vibrant sunset or soft seascape.

Metals

There is always and always will be room for metals in beaded jewelry. Think sleek and modern designs. Look for an even mix with natural materials like wood and stone beads mixed with metals. This season the metal pieces have taken on a more modern look.

Silver and Gold

Silver is as always hot, but this season gold is making a good comeback. You will see the two metals mixed to create some wonderful jewelry pieces. Charms, pendants and larger jewelry beads are what what’s seen on runways in the new spring lines.

We would describe the perfect bead jewelry necklace for Spring to be composed of bright, colorful oversized beads that invoke nature in either their shape or color, and the whole piece would be brought together with a tasteful silver and gold gemstone pendant hanging off the neck. Your Spring/Summer Little Black Dress combo will scream nothing but class!

Spring Fling

Spring is in the air and with the weather warming up, it’s time for sweet styles that represent the lighthearted spirit of the season. Gentle pastels and ladylike looks rule the runway this time of year, so why not check out our wide selection of spring-inspired pieces that will add some spring to your step! We have fun florals that pair fabulously with your favorite frock, as well as edgy styles that can add some punch to that pretty sundress.

One of our newest additions is this gorgeous Constellation necklace. The single huge, perfect pearl is scattered with genuine Swarovski crystals so you can wear the sky around your neck!

Black Pearl Constellation Necklace – $129.95

Here’s to spring and all the glorious sunny days to come!

-Pearls International

p.s. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 13th! This year, be the favorite child and get Mom something extra special to remind her how much you appreciate everything she does!

Spring into Savings!

Have you seen our line of genuine pearl pendants? We buy pearls from farms around the world and painstakingly sort them to pick the very best pearls for our customers. The primo pearls, the best of the best, we save for these pendants! If you want a classic, versatile look for your jewelry, then look no further. These pendants are a fantastic way to add class to any outfit!

Click to see our incredible line of Pearl Pendants!

Colors of the Season

Incredible colors this season from the experts over at Pantone, who have analyzed catwalk fashions and selected a pleasing palette that sets the perfect tone for spring:

Spring Pantone Colors

We think these colors are the perfect backdrop for pretty peacock pearls that pick up every possible shade you pair them with! Check out this gorgeous black peacock pearl necklace and really strut your stuff this spring!

Black Peacock Pearl Necklace – $229.95