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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?’

 

 


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!

 

The House a Necklace Bought

In my search for unique pearls, I came across an inspiring story about the origins of the famous Cartier building in New York City. The story is told that in 1915 Louis Cartier made history with the first natural, double-stranded Oriental pearl necklace costing $1.2 million ($16 million today). This necklace was placed on exhibition all over the world including Paris, London, and New York City. In the fall of 1916, the necklace’s appearance in New York reportedly caused a huge uproar with women from all over coming to admire them. Among these ladies was Mae “Maisie” Plant. At the time Cartier’s New York Salon was on the second floor of a small building in an inconspicuous part of town. Coincidently, Maisie had just placed her $1.2 million mansion up for sale. Knowing she wanted to sell her mansion anyway, Maisie approached Cartier and proposed a trade…the mansion for the pearl necklace. Surprisingly, Cartier accepted. Ever since that exchange, the Cartier firm has been located in the former Plant mansion and has come to be a great landmark for tourists in New York City.

Cartier

Regrettably, things did not go as well for Maisie as with Cartier. Seeing how she didn’t anticipate the depression, war, or the introduction of cultured pearls her necklace did not end up being an even trade. Maisie died in 1956 and in 1957, her $1.2 million necklace was sold at auction for a mere $170,000; the current value of the Fifth Avenue mansion I’ll leave to your imagination. More recently, in 2004, a similar natural, double-strand pearl necklace sold at Christie’s for $3.1 million. Because only one gem-quality pearl is uncovered from every 25,000 wild oysters found in the ocean, these pearls are considered the rarest in the world today. If only Plants’ heirs had held on to her necklace for a few more decades, they could have sold Maisie’s pearls for much more!

Maisie Plant and her fabulous double strand of natural pearls from Cartier.
Maisie Plant and her fabulous double strand of natural pearls from Cartier.
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!

Hair

Curls and Pearls

Although hot rollers may make you think of the 1950’s housewives found in movies who wore tailored, wrinkle-free black dresses, black pumps, and a strand of pearls just to cook and clean for her husband and children, hot curlers have made a comeback this year! With the popular loose curl style that everyone is wearing these days, what better way to glam up than with Remington’s Pearl Ceramic hot rollers? The hot rollers combine pearl ceramic technology with ionic conditioning which in turn creates long-lasting curls. With these curlers you can prepare yourself for the day with pearls, and then don your pearl jewelry to match!

Remington Pearl Curlers

Vintage Lady with Pearls

Modern Girls and Vintage Pearls

What do Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor all have in common? A love for PEARLS! Pearls are no longer reserved for the necks of royalty and first ladies; they have made their way into the glamour and fashion of today’s top trendsetters.  Although the word “Classy” may no longer be the first word to come to mind, we notice that each woman puts her own personal spin on the way she wears her pearls, from Lady Ga Ga’s pearl encrusted body, to Sara Jessica Parker’s love for layering, to Angelina Jolie’s simple strand. It’s a beautiful thing to see just how versatile pearls can really be. Pearls have proven to be the perfect accessory to any outfit for any occasion! No matter what personal spin these ladies put on their pearls, it proves that pearls have stood the test of time, and ever-changing trends. We expect they’ll continue their reign as the “Queen of Gems and the gem of queens”!

Then:

Gorgeous Vintage Pearls

Now:

Modern Girls and Their Pearls

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!?

Shop Small Logo

Support your Favorite on Small Business Saturday

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Nearly everyone has a list of sales and gifts to be purchased on the traditional inaugural Christmas shopping day, however, so many people forget about Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday. It is common to forget about smaller businesses as deal busters but most do provide their customers with deep discounts before the holidays!

All businesses have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is Small.  Consider the garage days for the founders of large companies like Microsoft or Apple. They didn’t get to where they are without effort and growth.

A small business is defined broadly — as a company with 500 or fewer employees. In all reality, it is the small businesses that keep the local economy alive. In a recent article “18 Amazing Facts About Small Businesses In America,” it was stated that small businesses contribute to over 40% of Americans’ payrolls, while nearly 80% of all new jobs are created by small businesses. In the same article however, it was suggested that only 50% of small businesses stay open over 5 years due to the likelihood of bankruptcy.

Pearls International is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th. Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday celebration offer! Shop online or come in to the shop on November 24th and you’ll get 20% OFF your entire purchase, plus FREE gift wrap! Stop in for the newest and timeless styles offered in the freshwater and saltwater pearl jewelry market.

Let’s do our part and keep small businesses in Daytona Beach Shores alive and thriving! Get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business. To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-about-small-businesses-in-america-2011-8?op=1#ixzz2CKSDb5F8

Pearls for Men

Pearls: The Final Frontier in Men’s Fashion?

Did you know the fetish for pearls goes as far back as 520 BC, when the oldest known pearl jewelry was buried with the sarcophagus of a Persian princess?

We were inspired about the history of pearls, and in our travels, we came across a great article over at www.howtobeswell.com. The article made it clear that pearls on men can be totally sexy and would make a great gift for your best guy!

Pearls have a long and storied history, but we think the most interesting thing about pearl fashion is that until very recently, pearls were worn by men as often as they were worn by women!

There was nothing effeminate about the men who wore these pearls. They were the handsome, rich, and powerful leaders of their times, and the pearls they wore only served to underline their influence in their societies. The wealthier you were, the more pearls you could afford. A man wearing ropes and ropes of pearls would have turned heads everywhere he went!

Men didn’t go small with their pearl jewelry, either!  The trend was “more is more” and old portraits show dashing gents simply dripping with the gorgeous jewels. The multiple strand look has proved to be timeless, as you can see even today in the lovely layered look you find on (women’s) fashion runways the world over.

Pearls were prized by men of nearly every major culture, and historians have found evidence of the use of pearls as adornment from places as varied as Britain, China, Greece, and India.

 

Prince Rana of Dholp
Prince Rana of Dholp: Doing his best to wear as many pearls as possible across his manly muscly chest.
Crown of Henry VII
Recreation of the crown of Henry VIII of England: This guy was the manly-man of his age. No sissy stuff here!
Prince Charles of Wales
Prince Charles of Wales knew how to rock a masculine pair of pearl earrings!
Pearl Merman
This manly merman is made of pearls!

Modern pearl jewelry for men focuses more on increasing the masculinity of the setting the pearl lives in. Leather, chunky metal, and inlay often make an appearance in today’s jewelry. It’s a great balance between the soft satin look of the pearl and the harder edge that today’s men’s fashions require. Pearls easily go from trendy to finely elegant, as seen in these examples:

Men's Pearls
Whoa, studmuffin alert! Look at that pearl! This picture says it all for the man that may be new to wearing pearls. Seriously guys, pearls look hot on you!
Pearls for Men
Wowza! Those pearl cufflinks, rings, and necklaces would make us melt (It might just be his razor-sharp jawline)!
Steven Tyler Pearls
Trend-setting the Steven Tyler way. If Steven can look good in pearls anybody can! We daresay he looks fantastic sporting multiple layers of rugged pearls on leather rope.
Pearl Cufflinks
Pearls have always been a symbol of wealth and prestige. The only factor that has changed is the fashion trend and how we wear them today.

Pearls for every man and every look is the trend for this holiday season.  Timeless, classic, elegant, trendy and sexy.  For the man that has everything, give him a set of pearls!

Since we think it’s important to start teaching “real men” to wear pearls when they are REALLY CUTE LITTLE BOYS, we leave you with this adorable little tyke, rocking the pearl look!

Little boy with pearl