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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

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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!

 

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. 

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Romance Within a Pearl!

Pearls have always been a timeless when worn as jewelry. Going back hundreds of years, pearls were a symbol of love and romance. The ancient Greeks wore pearls at their wedding ceremonies, believing they would ensure material bliss and prevent the bride from crying. Although we have come a long way from “ancient”, we still use those traditions today. Many brides still prefer to wear pearls instead of diamonds on their wedding day! A classic white pearl necklace would definitely add the classic touch you need to your gorgeous gown. Pearls are definitely a romantic piece of jewelry, and when you wear them, you’ll feel the love!

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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!

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!

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!

Mother of Pearl Inlaid Syrian Furniture

Syrian Mother-of-Pearl Furniture

While Pinterest-ing I came across some Syrian furniture inlaid with mother of pearl! The blogger traveled to Global Village, Dubai to a cultural market. The details of each piece are superb! To think, each shape is cut out individually and designed into these patterns to create furniture! These are several items I would NOT want anyone sitting on!

Armless Chair

Mirror

Side Table

Table

Chair
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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