Tag Archives: pearls

The Jewelry Insider

April 9, 2014

Kate, William, and George arriving in NZ, Photo Credit: www.dailymail.co.uk

Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Baby George are officially on tour in New Zealand, and the Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing as usual, just stepping off the plane in a double-breasted red military-style coat by Catherine Walker. We don’t know about you, but post-flight we’re lucky to look even remotely stylish in our yoga pants, hoodie, and sneaks.

We all know that Kate had her choice of any of the Queen’s jewels for the tour (lucky!), but in true Kate-style, she showed some local love to New Zealand jewelers Tory & Ko. The brand’s designers sent four of Kate’s favorite pieces, in hopes that she’ll wear them in New Zealand during her tour.

Kate’s selection included a pair of blue topaz bow earrings, a cultured pearl and diamond necklace with matching earrings from the bespoke collection, and a pair of citrine bow earrings from the Pretty Collection.

Kate’s Selection of Tory & Ko Jewelry, Photo Credit: www.eonline.com

For jewelry similar to Kate’s Tory & Ko faves, check out our Honora collection, the largest importer of freshwater pearls in the US, our Swiss Blue Topaz Earrings, and Citrine and White Topaz Earrings.

Swiss Blue Topaz Earrings in 10K White Gold and Diamond Accents
1 1/4 ct Citrine and White Topaz Earrings in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold

The Jewelry Insider

March 21, 2014

Get in touch with your old-school self with some classic black and white (b&w)!

Casablanca, Photo Credit: www.hollywoodmegastore.com

We know it’s spring and this season is about color, but we’ve always been fans of simple b&w. There has never been a time when our trusty black dresses have let us down (thank you!). These two colors are forever chic and timeless.

As for jewelry, pearls and diamonds fall into the b&w category, and we all know that these are necessities (hint hint, mother’s day!). The great thing about b&w jewelry, is that you can pair it with basically anything. Re-create the Audrey Hepburn look with a LBD (little black dress) and a pearl necklace. Throw on some diamonds with a scoop-neck top and shine just like Ingrid Bergman.

Audrey Hepburn in pearls, Photo Credit: www.thesun.co.uk
Ingrid Bergman in diamonds, Photo Credit: www.mt.wiglaf.org

Take a look at our most coveted b&w jewelry pieces.

7.5mm Pearl and 10mm Onyx Strand Necklace
Rock and Redemption 6 3/8 ct Jet Crystal Ring in Sterling Silver
1/5 ct Black and White Diamond Bangle in Sterling Silver
1/4 ct Black and White Diamond Flower Earrings in 14K White Gold

Check out 100 b&w jewelry pieces in our b&w sale!

The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Love The Look: Pearl Pendants

Jewelry.Com Is Your Source For Pearl Jewelry Information And Styles. With Expert Shopping Tips, A Perfect Pearl Buying Guide And Insider Tips Finding the Perfect Pearl Pendant And Pearl Jewelry Has Never Been Easier.

When looking for pearl pendants, either for yourself or as a gift, remember pearls come in many sizes, shapes and colors. From pearls in white, pink or black; freshwater, saltwater or cultured; drop style, cluster style or dangling earrings – each pearl has a unique and individual style, but all are graceful and luxurious

Pearls- are the recommended gift for couples celebrating their third and 30th wedding anniversaries as well as being the June birthstone. If you’re celebrating June birthday – there’s no better gift than a precious pink pearl pendant or a glamorous gold pearl cluster necklace. Looking for something different and affordable, try a glittering gray pearl drop or a stunning black pearl and diamond jewel.

It is interesting to note that pearls are the only gem that grows naturally in a living organism. This makes them a unique creation, and dictates many different criteria for grading a pearl. Pearl jewelry is graded by size, color, shape, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching – the latter is especially significant when it comes to pearl pendants.

When you browse around our wide selection of beautiful pearl pendants keep in mind that since each pearl is a unique creation, each pearl pendant is also one of a kind. So when you find the one that was meant for you – don’t hesitate you’re your pearl after all, is as unique as you are!

Learn about Pearl Pendants

Jewelry.com, Pearl Jewelry

Expert advice, information and tips on how to care for pearl jewelry. Find out all there is to know about pearls and find the perfect pearl jewel for you or your loved one.

Jewelry Pendants

Expert Advice, Information and Shopping Tips on choosing the perfect pendant. From golden charms, diamond hearts, sparkling animals and gemstone beauties – discover a dazzling array of pendants for every style, occasion and budget.

Jewelry.com Bridal Tips: And The Bride Wore Pearls

Find out why pearls are perfect for any bride.

Jewelry.com Jewelry Gift Occasions: Mother’s Day Gifts

Let our experts help you choose the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

June Is Pearl Month

Jewelry.com gives you a pearl primer about June’s classic birthstone.

Jewelry.com: Steamed Clams And A Purple Pearl

Next time you order clams, careful how you open them – there may be a purple pearl hidden inside.

Shop Pearl Pendants

Shop Clearance Pearl Pendants

Shop Clearance Pearl Pendants

Shop Pearl Pendants By Collection

Pearl Heart Pendants

Pearl Animal Pendants

Pearl Circle Pendants

Pearl Journey Pendants

Shop Pearl Pendants By Stone Color

Chocolate Pearl Pendants

Black Pearl Pendants

White Pearl Pendants

Brown Pearl Pendants

Pink Pearl Pendants

Pearl Education: How Long is Long? Pearl Strand Lengths

Important pearls of wisdom about various pearl strand lengths – from short choker pearls to pearls that wrap around and around and around….

Pearl necklaces come in five basic lengths: Choker, Princess, Matinee, Opera and Rope. You may have heard of some of the names but probably have no idea how long each is and, more importantly, how it sits on the neck and below.

Choker – 16 in

The pearl choker is the shortest length circling the neck. While a pearl choker can be worn with almost any neckline and looks great with every style, from casual to formal, make sure it doesn’t swallow the neck. Pearl chokers draw attention to the neck but if you have a particularly short or long neck, the attention should be drawn away from the neck to the shoulder line or below. As such, stay away from chokers. For everyone else, a choker is great classic, suitable for every occasion.

Princess – 18 in

A princess strand falls slightly below the neckline and compliments every neck-style from high to low. It’s great for office-wear as its length sits just above a blouse neckline and won’t be hidden like longer lengths.

Matinee – 24 in

The Matinee strand is most popular for formal occasions and is the perfect length for any little black dress event. It’s also the best length for those who are well endowed in the chest region as it highlights the neck and shoulders finishing just above the cleavage.

Opera – 32 in

Falling just below the bustline, the Opera strand is great for eveningwear and compliments every body shape. For less formal occasions, it can be doubled over and worn as a twin choker ? a true day into night piece.

Rope – 46 in

If it’s versatility you’re after, then a pearl rope is the style for you. By itself the strand generally falls somewhere around the waistline and is perfect for those that like to stand out from the crowd. Its length means you can play with styles from triple, or quadruple rows of a choker, to doubling it as Princess and Opera style together. Or try simply knotting it for a chic look that’s perfect with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to an elegant evening gown.

Shop Pearl Jewelry

Learn More About Pearls

The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Pearl,the birthstone for June, is among the most timeless, classic and treasured ofall gems.

Throughout history, these noble gems have been associated with wisdom, wealth, purity, romance and mystery. The ancient Egyptians were buried with them. In Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and status. The Greeks prized them for their beauty and association with love and marriage. Medieval knights wore them in battle as a talisman against injury. And during the Renaissance, some European countries banned all but nobility from the right to wear them.

It’s hard to believe that such a luscious, beautiful gem comes from such humble origins. A natural pearl starts out as a grain of sand or microscopic worm that works its way into an oyster and cannot be expelled. To protect its soft body from this irritant, the oyster secretes a smooth, hard crystalline substance called nacre. Layer upon layer of nacre coats the foreign object and hardens, ultimately forming a pearl. In general, the thicker the nacre, the richer the ‘glow’ of the pearl – which can greatly enhance its value.

Although early pearl gathering depended on divers braving the oceans’ depths to retrieve these treasures, the vast majority of pearls today are grown, or cultured, on pearl farms by surgically inserting a small shell bead, or nucleus, into the mantle of an oyster.

Even though pearls are harvested en masse on pearl farms, producing a quality pearl is an extremely rare event. It is estimated that half of all nucleated oysters do not survive – and of those that do, only 20% bear marketable pearls.

When shopping for pearls, the five factors that determine value are luster (surface brilliance); surface cleanliness (absence of spots, bumps or cracks); shape (generally, the rounder the pearl, the higher its value); color (pearls come in virtually every hue of the rainbow, and a few others, too); and size (the average pearl sold is 7-7.5 millimeters, but these gems can be as small as 1 millimeter or as large as 20 millimeters).

Because pearls are soft, ranking only 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale for hardness, they require special care. Natural oils from the skin, as well as hair spray, lotions and cosmetics, can dull their luster. Like other jewelry, they should be cleaned with a soft damp cloth and stored in cloth or cotton away from other jewelry to prevent scratching. Also, avoid allowing your pearl to come in contact with harsh chemicals, which can erode its surface. And if worn frequently, pearl necklaces should be brought to a jeweler once a year for re-stringing to prevent strand breakage.

Shop Pearl Jewelry

Learn More About Pearls

The Jewelry Insider

December 30, 2008

Whether you’re accessorizing for work or play, having the right jewelry can go a long way in helping you project an image of confidence and individual style. But how do you develop that style when you’re building your jewelry wardrobe from scratch?

According to Jewelry.com, developing your own style means “knowing yourself”: what you like and dislike. To determine this, ask yourself “What is my ideal?” and “What turns my head?” Decide if that means contemporary or classic jewelry styles; streamlined or detailed; colored stones or white diamonds.

Also, listen to style-related comments from others. What outfits or accessories do people compliment you on? This will give you important clues about the kind of jewelry that looks best on you.

Next, make sure what you’ve selected fits your personality and lifestyle. For instance, if you spend a lot of time doing activities outdoors, consider simple earrings that won’t dangle too far and get in the way. Comfort is a must. If something is either physically or psychologically uncomfortable to wear, you’ll have trouble projecting the kind of confidence and competence integral to developing a personal style.

As for the jewelry itself, stick with the basics in the beginning. The rule of thumb is to always buy the best-quality basics you can afford, so you can add matching pieces later. In gold jewelry, such basics should include a gold chain necklace, classic hoop or button earrings, and a link bracelet. Additions could include slide-on pendants or drops to create different looks with your necklace and earrings. In diamond jewelry, classic stud earrings or a solitaire pendant should be among your first purchases.

Experts advise that you begin with classic shapes that look appropriate with a variety of outfits, and then add pieces that offer versatility of wear or a fashion touch, such as different colors or finishes.

And don’t overlook the importance of selecting jewelry that suits your body type. For instance, your height and bone structure play a big role in determining the kind of jewelry that looks best on you. A smaller, petite woman would be better served with necklace lengths that fall below the breast but above the waist to elongate her figure. Meanwhile, a tall, thin woman may want to select a choker that cuts the line of the neck and de-emphasizes her height. And a full-figured woman should stay away from jewelry that’s too small or delicate.

Equally important to style are face shapes. The four basic are oval, round, rectangular and heart-shaped. If your face is oval, triangular-shaped earrings are especially flattering. A round shape should seek elongated, dangling styles that draw the eyes down, rather than around. For a rectangular face, try jewelry that adds width, camouflaging the length of the face. And for heart-shaped faces, look for earrings that are wider at the bottom, because style can soften a pointed chin look.

And don’t forget to consider your hand type if you’re purchasing rings. If you’re long-fingered, wider bands will look especially good on you. If you’re short-fingered, thinner bands and stone shapes such as marquise or pear that elongate the hand would be a good choice.

The Jewelry Insider

December 28, 2008

Prince isn’t the only icon to sing the praises of Diamonds and Pearls, now the famous fashion duo, Dolce & Gabbana, are getting in on the act.

To celebrate over two decades of their successful partnership, the tony twosome is launching a new book appropriately titled, Diamonds & Pearls, which Domenico Dolce describes as “an invitation to the public into our own personal world: one of luxury, intense pleasure and seduction, but also a dreamlike world featuring grotesque and ambiguous situations that verge on the paradoxical”.

Fashion designers love their paradoxical adjectives, don’t they just?

The book is a collaboration with the Austrian photographer Guenter Parth, whom they chose because he specializes in still-life images. The fashion that graces the pages was personally selected by D & G to highlight jewelry of all kinds – from gemstones to diamonds, gold leaves to pearls.

And in a bizarre turn, the clothes are not worn by models but by what the pair call three “real dolls”, or lifelike mannequins made to bear a striking resemblance to real women and built following specifications for their “ideal woman”.

“The three dolls symbolize the perfect woman: we deliberately chose not to take any top model as an aesthetic reference when we made them,” Gabbana explains to The National Newspaper.

I’m not sure that their ultimate muse, Madonna, would approve of replacing flesh and blood with mannequins that are three hairs shy of a blow-up doll in couture, but I suppose anything goes in the name of art.

The book retails for $270 and is available in select D & G boutiques worldwide. All proceeds benefit children’s charity, Butterfly Onlus Foundation.

The Jewelry Insider

October 6, 2008

Diamonds, pearls and gemstones are familiar faces in your jewelry box, but what if you found them in the floor? Nope, not on the floor, IN the floor. Luxury tile and flooring company, Pietra Firma, is satisfying the opulent tastes of home design hounds by putting the bling in an exclusive line of glittering tiles.

This limited edition of LuxTouch jeweled tiles can be used on your walls, ceilings and, yes, floors if you so desire. And at a mere $1,000,000 per square meter, we’re sure you’ll want a football-field sized swatch of ‘em. Encrusted with more than 1,000 diamonds, 2400 pieces of mother of pearl, 400 pieces of abolone shell and 500 pieces of black onyx, one square meter of the material is sure to outshine that Mop N Glo-ed hardwood you’re so fond of.

According to Pietra Firma’s website, “When inlaid, the diamonds sit slightly raised above the tile, which results in the maximum tactile and visual effect. Walking barefoot on a LuxTouch floor can only be described as a truly sensual experience. “

Or a good heel buffer. For the well-heeled among us, LuxTouch is the dazzling way to take that golden parachute on a walk to the wild side. Your accountant will love you for it.

The Jewelry Insider

August 26, 2008

Pearl strands have always been in style. Coco Chanel made them chic in the 20s, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O took them to new heights in the 60s, Madonna and Barbara Bush put their stamp on them in the 80s, and now Michelle Obama is carrying the torch well into the new millennium. They are the perfect Mother’s Day gift and are always the right choice to wear at the office. And while the popular bauble comes in many different varieties and price points, luxury jewelry designer, Mikimoto, is taking them to 11.

A one-of-a-kind, limited edition, pearl strand is now available for a mere $1,000,000. Some lucky gal will get to take home 27 perfectly cultured pearls, plus an art deco clasp with 11.92 carats of diamonds. According to Mikimoto, the necklace is special because it is made from South Sea pearls of the highest quality that took ten years to cultivate. They’re rated AAA, which means they have a superb silver white luster.

For those of us who can’t afford a bodyguard to go with our jewelry, there are many other affordable alternatives. And some designers are mixing up the traditional strand by adding chunky beads and crystals. Think ‘pearls go punk’. One final pearl of wisdom: long, layered strands are a must-have look for fall. Mixing colors and lengths is perfectly acceptable.

We may not have a million bucks, but we can certainly look like we do. Go out there and make Coco proud!

The Jewelry Insider

June 8, 2008

June is Pearl Month and Jewelry.com has a pearls of wisdom when it comes to picking the perfect pearl piece.
Pearl necklaces come in five basic lengths, but which is the length for you and what do they mean?
Choker, Princess, Matinee, Opera and Rope.Y ou may have heard of some of the names but probably have no idea how long each is and, more importantly, how it sits on the neck and below.

Choker – 16 in
The pearl choker is the shortest length circling the neck. While a pearl choker can be worn with almost any neckline and looks great with every style, from casual to formal, make sure it doesn’t swallow the neck. Pearl chokers draw attention to the neck but if you have a particularly short or long neck, the attention should be drawn away from the neck to the shoulder line or below. As such, stay away from chokers. For everyone else, a choker is great classic, suitable for every occasion.
Princess – 18 in
A princess strand falls slightly below the neckline and compliments every neck-style from high to low. It’s great for office-wear as its length sits just above a blouse neckline and won’t be hidden like longer lengths.
Matinee – 24 in
The Matinee strand is most popular for formal occasions and is the perfect length for any little black dress event. It’s also the best length for those who are well endowed in the chest region as it highlights the neck and shoulders finishing just above the cleavage.
Opera – 32 in
Falling just below the bustline, the Opera strand is great for eveningwear and compliments every body shape. For less formal occasions, it can be doubled over and worn as a twin choker – a true day into night piece.
Rope – 46 in
If it’s versatility you’re after, then a pearl rope is the style for you. By itself the strand generally falls somewhere around the waistline and is perfect for those that like to stand out from the crowd. Its length means you can play with styles from triple, or quadruple rows of a choker, to doubling it as Princess and Opera style together. Or try simply knotting it for a chic look that’s perfect with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to an elegant evening gown.