Summer May Be Over but Not the Summer Fun!

I am an avid lover of the fall and all of the wonderful seasonal fun - pumpkin spiced everything, changing leaves, and cozy fall fashion. With this said, it is always bittersweet to leave summer behind. One silver lining, is fun transitional style! It's time to bring out black and white pearls to layer with summer favorites of baby pearls and pastel styles. Wear your pearls with your sweater style, layering and denim favorites.

Pearl Grading - How Are Pearls Priced and Valued?

A common question I get is how are pearls valued? Why are some styles more pricey?

While we have often heard of the 4 C's with diamonds - there are also 6 attributes that contribute to the value and pricing of freshwater pearls... 

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The 5 Grading Attributes of Freshwater Pearls

1. Luster

One of the best telling qualities of freshwater pearls are how they *shine*. The reflection on the pearl's surface shows value as a dull pearl can appear chalky and is less valuable. Essentially, brighter is better in this case!

2. Shape

Another key grading attribute is the shape of the pearl. Generally, a rounder pearl is more valuable. However - different pearl lovers have grown fond of the baroque and uniquely shaped pearls you can find in many designs of pearl jewelry. This is a more personal choice, but rounder pearl are given higher value and pricing.

3. Color

While freshwater pearls can come in several natural pastel shades, the truer the color, the more valuable the pearl. This again, is something that many pearl lovers disagree on as each shade can be beautiful in its own right! I personally love the variety of coloring and shades pearls can pick up and love the different tones of pearls I have in my personal collection.

4. Surface Clarity

This clarity, like in diamonds, refers to the amount of blemishes that can be seen on the surface of the pearl. These are common in the form of "pearl wrinkles" or small scratches on the pearl's surface as pearls are very soft and delicate - they can even scratch each other if not stored carefully. For valuation, the smoother and clearer the pearl, the higher the value and pricing.

5. Size

In a nutshell, size matters! The larger the pearl, the more expensive it will be. Freshwater pearls, even cultured can take up to 6 months to grow to a size usable for jewelry, and over 2 years to reach over 9mm in size. The slow process of this growth makes large pearls rare and much more valuable even with just a few millimeters in difference.

For more information on freshwater pearls, visit our Pearl Basics page!

 

Solar Eclipses, New Moon, New Looks!

With the solar eclipse come and gone - and amazing us all! It also comes with a new moon, a new opportunities! 

I have been looking for new products lately to continue to expand our freshwater pearl looks - get new, fun items to embrace new trends with the season! Freshwater pearls are fun in that they are not only classic, but they can be transformed to fit with the most current jewelry trends and pieces.

What trends are you most excited about?! 

Pearls Are A Bride's Best Friend

While I am very used to seeing Southern brides rock pearl strands for their big day growing up in Texas - I have been seeing more and more brides from all over embrace this classic trend.

Pearls are a classic jewelry staple. They are understated yet elegant, luxurious yet classic, and they often embrace or represent an heirloom quality of pearl necklaces passed down for generations of brides.

These are reason enough to wear pearls for your wedding day, but did you also know that freshwater pearls have many mythical properties that legends over time have associated pearls with good fortune? Pearls were seen as gifts from the gods according to Greek mythology and were believed to give wisdom, good fortune, and promote marital bliss to the wearer.  Combine that with how fabulous a freshwater pearl jewelry set looks on any bride or bridal party, and I can see why they are the go to bridal accessory!

Pearls for Pride

With June being Pride month, Perfectly Pearl is joining the celebration to donate funds to the LGBT Center of New York. 

What makes pearls such a great fit for Pride month, you may ask?? Pearls are unique in being the only fine jewelry gemstone that do not require additional cutting, polishing, or other altering before being considered valuable. Essentially – pearls are beautiful and treasured just as they are – in the form they were created, just like each and every one of us!

Join us in donating to this great cause by using the code FWPRIDE at checkout. You will get 25% off your order, and 10% of the sale will be donated!

Let your freshwater pearl jewelry and Pride be worn proudly! :)

Happy Birthday June Babies! (Rock Your Birthstone Proudly)

We've all heard of birstones, and I personally love how it gives an extra special defining quality one can claim and special meaning behind each birthstone assigned to its month.

For June, the birthstone is the pearl. Pearls have embraced meanings from wealth, natural beauty, sincerity, class - so lucky you, June babies! Pearl jewerly certainly does give a heir of sophitistication even with modern designs. There are even legends I've read of women wearing pearls throughout to help channel their focus, purity, and natural strength. Additionally pearls have been attributed to have healing powers back in ancient times! That is a powerful pearl right there..

While Perfectly Pearl can't and won't promise healing properties, we can assure you that any pearls from us will live up to their natural beauty, class, and timeless elegance for all June birthday girls - and even the rest of us who love to borrow their birthstone for our own :).

XOXO,

Ariel

Steal the Look - Jackie O's Famous Pearls

"Pearls are Always Appropriate." -Words so wisely said by the beautiful Jackie. She was such a style icon and still influences fashion decades past her time in the spotlight. One of my favorite Jackie looks was her seemingly signature triple strand pearl necklace. The pearls were effortlessly chic and the necklace went with so many of her iconic outfits.

The triple strand pearl necklace is one of my personal favorites as well from the Perfectly Pearl necklace shop. You can get your own Jackie inspired freshwater pearl necklace linked below.

 

Sneaky Sea Shell Pearls.. Watch Out!

As I have been looking into new designers and new products, I've stumbled upon a pearl jewelry classification called "sea shell pearls." While these sound an even some look like they real thing - be warned, they are definitely not.

Sea shell pearls are made via a synthetic process where a bead is dipped in a solution invluding crushed mother of pearl and dyes and polished between layers until they are made into the target size.

These are often still priced similarly to freshwater pearls and other natural high quality pearl jewelry types, which is INSANE to me as they are merely creating a look alike to a pearl - not a real pearl at all.

At Perfectly Pearl, we only (and will only) sell REAL freshwater pearl jewelry formed naturally through the culturing process. Where each milimeter of pearl diameter difference takes months to grow, and the quality remains preserved.

Sea shell pearls are hard to spot, so check your sources carefully when pearl jewelry shopping!

 

 

New Arrivals!

I'm always so excited to find new styles to add to the shop. Recently I found some really fun pieces embracing all looks from bridal elegance to the latest trends.

Check them out below and let me know what you think!