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Legacy and Pearls

When I was a kid, I broke everything I came into contact with. I haven’t grown much more graceful as I have gotten older, but I like to think there’s been some serious, measurable improvement. My mother still brings up the pair of diamond earrings she bought me when I got my ears pierced for the first time in the midst of a sweltering summer mall… and I’m twenty-two now. Talk about having a reputation follow you around. As a result of my youthful clumsiness, my family quickly learned not to trust me with anything that cost more than, say, twelve dollars. This held true for earrings, necklaces, and all other kinds of beauty accessories – hair ties and barrettes included. I started to become more responsible as I entered my teen years, but I had years and years behind me that carried a brutal reputation. It got to the point where I was excused from helping bring the dishware in and out of the dining room during Thanksgiving dinners, but I wouldn’t complain.

 

Heirloom Quality Pearl Jewelry

Heirloom Quality Pearl Jewelry

Needless to say, prom was the first occasion I can remember where jewelry became very important to me. I wasn’t expecting it to, to be quite honest. I’d floated through my teens only vaguely aware of my fashion sense. But I learned that night that jewelry can be so much more than just an accessory statement. My grandmother eagerly gave me her mother’s string of pearls to wear just moments before I left home to join my friends. The gravity of the gesture still touches me to this day. There was a huge amount of trust extended in that moment, and an acknowledgement of the transition I was making from careless child to aware adult.

 

Of course, by itself, the piece was beautiful; it was a family heirloom outside of the gesture, surviving years of care and wear. I haven’t worn real pearls since, but I have always appreciated them as a result because they were part of the lesson my grandmother taught me that night. Gemstones, chains, pearls, diamonds… they can mean so much. The right piece can reach beyond traditional expectations and assumptions. I’m looking forward to the day that the string of pearls passed down the line, to my mother and then to myself, and beyond to my children and their children. A string of pearls can be a legacy of love and trust throughout the generations, telling a story each time it’s packed away or gingerly taken out for special occasion to wear.

Shopping For An Anniversary Jewelry Gift

My wife and I each buy three anniversary gifts for one another. The first two are done for humor. We have found two separate lists of what each year’s gift is supposed to be made out of, or what theme it represents, and we try to find something small and silly that fits into each category. The third present is the one that really counts, however. That is the one that comes from the heart. I knew that this year I wanted to buy her jewelry, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted it to be.

 

Pearl Set

Pearl Set

My wife loves diamond and silver, so that was what I had been looking at – silver bracelets, diamond earrings, things that I knew would fit into her collection. I just wasn’t finding anything that jumped out at me. The sales associate at the local jewelry store saw me looking through the display cases and asked if there was something in particular I was looking for. I just laughed and said, “Yes, but I don’t know what it is.” I told him the predicament I was in and he said he had just the right solution for me.

 

When I told him that I had never seen my wife wearing pearls, he said it was because I had never given her any. He said there was a belief, somewhere between a superstition and an old wives tale, where women are not supposed to buy pearls for themselves. The best he could figure out was that it had to do with men who were sailors bringing the pearls back as gifts after having been gone for months at a time. Obviously, that was rarely the case these days, but the practice seemed to stick.

 

The other aspect that made pearls special, he pointed out, was that they were not the type of jewelry a person would or could wear every day. They are saved for special occasions, and that helps to keep the memory of the gift alive throughout the years. She may confuse one silver necklace with another, or forget exactly when she got a certain pair of diamond earrings, but she will always remember when she got the pearl necklace and who it was that gave it to her.

The Timeless Look Of Pearls

The biggest challenge to choosing any gift, no matter who it is for or what the occasion may be, is choosing something that promises to stand out and be memorable. The closer you are to the person, the more important that becomes. I routinely buy gifts for the office grab bag at the deli on the corner of my business on my way to the party, but buying something for my wife on our anniversary requires a little more thought. This year, I decided I would surprise her with pearls.

7 Strand Pearl Necklace

7 Strand Pearl Necklace

 

I wish I could take credit for coming up with the idea, but it was actually her mother who planted the seed. When we were visiting over the holidays, she shared with us old family photos that a friend had helped her convert to digital files. We saw pictures from when she and her girlfriends, all single ladies, would dress up for a special occasion, and it seemed like most of them were wearing either pearl earrings or a pearl necklace. My wife mentioned something about it, and I could tell that something in the way they looked struck her.

 

Pearls certainly aren’t your everyday type of fine jewelry, and that was part of what appealed to me. There is plenty of jewelry out there that goes with everything, it seems, and can be worn all the time. That’s certainly a benefit because you know that you’re getting your money’s worth, but my way of thinking is that our anniversary isn’t just an everyday type of occasion. I wanted to find something for her that really spoke to how special a day it was between us.

 

As beautiful as something may be, if you wear it all the time, it becomes easy to forget just how special it is. Part of the joy of fine jewelry is being reminded of its rarity. I don’t think my wife needs to be reminded how much I love her and how special I think she is, but at the same time, I’m excited about giving her something that she can save and wear sparingly. That way, I’ll know it’s going to be a special type of night when she decides it’s time to wear the pearls.

 

 

Beach Rules

Summer is in full swing! It is time for fun under the sun at the beach and mountains. It is always a good idea to take a few safeguards that can make sure that your beach day is super and full of activities.

 

DO WEAR SUNTAN LOTION

Skincancer.org reports that 3.5 new cases of skin disease are identified every year. Keep your family protected when having fun under the sun by taking precautions suggested by the FDA recommendations. Use a waterproof sunblock with a minimum 30 SPF. You should choose products approved by the FDA for effective UVA protection.

 

DO WEAR A PRETTY SWIMSUIT

This is the perfect time for the fashionistas out there to walk on the runway to present your beautiful fashion sense. Whether picking a last year piece, vintage, classic, or modern one-piece swimsuit, wear it with confidence. For entertaining, try mixing up the top and bottom of other swimsuits.

 

DO HAVE NO-FUSS HAIR

The sun, sea and sand can cause your hair to go from fashionable to not so fashionable in just couple of minutes. Forget the waving or flat iron and choose an easy style that will not interfere with swimming, playing volleyball or comforting in your cabana. An up-do bun can keep the twists at bay while the impeccable ponytail keeps the hair protected while still being stylish.

 

DO STAY HYDRATED

Sweating in the warm sun can quickly get to dehydration, which can cause tiredness, a slower metabolism and even lead to heat stroke. Stay safe at the beach and leave the sugary beverages, alcoholic drinks and the caffeinated iced-tea at home. Instead, bring a cooler full of bottled or recyclable bottles of water. Drink at least eight glasses of water through the day.

 

DO ACCESSORIZE WITH JEWELRY

It is important to keep it simple! Avoid wearing any gemstones that are absorbent and could be spoiled by salt water or chlorine, such as pearls. Take with you sterling silver or 14k gold in the form of a ring, necklace or earrings. Diamond engagement rings are safe to wear at the beach, though take the time to clean the ring in water at the end of the day to wash away any sand particles that may have become stuck between the diamond and the setting.  

 

SOME SIMPLE BEACH-GOER DON’TS

Do not forget to wear a hat and sunglasses for even more sun protection. Even if you are wearing sunscreen, a large hat can shade your face from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains, “A number of scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer.” The organization recommends wearing sunglasses that are 99% and above UV-absorbent.

 

Another DO NOT: Do not forget to have a lot of fun!

 

Princess Perfect

Grace of Monaco premiered earlier this month at the Cannes International Film Festival. The biopic, starring Nicole Kidman, depicts the marriage between Grace Kelly and her husband, Prince Rainer III of Monaco, as a cold-spirited union endured by an unhappy woman trapped between loyalty to her husband and her Hollywood career.

 

 

In character films such as Grace of Monaco, the costumes, fashions and jewelry are pivotal aspects for submerging the viewer into a specific moment in time and for transforming Nicole Kidman from Hollywood actress into royalty.

 

Many of Grace Kelly’s favorite designers were enlisted to recreate the princess’s classic and beautiful wardrobe, such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Saint Laurent and Hermes. Written in the Daily Beast, “It was not a big challenge to dress Nicole Kidman as Grace of Monaco because she is so graceful and she has such a beautiful body. It is a dream to dress like a model. She is taller but it does not matter. The biggest challenge was the hair and the makeup, but with these three together, she became Grace of Monaco.”

 

PopSugar also honed in on the importance and classic elegance of the costumes and fashions worn by Nicole Kidman in the new feature film. They say, “a collection of classic suiting, retro sheath dresses, and gowns, and of course, gloves and hats that transform Nicole Kidman from modern-day movie star into the stunning Princess Grace. We wouldn’t be surprised if the film inspires a ’50s fashion resurgence.”

 

Jewelry was always a staple in Grace Kelley’s wardrobe and that important detail was not lost in the film. A combination of original pieces and recreations were used during filming.

 

Amidon can help you to channel your own inner Princess Grace with just the right gem or jewel.

 

The infamous 1953 three strands diamond necklace.

 

Adorn your own neck with diamonds with a pendant from Amidon.

 

Pearls were a signature piece for Princess Grace.

 

Freshwater Cultured Pearl 7-Strand Necklace available at Amidon.

Pearl Care

PEARL JEWELRY CARE

Keep Your Pearls Looking Great For Generations

Pearl Neclace
Your pearls may be the most elegant and delicate piece of jewelry in your collection.  They should always be worn and stored with the greatest of care too keep them looking great.

Here are a few DIY checks to see if they need service, and tips for to keep them looking great.

 

  • The best and perfect way to take care of pearls is to wear them often and the reason is that the body’s natural oil will keep them lustrous.
  • Before wearing your pearls carefully inspect necklaces and bracelets for excess movement between knots and pearls.  Be sure to watch for fraying of the silk on the edges of the pearls.  Strands often wear the most close to the clasp, and fraying and stretching are both signs that it may be time to have them restrung.  Restringing frequency vary from every 6 months for someone very active who wears them daily, to decades for someone who stores them well and wears them occasionally, when unsure, bring them to any Amidon for a free inspection.

 

  • Refresh luster anytime by gently wiping with a soft cloth with oil.
  • Keep your pearls dry, remove before swimming or taking shower.

 

  • Always put your pearls on last, after applying cosmetics which include hair spray and perfume. Many of these products will permanently discolor or erode pearls.
  • After you wear your pearls, gently wipe them down with a chamois cloth or other soft cloth and store separate from your other jewelry in a pearl folder or cloth bag. Keep pearl separate from other precious metals and gemstones, they may dull or scratch tender surfaces of your pearls.

 

  • If you have excessive dirt or dust on your pearls you may use a soft cloth with olive oil to remove debris.
  • Pearl cleaner, as found at a jeweler is safe only for un-dyed natural and cultured pearls.  Pearl cleaner can strip colors of dyed pears or remove coating treatments from enhanced pearls.   If in question avoid cleaners or spot test.  Keep in mind that you may stain the string your pearls are strung on if your pearl cleaner is old or dirty.  After cleaning you will need to allow your pearls to dry before storing.

 

  • Avoid using ultrasound, bleaches, baking soda, toothbrushes, detergents, steam, ammonia or any other abrasive to clean your pearls.
  • Avoid hanging your pearls on a hook.  This allows pearls to collide and chip, and may put extra strain on the string or clasp making them wear quickly.  Tightly coiling pearls is equally as harmful.

 
 

Keeping Your Pearls Perfect

Before June comes to an end, let’s take a moment to reflect on its birthstone, the pearl. No other adornment says class and good taste like a string of pearls. Plus, they match almost any outfit.

 

Pearls have awed people throughout the ages, from the time of the ancient Egyptians up to the present day. They’re farmed in many places around the world, including China, Japan, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia. So join in this international movement and wear your pearls, whether you’re a June baby or not. Keep in mind that pearls are also the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary.

 

For those of you who love romance in your stones, here’s a little pearl lore:

  • In one Chinese myth, pearls fall from the sky as dragons war in the clouds

 

  • Romans wore pearls to gain the favor of the goddess Isis

 

  • Old stories associate pearls with modesty, courage, friendship, loyalty, health, truth, integrity and chastity

 

  • Some folks believe pearls have healing properties, especially for your intestines, heart, stomach and spleen. They’re a great get well gift!

 

If you tend more toward the practical (or even if you don’t) you should know how to best care for your pearls. These porous treasures are delicate. When you’re getting dressed, they should go on last—after your makeup, lotions, potions and hairspray, all of which pearls can absorb. Don’t let cosmetics eat holes in your lovely pearls!

 

To keep pearls clean, wipe with a warm, damp cloth. If you don’t keep them clean, pearls change color. And we’re not talking something pretty, like changing to pink or lilac. You can use mild soap, but not detergent. If they’re extra-grimy, try an acetone polish remover. Rinse in clear water. Dry pearls by wrapping them in a thin cotton towel. Store pearls in a silk or felt pouch. Remember, they scratch easily, so don’t throw them in with your other jewelry. And avoid airtight bags, as lack of moisture can cause cracking.

 

If you wear you pearls frequently, you should have them restrung every year. Amidon offers customers an excellent pearl restringing service. We restring your pearls on real silk, with or without knots between, depending on the size of your pearls. We can also offer a new clasp—standard or custom, gold or silver—to suit your preferences. And if your necklace has lost some pearls, don’t worry. Amidon offers bead matching to make your pearls look like new again.

 

 

Woo-Who for Dr. Seuss!

With March right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for all the March birthdays you have coming your way. Among March birthdays is one you may not even know about – Dr. Seuss! Born March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss became well known for over 45 children’s books. Did you know, however, that Dr. Seuss was saving his birth name, Theodor Seuss Geisel, for a “Great American Novel” he hoped to write?

Amidon Jewelers is proud to offer a whimsical, beautiful selection of jewelry we believe even Dr. Seuss would enjoy seeing his fun characters wearing. Besides our gorgeous selection of engagement rings with their stunning white diamonds of many shapes and sizes, we also carry remarkable pieces showcasing multi-colored gemstones. Whether for your finger or ears, neck or wrist, who of the Whos could deny their beauty?

In both the book and movie versions of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” we saw snowflakes falling on Whoville, which itself was nestled deep inside a snowflake. Imagine if the snowflakes had had magnificent pearls like these Freshwater Pearl earrings have mixed in?

 

 

In our opinion, “Happy Birthday to You” by Dr. Seuss would have had the perfect wall or present decoration if adorned by gold drops and colorful gemstones such as those on this Marco Bicego necklace. A perfect, whimsical collection of colors and elegance, you’ll show your sense of style and fun while wearing this necklace around your neck!

 

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” What if the rings on the front cover had been made of the links on Marco Bicego’s Jaipur bracelet? We know you could wear this bracelet on the go, whether at work, school, a night on the town, or an evening on the red carpet!

 

 

Had the subject of the book been jewelry and not fish, we’re certain Dr. Seuss could have named it, “One Wish, Two Wish, Red Wish, Blue Wish.” Adorned with Mother of Pearl, Green Tourmaline, Pink Tourmaline, Blue Topaz or a variety of other gemstones, these organically imperfect gorgeous March Bicego rings will have people pointing at you for sure!

In the Jim Carrey movie version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, we saw neighbors competing to have the best decorated house for Christmas in terms of quantity and quality of lights. What if, however, the competition had been for the best engagement ring? When she grows up, we have no doubt that Cindy Loo Who would be head over heels for this A. Jaffe engagement ring! Seventy-two diamonds of 0.51ctw are set along the twisted band to display the center stone. Woo-Who!!!

 

Whether honoring Dr. Seuss or that special someone in your life, remember Amidon Jewelers has perfect beautifully whimsical jewelry pieces to round out anybody’s jewelry collection!

 

Pearls: The Classic Gift for the June Birthday Girl

pearl necklace     Silver f/w pearl earrings

 

June is a great month to celebrate the pearl, the first birthstone of summer and a one of nature’s most beautiful flukes.

 

Natural pearl formation begins when a pearl-bearing mullosk’s shell reacts to a foreign particle landing inside its soft tissue and causing irritation. The mullosk tries to reduce the irritation by coating the invader with nacre — also known as mother of pearl — an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some mollusks as an inner shell layer. Nacre is also what makes up the outer coating of pearls; it is very strong, resilient, and iridescent.

 

Nacre provides the pearl with its shine, or luster, and the bigger the pearl, the more nacre – and thus, the more luster.

 

Natural pearls have been valued for more than 4,000 years; One of the favorite gems of the Roman Empire, the Tudor Empire of the 16th Century was known as the Pearl Age.

 

Pearls are the only gemstones that are harvested from living sea creatures, and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty.

 

Round saltwater pearls were first cultivated commercially in the late 1800s, and since the 1920s, cultured pearls have all but replaced natural pearls in the world’s gem market.

 

The culturing process  allows for a whole pearl to be grown from mantle tissue piece and a bead nucleus inserted into a host mollusk’s gonad,  replicating nature’s process for pearl growing.

 

pink pearl earrings     white pearl pendant    multi color pearl strand     F/w pearl necklace

 

If you’re purchasing pearl jewelry for your June birthday girl, there are some factors you should keep in mind:

 

  1. Size: bigger is better, since the bigger the pearl, the better the luster.
  2. The value of a pearl is measured by its ability to absorb, refract and reflect light, imparting  a distinctive quality (termed orient) to natural and cultured pearls.
  3. Orient is the deep inner glow and shimmering iridescent characteristic of a sea-grown pearl. The deeper the lustre and iridescence, the more precious the pearl.
  4. The more symmetrical the shape, the more valuable. Symmetrical pearls can be round, oval, pear shape or  tear shape. Baroque pearls are irregular and asymmetrically shaped. Oysters grow pearls in many different shapes, from perfect spheres to long flat angel wing pearls.
  5. Surface perfection contributes to value. The surface of a perfect pearl appears satiny smooth. But when viewed closely, natural or cultured pearls may appear to have irregular surfaces which do not detract from value like disfiguring blemishes.
  6. Rarity increases the value of any jewel. A perfect pair of pearls is very rare, since nature makes few pearls exactly alike in orient, size, shape and color.

 

Nacre gives pearls their natural color –  generally pink, white, silver, gray, yellow, brown or gold. The  color of the pearl is often complemented by the rainbow iridescent appearance of the pearl’s orient.

 

Since pearls are naturally porous, they’re easy to die. Jewelry makers are now offering pearls in a wide variety of exquisite colors, with each pearl dyed to match for a perfect strand.

 

Harmless gamma-ray irradiation darkens the nucleus, resulting in a darker pearls that may resemble natural black South Seas pearls, but are more affordable.  Irradiation also enhances orient in some pearls, adding to their iridescence.

 

There’s plenty of beautiful jewelry options for your June birthday girl, and you can add to her pearl collection over the years.

 

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