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A Pearl Primer

Pearls are incomparable. They bring an element of glamour and classic style to any outfit they accessorize. However, few people understand the complexity of pearl harvesting, grading and sales. The industry has some marked differences from other fine jewelry categories. Whether you are shopping for a set of pearls for yourself or someone you love, or inheriting a family heirloom that includes pearls, a little background information on pearls certainly adds to the appreciation of the jewelry itself.

Pearl Sets Amidon Jewelers

Pearl Sets Amidon Jewelers

Pearls have been classics in the jewelry industry for centuries, and have been considered high class accessories for much longer than other favored jewelry pieces, including diamonds and other cut gemstones. Perhaps the most famous pearl in the world is La Peregrina. This pearl was found by an African slave in the mid-16th century, and, after many owners of royalty over the years, was later purchased by American actor Richard Burton as a gift for his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor wore the pearl, which dangled elegantly from a choker for years – both onscreen and off – until she passed in 2014. After her passing, it was sold for over $10 million. The royal and celebrity history of this pearl would be more than enough to justify the extravagant cost, but the quality of the pearl itself was incomparable.

In fact, at the time it was discovered off the coast of Spain, La Peregrina was the largest pearl ever discovered. The record has since been surpassed by Pearl of Lau Tzu, which measures 9.45 inches in diameter to La Peregrina’s 1 inch in diameter. Size isn’t the only factor that determines the value of a pearl, though. La Peregrina excelled in many other categories as well. This includes shape, luster, and surface cleanliness. All are factored into the final grade of a pearl, which ranges from A, AA, and AAA, increasing in value respectively (although some sellers will grade on an ‘A to D’ grading system, most rely on this ‘Triple A’ scale to communicate overall worth).

Pearls hold a very special place in the world of fine jewelry. Of course, looking at the beauty of a well-developed pearl puts it all into perspective. Pearls lend an air of classic beauty to your look, and are a fashion statement that goes an incredibly long way. Pearls convey a strong independence and grace that just cannot be recreated by diamonds or other gemstones. Maybe that is why they have been celebrated throughout history and across cultures as symbols of wealth and status. Find the perfect pearl for your collection today.



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.

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.



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Pearls are found in a verity and shape and array of mysterious colors. Formed naturally from living mollusk, a pearl is created over time, made of several layers of inner shell material called nacre.


Pearls have been sought after for their beauty for centuries.  Before the creation of cultured pearls in the early 1900′s pearls was often one of the most expensive jewelry available.  Historians recorded that an early roman general financed an entire military campaign from the sale of one of his mother’s single pearl earrings.

Pearls have been around since the beginning of recorded time.  Cleopatra, ancient Romans, and Pharaohs adorned themselves with the gems.


Ancient stories in both China and India include tales of the Gods giving a pearl as a gift.   Some Indian cultures believed that pearls were tears from the heavens that fell into the sea and were captured by the shellfish.

Pearls were widely used for medicine in Europe, Persia, and Asia for various despises and insanity. Pearls were believed to bring you power, wealth and longevity.  Evan to this day, Pearls are ground and used for medicine throughout the orient.


Pearls are not for everyday wear, take care when wearing to protect from scratches and harsh blows. Always put your pearls on last to avoid chemicals such as perfumes and hair sprays. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.  Read more care tips in our blog here.



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Our Month at AmidonOur month started off helping select beautiful jewelry to be given as gifts to bridesmaids and to complement gorgeous wedding dresses.  We are glad it is finally feeling more like summer, and for us, wedding season is in full swing.We have welcomed Bobby to our staff, stop in to the Power-house Store and say hello.Have you seen our new selection of promise rings and bridal sets?  We have added several new styles to our cases in each store.Our Hanover Store is busy with engraving projects for our community’s graduation and award ceremonies.  It’s great to see all of the familiar names of the individuals receiving recognition.

Jewelry Tip

It’s the easy going sand and flip-flop time of year. Although you’r ready to unwind, summer can be especially ruff on your jewelry. Here is what you need to know to keep your favorite pieces safe and secure for the upcoming season.

  • Chlorine and salt water can age your precious metal. Never wear your jewelry in the pool, hot tub, ocean, or shower. Gold, silver, platinum and some gemstones will rapidly tarnish or erode when exposed to these corrosive elements.
  • Sunbathe without the sparklers. Lotions and sunscreens can coat or even degrade your jewelry. Always remove your jewelry when applying perfumes, cosmetics, and skin care products.
  • Organization is essential when traveling. Avoid hassle and damage, keep your jewelry in separate bags and avoid a jumbled mess.
  • Keep your jewelry safe while away. Select hotels with room safes or safe deposit boxes.
  • Before you travel, be sure your jewelry is adequately insured and has an up to date appraisal.

Remember to stop in often throughout the summer for a free professional cleaning and inspection at all of our locations.

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4. What color is the only light allowed in a photographer’s dark room?


5. Doctor’s for thousands of years prescribing Chewing on the bark of a willow tree, led to this modern day medicine.


6.  This year, midsummer or solstice occurs on what day?


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The Pearls of June

June is synonymous with so many pleasant things, like long warm summer days, backyard barbecues and lounging on the beach or at the pool. For those born in June the beautiful and elegant pearl, the birthstone of June, is also at the forefront of their minds.


Different from other gemstones, pearls are not cut or polished; instead they are created underwater in oysters, mussels and clams. As explains, “The scientific explanation for natural pearls is almost as mystifying as folklore.  When an irritant, such as a small parasite or a fish lodges in the flesh of an oyster, mussel, or clam, a protective substance called “nacre” is produced.  Over years, layer upon layer of shimmering nacre coats the intruder, creating a lustrous pearl.  Natural pearls are relatively rare, so a process evolved in which a piece of shell or bead was placed inside a mollusk to stimulate the production of nacre.  This results in a cultured pearl, which accounts for about 90 per cent of the pearl industry.”

Marco Bicego Africa Necklace With Pearls at Amidon Jewelers


The “Queen of Gems,” as the pearl is nicknamed, comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, pink, gray and yellow. Traditionally, only royalty wore pearls, but that is not the case today. “Only those with royal status once wore pearl jewelry, but eventually these gems were seen among all classes of people.  They continue to be viewed as a mark of taste and refinement as well as a symbol of purity, and they are often given to celebrate a marriage or the birth of a child.  Pearls are nature’s perfect gift, suitable for all ages, and elegantly worn with everything from jeans to an evening gown,” according to


Most cultured pearls are found in the coastal waters of Japan and Australia. Though for those divers seeking their own treasures, pearls can also be found in the Persian Gulf and the coasts of Panama, Venezuela and California.


You can find a wide variety of pearl rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets at Amidon Jewelers.


Marco Bicego Jaipur Ring With Mother Of Pearl


Marco Bicego Jaipur Bracelet with Mother Of Pearl


Pearls as White as Snow

Pearl jewelry is a forever-classic that will never go out of style. Odds are that one in ten thousand oysters will form a naturally occurring pearl in the wild. Because of this rarity and a call by conservationists to conserve the wild oyster beds most pearls found in the jewelry marketplace are cultured. Amidon Jewelers offers you a wide variety pearl jewelry designs and would like to take a moment to explain to you the different types; Freshwater, Akoyo, South Sea and Tahitian and how to determine if the pearl or strand you’re looking to buy is of premier quality.


Like the snowflakes of winter the freshwater pearl is coveted for its luster and for being individually unique as they are not uniformly round. They are grown within mollusks that are naturally occurring in bays, lakes and rivers, hence the term ‘freshwater.’ These mollusks are able to produce up to 50 pearls in its lifetime. This rate of natural production is what translates into freshwater pearls being most affordable. However, you still have to remain focused on quality, and the different aspects will be explained below.


Akoya pearls are specifically grown in Japanese pearl farms and are highly valued due to larger size, smoothness and even more luster than the beautiful freshwater pearl cousin which are harvested in the US, China and Japan.


South Sea pearls are also known as cultured pearls and come from Indonesia, Myanmar and Australia where they are farmed through harvesting pearl mussels and oysters. They coveted for their fabulous luster.


Tahitian pearls are the original ‘black pearl.’ The colors can range from black to gunmetal gray to silver-white. This pearl was created by Jean-Marie Dormand in 1961 through harvesting of the black-lip oysters from the waters around French Polynesia. These oysters are very small and sensitive to the pearl collection process which is what drives the price along with the truly unique colors that can be found with Tahitian pearls.


Now, how do you judge a pearl’s quality? There are five factors to consider:


  1. Color- the main body of color as well as any overtone that can be seen.
  2. Luster- when light is refracted off the surface of the pearl that is luster and it occurs due to the layers of nacre on the pearl. The larger the pearl the more layers have been allowed to build up and the greater the luster should be when comparing two different sized pearls side by side.
  3. Shape- perfectly round is an indication of high quality, but also rarity. Freshwater pearls are the exception as they will be more oval shaped.
  4. Surface Quality- is the surface of the pearl smooth or is it marred by spots or bubbles in the nacre?
  5. Size- pearl sized depend on the type. Freshwater pearls range from 3.0-7.0 mm, Akoyo from 6.0-8.5 mm, South Sea and Tahitian can be as large as 13 mm.


Here is a beautiful matched pairing of Amidon Jeweler’s sterling silver, triple drop earrings and necklace. The necklace is sixteen inches and when paired next to the earrings will be an elegant show stopper for the night on the town or be that just-right finishing touch to a business suit.

Check out our pearl jewelry and find the classic piece to start your collection or grow the depth of your pearl selection.


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.



Invest in Jewelry – Invest in Yourself

Jewelry purchases can be scary and intimidating. Unfortunately this is a scary yet true fact. Shopping mall jewelry store sales people can be compared to used car salesman, eager to make their next sale. Before you read any further, we want you to know that at Amidon Jewelers, this is NOT the case. We hope every shopping experience with us is a pleasant one.

We are aware that your options are nearly endless every time you would like to make a jewelry purchase. Racks in the mall, superstore and jewelry store are overflowing with inexpensive earrings, bracelets and necklaces that call out to you as you walk by. As respectful jewelry merchants, we believe it’s our responsibility to educate you of the benefits of buying a high-quality jewelry. Your skin will thank you from being saved from low quality metals, and in the long run, your bank account will thank you as well.

Think about it: How many pairs of superstore earrings have you had to throw out because the fake gemstones fell out of their settings? More than a handful, we’re sure. When you buy a pair of earrings or piece of jewelry from a reputable establishment such as Amidon Jewelers, you also buy peace of mind. To start, we have the Amidon Jewelry Assurance Plan! Let’s say you need to have your ring sized. Or you need to have the prongs tightened around the stones on your favorite earrings. When you purchase our Extended Service Plan, we will make any covered repairs needed, up to the amount of the purchase price, at no additional charge (Please see site for details).

Next, here’s a thought that may not have come to mind before… When you purchase jewelry from a reputable jewelry store, you’re investing in your future. History shows that the price of diamonds and gold has increased not decreased, over time. And if you’ve watched cable television lately, you have probably seen numerous commercials discussing jewelry buy-back promotions.

We sincerely hope you will never face a hardship where you have to consider selling your jewelry, however by buying a piece of quality jewelry, you’re investing the futures of both you and your descendants. Your retirement account, savings account and CD’s can be complemented by your new liquid, investments – your jewelry.

The staff at Amidon Jewelers is always happy you make educated jewelry purchasing decisions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about how to invest in the best jewelry pieces for enjoyment now and in the future.

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!


12 Days of a Bejeweled Christmas

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a Pear Tree…

Well, no partridges here, but how about a Men’s ring made with tree bark? (not a pear tree, but still a tree)

8mm Black Zirconium Ring with Raised Center Brush/TREE Bark Finish


On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Two Turtle Doves…

This sterling silver diamond dove is pretty close!


On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Three French Hens…

Something tells us she would rather have this A. Jaffe 18kt White Gold Engagement Ring with French Pave Setting rather than hens…and you probably only need to buy one, not three.


On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Four Colly Birds…

A Colly bird is a black bird, which we don’t have here at Amidon, but we do have black diamonds.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

Yup, we got that!!
One Ladies Champagne And White Diamond Ring Set In 14k Rose Gold

14 Karat White Gold Ring With Prong Set Round Blue Diamonds

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On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Six Geese-a-Laying…

Nothing even close, but we do carry beautiful sterling silver bracelets, such as this heart clasped bangle with diamond accent.

On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Seven Swans-a-Swimming…

No, no swans. But swans remind us of weddings, and our wide array of bridal jewelry makes it easy to find the piece that’s just right for you. Like this 5/8 ctw stunning engagement ring.

On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

Eight Maids-a-Milking…

Pearls are milky-white.


On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Nine Ladies Dancing…

What makes a lady dance? Diamonds!
1ctw Diamond Earrings

On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Ten Lords-a-Leaping

Men’s jewelry, we got it!
Titanium Bracelet

Boxed set


On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Eleven Pipers Piping…

This yellow gold Marco Bicego Jaipur Ring With Amethyst will make her forget all about pipers and piping!

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love smiled with glee,
as she said Yes!, when I asked her to marry me.

Maevona 18kw Bluebell Semi-Mount Solitaire Engagement Ring


Happy Holidays!!!