Category Archives: Pearls

Summer Jewelry Care

Summer has finally settled in. Summer activities abound with the sun out, so it’s worth mentioning that some jewelry needs to be treated a little differently during the fun things we all love to do when it gets beautiful outside. One of the most common jewelry problems I see during (or right after) summer is…

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Alternative Pearls

I’m always looking for ways to expand my clientele’s understanding of and appreciation for fine jewelry. I enjoy helping a customer realize the value of the truly rare and spectacular things of the world. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with educating consumers on how to properly care for their fine jewelry investments so…

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Are Your Pearls Strung Out?

Pearls are most often incorporated in jewelry as strands. True, there are some more contemporary styles for pearls; Gellner, one of our designers, is a great example of a designer who has taken cultured pearl jewelry to a completely different level. But mostly, you’ll see cultured pearls featured in strands, from 14-inch chokers to flowing…

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Caring for Your Pearls

Pearls are a staple in the accessory wardrobe of most women. If they’re not, I think they should be. But I’m a jeweler, so I’m biased. But given that many women own at least one piece of pearl jewelry, and because I am a jeweler and pearls are one of my favorites, please allow me…

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Pearl – June Birthstone

If you’ve ever seen a pirate movie, you’ve likely seen a chest brimming over with gold and jewels and strands of pearls. You’ve probably heard the parable of the man who sold everything he owned to purchase a field in which he found a “pearl of great price.” Those days are long gone, but time…

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Graduation Time

Starting this week, graduations are going to come in a great wave. Some of them will be for young people graduating high school or finishing the undergrad work. Others may be finishing a more advanced degree. Still others may be completing trade school. All are ample cause for celebration, and many people like to celebrate…

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Marc Aronstam on Vario clasps

I’m here to tell you that sometimes, you can beat the system. Especially when the “system” has been engineered to work for you! I’m talking about our interchangeable Vario clasps for pearl necklaces – and many other types of necklaces as well. If you haven’t heard me rave about these, then you haven’t been reading…

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Have pearls, but rarely wear them? Let me change that!

About a month ago, a customer came in looking for ideas to give her husband for something she would enjoy for their anniversary. I asked her if she already owned a strand of pearls. She said yes but she rarely wore them, thinking them a bit too traditional. When she did wear them, it was…

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Marc Aronstam talks about pearls, June’s birthstone

June is an awesome month. Not quite the scorcher of a month we Midwesterners are known for. But pleasantly warm and beautiful. Those of you that know me know that I am also a fan of June’s birthstone – the pearl. Pearls represent taste and refinement and are a natural symbol of purity. They are…

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Marc Aronstam talks about pearls

Pearls are classic, timeless and elegant and a miracle of nature. One of my favorite gem “stones,” pearls come in a huge variety of colors, from classic white to pink, silver, cream, golden, green, blue, black, and even rainbow-hued. Actually a mineral (calcium carbonate) rather than a true stone, pearls are formed in layers, slowly,…

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