South Sea Pearls

By Emily on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 in Informational, Pearls. No Comments

With incomparable beauty and intrigue, it’s no wonder why South Sea pearls are the most valuable pearls in the world.  Here are some interesting facts surrounding these gorgeous gems. Silver-Lipped South Sea Pearls South Sea pearls develop from a special type of oyster called the Pinctada maxima. The largest oyster used in pearl production, the… Read More


Tahitian Pearls

By Emily on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 in Pearls. No Comments

Known for their dark overtones, Tahitian pearls first came into the limelight during the 1970’s when they quickly became a symbol of status and prestige. Here’s everything you need to know about these gorgeous gems. The history of Tahitian pearls starts in 1973, when Salvador Assael partnered with Jean Claude Brouillet and launched their Tahitian… Read More


Freshwater Pearls

By Emily on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 in Informational, Pearls. No Comments

Generally the least expensive variety of pearls, freshwater pearls can be found in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Here’s everything you need to know about these beautiful pearls. In 1924, the first whole freshwater pearls were harvested in Japan’s Lake Biwa. Freshwater pearls can form in two different ways. In the traditional… Read More


Akoya Pearls

By Emily on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 in Informational, Pearls. No Comments

White, round and lustrous, akoya pearls are typically the pearls that come to mind when thinking about classic pearl jewelry.  Revered for more than 100 years, akoya pearls have had quite the history. Here are some interesting facts about this gorgeous animal-made gem. Cultured akoya pearls are created by inserting a small nucleus and small… Read More


How to Tell If Your Pearls Are Genuine

By Emily on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in Guides, Informational, Pearls. No Comments

For whatever reason, you may have come into possession of pearl jewelry and aren’t sure whether or not the pearls are genuine. Here are some questions you can ask yourself that will help determine whether the pearls you own are ones worth keeping. Are the pearls heavy? Genuine pearls are heavier than those made from… Read More


Pearls of Tahiti

By Emily on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 in Informational, Pearls. No Comments

Commonly known for their black color, Tahitian pearls are indigenous to the South Pacific region of French Polynesia. Second only in value to South Sea pearls, Tahitian pearls represent some of the most sought after pearls in the world. They are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster and take many years… Read More


Wisconsin’s Pearl Rush

By Emily on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Gemstones, History, Informational, Milwaukee, Pearls. No Comments

Imagine that you’re living in south-central Wisconsin during the late 1800’s. You make $10 a week and have to spend most of that money on food and shelter. Suddenly you read a story in the town newspaper about a local resident who found a pearl in Sugar River and sold it for $100. Later you… Read More


15 Fascinating Pearl Facts

By Emily on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 in Gemstones, Informational, Pearls, Uncategorized. No Comments

Not only are pearls the official birthstone for June, but they are also the recognized celebratory gemstone for the 3rd and 30th anniversaries. Pearls are the only gemstones in the world that are extracted from living animals. Most often, a pearl is formed when a mollusk secretes a protective substance called nacre around a small bit of organic… Read More


The Differences in Pearl Types

By Emily on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 in Gemstones, Informational, Pearls. No Comments

Pearls offer a classic and elegant look to any outfit, making it a popular choice for many jewelry lovers. But deciding between the four major types of cultured pearls can be a daunting task. Here are some important pieces of information to keep in mind before purchasing your very own pearl jewelry piece. Freshwater pearls are the… Read More