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Pearls, when made well, are one of the most beautiful stones. I don’t own a lot of “real” jewelry except for my wedding rings, a necklace my husband bought for Mother’s Day, and a bracelet my Father bought when I graduated college. However, I have my “list” of pieces I’d love to own some day. Jewelry is a very personalized purchase but definitely something I enjoy receiving as a gift.
I’ve never actually owned a set of “real” pearls. My good friend gifted me with a high end costume set which included a pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, and pair of pearl earrings for her wedding many years ago. And unfortunately, after many years, it’s evident that the pearls were not real.
I recently learned that pearls vary in type and quality and are often graded. Pearl Paradise sent me a gorgeous pair of 14kt White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl earrings (size 7.5-8.0 mm). Because I didn’t know much about Freshwater Pearls (and maybe you don’t either), here is a bit of information from the site:
Freshwater pearls are quite possibly the most versatile variety of pearls produced today. They grow in nearly every conceivable shape, the widest range of sizes, and exhibit a palate of pastel colors ranging from dark purple, to light pink and white. Freshwater pearls grow predominately in China, and to a much lesser extent in Japan. While the most commonly produced shapes are baroque, a very small percentage, less than 2% of total production, are considered round or very near round. Our primary focus is that top 2%, selecting only the roundest, cleanest, most lustrous product available on the market today to offer our customers.
Other types of pearls available include Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls, Kamoka Pearls, and more. When you visit the site, I feel like the company knows pearls. Pearl Paradise offers information about Pearl Quality, Grading, Types, History, and Care. In other words, you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about pearls on the site. The company is “the world’s largest online pearl company, specializing in providing affordable, high-quality, classic, elegant and stylish pearl jewelry designs at up to 80 percent below retail prices.”
When I opened the box, I was very impressed with their appearance. They’re large enough to be seen when worn, but not so large that they’re gawdy. Pearls come in a variety of sizes from 6.0 mm to 10.0 mm, so the earrings I received are right in the middle. Freshwater pearls come in a variety of colors including classic white, natural-color lavender, and pink. I think I was most impressed with the earrings when I read the Certified Appraisal I received from the company. The earrings I received retail for $46 on Pearl Paradise. However, they were appraised at $215.00. They were given the highest grading with regards to Luster, appraised to be 95% blemish free, and were given an overall rating of AAA. So my eyes did not deceive me…they are gorgeous!
Along with the earrings (which were nicely displayed in a jewelry box) came a pearl care kit which includes two pearl sachets and a microfibre pearl cloth. It also includes instructions on how to care for pearls.
There is so much more I could tell you about the company and their pearls. But honestly you must visit the site. I used to think that I couldn’t afford a nice set of pearls. But honestly, you can find pearls for as little as $50 (earrings) to upwards of $10,000 (necklaces). If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, I highly recommend checking out Pearl Paradise!
Win It! One of you will win a set of pearl earrings (similar to the ones I received). Simply leave me a comment with something you liked or learned on the site (other than what was mentioned in my review). Comments will close on February 7, 2010 at 10 PM PST. One comment per person, please (unless you do the extra credit). US residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.
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