The Different Pearl Types, Cultured, Fresh Water, Salt Water, Natural and Shell Pearls

Life was simpler when the only pearls came from oysters. An oyster was opened and there, like a miracle, was a lustrous and beautiful natural pearl. Like a gift from the heavens. Today if you want pearls you need to know the different pearl types. You need to decide if you want real or fake…

White gold, pave diamonds in bubble theme with Tahitian pearl ring

Why Pearl Ring Sizing Costs More

Your diva pearls demand your respect. Someone asked me the other day, “How come you’re charging me so much to size this pearl ring? Its band is half as thick as the sapphire ring you’re sizing, but it’s more expensive?” Since I blog among other things, about the questions that come up the most, I…

Enhancer bail in 14kt yellow gold with safety catch

Bails vs. Enhancers, From Functional to Fabulous

  Bails are Nice, But Enhancers are Spice! There’s a good chance you already know what a bail is. It’s that little loop thingie at the top of pendants and charms that your chain slides through. Enhancers are similar. They also go on the top of pendants. But there’s a big spicy difference. An enhancer…

Stretched Out Pearl Necklace

Top Ten Reasons To Restring Your Pearls

  Pearls are the queen of gems. What’s not to love about pearls? Classic and classy, they are a staple in most every woman’s jewelry wardrobe. Many people don’t realize pearl jewelry needs special care.  While pearl jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed throughout the years, you will extend the life and the…

Gold tone French Wire Finish on Pearl Necklace by clasp

French Wire Finish for Your Pearls; It’s Stronger and Prettier

What’s in a tiny finishing detail in stringing like French wire finish? Have you ever wondered why some pearls or beaded necklaces break more quickly? Or why some just look great and others look like they’ve been “cheaply” strung? French wire finish may be the difference you’ve noticed.

Hand cut black glass beads. Knotted. Looks uneven

The Pitfalls of Pearl Restringing – What Might Happen After You Restring Your Pearls

  Donna’s pearls broke in the limo during her friend Stephi’s bachelorette party. I enjoy being a Santa Barbara Personal Jeweler because I love the jewelry stories I hear, like Donna’s. The Restring Job Donna dropped them off at a local mall jeweler and told the youthful sales girl to, “string em up!” “What jerks,”…