Thursday, April 19

My Freshwater Pearls

"Pearls are always appropriate"...Jackie Kennedy

There has never been a season without pearls making an appearance. Demure to dynamic, pearls make a statement.



Partnering with My Freshwater Pearls could have caused some serious financial issues for me, but wait until you see how affordable they are. 
Their prices are on average 75% lower than jewelry stores and they also have an amazing selection of necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings.  

Origins of Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls originated in the lakes around China. The Chinese people found that they could encourage mussels, like the saltwater pearls occur in oysters, to create these pearls quickly and in vast quantities.  Natural pearls are formed by foreign material, whether it is sharp or a parasite enters the mussel and cannot be discharged. The mussel coats the object with the same secretion it uses for shell-building, nacre, to reduce the irritation. For cultured freshwater pearls, workers would slightly open the shell and place a live mantle tissue from another mussel into the slits; which in doing so creates nacre production for the mussel. Most freshwater pearls are entirely made of nacre, just like the natural freshwater pearls and the saltwater cousins. Due to culturing has allowed the prices to be more affordable, rather than the natural ways. The only main difference between the two, natural and cultured, is that they start not by chance, man deliberately intervenes with nature it place an irritant. Natural pearls are very rare to find, but can be very beautiful, however, due to overfishing, pollution and other factors makes them harder to find without too many imperfections.
Freshwater pearls originated in the lakes around China. The Chinese people found that they could encourage oysters to create pearls by cutting a small strip from the mantle of the oyster and inserting it into the oyster.  The oyster then coats the strip with several layers of minerals and proteins. Adding layer on top of layer the oyster creates a pearl composed entirely of nacre. (This is where cultivated fresh water pearls differ from cultivated salt water pearls. Salt water pearls are created using a small bead to start it.) 

The length of a pearl necklace has a lingo all its own. It is all dependent on how low a necklace hangs when being worn. For example, a classic collar necklace, single or multiple strands, does not hang down it simply touches the throat and measures anywhere from 10 to 13 inches.  Next are the pearl chokers at 14-16 inches, the princess length around 17-19 inches, the matinee length is 20-24, the opera measures 28-35 inches and anything longer than the opera is considered a pearl rope.  

History is marked with stories of the pearl.
Perhaps that's what makes it "Queen of the gems".
Without a doubt I could go on and on....(AnnOnandOn), but I don't want to overload you with too much info.  If you would like to read more, My Freshwater Pearls has a wonderful page, "Pearl Education", that is worth the read.

While I enjoy a new pair of charming freshwater Pearl stud earrings I think it's only fair to share....one lucky reader will also receive a pair. 
(Value $27.98)

All you have to do is:
Visit My Freshwater Pearls then come back and tell me your favorite item.
As a THANK YOU for all who follow my blog I'd like to offer an extra entry. Just leave a comment telling me that you follow AnnOnandOn.
(If you are a new follower...welcome! Make sure to leave a comment.)

One more....o.k. 
If you "Like" My Freshwater Pearls on Facebook you can get an extra entry.

That is a possibility of three entries.
  (Starts April 19th and ends April 29th)
Good Luck! 

A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls.
- Coco Chanel


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66 comments:

Liesl said...

They really are such a classic piece in any wardrobe...timeless! :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

Pearls have always been my favorites too! I have one really great strand that Thomas bought for me after his first deployment. LOVE THEM!

And of course I'm a follower!

fruit.root.leaf. said...

Classic beauty peach necklace, divine pick pearl necklace...no, no! The Tranquility Set - a long strand of classic pearls that can be looped, wrapped, knotted, etc. - exactly.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

My favorite is the pearl pendant shown at the top of their pendants page, but I couldn't find it anywhere to see the price of it. I wore pearls on my wedding day. They're simply classic and lovely. Also LOVE a long strand of pearls.

sodahoney said...

I love the Autumn rose that you show but I also like the http://www.myfreshwaterpearls.com/necklaces-1/ocean-breeze.html

sodahoney said...

I am a follower

windycindy said...

What a gorgeous pair of peal earrings! I also adore their
"Simply Pure Rose 8-9mm Earrings!"
Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

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windycindy said...

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Lauren Begnaud said...

My favorite is the Ocean Breeze Blue necklace

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like My Freshwater Pearls on facebook!

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sodahoney said...

I like My Freshwater Pearls on facebook

jaime said...

I love the desire necklace...its purple, so gorgeous!

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Tawnya said...

I love the Eternity Bond Bracelet!
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Noelle said...

I like the Embrace Circle Pendant

Noelle said...

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Jennifer P said...

Nice giveaway. Thanks. My favourite Freshwater Pearls item is the Elegance Blue Cream Anklet. That and the Classic Beauty Necklace.

Jennifer P said...

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Helena said...

Wow! I love the Raindrops Necklace. It's different and beautiful!
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AmyDalrymple said...

I love the teardrop earrings!

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Helena said...

I follow you on GFC! How do you do? I'm Helena
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Helena said...

I like My Freshwater Pearls on FB! (Helena Lemon)
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eclairre said...

Love the "Simply Pure Rose 8-9mm Earrings!"

CRichman said...

I like the elegant amber bracelet. Thanks for the chance to win!!!
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Lkay107 said...

The modern charm bracelet is my favorite item.

Lkay107 said...

just started following you on gfc..username is sweeper.

Lkay107 said...

I like the freshwater pearl page on fb...my fb name is bell martin.

longsgl said...

I love the Ocean Breeze Blue necklace.

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Diana said...

I like the modern charm bracelet
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latanya said...

Glamour Link Necklace

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Madeline Brubaker said...

I like the Light Purple Circle Pendant.
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Madeline Brubaker said...

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Madeline Brubaker said...

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Lisa said...

I really like the Elegance Blue Cream Anklet. msmith572@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

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G said...

Children's Flawless Necklace

G said...

follow on GFC

G said...

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Wendi said...

I like the Elegance Blue Cream Anklet

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Wendi said...

I follow you via GFC

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Wendi said...

I like My Freshwater Pearls on facebook

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Allison said...

I love the Desire earrings. So pretty!
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Allison said...

I follow you via GFC.
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Allison said...

I like My Freshwater Pearls on fb (Allison Marie.)
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Lowell Lane said...

raindrops necklace

octoberthings said...

I love the Triple Threat Bracelet!
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octoberthings said...

I'm following you on GFC
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octoberthings said...

I like My Freshwater Pearls on FB- Erin Lawrence
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PartyMixTape said...

HEY! I'm your lucky follower number 700! How cool is that?! My favourite item is "One Love Necklace"

Thanks for the giveaway!
Emily
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Christal said...

I love the Little Beauty Bracelet!

Alyia said...

I bought the Autumn Rose Necklace for my mum! I am sure she will adore it!

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Hank Hendricks said...

like the pearls..these look so beautiful..
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Pearl Jewellery said...

They are all SO pretty it would be SO hard to choose!

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