Springtime and the Softer Side of the Gem World

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, jewelry shopping can feel overwhelming.  How to choose the perfect gift for such a special person?  Those who know me won’t be surprised to see me recommend my personal favorite: pearls.

Cultured pearls make the perfect Mother’s Day gift because they are beautiful, and so versatile. Our collection simplifies your shopping, making it easy to find a treasure she doesn’t already own.  Studs or fancier earrings, pendants, bracelets, or a pearls-on-chain necklace are all great alternatives to the traditional strand.

As works of nature, remember that cultured pearls are porous.  A pearl’s nacre coating is what gives it that sought-after glow. Pearl jewelry should never come in contact with cosmetics, perfume, hairspray or other chemicals, and cultured pearls should not be cleaned with “jewelry cleaner.”  A simple damp lint-free cloth is usually just right to keep pearls looking beautiful.

From our selection of pink and pastel pearl necklaces, perfect for Mother’s Day:

Pink Multi Hued Freshwater Cultured Pearls, 18 Inches, Silver Clasp

Pink Multi Hued Freshwater Cultured Pearls, 18 Inches, Silver Clasp - $75

Freshwater cultured pearl drop earrings with genuine emerald accents:

	 Freshwater Cultured Pearls Dangle with Gemstone Accent, 14K Yellow Gold

Freshwater Cultured Pearls Dangle with Gemstone Accent, 14K - $215

And while we’re on the subject of soft gems, the birthstone for May is Emerald.

Emeralds almost always have natural clarity characteristics — finding a genuine emerald without any internal features is extraordinarily rare. For this reason, the criteria that determine the value of gemstones just don’t apply to emeralds. These vibrant green gems are in a class all to themselves!

Keep in mind that emeralds are among the softest gems used in fine jewelry.  Sadly, the Spanish conquistadors in Peru didn’t know that. They mistakenly believed that emeralds were unbreakable.  When they discovered hoards of emeralds mined by the Incas, they decided to “test” the emeralds to see if they were real by smashing them with hammers!  Imagine how many gorgeous green emeralds they destroyed…fortunately, today we take better care of these precious gems.  The various rich green hues of emerald are associated with life and growth. However, since emeralds are soft, they need special care, and I don’t recommend you choose emerald for your engagement ring.  Save these for jewelry you will wear on occasion and with extra care.

Here’s one of my favorites:

Oval Emeralds Band with Diamonds, 18K White Gold

Oval Emeralds Band with Diamonds, 18K White Gold - $2850

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