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A warm welcome to June! We’d like to kick off June’s blog by reminding you that Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th this year.  Dad does so much for us. He’s our rock (and sometimes our hard place), and he’s there for us when we need him. We’ve got great gift ideas for Father’s Day, so drop in and see us. From a simple yet elegant tie pin, to Onyx cufflinks and more, we’ve got you covered to say “thanks Dad!”.

In June, we also focus on the month’s traditional gemstone: pearl. Although it may seem strange calling a pearl a “stone”, that’s exactly what it is, according to the American Gem Society (AGS).

We have a great selection of pearl jewelry for you to choose from, so put a smile on that June baby’s face this year and give her a pearl for her birthday. It’s one of the most popular historical gemstones and has been the main character in stories going back to the time of Cleopatra. It is said that, on a bet with Marc Antony, Cleopatra crushed and dropped a massively expensive pearl into a goblet of wine and then drank it – all this to impress the Romans. The party counted as the most expensive banquet in history.

For those of you contemplating buying a pearl or who already have one or more in your collection, consider these tips on pearl care as pearls can be a little delicate:

1. Wear with Care

Pearls are sensitive to acids (remember the wine story!!), chemicals, and extreme temperatures. To protect them, always apply cosmetics, perfumes, and hairspray before putting on your pearl jewelry. These substances can damage the “nacre”, which is the lustrous outer layer of the pearl. After wearing, gently wipe your pearls with a soft, damp cloth to remove any traces of these substances and natural body oils.

2. Proper Storage

Storing your pearl jewelry correctly is crucial for preventing scratches and damage. Always keep pearls in a soft pouch or a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid storing them with other jewelry pieces that can scratch the surface. Pearls also need moisture to retain their shine, so avoid storing them in overly dry conditions. A small cup of water in your storage area can help maintain the necessary humidity.

3. Regular Maintenance

Periodically check your pearl jewelry for signs of wear and tear. Inspect the knots on pearl necklaces, as they can loosen over time and lead to breakage. If you notice any fraying or loosening, have your pearls restrung by a professional jeweler. Additionally, avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or harsh chemicals on pearls. Instead, clean them with a mild soap solution and a soft cloth to maintain their natural beauty.

By following these simple care tips, you can ensure that your pearl jewelry remains radiant and beautiful for years to come. Feel free to bring in your pearl jewelry so we can take a look at it for you and make sure everything is in order. 

We hope to see you in the store soon!

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