Designs and Trends Featured in 302® Fine Jewelry

When trying to appeal to a large audience of customers, you need to provide an assortment that features variety. 302 Fine Jewelry is designed for every woman. Regardless of style preference, background, and age, we strive to create jewelry that helps women feel fashionable no matter where she’s going, what story she’s telling, and what activity she’s doing.

Inspired Designs

The 302 Fine Jewelry team is made up of women representing a variety of backgrounds within the Stuller building. We craft and believe in a vision for this series of collections that celebrates the uniqueness and confidence within all women.

Keeping these values in mind, we approach the designs of every piece from the perspective of the women that wear them. The women that wear 302 Fine Jewelry are moms, professionals, athletes, and so much more. They deserve jewelry that fits their lifestyle.

When thinking of the function within the designs, it’s these various lifestyles that guide us. For example, when we introduced the Charm School™ Collection, we discussed how we approached designing the bail. The bail is in the shape of a “D” so that when the charm rests against the skin, it doesn’t roll around. This bail also makes the charm compatible with chains of assorted sizes and can work on necklaces and bracelets. The goal was to give the piece as much versatility as possible while also solving a potential issue for the woman on the move.

In-Demand Trends

Not only are we thinking about the designs of individual pieces, but we are always on top of the trends that your customers are wanting. We curate these collections with pieces that will have them coming back for more. Here are some of our favorite trends that we have been following and have made sure are well-represented within the collections of 302 Fine Jewelry.

Ear Party

Layering and stacking is absolutely in style, which is why we offer such a wide selection of earrings for women to create their own ear party! Curate your own selection of studs, huggies, and hoops today.

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Chain has had a huge presence on the runway over the last few years and is not just for the neck anymore! From cast chain rings and draping bead chain earrings to fashion-forward chain necklaces, make sure you hop on this utility and industrial-inspired trend.

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Many women are drawn to their place in the universe and love to display these larger ideals in their own fashion statements. Zodiac pieces, constellation styles, and wonderous stone choices really appeal to the modern woman.

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Personalization and Charms

Charms are breaking through in all market levels. Think of them as a way of creating a personal biography out of jewelry. Featuring initials, birthstones, and various symbols, they provide the flexibility to mix and match personalized looks that really speak to today’s consumer.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds

Women are wanting pieces with a higher total carat weight while still reaching affordable price points. Styles featuring lab-grown diamonds are providing that opportunity for attainable luxury.

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Simple silhouettes and everyday basics are always in style. From stackable dome rings to necklaces they never remove; these pieces are the foundation to any woman’s fine jewelry collection.

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A beloved classic, pearl is thriving in modern-day fine jewelry. Pearl-accented jewelry goes with every style and can be seen everywhere. We are bringing pearls back into everyday wear.

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Become a Retail Partner

Accessing these fantastic pieces and connecting them to your customers is easy. With a one-time $2,500 investment in 302 Fine Jewelry products, you receive all the benefits of being a retail partner. To learn more and get started, visit Stuller.com/302FineJewelry.

Save the Date

Make sure to join us for next week’s edition in our 302 Fine Jewelry webinar series for your chance to win a $2,500 Stuller account credit. We will be talking all about the extensive marketing support you receive as a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner. We will see you on Tuesday, August 10 at 1:00pm Central. Register at Stuller.com/302sdays.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for closeup views of products and selling tips we will be sharing next Wednesday and a recap on our blog next Thursday.

A New Twist on Pearl Jewelry

For lustrous elegance, a timeless pearl strand — or three — holds a coveted spot in many women’s jewelry wardrobes. Pearls take you to the office with understated luxury and create effortless glamour for an evening out.  

Just Add Drama

But lately, classic pearls have competition from some newer cousins: pearl statement pieces. Examples include a gorgeous pearl collar Beyonce wore on her “Formation” tour, and Rhianna’s lavish, cascading strands worn when she attended a London movie premiere. Both achieve the height of sophistication — even extravagance — but not everyone can wear these stunners.

Pearls & Hardware

Yet most women want eye-catching looks that make a subtler statement — designs they can wear frequently and add to their everyday look. Say “Hello” to a fabulous new trend: Pearls & Hardware. We love this trend and assembled a category with everything you need to work easily with customers. You’ll find a variety of pearls and chain styles, links (some diamond-accented), hinged bails, Petite Pavé and other dangles, and clasps. They can be mixed and matched for a personal expression of each woman’s style.

Put It All Together

We created this look to capture one of the trend’s signature looks: pearls and chain. Simple and elegant, it has just the right balance of sophistication and casual — “I threw it on at the last minute” — flair.

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Wrist Magic

Neck stacks and bracelet layering offers a wealth of possibilities for a Pearls & Hardware design. Here we combined seed pearls, larger pearls, as well as dangles and a sleek hinged bail. Add parts and pieces to any pearl design to make it your own.

Pearls Her Way

This more elaborate Pearls & Hardware bracelet stack features the elements from the one above in different combinations. And it includes a diamond station bracelet and three gold chain styles that give it distinctive style. It would look equally charming with jeans, a little black dress, or a vintage dress — whatever fashions your customer prefers.

Get Ready to Sell

There’s nothing casual about the way these designs are selling. With the fall season ahead, you’ll want to be ready for customers who want this trending look. Shop the Pearls & Hardware curated collection now and create your distinctive look today.

Falling in love with pearls? Learn more in this blog post all about pearls and in our Pearl Center.

Sell With a Story: How Are Pearls Formed?

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Our Top 5 Looks from the 2020 Emmys

In the pandemic-ridden world we live in, there are numerous facets of life that have had to make adjustments and televised award shows are no exception. The 2020 Emmys took place on September 20th, but viewers noticed some changes to the normal extravagant affair. Rather than gather all nominees and guests in a single location, the award show brought the experience into the nominees’ homes where a camera linked them to the show.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featuring stars from a variety of television’s best, we were able to enjoy celebrating the on-screen talent many of us have been binge-watching this year. While this year’s Emmys did not include a red carpet event, a selection of stars truly shined in the fashion department. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite looks from the night.



The Euphoria actress experienced a wonderful evening at the Emmys coming in as the youngest actress ever to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Not only did she gain some well-deserved recognition from the Television Academy, she also dazzled the audience with both of her stunning looks.

In her first standout look of the evening, she donned a purple Christopher John Rogers with a matching necklace that was absolutely gorgeous. Her second award-winning ensemble featured a polka-dot and crystal embellished custom Armani Privé gown with subtly matching jewelry.

Steal her look with an amethyst necklace that’s sure to make a statement, or the most scintillating diamond hoops.

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Julia Garner

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Representing the show Ozark, Julia Garner absolutely dazzled us with a vintage-inspired look by Chanel complete with an ivory satin dress, layered pearls, and headband. This 1920’s flapper-reminiscent getup would fit in perfectly in The Great Gatsby and we are in love with it!

Honor Julia by adorning yourself in a pearl necklace and earrings for the ultimate vintage cool-girl moment.

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Tracee Ellis Ross


The lack of a red carpet event didn’t stop the Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross from creating her own! And with a look as stunning as hers, why shouldn’t she? Ross was absolutely glowing in a gold Alexandre Vauthier halter gown paired with vintage jewelry.

Keep it classy and cool with some yellow gold metal fashion jewelry, perfect for the coveted #NeckMess look – an ode to Mrs. Ross herself!

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The Cast of Schitt’s Creek

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With Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy to ~ever~ sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild 🇨🇦

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The real winners of this year’s Emmys are the cast of Schitt’s Creek, who swept all seven comedy-based awards. The cast gathered together in Toronto to accept their awards. While the entire cast had eye-catching outfits for the occasion, we simply have to give a shoutout to Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy. O’Hara sported a sequined black Valentino dress with perfectly paired jewelry and a watch. Murphy also wore a Valentino-designed outfit, but the eye-catching part of her look was the “A” necklace that her character Alexis Rose is seen wearing during the show. Congratulations on a great night to this phenomenal cast!

It’s impossible to go wrong with personalized jewelry. Take it from Annie Murphy or her fictional counterpart, Alexis!

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Kerry Washington


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Featuring two jaw-dropping looks during the evening was the Little Fires Everywhere star, Kerry Washington. Her first look of the night was a floral Oscar de la Renta gown complete with simple, yet elegant emerald drop earrings. She followed it up with another piece by Oscar de la Renta. This time a black and gold dress to commemorate a new year celebration with her castmates.

Always a staple, pay homage to Kerry with some emerald drop earrings, perfect for any occasion!

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Honorable Mention: The Hazmat Tuxedo Award Presenters


Executive producer Guy Carrigton and costume designer Katja Cahill chose a tongue-in-cheek approach to a traditional presenter’s tuxedo fit for a pandemic. We were pleasantly shocked to see Emmy awards being distributed by presenters dressed in hazmat suits that resembled tuxedos. Who knows! This safe approach to formal evening wear could one day be the norm.

Round out your tuxedo-inspired hazmat suits with some sophisticated cufflinks.

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2020 GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Jewelry Trends

Did you catch the 2020 GRAMMY Awards last night? Most importantly, did you spot all the bling the celebs were sporting?! Spoiler alert: the jewels were HOT!


2020 marked the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards show, which aired last night, January 26. The lovely Alicia Keys graciously hosted the GRAMMYs for the second consecutive year. However, hours before the show began, the public received word that beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash. Many celebrities used the event as a platform to honor Bryant.

On a lighter note, we saw a lot of modern fashion looks, as well as a lot of simplicity. GRAMMYs jewelry was a mix of stunning and simple — a trend we may expect to see throughout 2020. A lot of celebs chose the “less is more” route, while others were decked head-to-toe in jewels.


Here are the hottest 2020 GRAMMY jewelry trends—

Dazzling Diamonds

We saw a lot of diamond fashion last night. Tyler, the Creator kept it classic in diamond studs, while Lizzo showed off an elegant diamond necklace stack. Luckily, these diamond trends are timeless, and can be easily replicated using classic diamond styles.






On the contrary to these classic pieces, Camila Cabello and Billy Porter decided to let their diamonds shine bright with chunky chokers! Rock this trend by layering multiple diamond necklaces.



Pretty in Pearls

There were quite a bit of celebrities that rocked pearls last night. Gwen Stefani displayed a beautiful, simplistic pair of diamond and pearl earrings. Stay on-trend by keeping a pair of accented pearl earrings in your jewelry box.





We saw beauty influencer Nikita Dragun and model Shaun Ross adorned in pearls last night from head-to-toe. Let me just say that I am OBSESSED with this look! While we may not be rocking pearl outfits every day, we can support the pearl trend with an interesting necklace or a more timeless staple.






Gorgeous Gemstones


Shawn Mendes, FKA Twigs, and Tess Holliday were seen showcasing some colorful gemstone fashion! Shawn wears a delicate diamond and emerald necklace, FKA Twigs flaunts a diamond-accented opal necklace, and Tess boasts some statement ruby earrings. Follow this 2020 trend easily by incorporating more color into your jewelry collection.






Honorable Mention

We saw some minimal yellow gold styles last night, one of my favorites being singer/songwriter Brittany Howard (she’s my celebrity idol, so naturally I had to add her on here). Amp up your looks by including dainty yellow gold bands or chic earrings!





What were your favorite 2020 GRAMMY jewelry trends? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Stylish 2019 Jewelry Trends to Ignite Your Sales and Selection

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We’re always on the hunt for the next big thing. That’s why Stuller’s style experts spend the entire year scouting what’s around the bend in the world of jewelry. Then, as soon as we uncover the latest jewelry trends, we pass them right on to you. The styles shown below will nearly sell themselves. In fact, your only trouble will be keeping them in stock.


Here are five stylish 2019 jewelry trends to ignite your sales and selection during the springtime selling season.

Rainbow Jewelry

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Why settle on one color when you can have them all? Rainbow trends are on the rise and we’re quite thrilled about it. From bright eternity bands to colorful statement necklaces, rainbow gemstones will light up any setting. Stock a spectrum of colors to showcase one of the frontrunning 2019 jewelry trends.

Art Deco-Inspired Jewelry

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The Roaring Twenties gave rise to the glamorous and striking art deco style we’ve come to adore over the last few decades. Millennials especially love this style because it makes a bold statement that incorporates both past and present trends. Read more about why millennials are obsessed with vintage-inspired jewelry here.

Updated Halo-Style Jewelry

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Halo-style jewelry isn’t exactly the latest trend. Yet, we keep noticing new ways to exemplify this age-old design. For example, adding halos around gemstones or unique shapes like oval or marquise seems to appeal to today’s customers. In some cases, we’ve even seen colored stones, lab-grown diamonds, and moissanite melee thrown into these new halo styles.

Baguette Pendants & Bands

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Do you think baguettes are old school? Think again. This year, these elongated beauties have come into their own by making fun and fashionable statements. Their versatile shapes can turn a delicate gold band into a treasured family heirloom or create vibrant starbursts around center stones for a captivating conversation starter.

Modern Pearl Jewelry

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Pearls lend understated elegance to any wardrobe, but the latest 2019 jewelry trends suggest greater daring. Experiment with clustering pearls together for an eye-catching update on the classic strand. Or, choose a large pearl center stone for customers who seek luxury and elegance.

Grab the Leading 2019 GRAMMY Jewelry Trends Here

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Are you still drooling over the stunning 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trends from music’s biggest night? We sure are!


The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards aired on Sunday, February 10th. Graciously hosted by Alicia Keys, the show celebrated the year’s top tracks and echoed an empowering theme overall. It even paid tribute to Dolly Parton and Dianna Ross— two of music’s most recognizable superpowers. The fashion was on point. And of course, the GRAMMY jewelry trends were too.

This year’s red carpet ran rampant with plunging necklines. Yet, most of the typical statement necklaces we expect were nowhere to be found. Instead, we noticed more diamond cluster rings and chunky diamond drop earrings. The dresses were ruffled and uniquely textured while the shoes were sharp, too.


Here are the hottest 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trends—

Seeing Sequins

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The stars were studded in sequins at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. From J-Lo’s brilliantly bejeweled collar to Gaga’s shimmering red carpet gown, the sparkle was undeniable. You can easily replicate this top 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trend with diamond and gemstone clustered rings and pendants.


Rosy Red and Pink Tones

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Red seemed to be the night’s biggest and brightest color. From Dolly Parton’s red carpet ruffles to Casey Musgraves’ red-hot attire, red was beautiful and bold. We suggest ruby and pink sapphire accents to pull off this 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trend.


Dripped in Diamonds

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When you’re invited to the GRAMMYs, it’s perfectly reasonable to pile on carats upon carats of diamonds. I mean, why not? Both Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa sported chunky statement necklaces with — you guessed it — LOTS of diamonds. Keep this trend alive by designing jewelry with uniquely shaped diamonds in various sizes.

Pearls in All-New Ways

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Pearls aren’t new to the red carpet. In fact, they’re basically expected year after year. But this time, pearls were shown in new ways. A$AP Rocky wore multiple pearl rings and a pearl station necklace while Cardi B had pearls from head to toe. Follow this 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trend by creating a few not-so-normal pearl pieces.

What were your favorite 2019 GRAMMY jewelry trends? Let us know in the comments below!

Tracking the 2018 GRAMMY Jewelry Trends

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Did you happen to catch music’s biggest event last night? The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards were broadcasted live from Madison Square Garden in New York and was quite a night to remember! Graciously hosted by James Corden, the show featured jaw-dropping performances and a strong message for change in 2018. Much like the Golden Globe awards earlier this month, most in attendance wore white roses to stand in solidarity against gender discrimination and promote the #timesup movement.

So get this–

IBM Watson made its debut on the red carpet this year. The bot meticulously scanned every ensemble of the night, analyzing trends and comparing them to years past. But rest assured, Stuller fashionistas were also busy scanning the event for hot 2018 Grammy jewelry trends. We’ve been drooling over the dramatic diamond jewelry worn by leading ladies like Camilla Cabello and Cardi B while guys like Khalid and Donald Glover beamed brightly in all-white attire.


Here are the 2018 GRAMMY jewelry trends we absolutely adored–

Sharp-Shaped Earrings

Though she didn’t receive much camera time, Queen Bey was blingin’ this year, reportedly wearing nearly seven million dollars worth of diamond jewelry (OMG). Her platinum kite-shaped earrings held nearly 70 carats of sparkling diamonds. Meanwhile, Lauren Akins, Thomas Rhett’s wife, wore simple triangle-shaped earrings while Bebe Rexha’s were ornately-embellished and teardrop-shaped.

Plenty of Pink

Once again, pink made a splash on the red carpet. No, I’m not talking about singer-songwriter Pink! — though she did give one heck of a performance towards the end of the night. I’m referring to the rosy shade that makes the stars glow so graciously. Andra Day looked incredible in her red and pink blazer, while Zayn Malik stole the show with his mauve-colored suit. Even Lady Gaga dripped in pink during her performance as she donned a marvelous pair of morganite drop earrings.

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Smoky Stones

On the red carpet, Lady Gaga (yes, we’re talking about her again) flashed black diamond jewelry in the form of elegant chandelier earrings and an ornately-decorated snake ring. Chrissy Teigen wore interestingly designed statement earrings with both black and white diamonds. And did you see Rihanna as she accepted a GRAMMY with Kendrick Lamar? She wore chose cognac quartz earrings complete with a chocolate diamond necklace.

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For the Men

The men on the red carpet brought their A-game with jewelry that nearly outshone
the ladies’ and created their own striking 2018 GRAMMY jewelry trends. Both Nick Jonas and Sam Smith each wore right-hand signet rings with dark stone centers—a tasteful and trendy choice for men. We spotted layers of chunky diamond chains while Jaden Smith wore a pair of oversized curb link chains with his quirky ensemble.

Finally, Elton John wore a graduated pearl necklace under his heavily-embezzled blazer. In fact, guys sporting pearls on and off the red carpet seems to be a growing trend on our radar.

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What were some of your favorite 2018 GRAMMY jewelry trends? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Pearl Buying FAQs and How to Best Answer Them

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As the great Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate.” Like most other gemstones, pearls don’t fit neatly into one particular category. Their subtle, luxurious beauty boasts multiple personalities to suit the many customers who choose them. In our experience, we receive multiple pearl buying FAQs from our wonderful customers. So we’ve sought out our gemstone experts to share all there is to know about pearl buying.

Here are five pearl buying FAQs and how to best answer them:

What are the different types of pearls?

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Originally exclusive to Australia, South Sea pearls are now cultured in Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines. Colors range from white pink and silver pink to dark gold. Australian pearls can throw fancy colors including red gold — extremely rare and highly regarded. These sizable pearls work well in strands and statement pieces.

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Often called black pearls, Tahitian pearls grow in the warm, turquoise lagoons of French Polynesia and other islands in the South Seas. Colors range from gray to black, shimmering with peacock green, gray, and purple overtones. Try these dark devils for an edgier look.

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Hailing from Japan, the most valued Akoya pearl colors are white and white with pink undertones. Best-known of the cultured pearls, their roundness, nacre depth, and consistent luster have positioned them as the preferred choice for a timeless statement.

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Though originally produced in Japan, 90% of the world’s freshwater pearls now come from China.Supply is plentiful, as each shell can produce up to 100 pearls simultaneously. While typically irregular in color and shape, freshwater pearls are the most affordable and are widely used in sterling silver jewelry because of their availability.

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Japanese Mabé pearls grow in saltwater mussels and some oysters, forming on the inside of the shell, rather than in the mussel’s tissue. The most desirable color is white with pink undertones, but dark, smoky, and blue colors are more desirable as ever. These cultured pearls with domed hemispheres and an almost flat back are great for brooches and pendants.

What do I look for when buying pearls?

Similar to the 4 C’s of diamond buying, familiarize your customers with the Five Virtues related to pearl purchases.


For cultured pearl experts, luster is most important when determining pearl quality. Luster derives from the pearl’s countless layers of pearl nacre, the natural substance that forms the pearl itself. Luster describes the beauty you see as light travels through the nacre of the pearl. It is the nacre that causes light to refract from the pearl’s layers, giving each pearl its unique milky appearance.



Surface complexion refers to the physical blemishes or marks on the pearl’s surface. When evaluating complexion, the trade uses terms such as blemish, spotting, and cleanliness. Since cultured pearls are grown by live oysters in a natural environment, there are many uncontrollable forces that affect their surface.

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The desirability of different pearl colors rests in the eye of the beholder. The most popular color is white or white with slight overtones. Pearls that are naturally colored, rather than color enhanced by artificial means, will add value to the pearl.



Classic shapes range in descending order of value from round to near-round, and from oval to drop. It’s important to understand that in pearl industry terms, the shapes from round to drop are pretty symmetrical, while anything baroque denotes a pearl that is completely asymmetrical or freeform.

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Cultured pearls are measured by their diameter in millimeters. They can be smaller than one millimeter in the case of tiny seed pearls or as large as twenty millimeters for a mature South Sea pearl. Generally speaking, the larger the pearl, the more valuable it will be.

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How do I care for my pearls?

Daily Care

As an organic gem, pearls are vulnerable to chemicals found in cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume. To preserve the luster of your pearls, always put on your jewelry after applying make-up and styling products. Pearls can be harmed by perspiration, too. Before placing your pearls back in the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.

For Cleaning

Never use an ultrasonic cleaner on your pearls — it can damage their nacre. Occasionally wipe your pearls gently with a cloth dipped in mild, soapy water. Then, rinse the cloth with fresh water and wipe the pearls clean. Dry them with a soft cloth. If pearls come into contact with an acidic substance like fruit juice, vinegar, or other chemicals, immediately wipe them clean with a soft cloth. Be careful not to submerge your pearls in water as this will weaken the silk thread.


Contact with other jewelry may scratch pearls. Avoid tangles by fastening clasps, then lay each jewelry piece in a separate compartment of your jewelry box. When traveling, use a protective jewelry pouch or wrap each item in a soft cloth. Pearls can dehydrate when stored too long, so enjoy them frequently.

Are pearls safe for daily wear?

Frequent wear rehydrates pearls and helps to maintain an almost otherworldly luminescence. What do pearls have to do to stay beautiful? They need to be worn often. If stored in a hot, airless environment, they can dry and crack. Pearls need oil from the skin to enhance their luster and color. Also, from time to time, check the clasps or screws holding your jewelry together. With frequent wear, even the best-kept pearl strands may loosen and will require restringing.

Aren’t pearls too traditional for modern women?

In recent years, there’s been a resurgence, culturally, among the younger generation longing for a style reminiscent of a more elegant time. Think about the gilded ’40s or the classic American style of Jacqueline Kennedy in the ’60s. In everything from architecture to fashion, we are seeing influences from these time periods today. Pearls have always made a statement about class and sophistication, finding their way into almost every woman’s wardrobe. Further, cultured pearls are affordable and dynamic accessories perfect for donning on a romantic night out, while casual enough to wear with jeans and your favorite blouse.

Download and print this handy pearl buying guide

We hope we’ve fully answered the top five pearl buying FAQs you may encounter when selling pearls to your customers. What other sorts of questions do you receive about pearls? Let us know in the comments below!

Trend Alert: Classic Pearls with Contemporary Twists

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Of all the gems, classic pearls are perhaps the most mysterious. Because they’re abundant today, it’s hard for us to imagine natural pearls as uncommon, particularly those of any size. But in fact, pearls are so rare that for millennia they were the most coveted gems. So much so that the supply couldn’t meet the demands of kings and queens who prized them above all else.

Today, the beauty, appeal, and style of classic pearls — whether freshwater or saltwater — finds its way into almost every woman’s wardrobe. Subtle, luxurious pearls boast multiple personalities that suit the many customers who choose them. These wardrobe staples have resurfaced with contemporary twists to charm a new generation. JCK News declares new-age pearl designs as a defining trend of 2017 and beyond saying, “designers are pushing themselves to find an edgy way to wear these gemstones.” See how we spin classic pearls into the spotlight with these stylish designs.


A Modern Spin on Timeless Studs

Pearl studs are essential to any young woman’s wardrobe. If she owns nothing else, she likely has a pair of these simple, refined adornments. Take a step beyond classic studs with these fancy earrings featuring fresh details.

Make a Statement with Pearl Earrings

Again, JCK says bold statement earrings are all the rage. Try these pearl drop earrings or ear climbers that merge striking style with time-honored sophistication.

The Bypass Trend Featuring Classic Pearls

Bypass rings have been around since at least the 1830s, with their graceful, twisted design wrapping around the finger. The curves and twists surrounding classic pearls give these rings an elegant look, while staying modern and sleek.

Lateral Pearls

We’ve seen how popular pearl strands can be. Now take their linear arrangement and apply it to rings, necklaces, and bangles for a refreshing, trendy look.


How to Take Care of Pearls

What’s the best advice to give customers to keep their beautiful? Wear them frequently to enhance their luster and color. If you store them in a hot, airless environment, they can dry and crack. After each wearing, they should be wiped with a damp cloth to remove hairspray or other damaging chemicals.



Still can’t get enough pearls? Check out our Pearl Center for detailed info on everything you wanted to know about pearls. And don’t forget to share these stories with your customers. The more storytelling you can share with them, the better!

Sell With a Story: Famous Pearls

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Pearls form inside a mollusk, a combination of the mineral Aragonite and a protein called conchiolin. This protein is the organic building block of the mollusk shell. We feel pearls are alive when we see their inner glow and iridescent nacre. Frequent wear rehydrates them and helps to maintain an almost other worldly luminescence.


Natural is rare — very rare

Today, cultured pearls provide a consistent supply making them readily available. But natural pearls — and those of any significant size and uniformity — have always been extraordinarily rare. This was so much so, that the supply couldn’t meet the demands of kings and queens who prized them above all else. Queen Elizabeth I had such an obsession with pearls, that craftsmen created the original imitation pearls to adorn her famous pearl-covered dress. Here are a few famous pearls that stand out among these rare gems.


The Arco Valley Pearl

Famous Pearls Arco Valley Pearl

The Arco Valley Pearl • Source

Found in the Arco Valley of Bavaria, this huge nacreous blister pearl dates back to at least the 12th century. Reportedly, Kublai Khan, the emperor of China, gave this 575-carat natural blister pearl to Marco Polo who took it home to Europe. It measures 78mm x 41mm x 35 mm and has overtones of pink and brown. Following Polo’s death, it was sold and resold to various ruling monarchies. Eventually, it made its way back to an aristocratic family in Austria, not far from its origins in Bavaria. Considered the second largest saltwater pearl, this pearl came from a clam and is not considered gem quality.


The Abernathy Pearl

Famous Pearls The Abernathy Pearl

The Abernathy Pearl on display in Cairncross • Source

From the 12th century onward, pearls from freshwater mussels in Scotland’s rivers were sold in European markets. By the 16th century, seeking freshwater pearls had established itself as an industry complete with “river bailiffs” who supervised the mussels to be sure they weren’t exploited and made sure all the most valuable pearls went to the kings and queens.

The industry thrived until the 19th century Industrial Revolution polluted the waterways damaging the mussel population. But in 1967, a professional pearl diver, Bill Abernathy, found a 14.26-carat natural freshwater pearl in the River Tay. It is considered the most perfect pearl ever found in Scotland’s rivers. Its size makes it rarer. Obviously, Abernathy named it after himself. To this day it is on display at Cairncross of Perth, a jewelry store in Perth Scotland. Unfortunately, the picture does not do the pearl justice.


Famous Pearls The Hope Pearl

The Hope Pearl • Source

The Hope Pearl

The largest and most famous natural saltwater pearl, the Hope Pearl weighs 1,800 grains (450 carats), or approximately 4 ounces! It is a white, drop-shaped blister pearl, measuring approximately 2 x 4 inches. In color, it ranges from greenish-gold on one end to white on the other. Discovered in the early 19th century, Henry Philip Hope — who also owned the Hope Diamond — purchased the pearl for his collection which totaled 150 natural pearls. In the early 1900s his descendants sold the pearl in order to pay debts. At one point, Christie’s auction house had it and loaned the magnificent pearl to the Smithsonian. Today it is difficult to know who has it. Some articles mention the Museum of Natural History in London, but I can find no mention of it on their website.


Does anyone reading this know? Feel free to share. I’d love to hear.


La Peregrina (The Pilgrim)

Discovered off the coast of Panama in the 16th century, La Peregrina was promptly delivered to King Phillip II of Spain who presented the gem to his new bride, Queen Mary of Spain. Originally it weighed 223.8 grains or 55.95 carats. Much later, it was drilled for setting, and the final weight is 203.8 grains. It was the most celebrated pearl of its time, prized for its size, perfect pear shape, and bright white coloration. Subsequently, La Peregrina belonged to Queen Margaret and Joseph Bonaparte before the British Marquis of Abercorn acquired it.

Famous Pearls La Peregrina Pearl

La Peregrina Pearl • Source

It’s most famous owner? Despite the kings and queens who owned it, actress Elizabeth Taylor is its most famous owner. Actor Richard Burton purchased La Peregrina as a Valentine’s Day gift for her in 1969. He paid only $37,000 for it — a pittance by today’s standards. Following her death, the gorgeous pearl, diamond, and ruby necklace set a record at auction, selling for more than $11 million.
Elizabeth Taylor wearing La Peregrina stands next to portrait of Queen Mary of England wearing it. Mary was married to King Philip II of Spain, and she was the older sister of Elizabeth I of England. Their father was Henry VIII. Following Mary’s death in 1558, La Peregrina returned to the Crown of Spain where it remained for 250 years.


Pearl Necklace Lengths

I’m fascinated by the names of different pearl necklace lengths and I want to note them.

  • Collar: 10 to 13 inches and sits directly against the throat.
  • Choker: 15 to 16 inches and sits at the base of the neck. This has passed into general jewelry vocabulary.
  • Princess: 17 to 19 inches coming down to the collarbone.
  • Matinee: 20 to 24 inches.
  • Opera: 28 to 35 inches.
  • Rope: 45 inches and, generally, any length greater than Opera.

It’s interesting that through history, kings, princes, dukes, and other noblemen wore pearls, often these were extravagant ropes.

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