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Spread Joy Like Glitter Phone Wallpaper

It’s heeeeere!  Winter and the holidays are upon us.  It has already been a whirlwind around these parts, how’s it going around your house?  The trees are up & covered with decorations and beautiful sparkly, glittery things.  I have a giant Christmas red peony surrounded by eucalyptus branches in a vintage blue ball jar sitting on my desk.  Life is good, my friends.  Life is good. ♥

I just wanted to send you a little reminder to spread joy this holiday season (and always).  Joy is contagious!  Spread it around like glitter.  Let it fill in the dark craggy parts of your soul & let it shine bright.  I am wishing you the merriest, most lovely, joyful & glittery holiday season!  Celebrate with this free gold glittery “spread joy like glitter” phone wallpaper. ♥

If you love this little wallpaper, could you pretty please share it on Pinterest?  That would make my little heart pitter patter!!! ♥

November Birthstone – Citrine

Citrine, November’s golden birthstone, is the sun-shinyest gem.  I totally think that should be a word.

Before my boys were even born I sang, “You are my sunshine” the them.  I even changed the words to something happier – because that’s the kind of goofy mama that I am.

You are my sunshine.  My special sunshine.  You make me happy, when skies are gray.  You’ll never know dear, how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away.  The other night dear, while I lay sleeping, I dreamt I held you in my arms.  When I awoke dear, I wasn’t dreaming, so I snuggled you all the night long.

See – no hanging heads & crying…happier, and goofier! ♥  Just like me!

Personalized Initial Charm Necklace

Okay, some more juicy details about November’s birthstone, the beautiful sun-shiny citrine.  It has been used for centuries to create stunning jewelry pieces and art.  It varies in color from bright orange to brown to pale yellow.  I choose the more pastel yellow color for my jewelry because its subtle color pairs nicely with creamy pearls.

All of the Little Girl’s Pearls bracelets can be personalized with a “Big Sis” or “Lil Sis” charm with her birthstone.

Citrine, which was first documented all the way back in 1385, resembles topaz (November’s other birthstone).  These two beautiful stones have long been confused with each other.  Citrine is known for its healing properties because of it’s fabled ability to comfort, soothe and calm – releasing negative feelings and helping its wearer to embrace imagination.  It’s also known as the “merchant’s stone” because of stories that it attracts wealth (since I have an online shop, my mama brought my a beautiful citrine sphere that sits by my computer).

Darling Pearl and Birthstone Crystal Bracelet

Because such large citrines have been found over the centuries, the ancient Romans used them in intaglio work.  Intaglio jewels are gemstones that are carved into beautiful creatures or faces.  They’re so incredibly detailed and intricate.  Citrine is the perfect sunny palette for these amazing miniature works of art.  Citrine was also used to create the large, intricate jewels of the Art Deco period – worn by Hollywood starlets like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.  So you lovely November babies are in very good company!

Adorable Pearl & Birthstone Post Earrings for Girls

Adorable Pearl & Birthstone Personalized Name Bracelet

Happy Birthday, you beautiful November baby!  Embrace your sunny birthstone, citrine. ♥

Your Sparkle Has Not Gone Unnoticed Phone Wallpaper

Hey there, lovely!  I just wanted to remind you that you are doing an AMAZING job.  I know mama-ing can be overwhelming.  My boys are teenagers, and I still have days where being a mama can seem a bit thankless.  But then I look into my boys’ baby blues and realize that it’s all worth it (even when they’re rolling them at me).  So snuggle up with those babies (tiny and big), and remember that you are doing the MOST IMPORTANT job and your sparkle is not going unnoticed.  It may not seem like it, but I guarantee they see your sparkle.

 

 

Sending you all of the mama love, support, and virtual hugs in the world!! ♥

Here’s a little reminder – a wallpaper for your phone, so you never forget that your sparkle is most definitely noticed.  Keep shining on, you sweet mama.

Do you love this or know someone else who needs a little encouragement & unexpected joy?  Pretty please share on Pinterest – that would make my heart so very happy. ♥

 

October Birthstone – Pink Tourmaline Gemstone

Every girl loves to feel special on her birthday, and a birthstone is on thing that cane make her feel truly celebrated.  Her birthstone is a lovely way to show her how special she is (especially when it’s a princess pink birthstone)!

Green tourmaline was first thought to be discovered in the 1500’s where it was confused with emerald.  It wasn’t until the 1800’s that scientists discovered that it was its very own gemstone.  Because of the confusion, the name even means “mixed gems” Sri Lankan.  Tourmaline can be found in a beautiful rainbow of colors, but here we focus on the lovely and feminine pink hues.

It has been found all over the world including California.  It makes me want to take a quick trip down to San Diego where they still find the beautiful, multi-hued gems!

Take a peek at the SPARKLY BIRTHSTONE BRACELET here.

For October’s birthstone, I focus on the dainty pink tourmaline, which is particularly delicate and lovely.  October actually has two birth stones, opal & tourmaline.  Because of its gorgeous color, pink tourmaline is a favorite for jewelry for girls.

Celebrate her October birthday with a sweet ornate cross necklace with pearls and her birthstone.

One of the most exciting things about tourmaline is that it comes in a beautiful spectrum of hues and intensities.  Peeking at a pink tourmaline is like gazing into a mesmerizing pink pool of pretty!

Shower her with love & a darling pearl and sparkly birthstone crystal necklace for her October Birthday.

So whether you’re looking for something dainty baby pink to celebrate her October birthday, or a more deep, rich pink, tourmaline is definitely your go-to stone.

October birthstone and real pearl earrings for her birthday.

When you gaze into a piece of tourmaline, you’re likely to spy all of the hues of pink, soft delicate pinks, touches of deeper rich pinks, and everything in-between.  This variety adds a beautiful depth to her October birthstone creating a natural ombre effect.

Pink Tourmaline – October’s birthstone, is a favorite among girls of all ages, whether their birthdays are in October or not, because of its beautiful color.  Baby Pink tourmaline jewelry has a particularly delicate and feminine look and feel, which makes it a great choice for new babies.  The stones look beautiful paired with real freshwater pearls, silver or gold.  It’s the perfect choice for your precious princess!

All of the October Birthstone Gifts – Pink Tourmaline & Pearls

Darling Pearl & Birthstone Necklace | Ornate Cross Necklace with Birthstone | Darling Pearl & Birthstone Bracelet | Adorable Birthstone & Pearl Earrings

 

June Birthstone – Pearl Moonstone Alexandrite

You lucky ducky girls who are born in June are lucky enough to have three birthstones!  {Pearl ♥ Moonstone ♥ Alexandrite}  While I obviously love pearls (I get to play with pearls every single day – lucky me), I also have a great appreciation for all three of the sparkly, stunning June birthstones.

Moonstone is a semi-transparent stone, and I think it is definitely one of the best at capturing light in the most beautiful way.  It gives off a milky white light that can also include little flashes of blue when the light hits it just right.  Moonstone often looks as if it has a little bit of a glow to it.

Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Bracelets For Girls – Shop Now

It’s easy to see how the stone got its name; moonstone seems to have captured the stunning light of the moon.  In ancient Rome, people used to believe that you could identify the different phases of the moon within moonstone.  While we don’t believe that the stone physically changes appearance with the moon’s phases anymore, it certainly does have an ethereal, almost otherworldly appearance.

Adorable Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Necklaces for Girls

When it is micro-faceted into the beautiful little gemstones I use in my jewelry designs, it plays with the light beautifully.  I love pairing it with silver and pearls as the moonstone seems to throw light against the other surfaces of the pieces.  It’s so much fun to turn moonstone jewelry to different angles and see how it changes as it catches the light.

If you’re on the lookout for the most traditional June birthstone, pearl is your girl.  I absolutely adore creating pearl birthstone jewelry for all the lovely June birthday babies!  The pearls I use are genuine cultured freshwater pearls in a luscious creamy white color, natural pink, and sometimes I even have some peachy or lavender pearls available.  Pearls have the most amazing timeless elegance and have traditionally symbolized purity and innocence – pearl jewelry makes a perfect baby gift.

Personalized June Pearl Birthstone Bracelets for Girls

Alexandrite has a controversial history that started all the way back in 1834 in Imperial Russia.  While a miner was working in an emerald mine, he came across a gem that he thought was an emerald, but once he held it up to the light, he realized it was something new entirely.  It flashed different colors depending on the light.  It is fabled that the stone got its name from Alexander II because it was discovered on his birthday.

Shop June Pearl and Alexandrite Birthstone Name Bracelets for Girls

The Russian mines were exhausted in the early 20th century leaving almost a century until a new deposit was discovered, this time in Brazil.  Natural Alexandrite is extremely rare, and incredibly expensive.  So, in my jewelry creations, I use genuine Swarvoski Austrian crystals in the pale lavender of Alexandrite, so she can celebrate her June birthday without the crazy price tag!  Not to mention, because they are represented with a crystal, they are extra sparkly!

Pearl and Alexandrite Earrings for Girls

Whether you are searching for a classic, traditional June birthstone gift in pearls or something more ethereal like the sweet moonstone with the blue flashes, or the beautiful and elegant lavender alexandrite, you lovely June birthday girls will find meaningful, stunning birthstone jewelry at Little Girls’ Pearls.

May Birthstone – Emerald

May’s birthstone – the beautifully green emerald, is one of the rarest and most popular gemstones.  That doesn’t surprise me in the least!  The gorgeously vibrant green color always catches my eye.  My dear friend {hello, J ♥} has an emerald in her wedding ring, and it’s absolutely stunning.

I think that an emerald was the perfect choice for May’s birthstone because it embodies the life and color of spring.  In May, you’ll see the deep green emerald reflected in spring tulips, in the foliage of trees, and in the grass that’s finally recovering from its long winter’s nap.  Emeralds are the color of new life, perfect for May!  That’s probably why emeralds have been associated with rebirth for centuries.  For me, emeralds are a bright symbol of new beginnings, growth, and happy energy.

Adorable Pearl & May Birthstone – Emerald Necklace

A fun historical tidbit about emeralds is that Cleopatra was said to be all but fanatical about them.  The first known emerald mine was a Greek mine near the Red Sea.  Cleopatra claimed it as her own.  The ancient Egyptians fervently believed that emeralds could treat eye diseases, and were the symbol of fertility and rebirth.  That’s one of the reasons why Egyptian pharaohs insisted on being buried with emeralds – the hope of rebirth.  Visiting heads of state were said to have gifted Cleopatra with emeralds that had been carved in her likeness – oh man, I’d love to see one of those!

Darling Pearl & May Emerald Crystal Personalized Name Bracelet

In the emerald jewelry that I lovingly create, I diligently attempt to capture that spirit of life, energy, and renewal.  Emeralds look beautiful nestled among pearls, as a pair of delicate earrings, or as a personalized pendant necklace.  At Little Girl’s Pearls, all of my birthstone jewelry has the option to be created with genuine gemstones that are micro-faceted to give them that little bit of twinkly sparkle.  The emeralds I use are a beautiful lighter green color, un-dyed and natural.  I absolutely adore the varied hues and inclusions in these stones, they seem to speak a story all their own.

So I wish you the happiest of birthdays, you beautiful May babies!! ♥

 

 

how to choose the perfect bridal jewelry for your wedding dress

Wedding day fashion is all about the dress (and rightly so), but all the little accents like shoes, your bouquet, and jewelry will also be an important part of your look. When it comes to bridal jewelry, there are endless options out there, so many, in fact, that shopping may seem like an impossible task. Don’t get overwhelmed, though! We have some helpful tips to help you choose something that will make your wedding look feel complete.Complement Your Dress

Your wedding dress is probably one of the first things you picked, and it’s going to be the center of attention (second only to you, of course). You should pick jewelry that works with your dress, rather than competes with it.

If you chose an ornate dress, such as one with a lot of intricate lace, sparkly bead work or a sparkling belt, you’ll want simple, classic jewelry pieces that don’t clash with the details of your dress. Traditional pearl stud earrings, a string of classic pearls or a simple pearl pendant necklace, and maybe a single classic bracelet will help to complete your look beautifully without pulling focus from your gorgeous dress.

If you chose a more classic, less ornate or non-beaded dress, you can use your jewelry to add sparkle and flair! Chandelier earrings or a larger or bolder necklace will add that touch of light and vibrancy to your wedding outfit.

Let Your Personality Shine

When you were shopping for wedding dresses, did one style speak to you? Jewelry can show your personality in the same way. Is your style elegant and timeless? Then maybe you’re looking for a diamond pendant or a pearl necklace; something classic that you can re-wear again and again. Something lovely and timeless that you can pass down to your daughter for her wedding day.

Are you more of a punk-rock princess? How about a modern choker that will add an elegant edge to your wedding look? You may want to consider unique designs such as drape-down-the-back necklaces or cuff bracelets. And remember that not everything on your wedding day has to be white. If it fits your style, you could incorporate colorful gemstones such as rubies or sapphires (something blue, anyone?). If you’re looking for inspiration, consider incorporating your wedding colors. Your wedding jewelry is going to be in your wedding photos and your jewelry box for a long time, so it should be something that feels right and that you love.

In case you’re looking for a few specific ideas…here are some pearl pieces from the shop:

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September Birthstone – Sapphire

September's beautiful blue birthstone - sapphire | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Happy Birthday, you gorgeous September babies!!

September feels like a month of new beginnings.  That might be my former teacher life showing through…but now that my boys are Jr. High & High School (WHAT?!?!) I swear our schedules are jam-packed as the school year starts.  September is definitely feeling like a big old “switch” in our lives and schedules.  So here’s to new beginnings and a little bit of history on the gorgeous sapphire – the beautiful birthstone of this new month.

September's Birthstone - Blue Sapphire & Pearl Necklace from Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Sapphires have been adored for centuries, and prominent figures throughout history have worn them often. In the Middle Ages, bishops and other top members of the clergy wore sapphires, which they associated with Heaven. The British royal family has also worn sapphires frequently. One of the most famous sapphires in the world, St. Edward’s Sapphire, is set into the Imperial State Crown. And of course, Princess Diana’s ♥ engagement work, worn now by Duchess Catherine Middleton, features a sapphire surrounded by diamonds. You don’t have to be a queen or princess to wear sapphires, but they may just make you feel like royalty.

Sapphire ~ September's Beautiful Birthstone ♥ Sapphire and Pearl bracelet for girls from Little Girl's Pearls

While sapphires come in a beautiful array of colors, blue sapphires range in color from a very light blue to a very dark navy, and some stones have hints of green or purple. The gemstones I use in handcrafting jewelry are a natural light blue shade, similar to a clear sky just as it starts to darken at dusk. If you’d like a darker, deeper stone, I also have dyed sapphires available. I think that both shades look absolutely beautiful when paired with pearls; the white complements the blue color perfectly.

September Birthstone - Blue Sapphire and Pearl earrings | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

If you or a special little girl in your life was born in September, you have a great excuse to wear sapphires. Even if September isn’t your birthstone, though, you don’t need an excuse. Sapphires are simply beautiful stones that always look lovely and elegant.

 

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August Birthstone – Peridot

Peridot - August Birthstone | the history of the beautiful green gem for all of you August babies! Little Girl's Pearls ♥

August has a special place in my heart.  Our youngest was born in August & my dad’s birthday is August.  The weather is always spectacular here on the Central Coast of California and it seems that we have oodles of great marshmallow roasts and family chats sitting on the patio watching the stars.

Peridot and Pearl bracelet - a perfect gift to celebrate her August birthday! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Peridot (pronounced per-i-doh) is a wonderful bright green color that is reminiscent of sunlight through the leaves.  My silly spell check doesn’t even recognize Peridot as a word!  Whatever…I think it’s beautiful.  Some of the amazing facts I found while researching the history of peridot include:

  • Peridot has been mined for over 3,500 years!
  • Peridot is the only gemstone (other than diamond) that is created in the magma of the earth’s upper mantle (about 20 – 55 miles below the surface of the earth).
  • Peridot is brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions that push the magma up through the crust of the earth.
  • Many believe the “emeralds” in the ornate jewelry of Cleopatra was actually peridot stones.

Adorable keepsake pearl and peridot necklace - a lovely little gift for her August birthday. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

I find it interesting that some of the properties believed to be possessed by peridot are that it is thought to ward off anxiety and help with being successful in relationships.

Gorgeous pearl and peridot birthstone post earrings for her August birthday! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Whether or not the gorgeous pale green stone contains mystical properties is definitely out-shined by it’s true beauty and earthiness.  If you’re lucky enough to be born in August, you get to claim the beautiful peridot as your birthstone.

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March – Aquamarine birthstone

March Aquamarine Birthstone Jewelry

Aquamarine, the birthstone for March, has my favorite origin story. Legend says that the first aquamarine gemstone was found in the treasure chest of a beautiful mermaid. After just one look at an aquamarine stone, that’s no surprise; it seems to capture the essence of the sea. Depending on the stone’s color, it might remind you of the stormy Atlantic or breezy tropical waters. In fact, aquamarine has been associated with the ocean for centuries. Sailors carried them as lucky stones to protect them while at sea. Or maybe they were hoping they’d catch a glimpse of a mermaid who wanted her treasure back.

March Birthstone Aquamarine and Pearl Necklace

Aquamarine is known for being an even-toned stone with a vibrant shine. It’s one of the clearest gemstones, which means that it catches the light particularly well. It also has a strong hardness, which helps to prevent scratches. These qualities, combined with its beautiful color, have made aquamarine one of the most popular gemstones.

March birthstone aquamarine and pearl bracelet for girls

When I look at an aquamarine stone, it reminds me of tranquil Caribbean water with the sun shining through it. The natural gemstones I use have a lovely VERY pale, translucent color. This gives aquamarine jewelry a very subtle, pretty look. I love the way aquamarine looks with silver, and because it has an understated color, it also looks beautiful with colored pearls, such as pink or peach. For any little girl who loves the ocean or dreams of being a mermaid, a piece of aquamarine jewelry is sure to be a beloved gift.

March birthstone aquamarine and pearl necklace for girls

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