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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Anatomy of Fancy Schmancy Gift Wrap

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I am SO excited!  After 18 months of travel, planning, changes, delays and a few tears – but plenty of excitement, my new gift packaging is here!!!

In my 17 years of being a jewelry maker, my gift packaging has gone through several iterations.  I started with a simple organza bag, moved on to basic off-the-shelf gift boxes, then on to my first custom gift box design.  And now…something so precious and lovely that I can’t help but smile when I think of it. {sigh}

I must say looking back, I’m so proud of my packaging changes, but possibly even prouder of my improved photography skills!  Whoa!  That’s craziness.

I work super hard behind-the-scenes to make sure your pearls are perfect (another blog post about that is coming soon), your gift wrap is gorgeous, and that her pearls make it all the way to her hands without a hitch.  I think you’d be surprised at the journey of this gift packaging’s path into existence.  It was quite a roller coaster, but a ride definitely done out of love.

It all started in 2015 – hubby and I packed up and flew to the bright lights of Las Vegas to our very first major trade show.  Coming from our little town of Lompoc, we were crazy overwhelmed.  Holy moly!  We had spent weeks making a plan of attack, so we didn’t miss any vendors at the show.  It was all mapped out & loaded up on the phone.

It took us THREE solid 8 hour days just to get through all of the vendors.  We had meetings and looked through what seemed like a gazillion box choices with scores of vendors.  We were exhausted, so we spent the last night binge watching House of Cards in our gorgeous room at the Aria – while looking out over the beautiful lights of the strip.

We left Las Vegas exhausted, with a bag full of colorful business cards, brochures, and contact information.  We even ran into my business crush, Lisa Leonard, at the airport in Santa Maria [I was too nervous to say hello].  Goodness. {blush}  I felt like a goofy groupie.  So silly!  The funny thing is that I’ve been in the jewelry biz far longer, but she’s just AMAZING.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Cat got your tongue kind of amazing.  But I digress…

After looking through the piles of the colorful brochures and business cards, the research began.  I spent literally 3 months researching, contacting, chatting, requesting samples, and generally getting to know several box manufacturers across the country.  I wanted to find the perfect box to hold the pearls while still sticking within the budget, so I didn’t have to raise my prices just because of gift packaging.

We found a company relatively close to home (and only a few minutes from Disneyland…can’t beat that!)  So we took the trek down several different times to meet with the company, design the boxes, choose all…the…things.  It’s insane how many decisions go in to making a superb box!  The shell, the fabric, the lining, the outer covering, the hot stamping foil choice, the outer gift packer, the bow.  Then I found the best anti-tarnish cloth that was also soft enough to safely store pearls, and I hired a seamstress to custom-make my special anti-tarnish pearl pouches to fit perfectly inside of our new custom boxes.  Hooray!!

We found that to have the manufacturer tie the ribbon on top of the box (not around the box…I want you to be able to open them before gifting), was going to QUADRUPLE the price.  What?!?!  Seriously.  Craziness.  So I sourced the perfect pink ribbon and now we individually cut, attach, and hand-tie each ribbon to the top of each box, right here in our little California studio.

So after a crazy journey of elation, disappointments, joys and tears…I present to you the fancy schmancy gift packaging that comes complimentary with every Little Girl’s Pearls order!

So what do you think?  Do you love it, too?  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!! ♥

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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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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.

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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.

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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

January Garnet Birthstone

January Garnet Birthstones
I am a January baby, so naturally garnets are some of my very favorite gemstones! January’s birthstone is the beautiful garnet – a stone that varies in color from a deep burgundy, to a lighter purple-red, yellow to orange to green, and on the rare occasion even blue.

Keepsake Pearl and Birthstone Necklace.Pearl and Birthstone January Garnet Bracelet.

Garnets have always been one of the most popular gemstones. In fact, they’ve been used in jewelry and decorations for over a thousand years. In ancient Rome and medieval Europe, people used garnets in their jewelry, decorative weapon fittings, and more. The gemstone has a long history of making objects beautiful for kings, queens, and nobles of the past. Maybe that’s why garnets always seem so royal to me. They have a rich color that makes them simply majestic. I can certainly see why people all over the world have loved them for centuries.

Pearl and Garnet January Necklace.

Pearl and January Garnet Earrings

At Little Girl’s Pearls, your jewelry adorned with garnets features a lovely burgundy color with a gorgeous purple tone. The effect is a gemstone that’s delicate and feminine. Garnets pair so well with pearls and silver but also look amazing with gold. It’s such a wonderfully versatile and beautiful gemstone.

Personalized Name Bracelet - Pearl and January Garnet

To me, garnet birthstone jewelry seems perfectly fitting for a royal princess. It, of course, makes a lovely gift for those of us lucky enough to be born in January. Whether you were born in January or not, everyone should get to feel like a beautiful princess donned in luxurious garnets!

January Birthstone Gorgeous Burgundy Garnets.

 

June – Pearl Birthstone

Happy Birthday, June babies!

June birthstone - pearl

You lucky duckies, your birthstones are classic pearls and gorgeous moonstones!  What a beautiful combination.

I can’t help but love June—that magical time of year simply bursting at the seams with weddings, anniversaries and graduations. Why not make an impression as dazzling as the summer sunshine with this month’s official birthstone: the simple, chic and always classy pearl!

Little Girl's Pearls - beautiful pearl bracelet for June's birthstone

It makes perfect sense the especially social-centric month of June is associated with the pearl. As Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady and legendary fashonista icon, so eloquently put: “Pearls are always appropriate.” Needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with Jackie! And thanks to a recent resurgence of popularity in mainstream fashion, thanks to stars such as Coco Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker, they continue to remain fashionable, elegant and unique keepsakes cherished by runway models and casual dressers alike. Throughout history, pearls have been associated with love, innocence and purity, making them an ideal gift to symbolize a “new beginning” in life such as a birth, romance, anniversary, wedding or graduation. No other gem conveys the promise, depth and gravitas of eternal love in the subtle, yet elegant way that a pearl does.

June Birthstone - Pearl

Pearls are distinctly versatile. Their multitude of colors, sizes and styles make pearls adaptable to any occasion—both as a gift and as an accessory. From the romantic nuances of the pink pearl immaculately expressing the everlasting passion and ultimate commitment to your significant other on an anniversary or engagement, to the bold, extremely rare black pearl long believed to bring good luck and protection from evil that makes it a superb gift for new grads facing the challenges of adult life—I can assist you in creating the impeccable ensemble for your unique occasion.

June birthstone - pearl

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all pearls are the same! Little Girl’s Pearls has over a decade of experience creating personalized and unique gifts that will be cherished by you and your loved ones for years to come. I love helping you choose the perfect gem—whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to memorialize that special person’s important life event with a thoughtful, lasting keepsake. From brides and flower girls to new mothers and grandmothers to recent grads (the possibilities are endless!), or you’re searching for just the right accessory to accentuate your outfit, be it a classic “Southern Belle” look or an elegant appearance that would look right at home on the red carpet, you really can’t go wrong with pearls!

June's birthstone - pearl

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