5 Fun Facts About Pearls and Power

Arguably on par with the diamond, pearls are the most enduring and timeless gemstone you can own. Throughout various mythologies, pearls are nearly always symbolic of wisdom, women, water and the moon, but they’re a symbol of class, power and sophistication. With that in mind, it’s no wonder they’re worn throughout history by female heads of state and celebrities alike. I thought I’d share some fun facts about pearls, how to clean them, and why they are one of the most unique gemstones.

1. The oldest known pearl jewelry was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC. It’s currently on display at the Louvre in Paris and is believed to have magical properties!

2. Pearls are extremely unique because they’re the only gemstone made from living creatures turned into beautiful organic matter. As most of you already know, pearls are made mainly from oysters through a process that works as a natural defense mechanism for the sea creatures.

3. Pearls are known for their creamy white colors, but can also be found in gold, purple, black and more.

4. The famous La Peregrina pearl was smuggled out of Spain to Napoleon and later purchased at an auction by Richard Burton who gave it to Elizabeth Taylor as an anniversary present, which can be seen here

5. Not only is Margarita a sensational cocktail but the name Margarita actually means pearl.

Ok, fine, that last fun fact is not exactly insightful or related to history, but I’m sure plenty of powerful women have enjoyed a good margarita.

It’s important to clean and maintain your pearls so they look as “pearly white” as possible. Pearls should always be worn last to avoid getting makeup and hairspray on them. Pearls are different than all other gemstones since they come from the sea so don’t ever wash them with harsh chemicals. Instead try using a soft, microfiber cloth with warm water and a small amount of mild soap.

Another small trick for pearls that most people don’t know is that the natural oils on your skin are good for them and will help them maintain their luster. But don’t confuse skin oils with sweat! Sweat is naturally acidic and is not good for pearls. No running or playing sports with your pearls, no matter how good you look in them.

Pearls are a wonderful gemstone and can be worn in many occasions whether you’re cooking a meal for your loved one, getting ready for a night on the town or stepping into an important job interview. Check out our selection of pearl jewelry at Ice.com to find the perfect fit for your day and/or night adventure.

As always, comment below with your questions or share with us some pictures and stories about your beautiful pearl jewelry.

Have an Ice day!

-Reed

Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction Lookalikes

Ever thought you could own a piece of jewelry from the legendary Elizabeth Taylor? Christie’s is hosting an auction for all of the late actress’ most beloved belongings including clothing, artwork and her epic jewelry collection.

The jewels alone went for more than $137 million. The auction broke six world records, including the price paid for a pearl jewel, an Indian jewel and the per carat price for a colorless diamond and a ruby.

We had a blast marveling over the jewelry in the auction and what amazed us was how much some of the pieces looking like Ice jewelry. One of the most undeniable comparisons was Liz’s black & white diamond ring (that sold for a whopping $16,000) and a few of our flower CZ pieces from our Gallery 10 Collection. Look at the comparison.

Elizabeth Taylor Ring

Have you checked out the Christie’s action? Which of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry would you love to own?

For a glimpse into the auction – watch this video:

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5 Fun Facts About Pearls and Power

Arguably on par with the diamond, pearls are the most enduring and timeless gemstone you can own. Throughout various mythologies, pearls are nearly always symbolic of wisdom, women, water and the moon, but they’re a symbol of class, power and sophistication. With that in mind,  it’s no wonder they’re worn throughout history by female heads of state and celebrities alike. As June’s birthstone, I thought I’d share some fun facts about famous pearls, and their attachment to powerful women.

1. The oldest known pearl jewelry was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC. It’s currently on display at the Louvre in Paris.

2. According to legends, Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love for Marc Antony (as far as we know, pearls do NOT actually dissolve in wine, but DO keep them away from vinegar).

3. According to Marco Polo, the kings of Malabar wore a necklace of 108 rubies and 108 precious pearls which was given from one generation of kings to the next

4. The famous La Peregrina pearl was smuggled out of Spain to Napoleon and later purchased at an auction by Richard Burton who gave it to Elizabeth Taylor as an anniversary present.

5. Not only is Margarita a sensational cocktail but the name Margarita actually means pearl.

Ok, fine, that last fun fact is not exactly politics and celebrity related, but I’m sure plenty of powerful women have enjoyed a good margarita. Margarita’s are also a perfect summer cocktail to kick off the month of June. So put on some pearls, order one from the tiki bar (hopefully with one of those cute little umbrellas) and tell your friends how impossibly meta you’re being.

Elizabeth Taylor: Film & Fashion Icon (1932-2011)

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Just last month we were talking about our favorite Oscar jewelry looks and couldn’t help but mention the violet-eyed beauty Elizabeth Taylor.

Early this morning the legendary actress passed away at the age of 79.

Although the actress earned three Oscar awards she was most often in the headlines for her marriages, fashion sense and humanitarian work. Along with millions of admirers around the world, we not only loved her as an actress but also for her jewelry collection.

Her passion for jewelry led her to write a book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, name her perfumes after her favorite gemstone – White Diamond and own one of the most desired jewelry collections. Taylor was never seen without a little extra sparkle – even to a trip last month to the hospital. Most famously her (twice) ex-husband Richard Burton gave her a pear shaped diamond which at the time was the most expensive diamond at $1 million. It was later sold in an auction to build a school.

Taylor loved to look her best and dazzle in her jewels but was also well known for her charitable work to help those in need.  She often auctioned her famous jewelry collection to raise money for causes she believed in,  including one of her most treasured pieces, the emerald & diamond engagement ring from Richard Burton. “Please know that it is not easy for me to give it away. It is only my commitment to AIDS that persuaded me to let it go. My love is inside that ring forever”, Taylor said.

Elizabeth Taylor was a star. She will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

5 Oscar Jewelry Looks We’re Still Thinking About

As the Academy Awards quickly approach we can’t help but reminisce about the memorable jewelry worn by red carpet beauties over the last few years. We’ve drooled over plenty of Oscar jewelry – but we narrowed it down to five favorites for the sake of this post.

Amy Adams dazzled in an elegant red gown paired with a bold multi-gemstone necklace. This eye-catching piece featured 39 carats of diamonds, and 630 carats of sapphires, emeralds and rubies. Oh my!

Nicole Kidman may be beautiful but she tends to fade in the background with her typical black or pale colored gowns.  At the 2008 Oscars she took her standard black attire and added a jaw-dropping 1,399-carat diamond necklace to spice up her look. One thousand three hundred ninety-nine Carats!! Don’t you just love the lives of the rich and famous?

Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress award at the Oscars last year and wins the Best Earrings Award from Ice.com. The combination of her gown, vibrant red lips and hair positioning made her earring stand out in the most elegant way. So simple, so perfect.

Angelina Jolie wore magnificent 115 carat emerald drop earring and matching 65 carat ring at the 2009 Oscars. This is my personal favorite Oscar jewelry memory. Hoping Angelina will top this look at the 2011 awards ceremony on Feb. 27th.

I may not have been around to watch the 1970’s Oscars but after doing some research I couldn’t help but admire Elizabeth Taylor’s 69 carat pear-shaped diamond necklace. These days most actresses borrow their jewels from designers for the night but Mrs. Taylor pulled this stunner out of her personal jewelry box.

What are some of your favorite jewelry from past Oscar red carpets?

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