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

Pearls Turned Into a Work of Art

Isn’t it amazing when designers take something so classic and turn it into a work of art? The latest arrivals at Ice do just that. Taking beautiful yet simple white button pearls and pair them with organic designs made from yellow gold plated sterling silver.

The organic design of this yellow gold pearl collection is so unique to each individual piece. The hammered jewelry trend I told you about a couple of months back is featured beautifully in this new pearl collection.

These new pearl pieces bring a fun, fresh twist to your beloved pearls. Half of this new collection features pieces with an intertwined design strewn with pearls (pictured below). Nature lovers will love the organic design of the brushed gold finish on these intricate pieces. I love that these pieces are classic meets modern but yet they look timeless that will be enjoyed for many more years to come.

Button Pearl Yellow Gold Cuff Bracelet

Would you wear this style of pearl jewelry?

Check out the new Pearl Collection here.

 

Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Guys are known for procrastinating, especially when it comes to buying gifts. So we’re here to make it easier for you and tell you what the most wished for jewelry pieces from our customers are. Let’s get started!

1. The classic whites: Women of all ages need at least the essentials in their jewelry collection. That is, diamond studs, diamond tennis bracelets, pearl necklaces and of course a stunning diamond ring. Select one of these and you will not disappoint.

2. Personalized: For the gal with all the essentials and looking for something to bring out her personality try a piece of jewelry with her birthstone. Consult our birthstone chart to find out which one is right for you. Other great gift ideas is an initial necklace, name necklace or customize a Persona Charm Bracelet for her.

3. Girly Girl: One of the hottest gemstones this year is Morganite. It’s a pretty peachy pink gemstone that looks incredible paired with rose gold. Our Facebook fans all agree that this is the must-have gem this year.

4. Timeless Beauty: Watches have made a huge comeback recently and the latest is trend is known as the boyfriend watch. These are large faced watches that look like men’s watches but are still dainty and pretty for women. Michael Kors is the king of this look.  We also carry fab styles from Fossil, Guess and many more designer watches.

5. Say it with Your Heart: Whether you’re interesting in giving a necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet, the number one style is always in the shape of a heart. Heart jewelry puts a smile to every women’s face, young or old, it never gets boring.

Hope this helps you out! Happy shopping!

 

Anne Hathaway Looking Classy in Lace

At the London premiere of One Day, Anne Hathaway pulled off yet another classic look in a lace capsleeve Alexander McQueen dress. It can be challenging to accessorize lace and most tend to go the safe route with pearls. Which looks great of course but I love Anne’s choice of using bold bangles to compliment her look.

She used bangles in gold hues which also matched nicely with her McQueen tan pumps and ivory & gold clutch. Her diamond stud earrings helped add a little sparkle to the look. Anne’s studs are quite large, so if you’re not ready to make the financial plunge to diamonds you can always replicate the look with CZs.

I have to say, Anne always manages to put together classy looks which is a nice change to see in such a young actress. Props to you Anne!

Have you seen her new movie One Day? We’ve put together a collection of jewelry inspired by the movie for you to check out AND it’s 20% off!

Beat the Heat with Beaded Accessories

We shouldn’t complain about the heat in the warm summer months but sometimes we just can’t help it but whine over the boiling hot temperatures. The best we can do is wear tank tops and shorts to avoid over-heating with clothes but what about your accessories? You still want to look fashionable but avoid heavy metals that will attract the heat.

Ice.com recently added a fabulous collection of beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will fit perfectly with your summer wardrobe. These pieces are available in shimmery summer gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and Pearls. They make the perfect summer accessory not only because they look beautiful but they are lightweight making them super comfortable for those hot sticky days.

Have a look daily at all the latest products at Ice.com.

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.

The Basics of Pearls: Wearing and Caring

Take care of your pearls to keep them looking great for years.While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, pearls aren’t far behind – they are elegant, refined and timeless enough to instantly elevate any look. However, many women may not be aware of the best ways to wear and care for their pearls.

The natural oils on your skin are good for pearls, and will help them maintain their luster. However, if you are wearing a necklace, don’t wear perfume or makeup on your neck, as the substances could harm and discolor the pearls.

Additionally, think twice before sporting strands of pearls in warm weather – your skin’s oils may be beneficial to the pretty pieces, but sweat, which is naturally acidic, is not good for them.

If you notice that your pearls look dull or dirty, you can easily clean the jewelry as long as you’re careful. Wash the pieces in distilled water, using a mild baby soap and a soft, natural-bristle brush. Then rinse the pearls in distilled water, pat them dry with a soft cloth and lay the items out until the string is completely dry.

For extra shine, pearls can be rubbed with a bit of olive oil after cleaning. To keep them looking lustrous between washes, gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wearing.

Coco Chanel: Style Icon

Coco Chanel would certainly approve of a classic diamond bracelet.Retro fashions are more popular than ever, but if you’re going to attempt a classic look, take the advice of Coco Chanel, the epitome of elegance.

While Coco cautioned not to over-accessorize, women shouldn’t forget the importance of a few well-thought-out pieces. In fact, she regularly wore pearls, glittering gem brooches, and diamond bracelets herself.

“One could hardly ever see the designer without a string of pearls, beads from rubies, emeralds and semiprecious stones, cameo brooch, beret or a hat she liked to wear nearly on her eyebrows,” writes MillionLooks.com

After you’ve selected the ideal bling, don’t forget the perfume! Your signature scent is nearly as important as your favorite statement piece. Opt for a lighter, citrus scent in the summer and a warmer, deeper fragrance in the winter.

Finally, pick a style and stick with it. Chanel was famous for her sleek lines and simple palette, so adopt a fashion philosophy of your own that is both chic and timeless.

A Unique Approach to Pearls

A Unique Approach to PearlsPearls are classic, but they’re also current and hip. Here’s how to elevate them from timeless to timely.

1. Pair them with silver. After you’ve thrown on your leather coat and are finishing off the look, stack on silver bangles which will offer a sexy contrast to the feminine strand of pearls around your neck. The juxtaposition of the metal against the pearls offers an updated twist to your appearance.

2. Layer your pearls. The more the merrier in this case. Instead of one sweet pearl necklace, pile them on and be sure to choose strands of different lengths. By layering different lengths, sizes and colors, you create an interesting look that says you’re a girly girl with some edge.

3. Wear them with casual threads. Most women use pearls to dress up an ensemble, but they can go with low-key items too. Throw on a pair of jeans and your favorite knee high boots and top off the look with a pair of pearl studs or a long pearl necklace.

3 Ways To Accessorize Sequined Outfits

Caption: A silver bracelet will add shine without competing with sparkling sequins.It’s almost the end of the year and as women begin to look for party dresses to wear on New Year’s Eve, there is one feature that many frocks will have in common – sequins! Glittery getups are all the rage for these midnight celebrations, but they might cause a confusing conundrum – what jewelry should you pair with an already sparkling ensemble?

Picking out pieces for your sequined dress doesn’t have to be difficult – just choose one of these three simple suggestions.

1. Less is more. A little bling goes a long way when your gown already glitters. Stick to one piece of jewelry, such as a gorgeous cocktail ring or a great pair of earrings, and you’ll be ready to greet the new year in style.

2. Opt for metals over gemstones. You won’t need more flash before you head out the door. The sequins will be sparkly enough, so skip the gems. A silver cuff or gold bangles can add shine without looking over-the-top.

3. Pearls can add polish. While pearls are often thought of as more demure accessories, the pieces are actually perfect for a sequined creation. The sophistication of pearls coupled with the edge of sequins creates a balanced look that’s both glamorous and elegant.