We started fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2014 by launching our Single Pearl Necklaces and I am so excited to launch our newest fundraiser, the Light the Neck Necklace.
Light the Night raises funds in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The mission of LLS is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk is a wonderful fundraising event about Hope, Remembrance, and Support of lives touched by cancer. It’s an event about communities coming together as one to find cancer cures. And the Light the Night Walk is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s major fundraising event of the year. During the walk (which is held at night), Walkers carry illuminated lanterns – White for survivors, Red for supporters and Gold in memory of loved ones lost to a blood cancer. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds to support the mission. During the Walk, walkers carry illuminated lanterns in three colors: white lanterns are carried by survivors; red lanterns by supporters; gold lanterns are carried by those walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
In honor of these colors, we are offering the Light the Neck Necklace in these colors, too. You can also choose a color simply because it resonates well with you. We are also offering this necklace in black.
I have been drawn to this fundraiser by an amazing and inspiring woman, Terri Staroska. In 2014 Terri and I met and created the fundraiser for LLS. She was an independent fundraiser then, inspired to raise money for Nashville’s woman of the year.
After being involved with the charity for a couple of years, she felt a calling to join them in finding a cure for blood cancer, and today, she is the State of Tennessee Director for the Light The Night Campaign. She continues to inspire me to give, not only to her wonderful organization which does so much but also to support a strong woman who is an advocate for so many. This is truly my work in this world, to support others and their great work.
And I am so proud that The Pearl Girls can do our part to give to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the few charities who give money directly to patients to help them pay for medication, treatment, and travel costs associated with treating their cancer.
Last year, just in Tennessee:
23 patients were given $5,750 in Travel Assistance Funds. This money helps patients in our Rural Tennessee Counties with transportation costs to and from their chemotherapy treatments and doctor’s appointments.
• We were able to help patients offset the cost of expensive cancer medications by providing Tennessee patients with insurance co-pay assistance. 359 patients in Tennessee received Co-Pay Assistance totaling $1,083,334.58 and 835 patients received Financial Aid totaling $83,500.
All of this was made possible by donations and by money raised by our Light The Night Walkers.
Thank you for joining me in doing our small part for Light the Night.
Let’s Light the Neck!
I recently got this email from a customer interested in repairing her pearl and jade necklace. This is a very common question… “Can you do this…” More often than not, the answer is, “YES!” but keep the questions coming! And thank you for trusting us with your beautiful jewelry!!
Hi, I have a very nice pearl and jade necklace that needs to be repaired and possibly restrung. On one side the string has broken off from the clasp. Although there is only one strand, the clasp is for 2 strands. This is how I received it, I don’t know if it once had 2 strands or if it was always just one strand. The one strand that is there is very long—about 33″ right now. It is a very nice quality piece, the clasp is solid 14K white gold with genuine pearls and genuine diamonds. The pearls and jade beads on the strand are also genuine. I would like to be able to wear it, so I thought I would send some photos of it to you to see what you thought in terms of making it wearable again. Thank you very much.
What a beautiful necklace! And yes, with this type of clasp it was definitely once a double strand necklace and I believe you have enough length to make it a double strand again! The length will work out to be about a 16″ and 17″ necklace. It is possible that the previous owner broke the necklace and decided to do something different with it. The clasp is absolutely beautiful and I personally prefer to keep clasps that match their uses. I once had an overseas supplier who made double strand bracelets with triple strand clasps. I was horrified! Little oversights like that make a huge difference (now that we make everything in-house, we do not have to worry about those sorts of inconsistencies anymore!). I say keep the clasp and make it into a double strand necklace or we could change it to a double strand bracelet (which would also be beautiful) and create something new with the remaining beads and pearls.
If the 16″ and 17″ strands would be too short for you, we can get creative! We can add more pearls or beads to lengthen the strand for you. Also, it appears that this pearl and jade necklace is not knotted between each pearl and bead. By adding knots we will automatically add a small bit of length to the necklace. This will also protect the necklace from wear and tear and help you not to lose any beads if it breaks! This might add just enough to make this strand more wearable, too! Let’s chat on the phone about possibilities and it you want to get the necklace to us, we can also see a lot more just looking at it upclose. Click here to order a Jewelry Return Kit or simply mail the pearl and jade necklace directly to us at our Hawthorne St. address! Thanks so much for reaching out!! We look forward to repairing this necklace for you!!
Watch the growth of an akoya oyster from 1 day old to 2 years old! This little oyster is all grown up!!!
***I filmed this in Japan!***
What is the true color of akoya pearls? Many people have gotten caught up in the online videos of opening oysters for pearls. There has long been a trade of companies seeding akoya oysters with pearls so the oyster can be reopened to find a pearl. I just admit, I totally get it! I fly all over the world to harvest pearls and I love the thrill of going to pearl farms and opening oysters for pearls. What fun! But many of you are confused because these akoya pearls have colored pearls in them… why? That is a great question! Here is a look at a true akoya pearl harvest:
I just got a question and I wanted to post it here for many of you who might be confused about the different types of pearls. The question was, “Are your pearls FRESH WATER, SALT WATER OR CULTURED PEARLS?” That is such a great question which highlights a lot of the different info that floats around about pearls!
Okay, this is a big change from my usual pearl posts but I feel like I need to talk about something important for the University of Georgia football fans and all of our rivals coming to Athens, GA for a football game: How To Spot A Fake UGA Football Ticket.
This weekend I decided to take my two sweet boys to the UGA / Tennessee game in Athens. I only had two tickets. So, I decided to trade them in with cash for 3 tickets with seats together. Big mistake! Next time, my four year old can stay on my lap!
Anyway, the first road-side seller was standing outside the Varsity. She wanted to buy tickets but did not have any to sell. She warned me: Beware of Counterfeit Tickets! She told me to make sure I compared the tickets I was purchasing with my tickets to make sure they were the same. “No problem,” I told her, convinced I would not fall for a fake ticket. One block later I happened to find a guy with exactly three tickets that I could trade for my two and some cash. Done and done! (in hindsight… this guy was PSYCHED!!) So, I had already forgotten my one-block-earlier warning. I got exactly what I wanted! The boys and I were thrilled. Well, the boys were thrilled because I said they could watch a t.v. show before we left for the game. But, you get the gist, for one reason or another we were all happy!
So, back at home, three hours before kick off, I started getting worried. What if I DID actually buy counterfeit tickets. So, what did I do? What I always do when I get stressed… I called my Mom. She is the wisest woman I know and she said, “You walk in that stadium with your head up and plan on seeing that game.” It sounded good to me.
So, off we went to the stadium and in we went to the game, things were looking up! We got to our marvelous seats, got settled and got ready for kickoff when I heard a man say, “What are you doing in John’s seats?” Uh oh? John? “Yeah, you are in John’s seats.” “Well,” I said, “Is there any chance John sold his tickets to that man on Milledge Ave?” “Hmmm… well, he wasn’t planning on coming so maybe!” Hey, that was a good sign and what friendly people I would be watching the game with! So, we see kick off, I am celebrating, the boys are eating nachos and popcorn and all is great with the world. That is, until, I get a tap on my left shoulder, “Hey, which seats are yours?” “17, 18 and 19,” I reply, head held high (Mamma would be so proud). “Section 106?” “That’s right!” I say, smiling. “Weird! Those are our seat numbers too.” My head falls a bit. “I think my tickets are counterfeit,” I replied. Everyone feels so bad and the boys and I march off to another seat. About 20 rows north, we find some great seats and park ourselves there. Their occupants (who showed up way too early to the game, if you ask me) were a little less sympathetic to our plight. And on and on it went and we ping-ponged from seat to seat throughout the game.
If you can imagine, even the 600 section … waaaaay up high…. was even packed! We spent a lot of the game watching the screens outside of the concession stands… which means the boys ate a lot of food!!! I still had a ball and my six year old proclaimed it was the “best day ever” due to both the game and the nachos! But, since it was a major bummer not to have seats, I feel it is my duty to help others identify fake football tickets! So, here it is: How To Spot A Fake UGA Football Ticket. Don’t get caught without a seat or, worse, do not get shut out of the game!!
Here is what a real UGA football ticket looks like:
And here is the fake UGA football ticket:
The look amazingly similar. Both have serrated edges where they were ripped off the bigger sheet of season tickets. Both have the player images (note:these images are different since they are tickets to two different games), bar codes, seat numbers, etc. So, those details will not give it away. I will say, the image of the player was not as sharp on my ticket as it was on the original ticket but I have noticed on some of the games the images do look grainier and grittier so the image alone will not give it away.
The back of the ticket has a Farm Bureau ad. I will say on the fake ticket the farm bureau logo was lighter in color. Again, not a huge give-away…
The fake one: The real one:
The giveaway is the the GEORGIA hologram. Look at this REAL ticket:
I am going to tell you, the fake one looks good however the REAL one has the words University of Georgia written in the GEORGIA letters where the fake one merely has geometric shapes. This is very noticeable if you look for it. Standing in line to get into the stadium, those holograms were bright and shiny and those small University of Georgia letters were very noticeable. In hindsight, my GEORGIA hologram was not as shiny. But, holding up traffic Milledge Ave on Gameday did not make me inclined to inspect the tickets thoroughly. But, I hope you don’t make the same mistake!
Look at this REAL UGA hologram for the 2016 football season tickets:
I know it might be hard to see but notice the tiny writing in the silver GEORGIA? Compare that to this FAKE GEORGIA hologram:
So, I believe, the number one way to spot a fake UGA football ticket is to look at the Georgia hologram and make sure it has the small University of Georgia letters within in.
Good luck! If you come to Athens, GA, make sure you stop by The Pearl Girls shop at 548 Hawthorne Ave to say hello and to see our beautiful pearls. Remember all of our pearls are hand-selected from our worldwide travels and all of the jewelry is made in the USA, right here in Athens, GA! And we do repairs and reknots too! Go Dawgs!!
I am hoping you can tell me something about the pearls in the attached photograph.
My mother recently passed away at age 90. She had this pearl necklace before I was born when she was 20. I am not trying to determine the monetary value of this necklace, just maybe something about this type of pearl. The necklace is about 62″ long. Sterling silver chain, no clasp. The pearls look very rough. Yet they seem to have never lost their lustre. The necklace had been kept put away in a jewelry box for probably the last 20 years. I remember her telling me that it was of great value to her. For me, the value is sentimental. I would like to take this piece to a jeweler to have the silver cleaned and polished and to probably have the pearls cleaned too, if that is something that you would recommend. I have someone I can trust to do that for me. However, before doing that I am wondering if you might know anything about the pearls shown.
I wear this piece occasionally. It is one of several older pieces of jewelry that my mother owned that bring back very fond memories for me. I am a June baby and pearls are my birthstone. I have a very nice cultured pearl choker that my mother’s mother gave me for my high school graduation. I keep it tucked away and wear it on very special occasions. While I save my cultured pearl necklace for special occasions, I find that the necklace shown is something that I choose to wear more often, at least at the moment. It is definitely a sentimental thing. I also have some freshwater pearl jewelry, necklaces and bracelets with small almost bed like pearls and a pair of dangle earrings. They are something that has been purchased or given to me as a gift in the last 20 or 30 years.
Learning something about these pearls or even this style of necklace would be fun for me. Unfortunately, the photo I have submitted is about as good as I can get with my cell phone. If you need something that is more close up, I can see about having someone take a picture with a good camera with zoom lens.
I am interested to learn what you might know about this piece. I may be wrong, but I think it is very unique and I have never seen one like it before and have searched the internet looking for something similar. Is it unusual? Have you seen other pieces like this?
This is my favorite piece of pearl jewelry.
Thanks so much for reaching out to us! I am so happy you found us online! What are these pearls?
Unfortunately, I do not have much info for you! I have seen pearls like this in the past, same size and shape and they had maintained their luster but they were imitation pearls. I feel like I want to jump to that conclusion in this case but it is just impossible to say without touching them or seeing them in a better image. So, do some investigating…. put your teeth on them, do they feel gritty when you rub your teeth on them? Sometimes I know if might be tough when the pearls are bumpy so the other idea is to go by weight. Do they feel heavy or light? Although not all imitation pearls are lightweight, it is a good indicator that when they are super light, they are most likely fake.
Now, if they are real, I would love to do some digging. Do you have any info about where she got the pearls or from whom?
Thanks for reaching out! Let’s keep chatting!
Good morning. Thanks for getting back to me. I did rub them on my teeth (forgot from years ago that this was one thing to try) and they do have a rough feel to them. That being said, my mother who passed away in June at the age of 90 told me years ago that these were a gift from her father and that they were real. I know this may or may not be true.
My grandfather died in 1968 at the age of 88. He was the youngest of 7 children born to Scottish immigrants. My grandfather was the only child to be born in the U.S. He was born I believe in New Jersey, but for most of his younger life lived in Colorado. My grandfather was a chemist by education and later became a salesman for I think it was BF Goodrich. As a salesman he traveled quite a bit. So it is anybody’s guess where these might have come from.
I wish there were some way for my to track this down, but quite frankly my mother was the oldest of 4 children. All but the youngest have passed away. So for me, the origin of these may remain one of the great mysteries of life. As I said in my previous email, I am not so much worried about the monetary value as just trying to figure out when and where they may have come from. One thing that is interesting to note is that the chain has no clasp. I wondered if that was something that might be more indicative of the age?