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Avant-Garde Pearl Ring, 14k Gold

Calling All June Babies! Pearl Jewelry Wrapped in Gold

JUNE BIRTHSTONE: PEARL

Pearls are both classic and contemporary, making them the perfect addition to your chic summer wardrobe. For those born in June, pearls capture the youthful innocence that summer brings. June babies will benefit from the authentic energy that pearls captivate. Pearls will help June babies continue to foster personal growth and integrity.*

PEARL JEWELRY GIFTS

The beautiful luster of the pearl instantly adds a touch of class to any jewelry collection.  Pearl earrings are a classic choice for bridal jewelry.  Pairing a pearl necklace or bracelet with a wedding gown completes the look on that special day.  Pearls are timeless and ageless.  From a girl coming of age, an expectant mother or a gift for grandma, you can never go wrong with the pearl.  Because of the loving qualities and the softness of the color, they make an excellent anniversary gift or wedding gift for your blushing bride.

Take a look at my website for a diverse selection of earrings, pendants, and rings for bridal wear, June babies, and pearl lovers for an assortment of pearl jewelry choices .  There is something for everyone, for any occasion.   This June, treat yourself to your birthstone wrapped in a pretty gold setting or simply forward along to your loved ones to buy you something special.  They’ll get the hint 🙂

Psst…these earrings are chic, fun and a great price!

Pearl Threader Earrings, 14k Gold

Pearl Threader Earrings, 14k Gold

THE HISTORY OF PEARLS

Ancient legend believed pearls to be the tears of the gods above. Chinese myths believed that pearls would fall from the sky when dragons fought. Pearls were beloved during the Victorian period, where they were used heavily in jewelry.

Unlike most gemstones that are found within the Earth, pearls have an organic origin. Originally, they are created inside the shells of certain species of oysters and clams. It is rare today, but some pearls are found naturally in mollusks that inhabit the sea or freshwater settings like rivers. Today, many pearls are cultured-raised in oyster farms that sustain a thriving pearl industry.  It is now a law that sellers must state that if their pearls are cultured or natural.  This gets a bit tricky because everyone wants to hear that their pearls are “natural” but due to the industry, it is just not possible today that you will find such gemstones.  Each one is still unique, yet has been grown for purchase.   Pearls are made mostly of aragonite, a relatively soft carbonate mineral  that also makes up the shells of mollusks.**

14k Gold Garland Pearl Stud Earrings

14k Gold Garland Pearl Stud Earrings

If you haven’t read my article yet on caring for your pearls, I would recommend it.  Pearls are quite delicate and should be handled with care.  Read the article here.

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Hanging Pearl Earrings with Silver Base and 14k Gold Clasp

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Antique Pearl Pendant Necklace 14k Gold

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Neta Wolpe Moroccan Jewelry Inspiration

Inspiration From Morocco- Neta Wolpe Jewelry

Ten days of inspiration was just what the doctor ordered.  Taking some time out of my busy life of running a business, designing, producing, and working with individual clients to get inspired.  What better place to go than MOROCCO?  Embarking on a ten day journey through the mountains, the dessert lands, tiny villages, meeting along the way a variety of trades-men and women.  From copper filigree work, to ceramic mosaics, hand painted pottery to looms, inspiration was everywhere.  While it may take some time to create a full collection of Moroccan-inspired pieces, I have chosen a few pieces to feature this month that embody the feeling of Morocco.  See those pieces on my main website.

Neta Wolpe Moroccan Jewelry

New Moroccan Inspired Gold Jewelry

Upon my arrival, I wrote to the staff at the studio the following:

Arriving in Paz seems so different but familiar. The local Berber culture is still alive, as the original inhabitants of Morocco and since then have there has been a mixture over the years of various Arab tribes as well as some Spanish people. The Berber people however go back thousands of years of living on the land. It feels like strong roots and a sense of tribalism along with a deep connection to nature. Shepherds of various ages and a spectrum of colors fill the landscape along with loads of donkeys. Despite the intensity of the smells and array of colors, everything is clean and pure.”

There are so many different ways that the people express themselves; in carpets, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting, carving, and calligraphy.  They even hold an international art festival once a year to showcase all their talent.  Berbers are the indigenous people and still make up the bulk of the population, although they have been largely Arabized. Apparently, Morocco is home to more than 20,000 sub-Saharan African immigrants.  Morocco’s once prominent Jewish minority has decreased significantly since its peak of 265,000 in 1948, declining to around 5,500 today.   There is a prominent Moroccan community currently living in Israel.  Suddenly being there, I could feel and see how the influences are around me every day in my daily life and how much our cultures overlap.

In ten days, I  visited the following places; Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouene, Meknes, Fes, Volubils, Moulay idris, Ifran, Midelt, Erfoud, Rissani, Merzuuga, Dades, and Marrakech.

So now, back from  Morocco and the jewelry is in my veins! See the Morocco inspired additions now online. You will find and assortment of bangles, earrings, and rings, all with an oriental flair. While I create a new collection a few times a year, I try to integrates new pieces constantly, especially when the inspiration hits! Some of my favorite pieces are ones that I create for individual clients or find a special inspiration like I did in Morocco.

Photos and videos that I took of local artists that caught my eye

Handcrafted Moroccan Woven Baskets

Handcrafted Moroccan Woven Baskets

Hand Painted Moroccan Bowls

Hand Painted Moroccan Bowls

Hand Hammered Filigree Copper Tray

Hand Hammered Filigree Copper Tray

Pottery Studio in Morocco

Pottery Studio in Morocco

New Moroccan Inspired Jewelry On Sale Now