It’s M’s birthday week! She’s turning 6. So this week’s blog posts are all about M, including things I want to give her for her birthday.
Yes, Jewelmer pearls are one of those things (I said things I want to give her so it doesn’t have to be right now. hahaha). I’m rationalizing buying jewelry for myself because someday I have an heirloom to give my daughters. Well, it’s true and a good practice, I may add. (Haha, don’t you agree Tanya?)
I was convinced of buying my girls Jewelmer because a while back, the SoMoms had a Pearl 101 talk at their Glorietta store. I had been putting off my purchase of South Sea pearls because I felt they were too expensive. After the talk though, I realized why they are expensive and why they’re worth it.
Some OC facts about Jewelmer pearls:
- The Jewelmer pearls are grown in their pearl farms in Palawan. A friend of ours actually showed us the farms in a trip a few years back. They are heavily-guarded above (and I think even below) water.
- Each oyster is grown painstakingly. They are “injected” (or is it fed?) with nacre from shells found in the Mississipi River.
- The oysters are kept in small cages and submerged in the deep sea. They are regularly rotated to make each oyster experience the environmental changes (currents, storms, sea life) “evenly”.
- They regularly get each oyster, bring it up to the surface, x-ray, and check whether the size of the pearl is at its optimum.
- They hire nerdy Japanese employees to work in their labs and do these things (I love it!! hahaha).
- It takes about 3-5 years to grow a single pearl. (That’s as old as M!!)
So now, I understand why Jewelmer pearls are priced as such. Some pearl shops in Greenhills claim their pearls are also South Sea and sell at 10,000 PHP up. My SIL bought a pair before. When she got back to Canada, she had them appraised. Only one was a real South Sea pearl.
Laetitia Meriguet, Jewelmer’s retail ambassador and our educator for the day, explained the different qualities of pearls. Apparently, the most expensive and valuable pearl (among cultured pearls) is the gold South Sea pearl (I always thought the white one was the most expensive and most valuable!!). This golden South Sea pearl can only be found in our part of the world (included are Australia and Indonesia). Jewelmer is the the biggest source of gold South Sea pearls in the world.
Pearls are living gems. You have to take care of them (like a real-life Tamagochi!). Laetitia gave us tips on South Sea pearls care:
- They should be the last things you put on before you leave and the first things you take off at night. Because pearls can be affected by chemicals, you shouldn’t be wearing them while putting on make-up or perfume.
- They need moisture. In your safe, put a small shot of water with it.
- Clean them with a soft cloth. Nothing else.
- Jewelmer pearl strands have knots after every pearl. Every so often, you can bring them back to Jewelmer to have the knots and strings checked.
Then we had a raffle where the winner would get a Jewelmer South Sea pearl gold pendant. Who won???
Yes, they all wanted to kill me (Especially Jackie because I stole her raffle mojo. Hahaha). I love the box Jewelmer comes in. It’s super sleek. And even the outer box is well-thought because it opens on one side for when you pull out the box.
I’ll have a chain made for it. It’s the perfect gift for M 24 years from now. In the meantime, it’s mine (heeheehee).
After the talk, I realized, Jewelmer pearls are probably the best investment a woman/ mom can make.
- They match any outfit and can make you look amazing even if you’re just wearing a white shirt and jeans.
- Why buy designer bags from Europe or the US? They can easily devalue through wear and tear (or possible mold). (Pearls are actually less expensive than some designer bags!)
- These Jewelmer South Sea pearls can only be found in the Philippine seas and they’re the most valuable pearls in the world. Buying a Jewelmer pearl actually supports the Philippine economy and promotes our country’s beauty.
- Jewelmer pearls are something my daughters would definitely love to have when they grow older. They are timeless and will look gorgeous, to any generation.
M, you will love me so much when you turn 30. I can just see your ears wearing them. Now, let me go to Jewelmer Glorietta again to find N something else…
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