Pristine Pearls: 3 Reasons Why These Gems Are the Perfect Way to Pay Tribute to Mum This Mother’s Day!

Is your search for a perfect Mother’s Day gift in full swing? Feel free to stop and have a read. We have highlighted the top 3 reasons to stop what you are doing and grab the perfect pearls for the perfect parent right now!

First and foremost, to understand the beauty of a pearl you have to understand the science. Known as one of nature’s most spectacular creations, it is said that pearls find their beauty when the water merges with the moonlight. To get the perfect pearl, an oyster must be nurtured in the most pristine conditions for up to four years. When that stunning stone is ready harvesters use patience, precision and poise to gently extract that pearl from the oyster and ensure it can keep on producing. In several cases, a pearl necklace is made from pearls harvested from the same oyster.

The second reason to put your search to a stop is the most substantial. Creating the most amazing gifts for a loved one DOES NOT need to cost one million dollars! We are human, we love to pamper people and most of us get great fulfillment from being generous. It’s entirely possible to get the most glorious pearl jewellery without mortgaging your house or selling a limb. You don’t need to search very hard to find the most dazzling deal, I PROMISE!

And in typical fashion, the last reason is the MOST IMPORTANT. If you love the Mother in your life and think the world of her, there is no better way to show her. To pull this off and make it special, you’ll gift your Mother the most exquisite set of pearls, paired beautifully with a handwritten note that details how grateful you are all without blowing the budget! It really is the perfect way to pay tribute to Mum.

Your search for the greatest gift ever is finally over, you have an opportunity to browse a wonderful range of high quality, handpicked pearl jewellery and create a magnificent moment that will last a life time. We are firm believers in pearls for all! Be it all occasions or all people it quite simply doesn’t matter. Mother’s Day is no exception, make sure Mum feels the love this year and let us help you secure the sweetest gift possible!

Natural vs. Cultured Pearls

Natural vs. Cultured Pearls

When choosing pearls, there are two types often people will consider – natural vs. cultured pearls. Without doing extensive research, people are often confused about the differences. Often customers wonder are cultured pearls ‘real’, how they are different, which ones are better and how to choose. First, cultured pearls are natural pearls; the only difference is the way they are formed. Secondly, both natural and cultured pearls are valuable gemstones. Today, cultured pearls are some of the most popular jewellery options for people, known for their elegance and beauty.

Natural pearls are formed when a tiny irritant such as sand, or dust from surrounding water is trapped inside the shell of an oyster. As a defence mechanism, the oyster would protect itself and produce layers of secretions. This process is what develops into natural pearls.

Historically, only the extreme rich were able to afford pearls. To collect them, divers would plunge into deep waters and scouring the ocean floor, often risking their lives without a guarantee they would find anything. Sometimes one would open 10,000 oysters to find one decent natural pearl, which explains the price tag attached to these pieces.

Luckily, in 1893, a Japanese man – Kokichi Mikimoto discovered a way to mimic the natural behaviour of Oysters by injecting irritants directly into the soft tissue, triggering the natural process. From there, pearls are formed, the same way they would in the wild. Pearl farmers could now produce different pearl colour, sizes and shapes; and also create ones with different overtones, surface quality and lustre; all factors that affect the value of a pearl. This offers customers an affordable option while maintaining the same beauty and elegance of their natural counterpart.

Today, cultured pearls are categorized into four main types – Akoya Pearls, Freshwater Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Seal Pearls – each with their unique characteristics. VAYO offers an extensive collection of fine cultured pearls in a variety of styles and options for you to choose from.

Choosing the right pearls

How to choose the right pearl? Is it like buying diamonds? Are there rules I should follow to choose the right one for me? Where should I buy it? How much should I pay? All of these are excellent question to ask before diving in and investing hundreds or thousands of dollars into a Jewellery piece you’ll have for years to come. Maybe there is already a picture you have in mind of the style, or you have a style but after browsing the Internet for hours and looking at thousands of options, you’re still stuck with what to pick.

First, what type of pearl should you choose? There are four main types of pearls to choose from: Akoya Pearls, Freshwater Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls. Each of these types has their own unique beauty, size, colour and budget. If you’re after the classic white pearl, you’ll probably find yourself looking at Akoya pearls. Akoya pearls are the first type of cultured pearls ever farmed, known for their perfectly round shapes and fine reflective luster. If you’re after something a bit more exotic, Tahitian pearls are a good choose. Often referred to as black pearls, the colour ranges include silver, grey, green, blue and purple. They also come in a variety of different shapes – round, near round, baroque and circle. If you’re after larger pearls, is the Rolls Royce of pearls – South Sea Pearls. These pearls are also on the higher end budget wise. These saltwater pearls take two to four years to form, and have beautiful, unique luster with gorgeous colours – from white, silver to cream, gold and champagne. If you like to stay within a budget, Freshwater pearls are a good option. Freshwater pearls are quite possibly the most versatile of all pearls. They come in a wide range of colours, sizes and shapes and sometimes indistinguishable from their more expensive counterparts.

Secondly, you should think about the size and style of your pearl choice. Are you looking for something subtle and demure, or bold and eye-catching? The most popular sizes on the market are within the 7.0-9.5mm range, which are considered the most traditional and versatile pearl sizes to buy. However like most gemstones, the larger the pearls get, the more valuable they are.

Lastly, understand the pearl value factors will give the most bang for your buck. The main deciding pearl grading factors are: luster, surface quality, symmetry of shape, colour, size, origin and matching. Understanding these means you won’t end up with an overpriced piece of Jewellery. At VAYO, each pearl sold is picked carefully and checked, graded for its quality, which means you always get value for money.

Pearls Making A Fashion Comeback

Pearls have long been a staple for those with a more classic aesthetic, from the famous strands of pearls on Audrey Hepburn’s neck in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the stunning jewels Royalty adorned in their hair and crowns. Wearing pearls always signifies a level of sophistication and elegance.

In recent years, pearls are making a fashion comeback into the mainstream and the crowds love it. For the keen observer, the resurgence kicked off in the Spring/Summer 2018 runways last year where designer labels such as Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen introduced these on the necks of runway models; or incorporated into their fashion pieces. Jumping on the bandwagon are fast fashion brands like Zara, followed by Instagram influencers all posting their on-trend pearls additions.

Thanks to Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, it’s now an important part of fashion trends for 2019. More and more designers are incorporating pearls into their pieces with pearl-encrusted clothing, shoes, handbags and more importantly, jewellery. The 2019 pearl fashion trends to look forward to:

Pearl Chokers
The rock n’ roll string chokers are making a come back this year, but all grown up. Many designs at the New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2019 have added some milky white pearls to their black, leathery traditional chockers.

Giant Hoops
Giant gold hoops, a trend made popular by rap videos from the early 2000s are getting a classic makeover. Gold hoops with a glistening sphere of different colours make it a perfect addition to both formal and casual outfits.

The classic pearl necklace
The classic pearl necklace is making a call-back into the fashion-house Chanel. Pearls have long played a significant part in Coco’s original designs, stitching pearls into headbands and collars.

No matter what the trend is for 2019, or what your personal preference is for jewellery. VAYO offers a wide range of stunning jewels for you to choose from to make your statement this fashion season.

Mother is special!

One problem that often arises on Mother’s Day is which Mom, of all the Moms you know, do you spend the day with? You’ve got your Mom, Mother-in-law, wife and sister, and don’t you dare forget grandma. You want to make each and every one feel special. Mother’s Day should be a joyous
occasion for families, and we don’t want you left stressing this year on what to get for that special lady. This mother’s day, be the one; Mark the newest addition to Mum’s family with a gift of jewellery. An original gift for Mother’s Day, but one so precious she can carry forever. Also you
have to look no further, a new collection pays tribute to the beauty and uniqueness of women through delicate jewellery designs – you could be making this Mother’s Day memorable. All women love to show off some sparkle, now it’s your turn to show mum how much you care with our stylish Mother’s Day jewellery. We have long lasting jewellery gifts she’ll treasure!  For the special place that she has in your life, a gold or diamond jewellery as a gift on Mother’s day would be the best that
complements and shows her how much you truly are sorry for those early morning wake ups!

EASTER GIFTS? GET MORE

Are you tired of buying Easter eggs? Do you want to buy something this Easter that is more special? Well we have something just in mind, how more then to show someone you appreciate them with a eloquent piece of jewellery. Easter symbolizes love for one and other normally in egg form, why not try something a little different this year; after all you will not disappoint anyone in chocolate choice. You sparkle the most when dressed in jewellery, have you ever seen anyone sparkling from chocolate? Good things come in small packages, especially when its jewellery. So remember this Easter when you’re getting pushed and weaved through the shops, you can be at home just shopping for jewellery, much easier and satisfying. Jewellery is like ice-cream but better, always room for more.

Pearls for Valentines

Pearls for Valentine’s Day: Why Pearl Jewellery is a Perfect Gift

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day when we celebrate love and make sure we say, “I love you” to people who matter. People express love in different ways: some use words, others believe in spending quality time together. Many people cook a meal with love and clean the bathroom with love, and although those acts of service do not seem romantic or special, they can truly express love, too.

Holding hands, hugs and kisses are important to people who can’t express love without physical touch. Some people find talking about love difficult, and – if they didn’t grow up in a touchy-feely family – they don’t express affection or appreciation with hugs either.

Rather than say, “I love you” or “I’m so proud of you”, a shy person who doesn’t open up easily may buy a gift instead.

If that’s how you feel? Than you know that getting the perfect present for your loved one is not that easy either.

You can always buy flowers, chocolates or a bottle of perfume for the special woman in your life. But if you want to buy a gift will last, there are some better choices.

Think about the person you’re buying the Valentines present for. Whether they’re creative, adventurous, keen gardeners or food lovers you can pick up a thoughtful gift that will make them happy.

A word of warning though: the more passionate they are about their hobby, the bigger the chance that – unless you know exactly what they love – you can make a big mistake choosing your gift. Have you ever bought an award-wining cookbook published by a celebrity chef just to learn that you spouse thinks he’s a cocky, arrogant creep who can’t even cook?

If you’re not sure if you should choose something quirky, clever, whimsical or surprising why don’t you just set for a timeless gift that is sure to please any woman?

If you’re thinking of buying jewellery pearls may be the best way to show that the lady who you bought them for is a treasure in your life.

Why pearls?

Pearls are versatile, classy and never go out of style.

Jackie Kennedy used to say that pearls are always appropriate. We agree. They can look sophisticated and modern at the same time. Pearls can be worn with many different outfits, from casual to formal, and always look right. -.

Additionally, because of their neutral colours, pearls are easy to match to almost any skin tone and colours you wear.

And yes, pearl jewellery is so versatile! You can buy a similar strand of pearls for three different women and see them all wear it in a different way – classy and understated or artfully layered for a more dramatic effect.

If you need some inspiration, search google for celebrities wearing pearls. You’ll find many images of iconic women, from Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Obama to Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

This timeless trend proves that pearls are not your grandmother’s pearls anymore.

They are affordable

Pearls don’t have to cost a fortune. You don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a piece that will make you woman look and feel glamorous.

The value of pearl jewellery can vary quite dramatically depending of the size of the pearls type, surface quality and other factors. It also depends on where you buy the pearls from as some companies offer awesome quality and great deals.

If you’re on a budget, you can choose a shorter strand of pearls instead of a long or multistrand one and still get high-quality jewellery that with proper care will last forever.

Pearls are a symbol of love, loyalty and beauty

In some cultures, pearls carry a lot of symbolic meaning or even hold sacred. They’re also symbolise wealth, prosperity, good luck and protection.

Pearls are beautiful and mysterious. Buy these delightful purple pearl earrings for your daughter or this graceful necklace for your wife, and you will surely make them happy. You will also a touch of magic and glamour to their everyday life.

Browse our shop to find affordable yet quality pearl jewellery every woman will love.

Men’s Pearl Jewellery

When you think of pearls, what image comes to your mind? Most likely, it is a picture of a gorgeous, classy woman wearing a long strand of pearls with a strapless – or a little black – dress.  Or maybe a woman wearing a single short strand of pearls, a modern choker, a pendant or a pair of pearl earrings at the office, while running errands, or having lunch with her girlfriends.

But a real man wearing pearls? Unless he is a pirate – not very likely, right?

Well, just the opposite. Pearls can look awesome on man, and there are many photos that can prove it. Just google “men wear pearls” and check it out. You may be surprised to see your favourite actors wearing pearl earrings or pearl bracelets. The colours and styles are often so subtle that we may not even notice they are wearing any jewellery at all.

Many celebrity men wear pearls – and they look darn sexy wearing them, too! Some simply love wearing jewellery and choose quality pearls as a symbol of wealth, beauty, and sophistication.

Sometimes it is more than a fashion statement.

In 2018 you could see actors and other celebrities, including Tom Hanks and Sterling K. Brown, wearing pearl pins during the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes to support Time’s Up movement that’s focused on combating sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace.

Wearing the pin on the red carpet comes with a pledge:

“I am actively looking for projects directed, produced, written by and starring women, as well as other marginalized voices. I believe our industry culture will only heal when there are new, diverse voices in power. I wear this pin because I don’t want to stand by; I want to stand up for change.”

Men’s pearl jewellery combines classic elegance, modern, urban design. Those more daring, exuberant styles, like wearing several long strands of pearls with a Chanel jacket, may not suit every man, every occasion and every lifestyle. The simpler, understated styles are much safer. Whether your man is kind, considerate and polished – a true gentleman – or a bit of a rascal, he can wear a simple, leather bracelet with one feature pearl, and still look great even in a business environment.

Pearl jewellery has a lot of feminine energy that can be balanced by masculine style. If you are not convinced check the latest trends – and then trust your intuition. If you are looking for a special gift for your man, consider a simple pearl bracelet. It is trendy and versatile, and unless your man does not wear any jewellery at all there is a big chance, he will soon wear it all the time.