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Majorica Pearls

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May's favorite strand of white pearls

I’ve been honoring June’s birthstone – Pearls – this week by sharing information and photos of the gem along with offering a pearl promotion to our Twitter followers, Facebook Fans, and our MYJ members.  You probably have discovered by now that I have an extreme fondness and passion for pearls!

In high school, I received my first strand of white Majorica pearls from my parents and it was my father who gave me a lesson on the origin and quality of Majorica pearls.  My father emphasized over and over that it was a special strand of pearls and that it was only to be worn on special occasions. It was probably the most expensive piece of jewelry I owned at the time and truthfully, I wasn’t ever planning to wear the pearls except to please my father. Fast forward several years and I now love all types, sizes, colors, and shapes of pearls.

The Majorica pearl was first made on the Spanish Island of Majorca over a century ago and it has a close resemblance to natural pearls. Majorica pearls are man-made using a special iridescent glass bead as the pearl’s core. The glass bead is then coated on the surface with approximately 30 applied layers of a paste made of oil, fish scales, or mother-of–pearl.  The glass bead and natural layers replicate the surface and weight of a cultured pearl. The cost is a fraction of the price of a strand of cultured pearls.

Majorica pearls are a timeless fashion accessory that won’t break the bank!

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. – Author Unknown

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FAVORITE 5 – Graduation Gifts

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My FAVORITE 5 Gifts for 2010 Graduates:

Coach Grammercy Patent Mini Skinny Coin Purse and Key Chain: $42.00

MYJ’s Sterling Silver Hammered Bracelet with Dark Gray Freshwater Pearl: $70

Jonathan Adler Office Set: $93.87

Tiffany Blue Purse Pen: $95

Filofax Classic Personal Organizer: $110


Nautical Stripes

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Michael Stars – Long Sleeve Striped Cardigan

I was originally inspired with stripes 6 months ago after watching Coco Before Chanel starring the French film actress Audrey Tautou. In one of the scenes, she’s wearing a navy and white striped crewneck t-shirt, a classic and timeless print that captures the essence of Parisian style.

Although stripes are a hot and popular trend this season, the truth is that stripes are always in style. Many designers this year are offering nautical striped dresses, sweaters, cardigans, t-shirts, tanks, and scarves. You can easily pair your stripes with dark denim, white jeans, or a pair of khakis for an effortless and chic look that works from day to evening.

Stripes, whether black and white, navy and white, or red and white, are a simple and modern look. To accessorize your stripes, layer a strand of white pearls or a gold link chain to complete your timeless look!