So many things are going to be changing this month. The snow is withering away, the days are getting longer and spring officially begins on the 20th. Maybe there has been a new relationship blossoming in your life that you’re ready to take to the next level, or perhaps you’re celebrating a special milestone. Whatever the occasion, Goodman’s Jeweler’s is all about celebration! (more…)
Slightly imperfect in shape, a lentil-sized pearl glints from within a bezel setting. It looks like a tiny egg in a nest. The delicate band is a ropey, yellow-gold, peppered with small diamonds the size of freckles. Its soft curves touch against another dainty circle of gold, the wedding band half of a truly unique bridal set.
At a coffee-shop counter on the west side, the cashier reaches across to give a customer some change. “What a pretty ring!” the customer says, pausing to touch the cashier’s hand. “What is that?”
“That’s a Mississippi River pearl,” the cashier says. “My husband bought it for me because it comes from our favorite fishing spot.”
Good job, husband. That’s how to do a meaningful wedding proposal, and what a find!
Yes, Wisconsin Makes Pearls
Many people don’t realize that not all pearls come from oysters. Fewer realize that right here in Wisconsin’s own backyard, there are pearls being made by the mussels of the Mississippi. These river-pearls are prized not only because of their natural, free-sculpture shapes but also because they’re becoming increasingly hard to get: Harvesting them has been all but outlawed in recent years thanks to an invasion of zebra mussels from Europe.
The supply of these pearls may be dwindling, and for the time being, could be finite, but they’re still available for sale. We actually offer a number of jewelry items with Wisconsin-origin pearls right here in our store. And we can always special order, as well as custom-design, just about any jewelry piece a customer has in mind. In fact, those custom pieces are often the sort that turn heads, much like the ring on that coffee-shop cashier’s hand did.
A Unique Twist on an Easter Tradition
Pearls are an extremely popular jewelry item in the spring, particularly around the Easter holiday. Why not try a twist on the old classic and go for something local, unique, and increasingly rare—yet not extraordinarily expensive? Women who favor a more natural, organic, earthy look tend to take a particular shine to these unique river-pearls. Come see us, and we’ll show you how perfectly beautiful their trademark “imperfect” look can be.
“And when we went to dinner you wore blue jeans with your pearls.
That’s when I knew you were my kind of girl.”
—Collin Raye, “My Kind of Girl,” 2005
A couple of years ago, during the infamous Fashion Week in NYC, stylists came out wildly abuzz about pearls. They were pairing pearls with leather. Pearls with heavy chains. There were blood-purple pearls. Grapefruit-orange ones. Pearls were strung together with rhinestones. They were grouped in piles of strands as thick and heavy as mooring rope. The way fashionistas talked about pearls, you’d have thought they’d discovered them.
After the glitter dust of Fashion Week settled, pearls didn’t fall back into the shadows of the style world.
That’s because they never lived there. Pearls have always been, and always will be, a staple jewelry item. With their soft luster and classic beauty, they play well with darn near every style, from the country club to the rock concert, and from Grandma’s décolletage to the pretty little ears of your bridesmaids. So, yes, Fashion Week marched them out on the runways, but pearls didn’t really need help getting there.
Fashion Week did manage to shatter some myths about pearls, mainly that they come in only shades of white, charcoal black, and champagne pink. In reality, Mother Nature also makes pearls in blue, green, and sometimes even purple.
Ever seen red pearls?
We’re talking gleaming, luscious, candy-apple red. (Make that Badger-red, for you sports fans out there.) In honor of Valentine’s Day, we gave away a strand of these scarlet beauties along with matching earrings to one lucky winner, at a combined value of $230.
Our red pearls come from Honora, a pioneer jewelry designer that has perfected a process of infusing a wild array of colors into pearls. These are colors that, until recently, had never been seen in pearls—everything from navy blue to teal to melon tones and even gold. You can pretty much get the rainbow.
Pearls are the Rolling Stones of the jewelry world.
They’re classic, timeless, and don’t need help from trendsetters to take their rightful place at center stage. Come check out these classic beauties—with a new twist—in our store and get a firsthand look at those scrumptious red pearls that make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!