Pretty soon it will be inescapable, everywhere you look you’ll see the color red and everything you hear will be laced with talk about love. Valentine’s Day is coming! There will be countless offers for flowers, candies, and teddy bears but it’s quite possible that none of those things, on their own, will come close to the gift you’re looking to give. If the person you’re getting the Valentine’s gift for is so special, why not get a gift to match? (more…)
“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!
If we were to tell you that this coming Valentine’s Day, you could make your sweetheart happier than she has ever been in her life just by buying a certain something, would you believe us? No? Good. That probably means you’re a realist, so you and yours just might have a happier Valentine’s Day as a result. Just make sure your honey is on the same page!
According to 2013 data from a segment of Nielsen’s Twitter TV Rating service, women Tweet about Valentine’s Day about twice as much as men do. But men are twice as likely to have negative things to say about the holiday—about 22% of the time that they take to Twitter about it.
Why the grumbling? Perhaps because this day is inherently pressure-filled for couples,
and nothing says I love you like an obligatory gift, right? Actually, the kinds of gifts couples exchange span a huge spectrum of dollar-values and symbolism points. That means expectations can be vastly varied, too. So, while it’s meant to celebrate love, V-Day is ripe for disappointing our romantic partners.
We think the secret to a happy Valentine’s Day is for both people in the relationship to talk ahead of time about expectations. Don’t let a sense of obligation get the best of you. You don’t have to have a formal sit-down, but take a minute to discuss together how significant the holiday is or isn’t to each of you. Because if Jane is expecting to be surprised with a 7-day Alaskan cruise, and John is planning to give her a stuffed bear from the CVS aisle, there’s probably going to be hell to pay.
This isn’t to say you have to show all your cards, but it does mean that the more in sync a couple is before Valentine’s Day, the better they’re likely to fare on the 14th. Consider a 2004 study conducted at Arizona State University, that showed couples were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to break up during the week before and the week after V-Day, compared with other times of the year. Drilling further down into the data, researchers noted that couples already under duress were the most likely to fall apart during these two weeks. See? Valentine’s Day can be rough on lovers.
While getting your expectations in check, just remember that Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to put a smile on your sweetie’s face and a spring in her step. Completely skipping that opportunity out of mere principle is probably not a great idea. Resist becoming the V-Day equivalent of the Grinch and instead figure out how to make it a nice day for both of you. Whether you exchange cards, chocolates, or diamonds, you should both go to bed happy that night, feeling at least as loved and cherished as you did on the 13th, and heck, why not a little more?
Want to make the gift giving easier for Valentine’s Day? We are holding a great contest right now and the winner receives a matching set of Honora Pearls! Click here and tell us about the love of your life!