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If you are not happy with your jewelry purchase, we will make try to make it right for you.  Simple. Easy.  We do not refund, we exchange or correct.  If  you have a problem with an item, or want to exchange, please Email  us when you receive the item.  We need to receive an email, so we may email you back with clear, written instructions about a return, if we deem it to be vaild.   If you send an item back, with no approval, we will not  be responsible for it. 

RE: Pettiskirts, Tops, and Cupcakes / Ice Cream Cone  Shirts: We do not take returns on these items. If we made an error when we shipped it, please notify us within 24 hours of receipt of the package. We will correct it if we did indeed ship the wrong color or item. Due to laws pertaining to hygiene, we cannot take an item for exchange that has been worn. PLEASE hand wash these items only. Do not machine wash or machine dry the pettiskirts, tops, cupcakes, ice cream cones, or hair bows / flowers.

We would be proud to have you as a customer! Would you give us the opportunity to   exceed your expectations?  We are a merchant that you can trust and rely on.

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We ship via the UPS Postal or UPS.    USPS First Class Shipping cost starts at $8.95

YES! We ship International

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2-3 days - South East, NY, Ohio

3 days - North East, Central

3-5 days - West, South West, North West 

5-15 days International ($19 - $25)

RETURNS: We do not refund, we exchange or correct items.  If  you have a problem with an item, or want to exchange, please Email  us when you receive the item. Please do not just mail the item back. We request that you email us with your request or problem. We will handle it right away, and give you written  instructions on how to return an item if it qualifies for an exchange. If you send an item back, with no approval, we will not be responsible.

Some Pearl history...

Pearls are par excellence the absolute feminine gem, a symbol of love, happiness, affection, generosity; for the western ancient peoples it represented the pureness and for the Greek and Romans it evoked love, happiness and pleasure. To give pearl jewelry as a gift to a child or young girl, is to give absolute love and adoring. Pearls are the perfect gift for Birthdays, Christening, Baptism, Baby Showers, Confirmation, Communion, Bat Mitzvah. Pearls are said to be the tears of Angels...tears of joy, that is.

There are many legends inspired by pearls: for the Eastern peoples they represent wisdom and the ancients explained their origins by means of a delicate and magic interpretation: when the moon, queen of the night sky, spreads its sweet silver light over the earth, pearl-oysters leave the seabed to rise up to the billowing waves and they let themselves gently swing, thus becoming a bond of love of night dew and pure moon rays, and from this union pearls are born! Although it would be nice to believe in this legend, let's try to understand where they really come from, where they are formed and the reasons for the thousands of differences of these real miracles of nature.....

How pearls are formed and their various types:
There are essentially three types of pearls: natural, cultured and imitation. A natural pearl (often called an Oriental pearl) forms when an irritant, such as a piece of sand, works its way into a particular species of oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, the mollusk secretes a fluid to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating is deposited on the irritant until a lustrous pearl is formed. Rare, black pearls are all the rage right now, as well as the traditional cream white pearl strands.

A cultured pearl undergoes the same process. The only difference is that the irritant is a surgically implanted bead or piece of shell called Mother of Pearl. Often, these shells are ground oyster shells that are worth significant amounts of money in their own right as irritant-catalysts for quality pearls. The resulting core is, therefore, much larger than in a natural pearl. Yet, as long as there are enough layers of nacre (the secreted fluid covering the irritant) to result in a beautiful, gem-quality pearl, the size of the nucleus is of no consequence to beauty or durability.

Pearls can come from either salt or freshwater sources. Typically, saltwater pearls tend to be higher quality, although there are several types of freshwater pearls that are considered high in quality as well. Freshwater pearls tend to be very irregular in shape, with a puffed rice appearance the most prevalent. Nevertheless, it is each individual pearls merits that determines value more than the source of the pearl.

Regardless of the method used to acquire a pearl, the process usually takes several years. Mussels must reach a mature age, which can take up to 3 years, and then be implanted or naturally receive an irritant. Once the irritant is in place, it can take up to another 3 years for the pearl to reach its full size. Often, the irritant may be rejected, the pearl will be terrifically misshapen, or the oyster may simply die from disease or countless other complications. By the end of a 5 to 10 year cycle, only 50% of the oysters will have survived. And of the pearls produced, only approximately 5% are of substantial quality for top jewelry makers. From the outset, a pearl farmer can figure on spending over $100 for every oyster that is farmed, of which many will produce nothing or die.

Imitation pearls are a different story altogether. In most cases, a glass bead is dipped into a solution made from fish scales. This coating is thin and may eventually wear off. One can usually tell an imitation by biting on it. Fake pearls glide across your teeth, real pearls feel gritty across your teeth. We do not deal in imitation anything!  Quick Shop View of all our Sterling and Pearl Jewelry

 

 

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