Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ZURI PERLE: SUMMER FASHION EVENT!!

Hey Fashion Lovers!

If you're in the DMV area, you won't want to miss the Free & Fabulous event: We're super excited to be joining the BEST Showcase Event this summer! @TUMShowcase features premium style & lifestyle vendors selling awesome fashion Pieces.

 There'll be A RED CARET ENTRY, PORTRAIT STUDIO, LIVE MUSIC, FASHION SHOW RAFFLE PRIZES, CUSTOM TREATS, and SO MUCH MORE!
This Sunday, July 20thfrom 2pm to 6pm at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center in College Park. RSVP TODAY at tum2014.kojami.com to secure your SPOT.
Follow @tumshowcase for daily updates on this event!
See you there!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CLIENT BASED IN NIGERIA CAN NOW PURCHASE ZURI PERLE JEWELRY USING PAYPAL

We are so excited at Zuri Perle! I received this email from a Nigerian bank today (Stanbic IBTC Bank), Pay Pal is now available in Nigeria, making it that much easier for our clients based in Nigeria to purchase our pieces.




To place your order;

  1. Visit our online store www.zuriperle.com and send us an email with the item number of the piece you are interested in purchasing ( Email can be sent via our contact page or to atinuke@zuriperle.com)
  2. We'll send you an invoice via paypal
  3. You pay
  4. We ship (Shipping cost can be as low as $20)
  5. You pick up your order from our representative in Lagos (Shipping also available to other states in Nigeria. 
Its that simple. Happy Shopping :)


Sunday, June 8, 2014

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (THE STORY BEHIND PEARLS)

We had promised to blog about pearls in one of our earlier blog posts zuri-perle-back-in-united-states but we just hadn't gotten round to it. With the increasing request for pearl sets by our clients, its become necessary to shed more light on this beautiful semi precious gemstone.

Here is a picture of a couple of stings of fresh water pearls and a couple of strings of acrylic/glass/fake pearls. We chose pearls in the same color to make it even more difficult to tell the difference, lol.
Can you spot the difference? If you can't, then this blog post is definitely for you :)

Fresh water pearls acrylic pearls
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First of, what are pearls? A Pearl is a "hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem" Oxford online dictionary

Pearls occur in both salt water and fresh water. Salt water pearls grow within pearl oysters and occur spontaneously in the wild causing them to be more expensive than fresh water pearls which grow within fresh water pearl mussels and are produced through human intervention.

"Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain mollusks as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside the shell, or an attack from outside, injuring the mantle tissue.
The mollusk creates a pearl sac to seal of the irritation." Wikipedia

Prior to the invention of the technique of harvesting fresh water pearls, to find one wild pearl many hundreds of pearl oyster or pearl mussels had to be gathered and opened (killed) this resulted in such pearls fetching extraordinary prices.
"Today, cultured pearls are grown and harvested in many parts of the world including the fresh waters of the Tennessee River. The majority of cultured pearls come from Japan, China and the South Pacific.American Gem Trade Association

A number of the jewelry sets worn today are made with fresh water cultured pearls, however we also have imitation pearls, they are made from glass or acrylic and coated with paint or a solution to replicate the iridescence of the cultured or natural occurring pearls.

Now that we've covered the basic, lets move on to the question we get asked by a number of our clients, 'How do I tell the difference'?

Here are a few easy pointers to help spot the difference between genuine fresh water pearls and glass/acrylic/fake pearls
  1. Touch test - As with most semi precious gemstones, pearls are cool to the touch even in warm environments. They will be cool when initially placed against your neck or body and will gradually warm up to your body temperature. Glass beads can also be cool to the touch, this depends on the temperature of the room where they are stored. If the temperature of the room is cool then the beads will also feel cool, if the temperature of the room is warm the beads will be similar to the room temperature. 
  2. Rub test - If you rub two genuine pearls together there should be some friction and some powdery residue left behind from the rubbing action. 
  3. Scrape test - If you scrape pearls with a sharp object or tool and the color peels of then its not real. Real pearls are naturally occurring and should not peel, even if dyed the color should be absorbed by the pearl and should not coat it. While fake pearls are glass or acrylic beads covered with coating. (Please note that scraping pearls can damage them permanently)
  4. Imperfections - Look for imperfections. Pearls occur in a variety of shapes, from oval,round, baroque, rice. pear e.t.,c. Perfectly round shaped pearls are expensive and rare. If you come across pearls that are perfectly round, smooth with no imperfections and are not being charged an arm and a leg for them, they are most likely not real. To confirm that the pearls are genuine you can try any of the other tests we've highlighted
  5. The Tooth Test: To find out if a pearl is real, lightly rub it against the front of your tooth (make sure you use the front of your tooth and not the edge of your tooth, which can scratch the pearl). If natural or cultured, rather than acrylic the pearl should feel gritty against your tooth.
  6. Weight Test: Real pearls are heavier than acrylic/glass/fake pearls
  7. The Hole test - For real pearls the hole drilled into them for stringing are small to maintain their value, the fake pearls usually have bigger holes. Another important thing to note is that with fake pearls the pearl surface around the hole could peel off revealing a white round circle around the drilled hole.

In conclusion lets play a game, below are a couple of our fresh water pearl and acrylic pearl sets. Can you spot the difference?  You can put your answers in the comment section

Gold pearls Zuri Perle necklace earrings bracelet
(A) WHAT AM I ? REAL OR ACRYLIC



white fresh water cluster pearls Zuri Perle necklace earrings bracelet
B) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC

Gold pearls Zuri Perle necklace earrings bracelet
C) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC



Champagne fresh water pearls Zuri Perle necklace earrings bracelet
D) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC


White fresh water pearls multi strand necklace earrings bracelet
E) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC


Pink and grey pearls Zuri Perle Necklace Earrings Bracelet
F) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC

Lilac pearls purple chinese crystal beads Zuri Perle Necklace Earrings Bracelet
G) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC


white and purple fresh water pearls Zuri Perle necklace earrings bracelet
H) WHAT AM I? REAL OR ACRYLIC

Ooops! I almost forget to tell you which of the pearls in the first picture above is real and which is fake.
A - are acrylic/glass/fake pearls and
B - are genuine pearls.

Have a great week.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY SALE


I really have to get my blogging schedule down. Its been a while and I feel so guilty but the flip side is we have been so busy ensuring that our clients are happy and satisfied with their orders.

I realized today that we recently concluded our spring sale in April and mothers day sale a few weeks back and I didn't share it with you all.
Our Memorial day sale is now on. We have a number of items on sale at 10% to 20% off, so check out our website www.zuriperle.com.

Here are a couple of pieces we currently have available;

 
white bead with dark green pendants
WHITE BEADS WITH GREEN DIAMANTE PENDANTS  - ZPW203


White fresh water pearl cluster necklace
WHITE FRESH WATER PEARL CLUSTER NECKLACE  - ZPW204


WHITE HOLITE BEADS WITH BLACK FACETED ONYX BEADS
WHITE HOLITE BEADS WITH BLACK FACETED ONYX BEADS - ZPW202


BLACK AND WHITE AGATE WITH BLACK ONYX BEADS
BLACK AND WHITE AGATE WITH BLACK ONYX BEADS - ZPBL201


RED AND WHITE CRYSTAL NECKLACE
RED AND WHITE CRYSTAL NECKLACE - ZPR204


RED CORAL NECKLACE WITH PENDANTS
RED CORAL NECKLACE WITH PENDANTS - ZPR203


ORANGE CARVED CORAL NECKLACE
ORANGE CARVED CORAL NECKLACE - ZPP204


PEACH HANDWOVEN NECKLACE
PEACH HANDWOVEN NECKLACE - ZPP202


PEACH CORAL MULTI LAYERED NECKLACE
PEACH CORAL MULTI LAYERED NECKLACE - ZPP206


YELLOW AGATE NECKLACE - ZPY200



GOLD FRESH WATER PEARLS WITH GREEN CORAL CHIPS
GOLD FRESH WATER PEARLS WITH GREEN CORAL CHIPS - ZPG204



GREEN BEAD JEWELRY NECKLACE

GREEN BEAD JEWELRY NECKLACE


PURPLE CRYSTAL MULTI STRAND NECKLACE
PURPLE CRYSTAL MULTI STRAND NECKLACE - ZPPU201

Have a great Memorial Weekend.




Friday, March 7, 2014

ZURI PERLE PHOTOSHOOT (PART I)

As promised, this week we are blogging about the second Zuri Perle photo shoot that took place in Lagos, Nigeria early this year 2014.

Our goal was to make this shoot different from the photo shoot we had 3 years ago where the models posed against a plain background.  This time our goal was to have each picture tell a story, as well as giving you all quality pictures showcasing our unique handmade pieces.

What do the images below depict to you? We are giving our wonderful followers and visitors a chance to tell us in their own words what story each picture is telling.
The narrator with the most imaginative story line gets a 15% discount coupon to use on our store www.zuriperle.com. We just added a number of unique handmade pieces made with quality semi precious gemstones so there is a lot up for grabs.

Photography by - Babz Photography
Website - http://www.babzbamiro.com
Cell Phone - (234) 08070706823

Makeup by - Touch of Kiss
Cell Phone - (234) 08023145523

Jewelry - Zuri Perle LLC

Venue - Grand Bee Suites Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria


Peach Coral handwoven ball jewelry


Peach Coral handwoven ball jewelry


Peach Coral handwoven ball jewelry


Peach Coral handwoven ball jewelry


Peach Coral handwoven ball jewelry


Red coral peach coral pearl jewelry


Red coral peach coral pearl jewelry



Red coral peach coral pearl jewelry


Red coral peach coral pearl jewelry


Grey Sapphire bead jewelry


Its a 2 part blog post so check back soon :)

Have a wonderful week.
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