Friday, September 26, 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR CLIENT "BUBEBAKES"

I get to meet so many wonderful people and personalities in my line of work. One such person is Gbubemi, a client of ours who resides in Canada. She was referred to us by another client who is also based in Canada.

Her first order was this red crystal set;


and she was kind enough to send in a picture of her wearing the piece



She was so pleased with her initial order that she placed another order shortly after the first.
A few days after she placed her second order she sent me this picture asking me if I liked the necklace



My first thought was, OMG....... I hope this lady isn't going to wear this piece :).
I struggled to find the words to convey my thoughts as politely as I possibly could, seeing that she was a paying client. I responded to her message stating that I did like the set but not the accessories used at the side of the necklace.

She then told me that the necklace was made from sugar and was a cake top for a cake she just finished making for a client. We had a good laugh and starting talking about her hobby/business 'Bubebakes'. As with most small businesses Bubebakes had started as a hobby, and even though she claims it still is, with close to15K likes on Facebook I beg to differ.
After going through a couple of pictures she sent to me, I came across this particular cake and totally flipped





 One of my clients based in the U.S. was looking to have a cake made with a similar texture to the above for her upcoming 50th birthday.  Unfortunately her bakers had tried but were unable to replicate the texture. I have a picture of what they initially did, and to say it was a disaster is an understatement.  However, in order not to upset some people I will not put the picture up.  Gbubemi was kind enough to pass on the trade secrets for that particular texture which I then passed on to my other client who was quite happy with the information provided.

Here are a few more cakes of Gbubemi that I love.

 
 






To check out her Facebook page click here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubebakes. If you live in Alberta Canada, look her up.

Have a great weekend people :)





Monday, September 15, 2014

SHEA RADIANCE AND ZURI PERLE

We recently had the opportunity of being part of a photo shoot by Shea Radiance, an eco-luxury beauty brand located in Columbia, Maryland a surburb in the Washington DC metropolitan Area

I met the co-owner of Shea Radiance, Mrs Funlayo Alabi, at the TUM 2014 showcase held in Maryland, July of this year.  She was gracious enough to agree to be my mentor, every entrepreneur needs people to look up to, I was even more excited when she told me about a photo shoot she had in the works.

Shea Radiance is a company that creates effective and luxurious beauty products using Shea butter as their  key active ingredient. Their products are obtained from Northern Nigeria, positively impacting the lives of women and children in that region, and the products are delivered in sustainable packaging. For more about the company and their products click on the following link http://www.shearadiance.com/about-us.

I currently use their Shea Radiance moisture rich hair butter and the result on my dry scalp has been amazing.

For the Photo Shoot they decided on the following pieces;





This is my favorite picture from the shoot.







We loved collaborating with Shea Radiance and look forward to future endeavors. Don't forget to check out their website www.shearadiance.com and follow us on instagram at www.instagram.com/zuriperle

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.
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