Freshwater Pearls: Affordable AND Beautiful

Classic freshwater pearls by NOVICA are beautiful AND affordable!The mysterious pearl has a long and illustrious history. From Cleopatra, to Coco Chanel, to Jackie Kennedy, some of the most celebrated women throughout history have embraced the pearl’s mellow glow, avoiding the sparkle of flashier gems. And, with the popularity of the cultured pearl, the rest of us can enjoy the same glamorous style (even if we are not the Queen of the Nile or the First Lady!). According to the Gemological Institute of America, there are four major types of cultured pearls including Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and one of my favorites, Freshwater. Freshwater pearls are different because they are harvested from freshwater lakes and ponds instead of the ocean, and they are produced in an incredibly wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. The best way to wear these beauties? Freshwater pearl earrings, of course!

For me, one of the best ways to show off the beauty of a freshwater pearl is with a pair of earrings. And, the “Destiny” earrings from NOVICA, pictured, are a striking example.

These stunners are handcrafted of .925 sterling silver and feature beautiful, matching cream-colored freshwater pearls. The “potato” shaped 10.0 mm pearls are further highlighted because they dangle from sterling hooks. So simple and elegant!

These earrings are too pretty to save for a special occasion. They can be worn with anything from a date night dress, to business attire, to casual Saturday jeans. These are the perfect earrings to add a serious bit of style every day.

And, not only are they beautiful, they are also a fair trade product made by NOVICA (in association with National Geographic). I am a huge fan of the NOVICA business model and their artists create some of my favorite pieces. For example, these earrings were handcrafted by Narayani from Dehli, India. According to her bio,her designs are inspired by a talented family including daughter, another NOVICA designer, and her designer mother, as well!

I just love reading about the innovative and artistic people responsible for creating my favorite jewelry – and knowing that my purchase helped make their life better.

The list price for the Destiny earrings is $40.95, but for Amazon Prime members, the price is just $19.99. Because they are so affordable, they are wonderful for gift giving, especially with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and graduations just around the corner.

Or, splurge for yourself. These classics will become the pair of earrings you reach for again and again. To learn more about NOVICA artists and the many other fabulous fair trade pieces available, visit NOVICA.

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PHOTO: Used with permission by NOVICA.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a discounted sample of the freshwater pearl earrings mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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