Legends of the Tahitian Black Pearl

Legends of the Tahitian Black Pearl

by Joanne BRENT November 07, 2019

It’s really no secret that the Tahitian black pearl is considered the crown-jewel of Polynesian sea-bed inspired jewelry. The mysterious hue coupled with the allure of pearls has also given rise to many legends and stories about how these incredible gems originated. After all, it has become an emblem of Polynesian richness and heritage, it’s natural that folklore would reflect this magnificence too.

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Pearls from the Past | World’s Oldest Pearl Found in 2019 | Namaka Jewelry

Pearls from the Past | World’s Oldest Pearl Found in 2019 | Namaka Jewelry

by Joanne BRENT October 29, 2019

Emirati archaeologists have made a historic discovery this month at Marawah Island, off the capital of the  United Arab Emirates: what’s believed to be the oldest pearl in human recorded history. Excavated in October (2019), this exquisite natural pearl is carbon-dated to between 5,800 and 5,600 BC, that’s almost 8000 years old! Found at one of the oldest sites in the country, the gem was excavated from the location of numerous collapsed Neolithic structures. These have also provided researchers with ancient ceramics, beads made from shell, as well as stone and flint arrowheads.

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Pearl-Inspired Halloween Costumes: Smart, Fun & Sexy

Pearl-Inspired Halloween Costumes: Smart, Fun & Sexy

by Joanne BRENT October 21, 2019

For many people, approaching Halloween is almost as anticipated as Christmas or New Year. Getting to dress up in a beautiful or funny or scary Halloween costume and heading out for the night can be especially magical when you add beautiful pearl pieces to your look. Still, need some inspiration? No problem! Here are our top pearl-inspired Halloween costume ideas that are smart, fun and sexy. After all, if not on Halloween then when?

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Inspiring Women & The Pearls They Wear

Inspiring Women & The Pearls They Wear

by Joanne BRENT October 15, 2019

Tahitian pearls certainly are timeless and can make the perfect gift for women’s day. Whether you’d like to treat yourself or buy something special for the women in your life, spend $250 or more and we’ll give you a special gift for FREE! Promotion valid until 25 October 2019.

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Saltwater Pearls: Tahitian, Ayoka & South-Sea | Namaka Jewelry

Saltwater Pearls: Tahitian, Ayoka & South-Sea | Namaka Jewelry

by Joanne BRENT October 10, 2019

We recently discussed the differences between saltwater and freshwater pearls. However, the world of ocean “periculture” is simply fascinating. There are three major types of saltwater cultured pearls, Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea. These share many of the same characteristics but, as is the case with natural pearls, each can look vastly different. This is especially true because each is sourced from a different species of oceanic oyster that can only grow one pearl at a time. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about the different types of saltwater pearls.

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Real or Fake: 4 Ways To Tell If A Pearl Is Genuine

Real or Fake: 4 Ways To Tell If A Pearl Is Genuine

by Joanne BRENT October 07, 2019

While pearls are certainly revered all around the world, it’s also one of the gemstones that people try to fake the most. These imitation pearls, sometimes also called “faux” or “costume” pearls, are worth very little in money and can be constructed from materials such as glass, plastic, alabaster, shells or even fish-scale.

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How to Wear Pearls like a Man | Namaka Jewelry

How to Wear Pearls like a Man | Namaka Jewelry

by Joanne BRENT September 24, 2019

If you’ve always been the kind of man who can’t see themselves wearing pearl jewelry because the designs tend to be more feminine, then we’ve got great news for you! Contemporary men’s fashion has few rules and even these are meant to broken

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Kokichi Mikimoto | The Godfather of Cultured Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

Kokichi Mikimoto | The Godfather of Cultured Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

by Joanne BRENT September 16, 2019

Today, the name Mikimoto is associated with luxury pearl jewelry and timeless elegance. But did you know that Japan’s representative jeweler was founded by the same person who is credited with creating the very first cultured pearl? Kokichi Mikimoto is said to have had the mind of a scientist but the soul of an artist. It’s not surprising that he set out to adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls that he had learned to painstakingly culture by hand from Akoya oysters

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The Health Benefits of Wearing Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

The Health Benefits of Wearing Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

by Joanne BRENT September 10, 2019

The pearl has long been thought of as one of nature’s most precious gifts. However, the greatest gift of all is certainly one’s good health. But did you know that people believe pearls to have amazing curative abilities too? This may be attributed to the high concentration of calcium carbonate in pearls. If you’re a believer of astrology then you’ll already know that pearls are the moon gemstone, which is believed to have a profound effect on the brain, moods, and emotions.

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The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

by Kristina Ganina September 02, 2019

In the past, harvesting pearls was only possible in the wild. This is because thousands upon thousands of oysters would need to be caught and opened just to source a few of these gems. As a result, centuries of pearl rushes and over-exploitation put a massive strain on this natural resource. However, with the invention and rise in popularity of cultivated pearl farming over the 20th century, this widespread large-scale fishing for oysters was finally put to an end.

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Top Pearl Fashion Trends in 2019: Cool to Classic | Namaka Jewelry

Top Pearl Fashion Trends in 2019: Cool to Classic | Namaka Jewelry

by Kristina Ganina July 24, 2019

This season’s runways were absolutely crawling with exciting pearl jewelry of all kinds. From Chanel to Loewe, the crème de la crème of the fashion world are showcasing risk-taking pearl pieces. Think necks dripping in pearls, pendants and bronzed chains or quirky charm bracelets and even hair accessories. We’ve taken a look at all of the trending favourites and here are the ones we’re loving the most!

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June’s Elegant Birthstone: Baby’s First Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

June’s Elegant Birthstone: Baby’s First Pearls | Namaka Jewelry

by Kristina Ganina June 17, 2019

June babies are unique in the sense that you can choose between 3 beautiful birthstones, the most out of any month. Arguably, the most enchanting of these choices is the pearl. These treasures from the ocean are certainly a firm favorite with parents, friends, and family, particularly when it comes to gifting baby’s first gemstones. It’s really not surprising, as pearls have come to represent innocence, purity, and love over the centuries.

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