Life’s little pleasures…pearls

Life’s little pleasures…pearls

Greetings -Pearls are one of life’s little pleasures... They are the birthstone for June. They are highly associated with love, royalty and weddings. Pearls adorn faces, hands, necks, wrists, clothing, and crowns of many of you. Pearls have a long history and they are said to have originated about 2300 BC when Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty. In ancient Rome, pearl jewelry was considered the ultimate status symbol. According to legend, Cleopatra crushed a pearl into a glass of wine to prove to Marc Antony that she could give the most expensive dinner in history. Pearls get their start as intruders. Usually by a tiny irritant that has made its way inside the shell of a live mollusk (aka oysters). Whether it is manmade or...

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Hello gorgeous! Swarovski Crystals

Hello gorgeous! Swarovski Crystals

Hello Swarovski crystals! Let’s chat about some facts surrounding their magic and appeal. Did you know that Swarovski Crystal is the world’s highest quality crystal? Swarovski is sold in 160 countries! They are manufactured in 7 countries including the US. Swarovski is an Austrian producer of glass headquartered in Wattens, Austria, and is a family-owned business since it was founded in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski. The company has 3 major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces lead glass (branded crystal) jewelry and accessories; Swarovski Opti, which produces optical instruments such as telescopes, telescopic sights for rifles, and binoculars; and Tyrolit, a manufacturer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and...

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Pearls – the nitty, gritty details

Pearls – the nitty, gritty details

Greetings - Pearls are a delicate organic gem - they are not as strong as, say, diamonds, making the risk of damage higher if they're worn every day. But with proper care and caution, you can keep your pearls safe, even with everyday wear. This means keeping them away from cosmetics and acidic materials and storing them safely. It is best to put them on after a shower, and after applying ANY and all products like perfume, lotion, makeup, hair products, and the like. Never go into a pool with pearls. No sunscreen products. Never ever use chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners! Be careful when BBQ and cooking with the high temps and grease. Proper care is simple and will preserve the life and luster of your pearls. After every wear, wipe your...

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I have bought a number of earrings and necklaces from Carolina Pearl for gifts and personal use. All of them have been beautifully made, reasonable in price and stylish. I will continue to use Carolina Pearl, LLC as my primary source for jewelry.

Sue O., Alton, IL

I have several beautiful pairs of earrings from Carolina Pearl, LLC. I have been a fan for years. My absolute favorite is the dragon flies I have two pair in different colors and always get compliments every time I wear them - great quality and workmanship.

Pam C., Durham, NC

Marilyn makes beautiful pieces and she also teaches fun classes. She has a great eye for making jewelry. She is a great artist in her field.

Tammy Z., Wake Forest, NC

I’ve bought two pairs of earrings from Carolina Pearl, LLC and love them! Great craftsmanship and so cute! Great prices!

Karin M., Plantation, FL

Excellent quality hand-made jewelry. Honest, reliable owner who works with customers to make sure they’re happy.

Deborah H., NC

Love the earrings I’ve received from Marilyn. Very classy.

Valerie B., Round Rock, TX

Fabulous jewelry, made for the individual.

Renee G., Destin, Fl

Carolina Pearl is simply awesome! I spoke with Marilyn, the owner and designer, about some jewelry for a Christmas gift and she asked me some questions and made several suggestions based on what I told her. I ended up selecting some earrings with purple crystals for my wife because she loved purple so much. Marilyn took all the time I needed and was great to work with — I was so pleased when my wife opened them and saw them and gasped at how beautiful they were. They definitely became her favorite ones. I would definitely go to Marilyn again and again when I need a gift for a lady. I can’t recommend her highly enough!!!

Delane S., Whiteville, NC

Marilyn’s craftsmanship is exceptional. I have given many Carolina Pearl gifts to friends and they always are treasured. Love the earrings and a special bracelet she custom-made for me years ago, and still receive compliments on it!

Harriet N., New York City

Cannot say enough wonderful things about Carolina Pearl and the owner Marilyn.

My first experience with Carolina Pearl was because it was the jewelry I wore along with several other “cover girls” in the 2019 May Issue of the Cary Lifestyle Magazine. Every piece was so stunning and perfect for every woman. From there I “liked” her Carolina Pearl Facebook page where I found she offers classes!! I cannot wait to take some girlfriends for a day out. Marilyn was so wonderful to work with, she made me feel so beautiful and one of a kind.

Erica D., NC

I love my coin-pearl necklace and matching earrings with blue Swarovski crystals. It is a stunning set and I always receive compliments about the design. I also took one of Marilyn's classes and had fun making a pair of earrings! Didn't think I could, but I did.

Nola G., New Orleans, LA

Thank you so much for the beautiful earrings that your custom made for my Mother. They are stunning and she gets compliments on them every time she wears them. I love the quality and the craftsmanship. You saved me by having them shipped directly to her for Mother’s Day. I cannot wait to order more items from you.

Traci G., NC

Marilyn Slinkman is an amazing artist when it comes to making jewelry. I have several pieces of her jewelry, and I am very pleased with the quality. She really puts her heart and soul into making her jewelry. Thank you, Marilyn.

Pam D., NC

The jewelry made by Marilyn at Carolina Pearl is amazing. There is so much detail put into every piece. The colors she uses and the designs make each set different and unique from the others. I love wearing my pearls

Sandra L., Washington, DC

Marilyn's work with pearls, especially coin pearls, Swarovski crystals and gems, is beautiful! She makes the prettiest necklaces and earrings. I have some beautiful earrings I purchased that are the prettiest pink stones with yellow gold. If you are looking for something special for yourself or a special someone, you won't go wrong with Carolina Pearl, LLC.

Christine W., Boston, MA

Marilyn's pieces speak to me with elegant simplicity. I am a fan of pearls anyway, but only Marilyn pairs pearls and beads in hues that so obviously belong together!

Erin K., Baltimore, MD

I took a class with a friend about 6 months ago and made a beautiful necklace. I had a wonderful time and Marilyn Slinkman, is a wonderful teacher!

Rhonda S., NC

I cannot say enough good things about Carolina Pearl! I initially had bought several pairs of earrings, which I love! I wear them every day! The Swarovski crystals with the coin pearl is stunning! Then I took a class, hosted by Marilyn, the owner/artist/creator and it was very informative and fun! The class was for necklaces and Marilyn provided all of the tools, stones, crystals, and patient instruction. I never thought that I would be able to make something so lovely but I did with Marilyn’s guidance and support! I highly recommend Marilyn’s pieces and her classes! She is really a jewel on many levels!

Grace L., Hartsdale, NY

I was first introduced to Carolina Pearl jewelry about 15 years ago when my husband, who has known Marilyn for years, surprised me with beautiful pearl earrings and necklaces. I have continued to purchase many beautiful items throughout the years. I love wearing the jewelry.

Kathleen R., Myrtle Beach, SC

Carolina Pearl designs are beautiful and unique and truly one-of-a kind. I asked Marilyn for a set of red, white, and blue patriotic earrings. Marilyn's design was nearly perfect and she worked with me for a little tweak to make the set absolutely perfect! I'm happy to purchase from Carolina Pearl, a Veteran owned business!

Carolyn C., Fountain City, IN

Marilyn is amazing at jewelry making, teaching and creating. She has such a love for what she does and it definitely shines through her business in all she does. She is such a joy to know!

Michelle D., NY

Marilyn is amazing at jewelry making, teaching and creating. She has such a love for what she does and it definitely shines through her business in all she does. She is such a joy to know!

Michelle D., NY