Give Your Significant Other a World of Pearl

While trolling for gift ideas for her, looking for something to add to the fresh flower bouquet and last longer than a box of Spr√ľngli, I was pinged and pointed to pearls. If you think pearl is a been there, done that gifts or plain jane what-nots, think again! They are all the rage elegance and sophistication among the trendy ladies and gents, with its classic look reinvented - to be styled and layered with other materials (metal, leather, satin, and chunky bold accessories)

THE PERFECT PIECE THAT WOULD MAKE HER HEART SKIP-A-BEAT

No over the top sparkler,  simply something a'fancy with a hint of romance, and a hearty amount of style, these delicate pearl numbers are sweet as they are sentimental. Once a symbol of wealth and status, many still believe with its meaning purity and gentility - it is a gift for the bride on her wedding day. In this new age, this oldest gem known to man is quite popular in the fashion world. Also, think special occasions: birthday, Valentine's Day,  anniversary, and the coming soon gift-giving holiday season.

SHE WILL CHERISH: 

Statement making, big budget approach: lavishly go with the Tahitian pearls, aka the black pearls. They have an exotic range of colors from peacock green to silverish blue - and the GIA certified specialists at The Pearl Source hand picked each for grade, color, and size match, so you'll get the best from Tahitian (and some French Polynesian) Pinctada margaritifera oysters, exclusively.

Above: Tahitian pearl necklace


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Just right, classic approach: go with the fresh water pearls. They meet the style standard with substantial lustrous look (we tried them on, the result: Mrs. Well-Groomed was followed by compliments all night long) yet are priced in the realm of reality. We recommend the high grade AAA (top 10%) and very high grade AAAA (top 1-2%) pearl, like those featured here. Even when you get a set of earrings, necklace, and bracelet, you could still have some disposable for fancy dinner.

Above: fresh water pearls set | heart shape pearl & diamond earrings | white pearl bracelet

HE WILL ROCK:


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Laid back, simple but not plain urban look
Solitaire pearl pendant with silver chain
Round pearl subverted by durable rubber tubing

A dapper classic that would compliment any stylish menswear
Mother of pearl cufflink and stud set

Feeling smugged yet? Well, you know what they say: "You cannot go wrong with pearls." Mr. & Mrs. Well-Groomed agree.

This post is sponsored by The Pearl Source, all opinions are our own. Featured on MSNBC, Men's Health, Marie Claire, People and plenty more publication, thepearlsource.com offers a range of beauty from the South Sea, Tahitian, and Fresh Water pearls

Pearl facts source: www.amnh.org (American Museum of Natural History)
 

Dressing Up for Fall { Celeb Style: Pharrell Williams }

We recently found ourselves among over 1500+ others, admiring a picture of this guy on our Pinterest, a musician with a resume that includes high fashion sense.

Pharrell Williams makes dressing up in layers so effortless! Naturally, we gotta take this inspiration and dissect it into a workable fall outfit.

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Similar pieces to recreate the look: 
  • Semi rimless gold aviator sunglasses  ( Ray-Ban)
  • Crisp white point collar dress shirt  (Gucci / Prada)
  • Teal & yellow/gold diagonal stripe woven silk neck tie (Nordstrom)
  • Plush Merino Wool Dark Sweater ( J.Crew)
  • Louis Vuitton LV initials leather belt (similar)
  • Dark fitted pair of straight leg jeans  (Burberry Brit)
  • Leather Strap Watch ( Emporio Armani )
  • Lightweight Technical Travel Trench Coat (Burberry
  • Handsome navy loafers (Donald J. Pliner)
And of course, attitude is the real draw - expect many to be infected by your cheery fun happy go lucky charm.

Behind The Scene with Vashi - an Award Winning Celebs' Diamond Guy + Celeb's Personal Jeweller!

We have a very special guest today, someone from a sparkling industry, someone who has been featured in CNN, BBC, CNBC, and many more publications. Meet Vashi Dominguez, the guy who took 200 NOs, yet built a £5m award winning online diamond business from scratch within 5 years.

Originally from Tenerife (a small island in Spain), by the age of 21 he’d already sold his first successful business. The hundreds of NOs came from 200 meetings with Antwerp diamond representatives before he could make a deal to start his career in the diamond industry, due to the closed nature of the industry. But he was persistent and now, 7 years later, he has over 30 members of staff at the most beautiful spot of Hatton Garden, the diamond district of London. He even still picks the stones himself!

We're super thrilled when we get a chance to get a bit personal with this brilliant business man!

Good morning Vashi, thank you for your time.
Good morning to you too.

Tell us a bit about Vashi.com 
After five successful years of growing Diamond Manufacturers Ltd, we decided it was time for
a rebrand. In 2013, we launched Vashi.com, giving the brand a more personalized touch. It was important to let our customers know that they are receiving the full Vashi experience, as I handpick
each diamond and stone sold across all countries. We wanted this personalized touch to reflect in
our brand.

Vashi, joined by Hugo Taylor & Rosie Fortescue (wearing diamond drop earrings from his current collection) - heading out to front row seat at London Fashion Week

Why diamonds?
I’ve been fascinated by diamonds since I was a little boy. I loved my grandmother’s jewelry, I just could not understand how something so small could be so valuable. With each stone being so unique (despite the similarities seen when graded by the 4Cs measure), I still look at individual pieces and find something new every day. It’s one of those great finds that bring about rarity and new discoveries. These stones have been brought to us from the entrails of the earth; they are little mementoes of history. Not to mention, there’s great satisfaction that comes from selling a symbol of everlasting love. Whenever we receive photos from our customers, we rejoice at knowing that we had something to do with one of the happiest moments of their lives.

What are your favorite wedding band designs for men?
For men I like classic designs in terms of wedding jewelry. A platinum plain wedding ring with a flat
shape has a contemporary design still remaining modest and timeless. It’s the type of piece that you won’t get tired of wearing from years to come.

What style tips would you recommend to grooms?
I personally prefer a classic style with a twist. Matching styles is very important, especially if you prefer a more traditional styled wedding. It’s important that your style fits the wedding theme.

What do you wear on your day to day?
I have several dark Italian suits but every now and then I wear a touch of color depending on the
weather. My style is complemented with accessories. I love to switch it up with a stylish tie and/or
cufflinks.

How did you propose to your wife? I proposed in Ravello (Amalfi Coast in Italy) under one of the most breathtaking and romantic views in the world. I have classic values when it comes to proposing so I went down on one knee and told my wife how I felt, how much I loved her and how much she meant to me.


According to her, what’s the best gift you've ever given to her on her birthday or anniversary? She loved the pair of diamond stud earrings I gave her on our anniversary. She had been looking for an elegant and slender set of earrings for everyday wear, but hadn’t considered fine jewellery as an option. I remember the moment she opened the box, she was so surprised. She looked lovely!

How do you keep a happy marriage?
I think that being supportive of each other could be one of the factors in a happy marriage. Having someone who will root for you and someone to be happy for, to care for.

Pocket square or no pocket square?
Pocket square for special occasions that don’t require a black or white tie, such as a wedding. The key is to always match your tie with your handkerchief. It’s a simple way of making an outfit more elegant.

Bow tie, yes or no? 
I usually wear a black or white tie, depending on the dress code required for events and galas. I prefer ties for informal occasions.

Go-to shoes?
I prefer a classic cut, a pair of black leather shoes with laces. I wear them often, as they’re so comfortable and stylish. I also like to ensure that they’re well taken care of to remain flexible, shiny and smart.

Any fashion disaster moment? 
(laughs) I grew up in the 80s… When I look at old photos especially the ones where I’m spending the day at the beach with my family, I am full of great memories… Although I can’t help but cringe when I see some of the swimming suits I wore!


Thanks so much Mr. Vashi for your time! Maybe on your next visit, you could share a bit of insider advice on how to pick an engagement ring and a little lesson about the precious diamond =)

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