The Source of a Beautiful Pearl

It has been said for many years that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. People who love the soft luster of pearls probably quietly disagree. After all, pearls are very subtle gems, and so are the people who wear them.

Freshwater pearls are an affordable option for pearl lovers on a budget. Found in various species of mussels that grow in ponds, streams, lakes and other bodies of freshwater, most of the cultured supply now comes from China.

Freshwater pearls lend themselves to dyeing in a range of colors. Black, blue, yellow, pink, purple and green are the most popular colors for fashion jewelry made from them.

Saltwater pearls, the traditional type familiar to many people, are found primarily in pearl oysters in warmer waters. Most of today’s saltwater pearls are cultivated in protected beds near volcanic atolls and in lagoons. Natural pearls, those not actively farmed by humans, are rather rare and relatively more expensive than the cultured varieties.

While there is a price difference between cultured and natural pearls, they both have the same characteristic luster. An x-ray examination will reveal a difference in their internal structures, but most people who wear them usually do not go to this length. They are more interested in a pearl’s beauty.

Saltwater cultured pearls may also be dyed different colors, but this is less common than it with the freshwater varieties. The mirror-like metallic glow of a high-quality pearl is usually sufficient unto itself.

Tahitian pearls, often called black pearls, are very rare and highly valued. They are a type of cultured pearl grown deliberately to produce a natural black color. Growing black pearls is a time- and labor-intensive process and producing them on a large scale at a lower price is not possible.

Akoya pearls are coveted by pearl lovers around the world. Cultivated only in the akoya oyster, they were first grown in Japan, still the major producer of these pearls. Some are also grown in China.

Akoyas have all the classic characteristics of a fine pearl. They are round, have the distinctive mirror-like glow and are a natural white color with a hint of pink. Akoyas are among the most popular pearls for jewelry making today.

To learn more about Akoya and other all the other beautiful pearls, please visit National Pearl at www.nationalpearl.com.

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How to Select a Wedding Photographer

Every couple wants to find a perfect wedding photographer who can immortalize the most important day of their lives. Wedding pictures are passed down through generations, so they should look amazing. Make sure you choose an experienced wedding photographer who fits your needs as well as your budget. Take the time to do research and compare wedding photography services in your area. Use a third party website like SnapKnot to find a local photographer quickly and easily.

Choose Your Favorite Style

Each photographer has a different style. Some specialize in keynote photography. Some prefer a more traditional approach. Others take candid shots. That’s why you should first decide what style of wedding photography reflects your taste and preferences. Every style requires a different approach and special equipment.

If you’re not familiar with the most popular wedding photography styles, go online and look for pictures. Compare wedding photos and then choose your favorite ones. Show them to the photographers you’re interested in and try to find out if they can do something similar.

Wedding Photographer

Assess Your Budget

Wedding photography prices vary greatly. You can hire a photographer for as low as $200. Some photographers won’t come to your wedding for less than $10,000. Assess your budget and decide how much you’re willing to spend on these services. Most times, you get what you pay for. However, this doesn’t mean that you should choose the most expensive photographer in your area.

Go to www.snapknot.com or other similar website to compare wedding photographers online. Consider their location, skills, experience, style, availability, and price. Online wedding photography listing directories are a great source of information. These sites allow you to compare hundreds of local and national photographers. Check their rates, visit their websites, and request a quote. If you’re on a tight budget, let the photographer know about it. He could provide you with a special offer or a basic package that fits into your budget.

Do In-Depth Research

Before hiring a photographer, request work samples and compare prices. Contact your favorite service providers and check their portfolios. Look for customer reviews and testimonials on the Internet. Read reviews from recent brides and contact them personally to request more details. Make a list of photographers in your area and schedule interviews. If possible, ask to see two or three full wedding albums. Review their work with a critical eye. Don’t forget to ask about the rights to all photos taken at your wedding.

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Gifting joy to my Mommy on her Birthday

A Mother gives without being asked, loves without any expectations, cares without any barriers and prays without any boundaries. Her children are her greatest gift for her and she gives her entire life in nurturing them. So, on her birthday when I thought of gifting something to my Mother, I had absolutely no clue what or how could I go about it. My Mom is a single mother and hence by fate she’s a working woman as well as a home maker. Although she has juggled these two intricate tasks extremely meticulously her whole life, in bringing up me and my elder brother, she has lost all her contact with her friends and family. I don’t remember the last time she had gone out with anyone but us. Hence I thought of making her day special by gifting her a resto-treat of her favorite cuisine.

CoohponsI called up a couple of her long lost girlfriends who were kind enough to co-operate. I wanted to check whether I can get some coupons or deals to leverage my budget – & tadaaa Coohpons.com is what I found. It offers numerous discounts on a variety of services like Travel, Restaurants, Apparel & more. I checked out the Food and Beverage section and found offers which were valid at Restaurant.com! Gifting a resto-card and redeeming it was an effortless affair and my mother was in for a big surprise awaiting her. It was a relief for me since my limited budget set margins on how much I could shell out.

When she found out about the evening dinner that awaited her, her joy knew no bounds. It was then that I realized that although she never gave us an idea about it, she must have been so tired eating only with her kids, day in and day out. It was her day and she was preening like a baby when she was getting ready for the dinner. I never knew I could be happy and crying at the same time!

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Kelly loves to to shop around for the best deals and she knows that buying online is a great way to save money.

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