How does the Add-A-Pearl program work?
1. Start the Tradition
Choose your starter necklace - there are several options in
picking out the perfect necklace for her. Our starter necklaces are available in either sterling silver or 14ky gold chains. Next, choose which millimeter pearl - ranging from 5MM-7MM. Lastly, our starter necklaces come in 1, 3 or 4 pearls
For every special occasion, continue build on her Add-A-Pearl Necklace by adding loose pearls. Choose from 3MM pearls up to 8MM pearls. Here, design her necklace as either a symmetric pearl necklace or consider a gradient pearl necklace
2. Continue the Tradition
3. Complete Her Necklace
When you add ten or more pearls to an existing necklace, we will string the pearls for you at no charge. Necklaces are carefully handstrung and individually knotted on pure silk. Once the necklace is completed, she will have a beautifully crafted pearl necklace she will treasure for years to come
Frequently Asked Questions
What are cultured pearls?
The ”seeding” of an oyster is a delicate operation performed by trained surgeons. Once seeded, oysters are returned to a container of sea water, then transferred to a mesh basket and suspended in the bay. They remain submerged for a period of two to seven years and are pampered, sheltered and cleaned regularly.
What quality of cultured pearls are used?
We import fine, premium-quality Japanese Akoya saltwater pearls – and only those we are proud to sell and that you’ll be proud to own and wear. Our cultured pearls offer good luster, color, roundness and few blemishes compared to lesser quality pearls on the market.
How are pearls harvested?
About 50% of the Japanese Akoya saltwater pearl harvest is discarded because the oysters failed to properly secrete nacre over the nucleus and no pearls were formed. About 40-45% of the remaining harvest is considered "baroque” or out of round. The remaining 5-10% are prized, round pearls – a very small percentage when considering the time and effort to harvest billions of oysters.
Is it more expensive to buy pearls one at a time?
This can be true, given the additional labor and cost to match individual pearls. However, you can save hundreds of dollars with our Start-Her Pearl program by taking advantage of our special offers which occur twice a year offering special discounts on our starter necklaces and loose pearls.
What is Michaels Jewelers’ restringing policy?
When you add ten or more pearls to an existing necklace, we will string the pearls for you at no charge. Necklaces are carefully handstrung and individually knotted on pure silk. For added pearls of less than 10, we charge at our regular restringing prices.
What if my pearls don’t match?
Nature doesn’t produce identical pearls, so you can expect slight variations when buying loose pearls. We always make the best matches possible to assure uniformity between the existing and added pearls on your necklace.
How does Michaels Jewelers help me save?
Only Michaels Jewelers offers:
• FREE notification of special pearl promotions
• FREE stringing of 10 or more new additional pearls
• FREE pearl matching service
• FREE 14K white or yellow gold clasp upon completion of your necklace