Friday, June 23, 2017

Beach-Themed Bridal Shower on a Budget

Planning a relaxed bridal shower by the beach? There’s nothing more romantic than feeling the sand on your feet and the salty breeze in your hair as you celebrate your friend’s upcoming wedding. Here are some ideas that will help inspire a simple bridal shower with a beach theme that won't break the bank.

          1. Invitations
Make a splash with the invitation! Say hello to blue skies and gorgeous waves with bridal shower invitations that highlight your beach theme. A fun design of two sea-stars walking hand in hand sets an expectation for an elegant yet laid back affair.
Photo courtesy of Invitations by Dawn
          2. Location
Choose a shady spot in the sand, sheltered from the wind (nothing worse than sand in your food), and transform the space with a low table and colorful pillows so guests can sit comfortably. An easy way to create a low table is using wooden crates and a plank of wood. The crates can be used to carry all of your shower supplies, too!
Photo courtesy of Boho Buys
          3. Beach-themed party cake and sweets
A blue ombre cake can create a beautiful centerpiece, while custom beach-themed cookies are adorable snacks almost too cute to eat! The oyster cookies are really easy to make with store-bought sugar cookies, a little icing and white edible pearls!
Photos courtesy of:
Ombre cake: The Cake Blog | Oyster cookies: Kate Aspen | Seashell cookies: Auntie Bea's Bakery
          4. A Message In A Bottle Bridal Shower Game
Have each guest write well wishes or words of advice for the bride-and-groom-to-be and store them like a message in a bottle. This special display will serve as a sweet memento for the couple.
 Photo Courtesy of Kate Aspen
         5. Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Favors
Thank each guest with a small gift to take home. White chocolate candy, seashell soaps, scented candles and even flip-flops are practical favors that guests will actually use and enjoy! 

Photos courtesy of Pinterest

          6. And Last But Not Least, Of Course, Wear Beach Jewelry 😄
Adorn yourself and your friends with beach-themed jewelry to fit right in this idyllic setting.  ADORA's new "Ever After" Collection has a variety of beach-themed jewelry designs - necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barefoot sandals and anklets to choose from, which along with the memories, will be cherished by your friends for a long time to come.

"Tides" - Aqua Bridesmaids Necklaces



ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pearl, The Natural Wonder

Birthstones Series - June Pearl

The month of June is associated with the beginning of summer and carefree weekends spent at favorite vacation spots.  But for the past 100 years, one other thing that is associated with June is the pearl.  Pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs of Gemini and Cancer.

Pearls are the oldest jewels known to man, and the only gem made by a living creature.  Since the beginning of time, pearls have been revered as one of the world's most beautiful and magical gems, and throughout the ages, with their warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence, have been one of the most highly prized and sought-after natural wonders.

An organic gem, pearls are formed inside mollusks like oysters and mussels. They are formed when an irritant such as a tiny stone or bit of sand gets inside the mollusk's shell. A lustrous substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object to protect the soft internal surface of the mollusk. As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a pearl is formed. Light that is reflected from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent luster. This process of building a solid pearl can take up to seven or eight years.

Pearls are unlike other gemstones because they do not have to be cut and polished to enhance their natural beauty—they grow into it on their own. No wonder pearls have been prized for their beauty, perfection, and rarity!

Nobody knows when someone first pried open an oyster and found a pearl. Although there are many stories about the discovery of pearls, the one I like the most is that more than likely the first pearl was discovered when a prehistoric man chipped his tooth when he bit into an oyster that contained a pearl.  With its soft, rainbow-hued inner radiance, that first pearl must have seemed like a magical gift from the gods.

For thousands of years, pearls have been the exclusive gemstones of royalty and nobility in every culture. The oldest surviving pearl necklace is nearly 2,000 years old and was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess.  In China, they were used for over five thousand years to decorate the crowns of emperors, the robes of noblewomen, and the sacred statues of the Buddha.

In ancient Rome and medieval France, only the aristocracy were allowed to wear pearls. In Elizabethan England, only royalty could wear them. Pearls became associated with wealth, status, and power, and ordinary people began to desire them as symbols of these things.


Fascinating myths and legends are associated with the pearl.  Throughout their history, different cultures have assigned various meanings to pearls.  Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods. Pearls have been considered ideal wedding jewelry for centuries because they symbolize purity and innocence. The Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed brides from crying. An Old Arabic legend romantically explains that the pearls formed when moonlight-filled dew drops descended from the sky into the oceans and were swallowed by oysters.  Another legend has the Hindu god Krishna discovering pearls when he plucks the first one from the sea and presents it to his daughter on her wedding day.  The Ancient Hebrews believed that pearls had been used by God to decorate the Garden of Eden. Roman ladies believed that pearls were lucky and attracted wealth. In China, pearls are symbolic of the incomparable beauty of the legendary pearl maiden, XiShi (or Shecy).

Throughout all of recorded history, pearls were far too valuable and rare for any but the royalty and aristocracy to afford. However, due to advances in pearl cultivation, growing and harvesting technology, pearls are now affordable and accessible to everyone. Today, you can wear a string of pearls that two hundred years ago only a queen could wear.

Pearls are still cherished today as lovely jewelry. They make tasteful gifts, and are usually passed down as treasured heirlooms for generations.  


Happy Birthday to all of those born in June!

Sources:  Gem Select, Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society. Thank you!  


ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection