ThePassionatePearl

Freshwater Pearl Jewelry in Sterling Silver

Maine, United States · 1301 Sales

ThePassionatePearl

Freshwater Pearl Jewelry in Sterling Silver

Maine, United States 1301 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to The Passionate Pearl! Freshwater Pearl Jewelry is Handcrafted here with High Quality Materials in Sterling Silver and Gold Fill. You will find Handmade Necklaces, Handmade Bracelets and Earrings here, Handcrafted by Jeanne Costello.

I pay high prices for top quality supplies. My Freshwater Pearl Jewelry is handmade with great attention to detail and functionality, created to last, that's my Guarantee!

My studio is pet, smoke and perfume free and every order is carefully packaged. In my 6 + years on Etsy I have never had any damage in shipping!

Thank you for visiting The Passionate Pearl ♥

Stop by again soon

Jeanne
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What Customers say about The Passionate Pearl Jewelry:

"Simply beautiful, lightweight and the best hand-made jewelry I have purchased in a long time. These are true artisans and I can't wait to order from this fine company again." (Erin L.S.)

"I am thrilled with my lovely lever back freshwater pearl earrings! Given I could not see in person, the earrings I would be receiving, I was a little hesitant to order them. For me, I'm a bit of a stickler about pearls; they must be a perfect match in size, shape and color, but also the nacre also needs to have a natural richness to it. These earrings were absolutely gorgeous across the board! The lever backs are well made, making them neither too stiff or too flimsy to open and close. If I could, I'd given my earrings six stars!" (Dawn C.)

"These are beautiful earrings! I wore them for all my holiday functions this Christmas season and received many compliments. Not only are they beautiful, the craftsmanship is exemplary. I studied fine arts through a Master's level and I know quality and an artist's eye. These have both! Highly recommended!" (Elizabeth C.)

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Last updated on Aug 22, 2016

Welcome to The Passionate Pearl! Freshwater Pearl Jewelry is Handcrafted here with High Quality Materials in Sterling Silver and Gold Fill. You will find Handmade Necklaces, Handmade Bracelets and Earrings here, Handcrafted by Jeanne Costello.

I pay high prices for top quality supplies. My Freshwater Pearl Jewelry is handmade with great attention to detail and functionality, created to last, that's my Guarantee!

My studio is pet, smoke and perfume free and every order is carefully packaged. In my 6 + years on Etsy I have never had any damage in shipping!

Thank you for visiting The Passionate Pearl ♥

Stop by again soon

Jeanne
___________________

What Customers say about The Passionate Pearl Jewelry:

"Simply beautiful, lightweight and the best hand-made jewelry I have purchased in a long time. These are true artisans and I can't wait to order from this fine company again." (Erin L.S.)

"I am thrilled with my lovely lever back freshwater pearl earrings! Given I could not see in person, the earrings I would be receiving, I was a little hesitant to order them. For me, I'm a bit of a stickler about pearls; they must be a perfect match in size, shape and color, but also the nacre also needs to have a natural richness to it. These earrings were absolutely gorgeous across the board! The lever backs are well made, making them neither too stiff or too flimsy to open and close. If I could, I'd given my earrings six stars!" (Dawn C.)

"These are beautiful earrings! I wore them for all my holiday functions this Christmas season and received many compliments. Not only are they beautiful, the craftsmanship is exemplary. I studied fine arts through a Master's level and I know quality and an artist's eye. These have both! Highly recommended!" (Elizabeth C.)

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All Handmade and wire wrapped jewelry with stunning pearls. A pair of earrings made in limited quantity! Only 5 pairs will ever be made! These are natural pearls varying from peach to pink and in between. These are high quality pearls with high luster
These beautiful color freshwater pearls are gathered all together to create a unique bracelet hand knotted by Jeanne and finished with a sterling silver box clasp. Available while supplies last!
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About Jeanne

Many people call me "intense" because I put 100% of myself into everything I do. Whether I am on my laptop updating my shop or working on a piece of jewelry, I forget time and dinner sometimes does't get ready! I love pearls and am a passionate person, thus the name "The Passionate Pearl".

I learned Silversmithing in Biot, France in the 70's and years later when I was looking for a pendant to match a pair of Earrings and couldn't find it, I started buying supplies to make it myself. I so enjoyed the experience that my supplies grew and I started giving earrings to all my friends. In 2009, as I was taking classes at the Apple Store to build my own Jewelry Website, someone told me about Etsy and soon after that I opened my Shop.

I was born and raised in France to a large family of artists. I have 7 siblings many involved in arts and crafts including Leather, Stained Glass, Cabinet Making, Photography, Painting, Sculpture and Music. My mom was an accomplished artist and I grew up loving art. I married an artist and have 3 very artistic daughters. Creativity has always been in my DNA since day one. As a child I painted as soon as I could hold a bush. I have been involved in Arts and Crafts my whole life in one way or another, from Painting on Silk to High Fire Porcelain Pottery. My husband and I are both Licensed Christian Ministers and have ministered as far as China and New Zealand.

I Love to work with Beautiful Quality Freshwater Pearls and Gemstones and turn them into treasured pieces of Jewelry. Freshwater Pearls quality has diminished in Grade the past 10 years because of pollution in rivers and lakes in China where they are cultivated. It has become a hard job finding beautiful Quality Pearls but I am getting better at it. The prices charged in my shop reflect that part of the business.

Sterling Silver is the media I first used when I was working with Arlette Baron and Claude Pelletier accomplished Silversmiths in Biot, France in the early 70's. Arlette and Claude were both taught Silversmithing by the world famous Silversmith Vivianna Torun from Sweden. I feel very privileged to have learned from such outstanding artisans!

I have a Gold Filled Jewelry line because I think Gold makes White Pearls really stand out and also looks beautiful combined with Sterling Silver. I also use a fair amount of Quality Faceted Gemstones - I love them because light sparkles on every facet and makes them come alive.

Everything you see in my store is handmade by me except some Sterling Silver or Gold Filled findings. I love using organic materials and couldn't imagine making jewelry with anything else.

When you purchase something from my shop your order is usually be made that day or within the next 3 days depending on how busy it gets.

Please come back again soon

Jeanne ♡

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Some The Passionate Pearl Interviews:

HAYDENS HARLOW
http://haydensharlow.tumblr.com/post/46870604950/thepassionatepearl

ART OF CRAFTS
http://art-of-crafts.net/2013/01/10/art-of-crafts-interview-jeanne-costello-from-the-passionate-pearl/

THE STEADY HAND
http://thesteadyhandblog.com/feature-the-passionate-pearl/

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  • Jeanne Costello

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    Born in France to a large family of artists, married to an artist, we have 3 very artistic daughters. Creativity is definitely in my DNA. Passionate in all I set my heart do, I love pure art and nothing artificial. I absolutely love making Jewelry.

  • David Costello

    Assistant, Product Review, Shipper

    David is my husband and an artist and helps me with design dilemmas, going back and forth to the Post Office which is about 3 miles from our house. He is a real pearl!

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Last updated on Aug 11, 2016
Frequently asked questions

What is 14K Gold Fill?

14K Gold Fill is an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal which is usually Brass. The process is also called Rolled Gold. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as Gold Filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable. It does not flake off, or rub off. As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold and is meant to last.

What is 925 Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy that is at least 92.5 percent silver, and 7.5 percent consists of another metal – usually copper. Silver itself is a soft metal, and the added alloys in sterling silver will give the object strength and durability, and with proper care the piece can last a lifetime. But, since sterling silver does tarnish, proper care is very important. Not only should sterling silver never be worn in the swimming pool – chlorine and other chemicals will hasten the tarnishing – but also minerals in lakes and the ocean can cause Sterling Silver to tarnish.

Cleaning Your Jewelry

All Freshwater Pearls and most Semi Precious Stones are porous and will be damaged by average Jewelry Cleaners. Wrights Silver Cream can be purchased online (Amazon.com) for a minimal amount and works great. Baking Soda can also be used - add some water to make a paste, apply with a soft cloth, rub on the jewelry and rinse. Do not use a harsh brush as this will damage both Freshwater Pearls and Gemstones.

Domestic Shipping

All orders come wrapped in a Recycled Black Glossy Gift Box tied with an Organza Ribbon and The Passionate Pearl Label attached to it. I insert a piece of Bubble Wrap inside the gift box to insure your jewelry doesn't move around during shipping.

White Poly Bubble Mailer Packaging ensures your purchase arrives undamaged. It is almost impossible to tear. In my 6 + years on Etsy, I have never had anything damaged in shipping.

ALL USA ORDERS are shipped USPS 1ST CLASS MAIL with Tracking # (2-5 Business Days) Holiday seasons tend to take a little more time.

All orders over $100.00 include Signature Confirmation

PRIORITY UPGRADE (1-3 Days) is now AVAILABLE on most of my listings

Sorry, I do not offer Express Mail at this time

International Shipping

All International Orders are sent USPS 1st Class International Mail.
(1-5 weeks) but could take longer if the package gets stuck at Customs. Please be aware that your country may charge additional customs duty and/or import taxes although that happens extremely rarely. It has never happened to my customers in the 6+ years I have been on Etsy.

Poly Bubble Mailer is used for all Destinations as it is virtually impossible to tear. I have never had any damage issues since I have been on Etsy.

Sorry, At this time I do not offer International Priority or International Express Mail.

I will not put false information on Customs Forms so please do not ask.
Thank you for understanding that I run an honest business.

Knotted Necklaces and Bracelets Care

To maintain pearls for years to come, care for them after wearing them by storing them in a soft pouch to keep them from items that could damage the nacre. Freshwater Pearls can scratch easily. Wash them gently with tepid water & a very mild soap. Finally, lay the strand flat to completely dry the cording before putting it away. With these simple steps, your pearls will be heirlooms to pass down from generation to generation.

For Dyed Pearl Jewelry - anything but White, Ivory or Natural Pearls - please store your jewelry away from direct sunlight as exposure to sunlight tends to fade their colors.

What is Maine Made ?

The combination of pure material and fine detail has long characterized Maine craftsmanship. A tradition of excellence passed down for generations, "Maine Made" is recognized worldwide as a term for quality and integrity.

The unique products featured in the Maine Made Website represent some of the finest craftsmanship available today. Over 2000 Maine companies offer a wealth of items created in the State of Maine.

My Maine Made Profile
http://www.mainemade.com/members/profile.asp?ID=3764

Bracelet Sizing Chart

Bracelet Sizing Chart

Use a flexible measuring tape to measure around your wrist and then write down that length. Add half an inch to the determined size of your wrist and you will get the size of your bracelet (center column numbers).

Wrist size (Inches) - Bracelet Size (Inches) - Bracelet Size (Centimeters)

5.50" - 6.00" = 15.24cm

6.00" – 6.50" = 16.50cm

6.50" – 7.00" = 17.75cm

7.00" – 7.50" = 19.00cm

7.50" – 8.00" = 20.30cm

8.00" – 8.50" = 21.50cm

8.50" – 9.00" = 23.00cm

Freshwater Pearl Care and Handling

Always put your pearls on after you've applied your makeup, perfume and hairspray. Take your pearl rings off before applying lotions or creams.

Dirty pearls may be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution or a specialty pearl cleaning solution. Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents. Don't use an abrasive cleaner or wipe pearls with an abrasive cloth as both can scratch the nacre coating. Don't use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean pearl jewelry.

Store your pearls separately from other jewelry. Pearls can be easily scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them. Place your pearls in a special slot in your jewelry box, or keep them in a soft bag made from a non-abrasive material.