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Custom orders

We love working with our customers to make their dreams a reality. 
We create handmade engraved jewelry & custom designs for you and your group. Please allow 1-2 months for all custom orders. Contact us at hazelandmarie@gmail.com for more information. 

Wholesale

Please contact us at hazelandmarie@gmail.com for more information. 

Care

When cared for properly, pearls can last a lifetime. The best way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body’s natural oils keep pearls lustrous. However, it’s important to keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup and hairspray. Chemicals found in these common products can dull the luster of your pearls. It is recommended that you put your pearls on last when getting ready and make them the first thing you take off when you come home. Before putting your pearls away, wipe them with a soft cloth and store them separate from other jewelry to avoid scratching their tender surfaces.

 

Shape

Freshwater pearls can be round, oval, off-round, ringed and baroque.  We love to use various types of pearls which provide a more modern and interesting style compared to a simple strand of pearls.

Quality 

As a mollusk creates a pearl, the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Sometimes spots and bubbles can appear in the layering process. At Hazel & Marie we offer you a range of styles and believe that the natural growth of pearls enhances the beauty of the pearls.  Our highest quality pearls are AAA quality with the smoothest surface.

Size

Our pearls range in size from large to very small. Our larger pearls have aged longer in the oyster and cultured later in their lifecycle.  Each pearl has a hand drilled hole through it and the smaller the pearl, the more delicate and difficult it can be to drill. 

Color 

All natural pearls are grown into white, cream, yellow, pink, silver, and black pearls. A pearl can also have a hint of secondary color, or overtone, which is seen when light reflects off the pearl surface. Some of our pearls are naturally dyed through a process where their porous surface accepts a natural dye to bring more vibrant colors.

 

Luster

Pearls produce an intense, deep shine called luster. This effect is created when light reflects off the many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that compose the pearl. This substance is called nacre. When selecting a pearl, consider that the larger the pearl, the more nacre it has, so it will also exhibit even more luster. Compare a 5mm pearl with a 10mm Freshwater cultured pearl and the difference in the amount of nacre is obvious. The difference in luster is as clearly visible as the difference in the pearl sizes.