Hello and welcome to my blog.
First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Nina and I live in Cardiff, UK, together with my other half, Aaron, and our two fur babies: Zeus the Pom and Aphie the Raggie (short for Aphrodite - yes, we thought we'd stick with the Greek gods theme). As you can probably tell, we love them very much and are very proud to be their human servants.
So where did Pearlberry start? To find that out we have to go back to the late 90s. I was brought up by my mother, who single-handedly ran a wholesale jewellery business in Moscow, Russia. Ever since I was seven, I was surrounded by corals, quartz, lapis lazuli and freshwater and sea pearls in all shapes and colours. Of course, I was all too young to appreciate their beauty and thought them to be, what I called it, the "old lady" jewellery. Looking back at the teenage me, trotting around in cheap, nickel or plastic rings and necklaces and wearing blue eye shadow and Barbie-pink lipstick, I am glad that I grew up in an era without smartphones to document my every move.
Fast-forward 15 years and I find myself in the United Kingdom, with two bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree, but still not knowing what I want to do with my life. I felt I was at a crossroad. I could keep working in a perfectly comfortable office for another 40 years and retire at 65, or I could pursue my dream of working for myself. I chose the latter and this is how Pearlberry was born.
I frequently found myself awake at 2am in bed, thinking excitedly about running my own jewellery business, designing my own pieces and sharing them with the world. I finally took the leap in June 2015 and handed in my notice at work. That was followed by busy months of finding suppliers, reading all the books about gemstones and building and designing the Pearlberry website. The website finally opened to the public on 15 October 2015.
Every piece of jewellery on the website has been hand picked by me and checked for imperfections by my mom's expert eyes. I feel truly lucky to have such an amazing mom and hope that I will be at least half as successful as she is. Here she is wearing the biggest pearls I have ever seen at my wedding in 2014 (yes, they are real):
I hope you enjoy browsing through our amazing range of jewellery with some of my favourite gemstones: freshwater pearls, blue topaz, purple quartz (aka amethyst), yellow quartz (aka citrine) and many others. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am in the process of designing new pieces incorporating pearls and other, less known gemstones, and hope to share them with you in the near future.
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