October 04, 2011
Mai Pearls has been honoured as a finalist for the ‘Sheerluxe 2011 awards’ in the wedding jewellery category! The Sheerluxe awards are given to exceptional online companies.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Mai Pearls it is your help that has got us this far. If you feel that Mai Pearls is worthy of the Sheerluxe award, please support us by voting for Mai Pearls to win the ‘Sheerluxe 2011 award’.
Go to: http://www.sheerluxe.com/online-shopping-awards.aspx
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Vote for Mai Pearls under Wedding Jewellery. (There are multiple categories but you only have to vote for Wedding Jewellery.)
Thank you again for all your support and your votes.
Posted: October 4, 2011 04:09 PM
September 24, 2010
Mai Pearls Fashion Shoot is here!
Visit our website to see the results of our fashion shoot! We can only say that Lexi, Freya and Serena did a terrific job! Well done, girls!
Lexi looked amazing wearing our Pearl & Ribbon Champagne Necklace. This pearl necklace can be worn either dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. The organza is light and combined with the pearls, creates a feminine look.
Lovely Freya and Serena are only, 4 years old and 2 years old respectively! Both looked stunning specially wearing our Mai Pearls Children Collection!
Posted: September 24, 2010 12:19 PM
September 17, 2010
Last Friday saw Mai Pearls' very 1st fashion shoot.
Shot in a London studio, the day was frantic with make-up, outfit changes, refreshments and entertainment (particularly for the child models aged 4 and 2!).
A great job was done by Lexi our adult model and Freya and Serena our child models. We were kindly lent some stunning flower girl dresses by Sarah from Little Bevan, the girls found it particularly sad having to give them back at the end of the shoot!
The images will soon be launched online so watch this space...
Posted: September 17, 2010 12:52 PM
September 02, 2010
Mai Pearls at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh
We have sent our mysterious model "Mai" to have a look and report back what went on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival sadly ended on Tuesday, but "fret not" as we sent our mysterious advertising girl "Mai" to have a look and report back on what was going on there!
Mai very obligingly put on her ivory white freshwater pearls and took off to the lovely capital of Scotland! Immediately her first impressions of the festival were of amazement! "Everywhere you look there are posters advertising performances. A total of 2,453 shows were available in the city!Bite my pearls if these are not impressive numbers!"
Among other plays, Mai watched 'City & Iris', a delicious drama played by Lecoq-trained actors, that tells the story of a girl trapped in her own insecurities and who uses her glasses as an excuse for hiding from life. Moreover, Mai also put on her pearls and went to see the great one man comedy "Dr Brown Because", whose actor cleverly uses stares, awkward silences and a fearful audience as part of an amusing show!
All in all, the Fringe Festival provides great entertainment and we definitely recommend you put it in your diary for next year! Now, if you have your agendas open, September seems to be "THE month" for vintage fairs in London! Our model, Mai, will definitely bring you some exclusive pics of what went on in some of these fairs as well as great ideas of how to model your pearls! Watch this space!
Mai Pearls Team
P.S.: You are invited to suggest places where Mai should go and wear her pearls!
Posted: September 2, 2010 12:20 PM
August 24, 2010
Mai Pearls features at The Wedding Community Blog!
We were all very excited to see the designer and founder of Mai Pearls, Henrietta Askew, been interviewed by The Wedding Community Blog!
In the interview Henrietta has shared the history of Mai Pearls, its vision and even her favourite jewellery piece! It was great to tell them a bit more about who we are, the blog is a great source of information for brides and events organisers.
Moreover, we have shared the vision of fairness in business. Mai Pearls is really glad that it supports local communities in China, especially through paying fair wages to the women who work with us.
The best of all is that fairness does not imply higher prices. In fact, everyone wins because Mai Pearls still provides quality jewellery and genuine pearls at affordable prices.
Posted: August 24, 2010 10:54 AM
August 26, 2009
Autumn Winter 2009 Collection
We are delighted to launch the new Autumn Winter 2009 collection. Within this collection we bring you not only classic firm favourites but also more fashion led pieces. Blues and greys play a large part in the collection as does neutral tones. To view our new collection please click here.
Posted: August 26, 2009 11:16 AM
August 24, 2009
Mai Pearls sale coming to an end...
Yes the sale continues but it is coming to an end on wednesday when the new Autumn Winter 09 collection will be launched on the website. So if you have had your eye on something in the sale for a while, now is the chance to place your order! www.maipearls.co.uk
Posted: August 24, 2009 12:01 PM
August 19, 2009
The final letter
Although Mai Pearls sponsored 40 children from south China last academic year and each one of them wrote us a letter, only 5 of those letters have been translated into English and this is the final letter. I hope that you have enjoyed reading them and that they have encouraged you to think about ethics when shopping. It may seem like it does not make a difference, but these letters show that it truely does both practically and emotionally.
Thank you very much to give a helping hand to me! Your help lightens our family’s burden!
Also your help makes me cherish my chance to study! When I met difficulties, your help make me face it and resolve it!
I know you set aside money from your daily spend and donate it to me, which not only help my physical needs but also encourage my spirit! Even I say thousands of thanks, it cannot express my appreciation! What I can do is only wish you have a happy life!
Living in an impoverished area, I don’t feel alone because of your dedication and love! I know there are most of children like me getting your help in our school! In order to show our grateful heart, we study hard and compete with each other! We are good students in our class! Therefore, your support is our motivation to do everything well!
Once I fainted and was sent to hospital! When my parents took care of me, I saw their white hair and wrinkle! I felt their love and expectation to me!
I believe that I’ll choose a right way in my future journey. Instead of coming to a halt, I’ll face the difficulties bravely! Your spirit encourages me to change my life! I know my value is not like clay, my life is not like living on a branch, and my heart will fly in the sky!
There is an old Chinese saying: “Drop the boon of the water; be to flow out spring to report mutually!” (Little help brings much return). I know that I’m a common girl but I have a positive attitude to my future! I also want to begin my career in the future to reward your love and help other needy people!
Assisted student: Xiong Daihua
Posted: August 19, 2009 11:53 AM
August 18, 2009
A letter from Su Jiehao
Here is a letter from Su Jiehao telling us about his studies. Mai Pearls have over the past academic year supported Jiehao enabling him to continue his studies. 10% of Mai Pearls profits go to charities that support individuals such as Su Jiehao.
How is everything going on with you?
How time flies! I become a Grade 3 student in junior high school and prepare the examination in July! My grateful sentiments come from the heart and thank you very much for your help!
My parents and I don’t know how to express our appreciation to you! I know that the financial crisis hit the world; however, you still help us! Your behavior makes me moved so much!
I’ll try my best to study hard and pass the examination to go to the senior high middle school!
Your dedication is a good example for me! When I find a job, I’ll do the same thing you do!
Assisted student: Su Jiehao
Posted: August 18, 2009 12:31 PM
August 17, 2009
Sponsor a student
Here is another letter from a very grateful sponsored student;
How is everything going on with you?
I used to sit besides the window to meditate, to look at stars to think, to wander on the street, and to sit alone in the classroom when I stand in the cross road.
When I was in Grade one in junior, I used to give up my studying. However, you give your helping hand to me, which makes me get out of the difficulties!
I once was a little boy, but now I stand in the cross road without confusion. I know how to walk in the life of my journey.
I am very lucky! Because of your help, I entered the junior high middle school, which is rare chance for children in our mountainous area! Your help makes me pick up my belief! Hereby, I want to say thank you to you!
The success is made up by diligent. In the following days, I’ll study hard for my examination for senior high middle school on July 2.
I believe that I can get a good result because of my hard work and your encouragement!
Tomorrow is far away from me;
Dreams are beautiful;
Happiness is going on;
Joy is forever!
If I can enter the senior high middle school, I know you and my family will be proud of me! I’ll try my best to study hard to gain more knowledge and friends!
Maybe it’s a dream, may be the dream become true!
An old saying “Remember the gratitude and try to repay it!” I got it!
In the future, I maybe have a happy family, a good job, and contribute more to the society…..
Now I just want to say thanks to you!
Assisted student: Shi Bingma"
Posted: August 17, 2009 03:37 PM
August 14, 2009
Jewellery with a conscience
Here is a letter from Ma Qiang telling Mai Pearls how the sponsorship for her education has affected her.
Your love likes the love of mother.
The love of mother may be a sentence, a kiss, a smile, an expression in her eye, a gesture, a cup of mile, or a sweater knitted by her…
This kind of love seems a droplet—very small but many of them become a river of love!
Your love and carefulness likes this river of love! Thank you very much for helping me! I don’t know how to express my thanks to you! I just say thanks again with tears of gratitude.
I’ll always remember your kind-heart!
Assisted student: Ma Qiang
Posted: August 14, 2009 01:23 PM
August 12, 2009
Ethical Pearl Jewellery
As you may or may not know, 10% of Mai Pearls' profits are given to charities based in China. This year we have been supporting Operation Blessing's education program. Here is a recent translated letter from one of the students that Mai Pearls have sponsored;
Hope everything is going on very well with you!
The time flows quietly, and the life makes a poem! It is urgent for me to have an examination to enter the senior high middle school.
With your help, I can complete my study in the junior high middle school, which lightens the burden of my family! Also, I learnt a lot of knowledge in the school. I’ll enter the senior high school and so do my brother! My father is more than 50 years old and cannot do labor work! Our income is low and only can meet the basic needs of our life! Thus, I study hard in these three years!
Finally, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for supporting and encouraging me!
Wish you go on very well with your job!
Assisted student: Yu Wujin
To read more about Mai Pearls and the charity that we have chosen to support, please click on the link here.
Posted: August 12, 2009 11:35 AM
July 23, 2009
End of Season Necklace Sale
Just when you possibly thought that things couldn't get much better, we have done it again! We have now added pearl necklaces to the end of season sale, all with 25% off. So hurry to before they fly off the virtual shelves!
Posted: July 23, 2009 12:38 PM
July 22, 2009
Mai Pearls are delighted to now be stocked in Suzanne Neville's elegant Knightbridge, London boutique. For the past two decades Suzanne Neville has designed couture wedding dresses with a definate wow factor. It is her eye for detail that has ensured the pieces that she creates are of a high quality. A selection of Mai Pearls bridal pearl earrings can now be found in the Knightsbridge boutique.
Posted: July 22, 2009 12:10 PM
July 20, 2009
End of Season Sale
The Mai Pearls End of Season Sale has finally begun! 25% off selected pearl earrings and pearl pendants with pearl necklaces to follow in the next couple of weeks. Perfect for a little pick me up or perhaps a friends birthday or even early Christmas shopping!
Posted: July 20, 2009 12:06 PM
July 13, 2009
Last month Mai Pearls was delighted to have had some of their jewellery featured in Woman's Weekly! It was an article on how to dress an outfit up and then how to dress it down, depending on the occasion. To view this great piece of publicity or to see what other magazines Mai Pearls has been featured in recently, visit our press page.
Posted: July 13, 2009 05:27 PM
June 17, 2009
Designing Pearl Jewellery
One happy customer recently asked me how I come up with the Mai Pearls pearl jewellery designs. Whilst I am in the UK I cut out images of jewellery that I like and put it all in a scrap book which I later look at and use as inspiration for new designs. I also read trend prediction magazines to try to keep up to date on colour combinations and new looks. Most of the pearl jewellery design work is done in China with my suppliers. I am surrounded by pearls, semi precious stones and the clasps so I know what can be created and how it will look. I find the colours of the stones inspiring and thankfully I don't ever seem to have the equivalent of writers block whilst I'm there. This year I only had 6 days to put together the Autumn Winter 2009 and Spring Summer 2010 collections! Designing jewellery is not only a creative process but if you take on board future trend predictions, it is also very much a calculated decision.
Posted: June 17, 2009 11:43 AM
May 14, 2009
We at Mai Pearls have made it super easy to buy those essential pieces of wedding jewellery. We have a category on our website completely dedicated to wedding jewellery. This is broken down into bridesmaid jewellery and bridal jewellery which in turn is broken down into earrings, bracelets and necklaces. For any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Posted: May 14, 2009 01:11 PM
May 13, 2009
Free free free
At a time when we are all after something for nothing, Mai Pearls has stepped up to the mark and offer the customer free gift wrap. Of course you can spend a little extra and get the all singing all dancing gift wrap which includes some gorgous ribbon and a greetings card. Whichever gift wrap option you decide on, your pearl jewellery will look stunning appearing from it.
Posted: May 13, 2009 12:11 PM
May 05, 2009
Can a girl ever have too many earrings?
Absolutely not! And Mai Pearls knows this fact which is why for the time being they have dedicated their sale page to pearl earrings only. With 25% off all the pearl earrings on these pages, they make a lovely treat either for you or for a friend. These pearl earrings are end of lines so to avoid disappointment, getting shopping as many styles only have 1 left in stock. Click here to view all the sale pearl earrings.
Posted: May 5, 2009 11:33 AM
April 20, 2009
The May issue of Vogue reports that the shows really radiated with silk taffestas at Valentino and Dior, silk jacquards at Armani and carmine-red sequins at Alexis Mabille. If you fancy adding a touch of luminosity to your look, take a look at Mai Pearls' amethyst and pearl earrings which are wonderfully bright and even have a matching necklace!
Posted: April 20, 2009 11:18 AM
April 15, 2009
Pearl Wedding Jewellery
From my office window I can see a cherry tree full to bursting with fluffy white blossom. This blossom reminds me of the fact that the wedding season is fast approaching.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we at Mai Pearls have had a little spring clean by making some changes to the website's home page. There is now a pearl wedding jewellery page which once clicked on, divides into bridal earrings, bracelets, necklaces and bridesmaids earrings, bracelets and necklaces. This has been done to make the online shopping experiance clearer and more focused for the customer. Of course the pieces chosen for these pages are just suggestions and if you feel that we have missed out any particular piece from the main collection, please do let us know by emailing us at email@example.com
Posted: April 15, 2009 02:41 PM
April 06, 2009
This year, Mai Pearls has had a major spring clean of the site and we have developed what we hope is a clearer and easier to navigate site. The home page is where most of the change can be found with new categories such as Pearl Wedding Jewellery with a click through option to view bridal jewellery suggestions along with bridesmaid jewellery suggestions. The images are larger and clear now with an option to view a detail of each design.
We hope that you enjoy the new and improved site! www.maipearls.co.uk
Posted: April 6, 2009 02:49 PM
April 03, 2009
Last month Mai Pearls was listed on Sheerluxe.com, a luxury online directory for anything from ideas for gifts to wedding jewellery. It really is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration and all the products simply ooze luxury. Click on the above link to see more.
Posted: April 3, 2009 10:11 AM
April 01, 2009
Not On The High Street
Mai Pearls are delighted to announce that they are now a partner of Not On The High Street - a website full of original ideas for gifts or for your own home or children. You will find Mai Pearls listed under various headings including "ethical jewellery", "bridal jewellery" and "fashionable jewellery". We have sadly not been able to list the entire collection however, your favourites have been included! To view the whole collection, please visit our website www.maipearls.co.uk
Posted: April 1, 2009 11:00 AM
March 10, 2009
Our 25% off Sale page has today been updated to contain ivory white and pale pink coloured freshwater pearl jewellery making them ideal bridal jewellery. Whether you are looking for the bride or bridesmaid, you are sure to find something suitable and with a saving of 25%! Click here to view the Sale page.
Posted: March 10, 2009 04:14 PM
March 02, 2009
An Zhengquan's letter
Here is the last of the translated letters from the students in south china who have been sponsored by Mai Pearls in their studies;
Dear Uncles and Aunties:
How are you?
Hopeful you are in good health and your jobs are going smoothly. I want to tell you something about myself. Although my family is very poor, we are all in good health, and we love each other, so I feel that I am the happiest one in the world. I am studying middle school and I believe things will be better through my struggles.
I want to share what happened three years ago. My father said to me, “How about staying at home? “Because the family’s situation is really hard”. I understood clearly what he meant, that is to give up my education and stay home to help out financially. Fortunately I heard that you would provide a scholarship for me, and this is the reason I am still here in school. Since the change in education policy, which relieves the burden on my family, my parents have bought some more learning materials and daily necessities for us. We still are saving money for my high school tuition. It is difficult to cover the cost of living, but I will try my best to borrow money to finish my study. And I must never be unworthy of our teachers' untiring teachings and my parents hope.
I'm much obliged to you for helping us and I can say nothing but thank you very much.
This last letter marks the end of Fair trade week - until next year!
Posted: March 2, 2009 08:53 AM
February 27, 2009
Liqiang's Letter to Mai Pearls
Every year Mai Pearls donates 10% of the profits to a Chinese charity. Last year we donated the profits to Operation Blessing for their sponsor a Chinese student program. Here is a letter from one of the sponsored students;
Dear Uncles and Aunties:
How are you?
My parents need not worry about my cost of living since you have helped me go to school. And with the development of society and our country, my family’s situation is changing greatly so that we have enough food to eat.
Since China started carrying out the education policy of free tuition and free textbooks, we only need to make up for the cost of living in school. With your help, my family only needed to pay half of my living expenses when boarding in school. Instead, they now buy more rice for the family and send my younger brother to school with their savings. Going to school will change my brother’s life.
We just had an exam, and I scored 480 points, which is not good enough to me, so I will try my best to study harder. I clear know who I am, a new generation, the future of China and its successors, so I will never give up and I firmly believe that I will be successful.
Thank you for the new life you have given to me, which changes my destiny, and gives me a chance to back school, so that I will continue struggling for my dream. It is a good chance to me, and I will treasure it. Since I cannot return your affection today with anything else except, I can only say thank you with all my mind and all my heart.
Posted: February 27, 2009 01:45 PM
February 25, 2009
Sha Luojin's letter to Mai Pearls
This week is Fair trade week and as an ethical company we are posting letters that are written to Mai Pearls and their customers from sponsored Chinese students in south China. Mai Pearls give 10% of their profits to Operation Blessing China. Here is a letter from Sha Luojin;
Dear Uncles and Aunties:
How are you?
Our family is very poor, because of more people and less land, and we have no food to eat about April or May. My parents work for the rich to food, and borrow us living cost in school. In order to save money, my sister and I back home for lunch. It is about 2,000 meters of mountains from school to my home for times in everyday.
Since I have entered the junior middle school, the help of you through Operation Blessing China improve the cost of my living greatly. It is impossible for me to buy learning materials in my primary school, so I had to copy others learning material sentences by sentences with hand, while I have brought all set of learning materials.
Since the change in education policy, which relieves the burden on my family, my parents have bought some more learning materials and daily necessities for us. And my parents give me 6yuan every week for my breakfast and some pocket money, with which I can eat sometimes at school because I have to finish all my homework. I will be punished if I can finish all my homework. Your helping encourages me both in physical and in emotional.
How happy I am now, but how can I imagine the following year. If I enter high middle school, my family can not provide mu tuition and cost of living.
Hopeful you are in good health and your jobs are going smoothly.
Posted: February 25, 2009 11:29 AM
February 23, 2009
Mu Xiuzhen's story
Mai Pearls donates 10% of their profits to Operation Blessing's Chinese care program. Each year the students write letters and below is one of those letters, having been translated thankfully!
Dear Uncles and Aunties:
How are you?
Hopeful you are in good health and your jobs are going smoothly.
It is a new term that I receive your scholarship again, and I have many things to share with, but I don’t know where to start. You never know me, but you give your money to you. When I receive your money, I feel very heave, not only the money, but the feeling and love. We are born in mountains, and know nothing about the outside, but we never are forsaken by the world. There are many people in social, who take care of us and help us, so we must study hard, and I will answer your favor with my study. Your help not only encourage me in physical, but in emotional. We want to say “thank you very much” face to face if it is possible, all long you help us. Please feel assured that we will never make you disappoint you.
We, four brothers and sisters, are learning in school. My oldest sister needs
more money for her high school education. The education fees of us make our living harder. But I still Persist in studying to enter the college in my dream. Now I am a third-grade student in junior high school, and there are a lot of knowledge to review. The sentence, you mustn't lose heart, sooner or later your effort will pay off, always encouraging me to not give up my dream, which make my experience success. By the way, I want to tell you my exam this term, I am the first in my class and the fifth in the grade, although my study is lower than my imagined, I already tried my best.
I used to face the drop-out, the desire of learning touched my parents, so that they sent me to school again. I feel very happy when I see my peers have to go out for jobs, and I must cherish this opportunity to change my life mu future.
Posted: February 23, 2009 10:23 AM
February 17, 2009
As pearl stud earrings are by far the most popular thing that Mai Pearls sells, we have just created a "Pearl Stud Earrings" category to make shopping on the website easier for those of you who have a list! Pearl studs are probably the most popular items on the site due to their simple design and versatility - no girl should be without a pair!
Posted: February 17, 2009 11:45 AM
February 11, 2009
Letters from the students that Mai Pearls sponsors
Every year, Mai Pearls gives 10% of its profits to charity. Over the past 3 years, we have been making donations to Operation Blessing, an international charity with an office in Beijing. From here, the donations have gone towards their educational programs and Mai Pearls have been able to support 41 students during this academic year.
All 41 students have written letters to Mai Pearls, telling us a little more about their lives and how the sponsorship money has helped them.
Kindly, Operation Blessing have translated 7 of these letters so that I can update you on what a difference this sponsorship makes.
Here is the first letter;
Dear Uncles and Aunties:
How are you?
Hopeful you are in good health and your jobs are going smoothly.
I have learned in the bright class for three years, and I can’t imagine how fast time is, three years are just like three days. I learned much knowledge and I know how to handle the relationship between students and teachers. I'm much obliged to you for you love and your caution. Maybe I am a shepherd or a migrant worker without your help. It is you who help me realized my dream three years ago, and I owe you a debt of gratitude which I shall never be able to repay, maybe the only way I reward you is study hard.
There are four children in my family. Compare with my oldest sister, I am very lucky to have this cherish opportunity to study, and your help relieves the burden on my family. My family can't express how grateful I am to you.
Since China started carrying out the education policy of free tuition and free textbooks, we only need to make up for the cost of living in school. With your help, my family only needed to pay half of my living expenses when boarding in school, so I save some for my second sister.
I want to tell my living in school, we get up at 5 o’clock and sleep at 10:30 everyday, even I am really tired sometimes, I know why I am here; even I have pressures, I will change the pressures to motive; even I don’t know where I am next year, I should precious today, and I must never be unworthy of your love and our teachers' untiring teachings and my parents hope. If one of us must quit school, I have to give up my study to support my second sister, for she is a three-grade student in high middle school. In any case, all this could wait till the next day. No use worrying about it now.
Uncles and aunties, thank you very much for your help. After this year, would not you be in touch with me? I really want to in contact with you no matter where I am. May we keep in touch?
Posted: February 11, 2009 10:28 AM
February 09, 2009
Why not save yourself from receiving yet another fluffy stuff bear holding a very plump pink heart and give your other half a gentle push in the right direction. Mai Pearls not only offer affordable pearl jewellery but with their special Valentines Day jewellery offer, Mai Pearls have become even more affordable, perfect during this credit crunch.
He will love the fact that he can give you something that you adore, that will last and that will still be within budget! So go on girls, either forward him this newsletter or a link to the website or click on the piece of jewellery that you like and use the "Tell a Friend" option to drop that hint!
Posted: February 9, 2009 11:13 AM
February 03, 2009
Bridal Jewellery Sale
Mai Pearls creates beautiful pearl jewellery for brides to be, bridesmaids and mother's of the bride. In order to celebrate our popular designs, Mai Pearls have put on a special bridal jewellery sale for one week only. To view the sale, please click here. Sale must end Monday 9th February or until stocks last.
Posted: February 3, 2009 11:38 AM
January 30, 2009
Apologies for not writing sooner but I have been kept busy by launching the Spring Summer 2009 Collection.
This collection sees the continuation and growth of the classic ivory white or otherwise know as bridal collection and the launch of a Pastel Collection for your ultra feminine side. This season we see a launch of a Neutral Collection, pieces that will go with absolutely anything and an Overcast Collection for those slightly blue days. Enjoy browsing!
Posted: January 30, 2009 12:14 PM
December 18, 2008
Whilst everyone is preparing for a week or so of eating too much good food and lots of festive cheer, I am preparing for something completely different. At the end of this month, I will be travelling to China to meet my suppliers Wu and Jenny in order to put together two new collections; Autumn Winter 2009 and Spring Summer 2010! It will be great to catch up with my suppliers and to see what new things that they have been working on since I last saw them about a year ago. Of course sadly the new collections will not be revealed for a while but you do have the launch of the Spring Summer 2009 to look forward to in mid January!
Posted: December 18, 2008 11:16 AM
December 17, 2008
Christmas shopping deadlines!
As Christmas is nearly less than a week away, this is a gentle reminder to place your Mai Pearls orders. For deliveries before Christmas, please place your orders by Monday 22nd December at 2pm to avoid disappointment.
Posted: December 17, 2008 12:59 PM
December 12, 2008
January has come early!
Great news! January has indeed come early and Mai Pearls have launched their January sales today! Have a look at the Sale 25% off pages for some Christmas present inspiration that will definitely not break the bank.
Plus, we have just lowered our postage and packaging costs to a mere £4.99 per order. All orders are sent by special delivery insuring the items whilst in the post and insuring that they arrive quickly and efficiently.
Posted: December 12, 2008 01:36 PM
October 15, 2008
Dorset Branch of the British Red Cross at Lulworth Castle
No news is certainly good news...
Apologies for not blogging before now, things have been busy in the Mai Pearls office!
We will be selling at Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, South Dorset tomorrow (Thursday 16th October) from 10am - 4pm along with many other boutiques with money raised going too the Dorset branch of the British Red Cross. They are hoping to raise enough to enable them to purchase a new vehicle for their ever-increasing Medical Loan service.
Hopefully see you then!
Posted: October 15, 2008 02:08 PM
September 17, 2008
Mai Pearls have been in the press
Mai Pearls jewellery has been featured in Woman's Weekly (Sept 9th issue) and Attire Accessories this month and have received great response from this. To view our most recent press, please click on the following link PRESS. Should you come across any other features including Mai Pearls, please CONTACT US and tell us!
Posted: September 17, 2008 04:01 PM
September 15, 2008
Mai Pearls newsletter
The second ever Mai Pearls newsletter has just been sent out today containing all sorts of goodies. Updates on recent features in magazines, fashion tips and news, sale events along with any Mai Pearls news. So if you'd like to join up to our newsletter please click on the following link Newsletter and fill in your details to receive a twice monthly newsletter.
Posted: September 15, 2008 02:26 PM
September 02, 2008
The Launch of the Autumn Winter 08 Collection
With the end of the Summer 08 sale comes the launch of the new Autumn Winter 08 collection.
In the Contemporary Collection this season we see a green revival which includes a range of inspiring natural greens.
This collection also plays with shades of neutrals; beiges and creams are must-haves of elegance with yellow and balsamic traditional hues highlighting the collection’s palette.
A great deal of sober colourings such as prune and deep purple can also be found in this season’s collection whilst flower patterns remain strong.
The Classic Collection continues to include a wide range which brings the public affordable classical pearl jewellery with some new and inspired design additions.
Enjoy browsing the new Autumn Winter 08 collection
Posted: September 2, 2008 03:28 PM
August 27, 2008
Last few days of the Summer 08 Sale!
Sadly all good things do seem to come to an end and this is the case with the Mai Pearls Summer 08 sale which will end tommorrow. So hurry and place your orders online. But it's not all doom and gloom, the Autumn Winter 08 collection will be launched very soon...
Posted: August 27, 2008 10:57 AM
August 20, 2008
The Luxe Card
Mai Pearls has just joined The Luxe Directory as one of its latest stockist. The Luxe Directory is there to make your life as easy as possible when looking for a range of reputable companies. Whether you need to find a good personal trainer or a reliable handyman, The Luxe Directory can help. That’s because they’ve handpicked each professional company in the directory and negotiated a special offer exclusively for you.
Members can enjoy a variety of offers and price reductions from an extensive range of selected high-end boutiques, shops, salons and spas to hotels, bars and professional services.
Members of The Luxe Card can literally save thousands of pounds each year on a wide range of selected luxury products and quality services they probably already buy and use.
Members enjoy the ultimate sale that lasts all year round, at their favourite shops and boutiques without the discomfort of crowds and queues.
The Luxe Directory also provide an on line concierge that puts you in direct contact with the best services that a woman could ever need or want - they do not take commission from their suppliers so our members can benefit from the fabulous reduced rates and offers.
As a member of The Luxe Card, you’ll also be offered complimentary champagne and cocktails at some of London’s leading hotels and bars. To view the privileges available to you right now, search The Luxe Directory and be sure not to miss our variety of Luxe Exclusives, which includes invitations to exclusive shopping events.
Where is The Luxe Card accepted?
The Luxe Card is accepted in a range of shops, services and establishments in Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Kensington, Holland Park, Parsons Green, Maida Vale, St Johns Wood, Notting Hill Gate, Mayfair, Marylebone Village, Primrose Hill and the West End.
Members can also login to the website to view the promotional codes for our fabulous range of online shopping offers.
The Luxe Card will soon be offering you privileges in Wimbledon Village, Hampstead, Battersea, Chiswick and Brighton.
We are also in the process of creating a superb range of Spa Breaks around the UK and we’re very excited about the forthcoming launch of The Luxe Wedding Directory - perfect for anyone organising the ultimate luxury wedding.
Posted: August 20, 2008 02:42 PM
August 14, 2008
For amazing offers and 50% off old Mai Pearls stock, visit http://stores.ebay.co.uk/maipearlsdotcodotuk
To begin with, there are just 4 designs of earrings available for sale, however keep an eye out as more and more things will be added!
Posted: August 14, 2008 06:46 PM
August 13, 2008
Colours for Autumn Winter 08
Last Friday I had a meeting with the jewellery buyer of a large family run department store in the Bond Street area in London. Mai Pearls have been stocked at this particular store for just over two years and the meeting was to show the new Mai Pearls Autumn Winter 08 collection.
The collection, which will be launched on the website by the beginning of September includes not only the classical favourites but also lots of greens, browns and reds.
But here’s the hot tip: this particular buyer selected pieces that included silver or grey pearls and fluorite with greens and lilacs and amethyst. So it looks as though greys and purple shades along with greens are set to be big this season.
Posted: August 13, 2008 09:52 AM
August 06, 2008
Yang Xiaojuan's story
Here is the last of the translated letters from the Chinese students that Mai Pearls were able to sponsor last academic year;
Dear Aunties and Uncles:
How are you? How is your work?
I’m so lucky to have received your help and with a deeply grateful heart, I write to you. You have changed my life and I have gotten rid of my selfishness. I find that to give oneself to others is a happy and noble thing.
Time flies by so quickly. Soon, I will leave Juji Middle School. What does that mean? It means that I will start a new life. Now, although I have no idea about my own future, I am confident in myself. This confidence is from your encouragement to me, which gives me enough energy. I have received school materials through your support. Thank you very much.
When we were asked to fill out the question on what is our desire, I really had no idea. I find that future of mine is so uncertain. When I tried to get some advice from my family, they simply said: “Up to you to decide, or you might blame us later!” At that time, I found myself so isolated, but my elder sister encouraged me to continue to senior school and to enter university. She said: “Don’t follow the path I took.” My elder sister discontinued her studies 3 years ago because of our poverty. She gave up her studies so that my younger brother and I will continue studying. With your help and my elder sister’s support, I have finally chosen to go on with my high school education. I’ll try my best to realise the dream to enter university and later to help the children as you do. Even if I fail, I will not look back. At least, I have tried my best for my dream. Thank you very much. my dear aunties and uncles.
Wish you a good health and success at work. Wish you a happy life everyday.
Posted: August 6, 2008 03:18 PM
August 05, 2008
Wang Zonglan's story
Below is a letter from Wang Zonglan, a student who has been financially supported via Operation Blessing (and Mai Pearls) in his education over the past 3 years and who has now graduated.
Dear Aunties and Uncles:
How are you? Wish you a good health and a success at work.
I haven’t written to you in a long time. Am now writing down this letter during a time when the flowers are blooming, I send my best wishes to you in this coming summer.
Time has passed by so quickly. I have already completed my 3 years junior of school and will soon start a new life. In the past 3 years, I have received so much help from you, which has given me the chance to go on with my studies and also the strength to cope with the difficulties. It’s you who has given me a bright future. Let me show my honest and deepest appreciation to you.
Your support to me has been able to support my living and studying, and change my life. You are the symbol of love to me. You lead me to the sea of knowledge. You show me hope in my desperate time. You give me the confidence and you taught me to face difficulties calmly and bravely. You are the spring shower that has fed hope to this heart.
Aunties and uncles, I’ll graduate from school, don’t know if we will have the chance to meet each other in future. Tomorrow is unknown, however, I’ll keep running on the spirit you give me. I know the only way to success is to master the knowledge. I’ll go on with my studies and realise myself through practice.
Please let me say thank you very much again. And I wish you good health and a successful work.
Posted: August 5, 2008 01:59 PM
July 31, 2008
Summer 08 25% off sale!
Hopefully summer has not quite come to an end, but the Mai Pearls Spring Summer 08 collection is, and there is 25% off selected items throughout the website.
Please note that there is limited stock and sale finishes in a few weeks!
Posted: July 31, 2008 02:36 PM
July 29, 2008
Here is a letter from Ma Hucheng, a Chinese child who was sponsored last academic year by Mai Pearls enabling him to go to school...
Dear Aunties and Uncles:
How are you？ Wish you a good health and work successful.
Thank you very much for the support. I’m so lucky to have your help and I can go on with my studies. Before the start of this school term, I hesitated on whether to go on with my studies. At that time, it was either my brother or I who would have to discontinue with studies as my family can’t afford the tuition of us both. I wanted to give up my studies to allow my older brother the chance to continue. I really didn’t want make my mother to be burdened with our tuition fees.
On the school enrolment day, when I saw my neighbours’ children go to school together, I felt so painful. I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to school any more. But exceeding my expections, I returned to class and kept on studying again. It’s the help from you that gave me a chance to realise my great dream. I’m so grateful to you. Your support to me is like a delicious meal to a bird who would otherwise starve to death, allowing me to see the good that is on this earth. Thank you very much.
My dear aunties and uncles, I just wish you well to your health and work from the bottom of my heart.
Posted: July 29, 2008 01:37 PM
July 28, 2008
Dear Aunties and Uncles:
How are you? I hope that you are well and your work is going well. Appreciate you extending a helping hand that has saved me from discontinuing my studies. With your help, there has been a great change in my studies and even in my life. My parents need not worry about my education fees anymore. Instead, they can now buy for me some school books and stationery relevant for my studies. Thank you so much for your help, allowing me to have a good foundation in life.
I am gradually realizing that in life, there will always be difficulties. But these challenges and difficulties do not have to dictate one’s direction of his development. I have never complained that the world is unfair even though it seems that all the tribulations fall on the poor and all the happiness is bestowed on the rich. I thought that we poor people suffered all the hardships in world. But now, I find that I’m wrong in my thinking. The rich get their success through their own struggles to break away from poverty. So, although living in these remote mountain regions, I won’t complain about how unfair my fate is any more. I believe that as long as I can try my best to work hard and struggle against all the obstacles in front of mine, I can also reach success eventually.
My dear aunties and uncles, thank you again for your help time after time. It has really caused me to think a lot about life, and now I can understand it better. Your help is so appreciated, it has done me a great favor and given me a desire to be able to soar.
Best wishes for your good health and good work.
Posted: July 28, 2008 10:20 AM
July 18, 2008
The Carrie Bradshaw Necklace
Thank you for your patience, finally the necklace has arrived!
A long white pearl necklace is the perfect accessory for any outfit, clearly shown by Carrie Bradshaw in the latest Sex in the City film. As she demonstrated, it even looks great with nightwear!
To view and buy this necklace online, go to the Mai Pearls home page.
Posted: July 18, 2008 12:55 PM
July 15, 2008
Where do some of the profits go?
I have just heard from Operation Blessing in Beijing that during the year 2007-08 Mai Pearls were able to sponsor 25 chinese students through the Adopt-A-Student program.
Although many children living in poor areas in China are not required to pay for their full tuition, related school and educational costs exceed the ability of many families living in poverty and extreme poverty. Operation Blessing China’s Education Program has assisted thousands of children from 14 provinces with their tuition and related educational costs, helping many who otherwise would never complete a primary and middle school education.
I am hoping to receive some letters from the students that Mai Pearls have sponsored and once I do so, I will post them on the blog. Keep looking out for them!
Posted: July 15, 2008 01:28 PM
July 07, 2008
Getting Married? We’re hosting a party in your honour!
Join us for a drink and sample the ideas and advice on offer
Tuesday July 15thth, 7.30-9.30pm
myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, London, SW3 3QX
complimentary makeovers from The Light Rooms*
free taster sessions from The Skin Specialist*
burlesque session from The Cheek of It!
free bra fittings from Chic’est
* advance booking recommended
the free advice is a great idea…the free gifts is a lovely treat!
Places are limited so r.s.v.p as soon as possible
www.bridal-parties.net...making wedding planning fun!
Posted: July 7, 2008 02:58 PM
June 18, 2008
Sex in the City
Having gone to see Sex in the City the movie, I was totally shocked… by the number of pearls that were worn by the leading character, Carrie Bradshaw throughout the entire film. She wore them with her day wear, bridal fashion shoot and even in bed!
So whatever the weather, whatever the occasion, whip out those pearls and they are bound to complete any look!
In honour of the Sex in the City movie, I will be designing a Carrie Bradshaw white pearl necklace, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks to the website for the launch of what will certainly be a show stopping sell out!
Posted: June 18, 2008 12:52 PM
June 17, 2008
Black Lilly Boutique
Mai Pearls is delighted to have recently become a member of Black Lilly Boutique!
Black Lilly Boutique provide a lifestyle not just a brand, bringing you the latest in designer, individual & handcrafted accessories. An amalgamation of tastes and influences from around the World have led to sculpting these beautiful pieces of jewellery and accessories, using only the finest fabrics, gems & beads.
Most items will be delivered between 5 - 7 days. As some of our items are made especially for you, please allow a delivery date of up to 14 days for handmade jewellery and handbags and up to 28 days delivery for tiaras (from the date when the order is placed).
Have a look at www.blacklillyboutique.co.uk
Posted: June 17, 2008 05:29 PM
June 03, 2008
Hilary Alexander in The Daily Telegraph makes some great suggestions for finding a frock that makes you feel fantastic and gives ideas as to how to dress it up or down. Consequently in her article “One great dress to see you through the summer” she suggests a sunray-pleat dress with white beaded yoke by Manoush, leather wedges by LK Bennett along with crystal and pearl drop earrings from Mai Pearls! See link to read more…
Posted: June 3, 2008 05:43 PM
April 01, 2008
Sale - 25% off
Just a little reminder to check out the Mai Pearls Sale – 25% off page. http://www.maipearls.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=22
More pieces have been added today and with pendants starting at £6.00, they make a perfect “pick me up” for anyone, a great birthday or anniversary gift and ideal for brides, bridesmaids and mother of the bride!
Posted: April 1, 2008 04:13 PM
February 20, 2008
Mai Pearls are delighted to have joined forces with bridal-parties.net, a new, free network bringing together brides with select, suppliers offering personalised, top quality products and friendly, professional service, with no pushy sales people or hard sell.
The venture is the brainchild of Kate Wynn of Designed to Impress, a wedding dress designer of 10+ years experience.
Register online at www.bridal-parties.net to join an exclusive party for unique and creative ideas and advice to inspire your wedding planning. Try on jewellery and accesories while you sip cocktails and chat to suppliers and other brides.
The first bridal party ever will be at stylish myhotel Chelsea at 7.30pm on Tuesday February 26th. We look look forward to seeing you then!
Posted: February 20, 2008 01:41 PM
February 06, 2008
Spring Summer 2008 Collection
We are delighted to launch Mai Pearls’ Spring/Summer 2008 collection.
This season’s Contemporary Collection includes soft pastels, tones of powdered skins and silky grey. Continuing along the grey palette, metallic and concrete greys with green and khaki also feature within the collection. Other colours to have been included are various shades of soil with traces of indigo and yellow and fruit skins and flesh colours. Delicate flower patterns are back this season!
The Classic Collection includes a wide bridal range which continues to bring the public affordable classical pearl jewellery with some new and inspired design additions.
Mai Pearls’ affordability makes them even more attractive!
Earrings start from as little as £11.95 whilst necklaces start from £15.00 and bracelets from £14.50. At these obtainable trade prices, they make ideal gifts and are suitable for most budgets!
Posted: February 6, 2008 03:52 PM
December 15, 2007
7 more days left of internet shopping!
As there as only another 7 days of internet shopping left on the Mai Pearls website, I thought that I would take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas 2007!
If you are a little behind on the Christmas shopping front then fear not. As long as you put your order in before midday on Saturday 22nd, then you will have everything that you need for a perfect Christmas. It could not be an easier or less stressful way of shopping, so get browsing! www.maipearls.co.uk
Posted: December 15, 2007 01:17 PM