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Sustainable Gems for Graduation Day

If a scene from the film Black Diamond comes to mind when you think about gems, you’ll be glad to know that this is not an image you need to associate with the pearl industry.

Most gemstones are non-renewable – the supply of gems like diamonds is finite and won’t be replaced in our lifetime, while many mining sites cause a lot of ecological damage.

But, the pearl industry is different.

Pearls: Nature’s Gems

Pearls are the only gems that are produced by living creatures; they are organic, created inside living mollusks. They’re also renewable – one mollusk can produce multiple pearls at a time and the mollusks themselves can also reproduce. It only takes a few years for pearls to form, in stark contrast with diamonds, which take between 1-3 billion years to be created.

Oysters are remarkably sensitive organisms, which makes it extremely important that the water and surrounding areas are clean and healthy, otherwise the pearls won’t grow. A pearl farmer who cares about the long-term health of his farming operation must use environmentally-responsible farming practices to produce high-quality pearls now, and for decades to come, unlike with other gemstones where the future of the environment is hardly a concern.

Formerly, pearls could only be found growing wild in nature, and they were extremely rare – only royalty and the extremely wealthy could afford them. But today, most pearls you can buy are cultured or produced on pearl farms of which about 95% are produced in China, which is also where our flagship product, Edison pearls are cultivated.

What Are Edison Pearls?

Edison Pearls are the brainchild of Zhan Weijian, president of Grace Pearls located in Zhuji, a town in the Zhejiang Province in east-central China. The first cultivated pearls were farmed successfully in 1916, admittedly of low quality, and over time the quality has improved tremendously and could even be compared to the quality of natural pearls. But Edison Pearls took the industry to a whole new level when they were introduced to the market in 2010.

What makes Edison pearls so unique is that these pearls are smooth with intense luster, they’re almost perfectly round, they come in sizes of up to ¾ of an inch and there are a wide range of different colors available such as: purple, pink, bronze, dark gold, and champagne.

When asked why he chose the name, Zhan Weijian said that “Thomas Edison, for all his intelligence, could not invent pearls or diamonds.”

The superior quality of Edison pearls put them in a class of their own. And what makes them even more remarkable is the fact that they are surprisingly affordable. Women throughout the world are now able to afford pearls of superior quality in any shape, size, and color they prefer.

Our Trade-In System: Recycle Your Old Jewelry

At Timeless Pearl, we’re committed to helping women look beautiful and feel confident with a wide range of charming jewelry designs that reflect her inner beauty and personal style.

We’re also committed to the environment and our impact in the community. We only partner with suppliers who follow sound sustainability practices in their pearl farming operations.

But we’re now taking our commitment even further. We’re introducing a new trade-in system where you can exchange your old pearl jewelry for something new and depending on the quality of the used jewelry, you can get up to 80% back on your purchase price.

It’s simple. You just complete the trade-in application form on our website to receive a return label, you’ll then post the old jewelry to us, and once we’ve inspected the jewelry, you’ll receive a cash back coupon via email which you can then use when making your next purchase.

Take a Stand on Graduation Day

We invite you to take a stand for women and the environment on your graduation day – and beyond. With over 400 different styles, you’re bound to find something to your liking.

Visit timelesspearl.com to make a statement on graduation day.

 

At Timeless Peal, we sincerely hope to make you 100% satisfied with your pearl jewerly purchase. Our mission is to make handcrafted luxury timeless pearl jewelry affordable to everyone, and at the same time promote environmental sustainability and our love of pearls.

Unleash Your Inner Genie Goddess This Year

College is stressful for anyone, and for women thinking about having your period, while studying for exams and rushing to your classes can be more emotionally stressful. Let alone, all the added emotions of being away from home, and living with a complete stranger can add up.

A Genie’s Dream is making it that much easier to get items shipped right to your dorm room. You don’t need to wait for Christmas to get gifts that make you feel like a Goddess.

Every girl needs a reminder of how amazing it is to be a woman. Most of us don’t associate our monthly cycles with creativity, and celebration.

A Genie’s Dream was created on the idea that woman are the most powerful when vulnerable, and the company wanted to showcase products that can help channel creative forces by curating brands that are good for your health and wealth. Also, by adding a little extra magic and TLC into our daily lives and routine.

A Genie’s Dream showcases products that are good for your mind, body and spirit. Empowering self love and self care.

Cycle of 3

A Genie’s Dream is all about empowering women and the individual. Behind each tube, there is a Cycle of 3: support for small businesses, repurpose tubes, and stories of individuals. They focus on having products that are handcrafted by women entrepreneurs, advocate a healthy environment by repurposing our sturdy tubes in many creative (and fabulous) ways, and we highlight the stories of the people behind the creation of A Genie’s Dream.

We aspire to create a movement to inspire women to unleash the creative spark within themselves to unleash their inner genie. It is a never-ending cycle of giving and sharing.

How Does the Subscription Work?

This monthly “tube” of gifts will be delivered right to your door and includes all things therapeutic to make that “time of the month” a pleasant one. The tube is delivered every 30 days, but it’s flexible to fit your schedule. It can be paused, changed or canceled; no questions asked.

A Genie’s Dream has two enchanted cylinders to choose from. The LADY Tube “themed” Subscription features everything sparkly, and imaginative and made with love such as:  organic tampons, organic pads, unicorn make-up brushes and jewelry, Each month has a fun imaginative theme to unleash the inner child within us all.

The Goddess Subscription is all Organic, Cruelty Free! Each month you will receive organic tampons, organic soaps, handcrafted candles local teas, essential oils, organic chocolates, biodegradable candies, and sustainable tubes; we also include healing crystals to help you embrace your inner spiritual goddess. Each month showcases a different goddess to unleash the warrior within.

Why Does this Box/Tube Stand Out?

This company promotes brands and products from savvy female entrepreneurs that care about the planet. For example: in The Goddess box/tube you can find Lollipops, made from flowers with a seed bearing- biodegradable stick, so you can plant your own flower or you can find handcrafted candles only made on Full Moons that channel the cycle of the moon to bring luck and love to you. You will also find fun Bath bombs and Shower Steamers that are made with biodegradable glitter by @purringbuddah. Each bath bomb is organic, vegan, and cruelty free.

Products, that are good for your health and wealth? Yes, please. We are loving A Genie’s Dream. Not only do they care about the products you put in your body, but they also care about the environment.

It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. It really is a never-ending cycle of women encouraging women to unleash their potential. Instead of letting our natural, bodily cycle bum you out every month, you can use it as an opportunity to celebrate you and all your creative ambitions.

A note from A Genie’s Dream founder, Allison Gondoli: “A Genie’s Dream has changed the way we view our natural bodies. Instead of shaming ourselves that we are on our period, we are celebrating it! I had a vision of creating a product that inspires women to unlock their imagination when they are feeling vulnerable. I also wanted to shed light on the products we use monthly that are good for our mind, body, and spirit. A Genie’s Dream is not only a brand, it’s a community of women helping women, who create a lifestyle and a conscious way of living.”

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A Genie’s Dream was founded upon the idea that women deserve to feel comforted and good about themselves, even during a sad and vulnerable state.  Our mission is to unveil your inner genie goddess. No matter what time of the month it is, your gift is our command. Our monthly subscription will ease your pains and worries while putting a smile on your face. Relax and take a revitalizing ride on this magnificent journey.

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Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski Arrested During Kavanaugh Protest

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski Arrested During Kavanaugh Protest

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski joined thousands at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill to protest the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The actor and model were two familiar faces among the 300 people to be arrested during Thursday’s protests.

In video footage that has been circulating on Twitter, Schumer, 37, can be seen interacting with the police.

“You want to be arrested?” an officer warns her.

Schumer replies: “Yes.”

An outspoken advocate for women’s rights and gun control, Schumer’s shirt read: “This today, then #ERA”.

Ratajkowski, 27, shared an image of herself with a banner on social media, stating that she had also been arrested at the protests.

“Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power.”

In the photo, Ratajkowski’s banner reads: “Respect female existence or expect our resistance”.

The Women’s March, a liberal organization that moved in opposition of President Donald Trump, was one of multiple activist groups tweeting from the protest.

It comes before The Senate’s crucial vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday. A week-long FBI investigation has concluded, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Banners from angry protestors read: “We believe Christine Ford”—the woman who has spoken out about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party in 1982.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has expressed support for Kavanaugh—who denied all allegations—recently angering some of his fellow Republicans by speaking against Ms Ford’s testimony.

“How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know,” the President mocked.

Republican, Jeff Flake, responded to the incident, saying: “There is no time and no place for remarks like that, but to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.”

Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US Supreme Court would put it in favour of conservatives for years to come.

Further reading: Why We Should All Channel Our Inner Serena Williams

Dating Apps Created by Women

Five Dating Apps Created by Women for Women

Apps have changed the face of dating and there seems to be no signs of them slowing down. Long gone are the days of courting a lady; instead, swiping yes or no seem to be the newest form of digital foreplay. While dating apps have made connecting to people far easier, they have received a lot of skepticism from both sexes—women, in particular. Women often feel harassed or tired of silly puns and cheesy one-liners spewed out to them by their matches. Another complaint is the lack of safety precautions. Instances of harassment are a common feature of virtual dating. The solution to this? Dating apps created by women—these outstanding dating apps have the answer (for the females at least). Take a look at our top 5 dating apps created by women for women.

Bumble

Possibly the most popular and well known of the eight apps, Bumble is specifically designed with women in mind. It works on a similar premise to most dating apps with location being integral to your matches. What makes it so unique is the method in which a couple will start chatting. A male can extend an invitation to speak with a female, but in order for any flirting to commence a female needs to accept beforehand. Whitney Wolfe, CEO and creator of Bumble and cofounder of the dating app Tinder, is an American entrepreneur. The app’s immense popularity and surge in their monthly base visitors gained Wolfe a place within Forbes 2017 30 Under 30, where they credit successful young pioneers for their work.

HER

HER’s objective is to unite members of the lesbian, bisexual and queer community of women. Their app involves free and paid features with differing perks and functions. But there is a lot more to HER than just dating, it also allows the user to make new friendship connections and read up on topical news. They even promote the sharing of LGBTQ events, providing app users with a well-rounded knowledge f how their identity group is being catered to in their local community. Robyn Exton, founder of HER, commented that “Dating for LGBTQ women used to be pretty tough. Trying to find a woman that hadn’t dated one of your friends was like trying to find a black diamond in Argos; very unlikely.” A prime example of a dating app created by women for women.

Coffee Meets Bagel

The Coffee Meets Bagel app is unlike Tinder, which uses fast-paced swiping software for a quick dating experience. Coffee Meets Bagel takes that concept and flips it on its head. Each day at noon the male users will be sent a selection of 21 matches, they can either like or pass on these. The app then curates the best potential matches for those who were liked, the girl can choose who they speak to out of the selection they receive. The more the app progresses, the more accurate the matches become. The app collates data and starts to track the significance of the users you like.

LuLu

LuLu was created by Alexandra Chong as a solution to harsh dating rules. The app aims to create a safe environment for women, allowing them to remain anonymous until they feel comfortable revealing their full identity. It works in a similar way to Bumble, allowing women to make the first move with a message. What sets LuLu apart from the rest is its rating feature. The app allows you to rate exes and old acquaintances. This review covers sexual performance, hobbies, ambitions and appearance, giving a unique edge over its app opponents.

Siren

Susie Lee, CEO and cofounder of dating app Siren, disliked the swiping culture developing within the dating scene. Mindless and rather shallow use of apps is starting to make people neglect what really matters—an opinion greatly triumphed by Lee. She believed there were no genuine dating apps created by women for women—enter Siren. The app provides you with a daily question, intended to initiate thoughtful conversations that reveal more about the user’s personality. This is one of the more thoughtful apps on the market. Try to consider your answers carefully before publishing them; the pace of the app is decisively slower and more purposeful than others in the market. Lee set out to humanize the online dating scene. Durex proposed a partnership with Siren during one of their campaigns on technology and intimacy.

Further reading: Dating App Bumble is Opening its Own Bar