I received my pearl yesterday.
I was looking around on Facebook on St. Patty's and someone had shared a lady having a party at that present time. It was a live stream video and she was doing a contest to "find the golden oyster". It sounded fun; you get a pearl and, if you got a golden oyster, you'd get an additional $20 gift card to Starbucks. I thought, "What the hell...let me look at this catalog and see what's up"
My first take was: damn this shit is expensive. So, while perusing, I tried to find the most simple yet inexpensive thing I could find that I actually liked. I found what they call the "twister necklace" which was a sterling silver "cage" in which your pearl is put in.
So backtrack to how pearl parties work:
1. When there is a live stream party ( because you only get to open an oyster if it's live--you CAN, however, shop anytime if you want to ) you shop the online catalog for what product you want. They have rings, necklaces, keychains, charms, etc. Prices vary, but they aren't cheap. I chose what I did because I knew sterling wouldn't flake away, it was simple so could be dressed up or down and it wasn't the most expensive thing in the book. Once you purchase, your name goes into a list and when it comes up on her screen, your hostess will shuck an oyster on the video and that will be "your pearl".
2. They show you your pearl up-close, go over color and size of your pearl and then put it in an envelope to be sent to Vantel Pearls for placement in your jewelry. Pearls come in numerous colors, but I think when you buy from the catalog and not a live show, it always comes with a white pearl.
3. Your hostess ships all the party's pearls to the company, placement is done, they ship it BACK to the hostess who then ships it out to you.
4. You receive your jewelry within 2-4 weeks.
|This is how my package came yesterday|
|Close up of my twister necklace with snow white pearl|
I think the necklace is very cute; simply and classy. It will go with many different looks, which I like.
Would I recommend Vantel Pearl parties? Sure. It was fun, but I think it's more a "one and done" type of thing. I most likely won't be purchasing any other items. I'd rather spend my money on LulaRoe or Coach bags.
Where can you find Vantel Pearl consultants? They probably come up on your Facebook feed periodically, but the lady that I purchased from is named Alicia Harmon and you can find her at https://www.facebook.com/thepearlqueen/. She seems to have frequent parties and is very nice.
Can I possibly shuck my own pearl? You CAN! They have kits through Vantel where you get an oyster and a necklace and you can shuck your own at home ( I did see elsewhere, though, that you can buy the same types of kits on Amazon for cheaper ) It sounds like an awesomely unique gift to give for a birthday, Christmas or other special occasion.
Alright, so that is my review on Vantel Pearls. Leave a comment if you've ever purchased and let us know what you think!
Thanks for reading! :)