Naughton Braun is a freshwater pearl jewelry company that not only sells exquisite jewelry (design on a dime!) but also works for empowering Women at every stage of the design, development, production, import, distribution, and marketing processes. They have a proprietary relationship with a pearl family where they are able to reliably obtain the finest in freshwater pearls, many of which are not typically available in the US market. Examples of atypical pearls they offer include the extra-large Keshi pearls (Peachtree Street) or the exceptional biawas in their Annapolis.
Since Naughton Braun handles all the steps typically associated in the jewelry industry with a myriad of middlemen, their prices are considerably lower and the quality considerably higher! In addition, they highly recommend that customers obtain an independent gemologist report for appraisal purposes and everyone who has done that has reported back that the appraisal values are 40-100% higher than what they paid for the piece. This is why the say that they offer “affordable luxury”.
They also feature Edison pearls (like in the Captiva Earrings offered to one lucky winner) which are a relative newcomer in the pearl realm and not widely available.
Most of the ~20 or so US/Canadian based pearl companies primarily offer single or multi-strand freshwater or Akoya pearls, while Naughton Braun has opted to pursue a different course, showcasing their real pearls with semi-precious gems and stones in trendsetting combinations: “reimagined classics”. While they love and still occasionally wear their Grandmother’s pearls, they have opted to go beyond the classic high school photo pearls and offer Women understated elegance with styles that will themselves also become classics.
They currently only offer jewelry for Women but sell both retail (to you and me with free shipping and a complimentary velvet storage pouch) as well as wholesale (to boutiques, bridal salons, shops). They offer two different brands; Naughton Braun and Naughton Braun Bespoke. The Naughton Braun Collection is sub-divided into three overlapping categories with jewelry selections suited for Every Day, Any Evening, or Beautifully Bridal. The Bespoke Collection is based on designs that were created for individuals and were slightly modified from the original design so that they could be offered to all.
All of their designs are based on current jewelry trends or recent runway exhibitions and they take pride in the fact that they design every detail of the jewelry and that each piece is handcrafted by skilled Women artisans which then undergo two quality assurance checks before shipment. Most of their pieces feature hand-knotted silk in complementary or contrasting colors for additional visual impact. As mentioned previously, they utilize a network of Women and they take pride that they can empower Women artisans and that idea of empowering Women is an important part of their philosophy.
They even work with Women-owned non-profits occasionally and design pieces that support the non-profit! In addition, all of their jewelry is named after places. The inspiration comes from their travel pic board of places they have been, or from Instagram (@Naughton Braun) or from their Dreamin Places Pinterest board of places that they hope to visit one day. The Naughton Braun new beginnings Pinterest board showcases their pearl jewelry interspersed with the places that they were named after, so that you can capture for yourself the essence and inspiration behind the jewelry. When they name a piece of jewelry they share a memory or ethereal feeling through that name and description of every piece, thereby imparting a feeling; a connection.
I’m a huge pearl fan and I’m smitten with Naughton Braun creative pieces. They offer an eclectic selection of jewelry that will resonate with all walks of life. Here is your chance to win a gorgeous pair of Captiva Earrings.
Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post.