(left) Silver Linings staff member, Cassidy Stewart, presents a Pearls of Promise Necklace to Sequoia Chupek, St. Michaels High School’s 2016 class president and valedictorian.
(right) Sisters Taylor and Carly Logeman wear their Pearls of Promise Necklaces. Taylor received her pearls in 2011, then went on to graduate from Elon University the same year Carly received her pearls upon graduating from Easton High School in 2015.
The Pearls of Promise initiative was developed by Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings and DBS Fine Jewelers. Silver Linings is a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry store with locations in St. Michaels and Easton, Maryland. DBS Fine Jewelers, also located in St. Michaels, specializes in fine designer jewelry.
In 2011, Aida noticed an emerging trend in gift giving, particularly for occasions like high school graduation. Traditional gifts of fine jewelry and lasting keepsakes were being replaced by tech gadgets and less personal objects that quickly become obsolete.
Aida developed Pearls of Promise to ensure every young woman high school graduate in Talbot County, Maryland receives a beautiful remembrance of her high school graduation, an accomplishment worthy of acknowledgement. Now in it’s sixth year, an estimated 1,000 Pearls of Promise necklaces have been gifted between 2011-2016.
Simply put, they’re timeless.
“Every young woman will now own and wear a classic piece of jewelry,” says Aida. “It will most likely be the predominant accessory she will wear for professional interviews. It very well could be worn on her wedding day, and she may even pass the necklace on to a child in future years. Even if she never purchases or receives another piece of fine jewelry in her life, she will always have her Pearls of Promise.”
Pearls are also a symbolic gift for Talbot County graduates, most of whom were born and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, an area famous for the Eastern oyster.
Every Pearls of Promise Necklace is made from genuine cultured freshwater pearls. They are hand knotted and finished with a sterling silver clasp. The necklaces measure approximately 17″ in length, and retails for $75.00.
A Note to Parents and Grads
Congratulations on this exciting time! Silver Linings staff is happy to be a small part of your high school graduation experience. We will begin presenting your necklaces the week of May 22 during pre-graduation events.
We love to see photographs of grads wearing their Pearls of Promise Necklaces. When sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #PearlsofPromise, so we can easily spot your photos. You may also email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.