The captivating lustre of pearls is a beautiful thing and pearls compliment bridal wear so well. But what if you’re looking for something just a little different? A contemporary take on an old classic. Then let us introduce you to Nauton Braun who offer a full palette of the highest quality freshwater pearls that extends to nearly every size, shape, lustre and hue.
Naugton Braun believe they have something quite unique to offer, as they explain “Our unique buying capabilities allow us to offer, from the source, not only reimagined classics, but what’s new and evolving in the Pearl world. All of our jewellery is crafted by skilled artisans.”
We’ll hand you straight over to Stacieann, co- founder of Naughton Braun now as her enthusiasm and knowledge of pearl jewellery is really enlightening.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Naughton Braun is a freshwater pearl jewellery company founded by Bernadette Braun and Stacieann Yuhasz. We not only sell exquisite jewellery, but also work to empower women at every stage of the design, development, production, import, distribution, and marketing processes.
We have a proprietary relationship with a pearl family where we are able to reliably obtain the finest in freshwater pearls, many of which are not typically available in the US market. Examples of unusually beautiful pearls we offer include the extra-large Keshi pearls (Peachtree Street, shown below) or the exceptional Biawas found in the Annapolis.
We also feature Edison pearls (like in the Captiva Earrings) 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: “re-imagined classics”.
While we love and still occasionally wear our Grandmother’s pearls, we have opted to go beyond the classic high school photo pearls and offer women understated elegance with styles that will themselves also become classics.
All of our designs are based on current jewellery trends or recent runway exhibitions and we take pride in the fact that we design every detail of the jewellery and that each piece is handcrafted by skilled artisans which then undergo two quality assurance checks before shipment. Most of our pieces feature hand-knotted silk in complementary or contrasting colours for additional visual impact.
The inspiration for our designs comes from our travel pic board of places we have been or where we hope to visit one day. Our new beginnings Pinterest board showcases our pearl jewellery interspersed with the places that they were named after, so that you can capture for yourself the essence and inspiration behind the jewellery.
What motivated you to start your business?
We worked together for more than eight years hosting pearl parties and trunk shows around the mid-Atlantic region, operating our “side” business as way to put our kids through college. It was so successful that we had requests from women around the country, (many who had seen their friends in our jewellery) to purchase our pearls.
So we decided to offer our exclusive re-imagined classics to women around the world from the Naughton Braun Website and through social media outlets (Facebook and Pinterest).
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
We travel, take care of our families, dogs, and ducks, and work with our small international team to handle every step of the design, creation, shipping, marketing, and distribution of our pearl jewellery.
We handle all our own social media postings and have a contract with a wonderful photographer who handles all of our beautiful photography. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to do what we love every day, hence our motto, “pearls are our passion”.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
All of our pearl jewellery is carefully handcrafted to exacting standards. Our customers receive white glove service which includes free shipping in the US, and a velvet pouch to carefully store their jewellery purchase so that will look as beautiful on their grand-daughter as it looks on them today.
For our Brides-to-be, we offer a select line (Beautifully Bridal) and a Bespoke Service. The Beautifully Bridal line offers exquisite pearl jewellery for all members of the Bridal party. For our Bespoke Service, we work with Brides-to-be, crafting the perfect pearl jewellery of their dreams.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
We let our pictures of our pearls do the talking for us and we stand behind our guarantee of satisfaction. When we work with a Bride-to-Be on her pearls, we fully engage to ascertain her dreams and make our little part in her day be perfect!
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here’s three (Brittany wearing her Bespoke pearl bracelet, Melissa wearing Mt Blanc – Pearl Necklace and Captiva – Pearl Earrings, and Irma wearing the Monaco Rose- Pearl Necklace.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
We also offer a unique Pearl Ambassador program for our customers. Briefly, they sign up as a Pearl Ambassador on our Website and then enter a small amount of information anytime they speak or interact with a boutique, shop, or bridal salon, and if that shop makes a purchase from us, the Pearl Ambassador receives a coupon for 50% any item from our store with a special “HiPretty” coupon.
What have you got planned for 2017?
We are currently finalising our additions to our line for the holiday season and working with a local artist on a new LookBook campaign for the holiday season. We have also begun conversations with the Komen Association to expand our Pink Pearls for Girls campaign that we initiated last year (but that’s still under wraps)!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Our pearl jewellery is based upon ethereal feelings and memories of all the wonderful places in the world where we have travelled. We incorporate those memories with recent style trends in both the fashion and jewellery world to create original new designs as re-imagined classics. But most importantly, we have fun, we love what we do.
All images courtesy of Naughton Braun