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Get Your Best Summer Sleep - With Georgia Mills Linens

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 12, 2015 15:03

The Linen Experts at Georgia Mills know what it takes to create the best summer sleep environment. There is a lot to consider in choosing the best bedding for your individual needs and preferences. It takes much more than a comfortable mattress to ensure a good night's sleep, so here are a few tips to help beat the heat this summer!

1) Try an all-cotton mattress protector

Mattresses made with synthetic materials (memory foam for example) often trap the heat from your body and make you feel uncomfortably hot. Adding a layer of natural fibers like cotton will help regulate your body temperature by increasing breathability and providing a barrier to the synthetic fibers.

2) Invest in good quality cotton or bamboo sheets

If you want cotton, look for sheets made with Egyptian cotton. It is known for its superior smoothness and durability because it yields longer and stronger individual threads that are woven to create this high quality fabric. As for thread count, higher isn’t always better, especially in the summer when you want to maximize breathability. Select sheets in the 300-400 thread count range, and ensure they are also single ply!

Bamboo is another very popular fiber in sheets right now. Bamboo sheets are extremely soft and silky feeling, and are especially popular in summer or for people who are always too warm. Like cotton, it is a natural fiber capable of breathing and adjusting to your body temperature, but it is especially good for wicking away moisture when you start to sweat due to its absorbency.

3) Opt for a natural fill, summer weight duvet

Though a comforter may be convenient and inexpensive, be mindful that it is filled with synthetic polyester fibers which lack the thermo-regulating benefits of natural fills like down, wool or silk. Investing in a duvet allows you to choose the type of fill and the quantity of that fill so it can be customized to your individual needs. Though any natural fill is an excellent choice, each has its strengths. Down is light, airy and breathable. Silk is dust mite resistant and excellent for allergy sufferers. Wool helps regulate body temperature by wicking away moisture when you start to sweat.

4) Put a quilt on for the summer

If a duvet isn’t your style, get a fresh new look with a light weight quilt or coverlet. Quilts come in a variety of colours and styles to suit any taste, from traditional patchwork to modern designs. Gaining in popularity is the quilted duvet cover. It can be used alone as a quilt in the summer, but has a compartment for a duvet to be inserted when you need that extra layer of warmth.

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Back Then & Again - 4th Anniversary!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 6, 2015 16:44

As we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the day we opened our shop and enter the 5th year of being in business, I thought perhaps that I would bring up one of the suggestions from our guest book that a customer wrote and that was "Real Pearls!!"

Our "Faux Pearl" display is one of the most popular ones in our shop and so I thought it would be a good to respond to this suggestion with information that quite often I have people asking us about.

A real pearl is a "natural" pearl. A natural pearl is made totally by nature and not stimulated by man in any way. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but can come in many other shape. The most valued are the "natural" round pearls found in the wild and are extremely rare, hence extremely expensive. A graduated faux pearl necklace can run into the 10's, if not 100's of thousands of dollars.

Most pearls on the market these days are "cultured" or "farmed" - this is where man has created the irritant in the shell of a clam or other mollusk in order to create the pearl. "Cultured" or "farmed pearls can vary in quality mostly depending on where they were created." The Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls are usually of the best quality as they are harvested after a longer period 2-7 years as compared to Akoya.  However, the market has been saturated by pearls from China where they implant many irritants in one mollusk producing more cultured pearls in a shorter period of time. In the past, these were usually rice grain shaped pebbles. Quality has improved and now the pearls are rounder, in varying colors with a lovely lustre. When cultured pearls first came out they were expensive. They still can be - depending upon the pearl, where it was farmed, the designer and materials used to make the jewellery with the pearl. But for the most part, they are quite affordable due to the fact that there are so many on the market now.

Faux pearls were first created by using blown glass beads and then layers and layers of crushed fish scales were poured into it coating the interior of the bead.  As you can imagine these faux pearls were very fragile and very few can be found today.  We were fortunate in the shop to have a necklace of this type of faux pearl and it had some issues where minute cracking had occurred, but it was a lovely character piece that has since found a new owner and home. As technology and technique improved, faux pearls became solid glass and were/are generally hand-knotted to prevent knocking against each other to prevent chipping. When they were first sold, these faux pearl necklaces were quite expensive for the day. Later, as finishes and plastic evolved, cheaper versions of faux pearls were available on the market and soon everyone could afford the classic look of a pearl necklace.

We have had many people come into the shop with their "grandmother's pearls" that were from her wedding or bought for a special occasion thinking that these were real pearls – only to be surprised when I told them that they were faux. However, the value in these wonderful old pieces is not in the price that they command but in the memories that they hold and continue to create...

- Sherry Neufeld

Back Then & Again is a shop loaded with character, due mainly to its location at the Drinkle No. 3 Building. With its vaulted black industrial ceilings, damask covered walls, and 1930's chandeliers, there is a chic elegance to this vintage and antique jewellery shop. The shop is owned by Sherry and Harvey Neufeld. Sherry is the jewellery expert and works mostly behind the scenes. Harvey is the friendly face that greets you when you walk through the door! Come Visit Back Then and Again as they celebrate their 4th anniversary!

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