Buy local, definitely a hip way to get the best and stretch your dollars, as Anneli Rufus writes in the Huffington Post.

“My lifelong dream of someday seeing the South Pacific is partly fuelled by Gilligan’s Island, partly by visions of nacre.  Fiji’s pearls, drawn from black-lipped oysters, ranging in hue from lustrous chocolate to midnight blue, they’re farmed by locals in the waters off Savusavu and Kioa under conditions aimed at preserving the pristine natural ecology”

Check out the entire article here.