How to Clean Pearls Without Ruining Them

It doesn’t get much more classic than pearls. These popular keepsakes manage to be dainty and sweet, yet bold at the same time. (Explains why they’re a common choice for weddings!)

Cultured pearls are delicate and require proper care. They can’t be maintained like other jewelry you own. Read on to learn how to best clean and care for your pearls.

How to Clean Pearls

1. After every wear, wipe your pearls with a soft cloth. This will help prevent any buildup of oils or other substances that may have come in contact with your jewelry throughout the day.

2. Clean with a damp cloth only as needed. If your pearls are visibly stained, you can mix a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap, dip a soft cleaning cloth in it and wipe the pearls. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the silk thread.

3. Let them dry all the way before storing. Again, this helps preserve the elasticity of the silk strand.

4. Take them to your jeweler once a year. While you want to wear your pearls often to keep them hydrated, all that body oil doesn’t do the silk thread any favors. Make sure to have your jeweler check the integrity of your pearl bracelets and necklaces once a year. They can also give them a thorough, safe cleaning.

Never clean pearls with a steam or ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Both of these methods are likely to damage the outer layer of the pearl.

Pro Tip: “Cultured pearls should be strung with a knot between each bead to prevent loss if the strand breaks.” – Jewelers of America

Pearl Maintenance Tips

Pearls are commonly passed down to become a treasured family heirloom. Make sure your pearls last long enough to achieve heirloom status by following these maintenance tips:

1. Last on, first off. Pearls should be the final touch to your outfit. Avoid applying makeup, hairspray, lotion or perfume once your pearls are on.

2. Store them flat. While it’s perfectly acceptable for most necklaces to be hung on a cute jewelry rack, your pearl strands should not be. Store pearl necklaces flat to prevent them from stretching.

3. Dedicate a space just for your pearls. Soft pearls are prone to scratches, so store them separately in fabric-lined compartments.

4. Wear your pearls often. Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them frequently keeps them from drying out. Easiest. Advice. Ever. 

Now that you know how to clean and care for pearls, go put yours on!

How Much Should an Engagement Ring Cost?

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the old adage advises an engagement ring should cost roughly the equivalent of two months’ salary. That out-of-date advice came from a De Beers marketing campaign to create buzz around diamonds. 

If we were to do some quick math and look at median weekly earnings over the last quarter in 2020, the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that would equal $7,872 (based on 8 weeks.) 

However, according to The Knot 2020 Jewelry and Engagement Study, the average cost of an engagement ring was $5,500 in 2020. Keep in mind, that this average engagement ring cost is a national average taken from respondents all over the country. 

Average Engagement Ring Cost By Region

In their findings, The Knot broke down the average engagement ring costs by region, which does shine a little more light onto this national average of $5,500. 

  • Mid-Atlantic: $7,600 
  • Northeast: $6,000 
  • West: $5,400 
  • Southeast: $5,200 
  • Midwest: $5,400 

Also noteworthy, 25 percent of respondents spent between $1,000 – $3,000 on a ring, while 11 percent spent $1,000 or less.

How Much Should an Engagement Ring Cost?

If you haven’t already guessed, the overarching theme to this blog is that no single price range is right for everyone. So, how do you decide how much to spend on your engagement ring?  

Start with choosing one of these four strategies: 

Set an Engagement Ring Budget and Stick to It 

There are many factors that come into play when figuring out your engagement ring budget. After all, it’s possible that your finances will merge once you get married, so it’s best to think about your financial future as a whole. 

Here are a few things to consider when budgeting for your engagement ring:

Your current income. 

Your monthly expenses like food, rent/mortgage, bills and re-occurring debt (like student loans and car payments.) Make sure you can still pay for these things while budgeting for an engagement ring. 

Your savings. How much have you saved up already and how much more money could you save if you cut down on unnecessary spending? 

Preference. What does your spouse-to-be want in a ring? If a large diamond is on her mind, do your best to accommodate her wishes. If she’d like to go with something a little simpler, then scale back your budget. 

The only downside to budgeting before checking out any rings is that you may find yourself (or your fiancée-to-be) disappointed with the ring options available. 

Instead of budget first, ring second, you could … 

Ring Shop, Then Save 

Especially if this is your first major jewelry purchase, you may wind up with a more satisfying result if you determine exactly what parameters your ring must meet to satisfy your expectations before determining a hard-and-fast budget. 

Make a date of it and do some ring shopping together.  

If you’re willing to stick out the pre-engaged phase for a little while, picking your dream ring and then saving up to pay for it straight-up is a great option. After all, the average time spend looking for a ring is about 3.5 months, with the average number of rings looked at before purchase is 26. 

Finance Your Ring Purchase 

Already have a dream ring in mind? One that doesn’t quite match your cash flow? 

If waiting to get engaged isn’t an option, or at least isn’t a preferable option, there’s always financing. 

Just keep in mind that whatever debt you take on pre-marriage will follow you both into your married years, when you’re likely to accumulate more debt from additional large purchases. 

Money Under 30 has a great guide to financing an engagement ring

Buy Smart, Upgrade Later 

Maybe you have a specific ring in mind that doesn’t fit your current budget, but financing doesn’t appeal to you either. 

Consider choosing a more affordable ring now, with a plan to upgrade a few years down the road. 

Many jewelers have trade-in programs that allow you to purchase a new piece for up to double the value of the item you’re trading in. If you’re not overly sentimental about the exact diamond presented in the proposal, this route could be just right. 

Even if you aren’t too keen on parting with the memory-laden diamond that made you a fiancée, you can always work with your jeweler to choose or design an affordable ring that’s conducive to upgrading without sacrificing too much of its original integrity. 

In Conclusion 

How much should an engagement ring cost? In the end, it should cost as much as is right for your preferences, goals, and budget. Hopefully the four strategies above help get you started in the right direction when buying an engagement ring. 

Once you purchase your engagement ring, make sure you insure it. Get a simple, free quote in minutes by clicking the button below. 

Skatell’s Jewelers Offering An Amazing Romantic Package of Gifts for Valentine’s A Sweet Deal!

For those who can’t make a decision on what to get a loved one for Valentine’s Day, Skatell’s Jewelers in Spartanburg, is offering a Sweet Deal! Receive One Free Dinner from our local favorite Restaurant @ City Range, Box of Chocolates, Dozen Long Stem Roses, and a variety of Beautiful Diamond Pendants and Earrings specially priced, ALL for only $99 Any purchase you make in store through February 13th, over $99 qualifies for this terrific package Deal!

Quantities are limited! To reserve your package, please call us @ 864-576-6434 or visit us at 217 E. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg

When looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, there are a few tried-and-true options for dazzling one’s partner. Chocolates, roses, and a dinner out are all de rigueur for the holiday. Of course, the difficulty comes from selecting just one of those delights for the 14th.

Skatell’s Jewelers in Spartanburg, however, has the ideal answer for that dilemma: All of them and more! Until Valentine’s Day, Skatell’s Jewelers is offering a package of dinner, flowers, and candy for customers who make a Valentine’s Day purchase of just $99.

One of the designers whose work is showcased at Skatell’s Jewelers is Rhythm of Love, a brand whose unique selling point is diamonds and colored gemstones jointed into the surrounding frame. The joints allow the center stone to move in time with the rhythm of a woman’s heartbeat. Rhythm of Love designs bridal jewelry, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, the designer’s heart-shaped pendants are not only built around brilliant rubies, but are affordable gifts that pair elegantly with dinner, flowers, and a box of chocolates.

Readers who were interested in the other fashion jewelry options available at Skatell’s Jewelers, can also pair their selection with the special Valentine’s offer—from Crown Ring to our Romance Collection, there’s a treasure trove at the jeweler’s large showroom or website @

If interested in learning more about the special Valentine’s dinner, flowers, and candy package or the jewelry options available, Skatell’s Jewelers encourages readers to contact them today!

About Skatell’s Jewelers

For almost 60 years, Skatell’s family of Jewelers has served the Upstate area with the finest in engagement rings, wedding bands, fine jewelry, certified loose diamonds, and one of a kind custom designs. Since the beginning, all while maintaining the personal level of customer service they have been known for. Today, customers can enjoy jewelry and watch collections from some of the top brands in the industry as well as the company’s premier jewelry design and repair services. For more information visit their website at, send an email to or visit their showrooms in person. 217 East Blackstock Road, Spartanburg

How is your jewelry doing with all that cleaning?

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“Is all this hand-washing hurting my rings?”

We HAVE to keep washing our hands, it’s the best way to stay healthy. Here’s a Justice Jewelers public service announcement:
Keep washing, your jewelry will be fine!

The good news: hand sanitizers will not remove the tough
rhodium coating that’s on a ring.
But there are a few things you should know: Hand sanitizers come in two varieties: alcohol-based and non–alcohol-based. The ones with alcohol are fine for jewelry — and the CDC recommends them — but non–alcohol-based ones typically use chlorine-based compounds that could react with water and cause tarnishing, especially of sterling silver.

If anything, you should be cleaning your jewelry more. Think of all that buildup of everyday crud under rings… alcohol-based hand sanitizers will kill the baddies then evaporates fast, and are safe. ‌

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Soaps are a different story. Stronger soaps can contain abrasives, (like Lava) that could damage the surface of jewelry and cause rhodium to be worn away.

What about diamonds and sapphires? Sanitizers won’t damage them, but soap can leave a filmy residue on the stones over time, dulling the sparkle. It’s not permanent, though, and nothing a quick soak in our ultrasonic at the store can’t fix.

Pearls are special. Recently-sanitized skin should not come into contact with your pearls until completely dry and evaporated—wait about five minutes. As with perfumes and hairspray, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer can damage the surface of a pearl, causing a loss of luster and a change in color.

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Bottom line? Most jewelry will be just fine as you make frequent hand-washing and sanitizing a habit.
Please stop during our store hours, to say hi and get a professional cleaning at NO CHARGE!

Stop by 217 East Blackstock Road, Spartanburg SC


Music Friday: ‘What About That Brand New Ring?’ Asks a Jilted Man in ‘Don’t Pull Your Love’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great throwback songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In 1971, frontman Dan Hamilton of the soft-rock group Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds threatened to “cry for a hundred years” in the chart-topping hit, “Don’t Pull Your Love.”

In his plea to keep his girlfriend from taking off on “that big white bird,” the jilted Hamilton makes a last-ditch effort to win her back by referencing a very special and sentimental piece of jewelry.

He sings, “Haven’t I been good to you? / What about that brand new ring? / Doesn’t that mean love to you? / Doesn’t that mean anything?”

By the end of the song, Hamilton is a desperate man: “Don’t pull your love out on me honey / Take my heart, my soul, my money / But don’t leave me drownin’ in my tears.”

Written by Brian Potter and Dennis Lambert, “Don’t Pull Your Love” was an international hit for the trio and reached #1 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100.

Recorded nearly five decades ago, this song has stood the test of time. Glen Campbell recorded it as a medley in 1976, and it got new life when Sean MacGuire covered it in 1996. But neither of those outpaced the original, which is still heard regularly on soft rock and easy listening stations. Many critics consider it a rock classic.

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds was formed in Los Angeles in 1970. The original members were Dan Hamilton (guitar/lead vocal), Joe Frank Carollo (bass/vocal), and Tommy Reynolds (multi-instrumentalist/vocal), all of whom had previously played in The T-Bones, a 1960s band noted for the instrumental hit “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In).” The song was inspired by a then-popular Alka-Seltzer commercial.

Only a year after the group first hit the charts with “Don’t Pull Your Love,” Reynolds was replaced by keyboardist Alan Dennison. This revised line-up performed the group’s biggest hit, 1975’s “Fallin’ in Love.” The group permanently disbanded in 1980.

Please check out the throwback video of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds performing “Don’t Pull Your Love.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Don’t Pull Your Love”
Written by Brian Potter and Dennis Lambert. Performed by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.

Don’t pull your love out on me baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me drownin’ in my tears

You say you’re gonna leave
Gonna take that big white bird
Gonna fly right out of here
Without a single word
Don’t you know you’ll break my heart
When I watch you close that door
‘Cause I know I won’t see you anymore

Don’t pull your love out on me baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me drownin’ in my tears

Haven’t I been good to you?
What about that brand new ring?
Doesn’t that mean love to you?
Doesn’t that mean anything?
If I threw away my pride
And I got down on my knees
Would I have to beg you, “Pretty please?”

Don’t pull your love out on me baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me drownin’ in my tears

There’s so much I wanna do
I’ve got love enough for two
But I’ll never use it girl if I don’t have you

Don’t pull your love out on me baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me drownin’ in my tears

Credit: Image by ABC / Dunhill Records [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Scientist Employs RFID Technology to Revive Cultured Pearl Farming in Hong Kong

A former investment banker-turned-scientist is trying to revive Hong Kong’s once-thriving pearl farming industry by merging traditional methods with RFID tracking technology.

For more than 1,000 years, natural pearl farming had been a vital part of Hong Kong’s culture. Colonists called Hong Kong the “Pearl of the Orient.”

Eventually, overfishing in the waters off southern China made it impossible for natural pearl farmers to earn a living. In the 1950s, Hong Kong pearl farmers made a valiant, but unsuccessful, attempt to compete with their powerful Japanese counterparts in the cultured pearl trade. The region’s last pearl farmers called it quits in 1981.

But now, a 58-year-old scientist named Yan Wa-tat is convinced that Hong Kong’s pearl industry can make a comeback. A few years ago, Yan abandoned his career in Hong Kong’s banking sector to try something “more interesting and also more productive for our society,” he told the Hong Kong Free Press.

He pursued a PhD at Hong Kong University’s School of Biological Sciences and began looking at ways to introduce RFID technology into the pearl cultivation process. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are commonly used to track and identify objects, from automobiles to livestock. More recently, miniaturized RFID chips had been affixed to live ants in order to study their behavior.

Yan found that tiny RFID chips could be inserted into the bead that serves as the nucleus of a cultured pearl. The benefits, Yan explained, are twofold.

First, it’s common for 10% to 20% of bead nuclei to be expelled by the oyster. Normally, farmers wouldn’t know if the oyster contained a cultured pearl until it was opened during the harvesting process. Now, farmers can get a definitive answer with a simple swipe of a smartphone-based RFID reader.

Second, the RFID chip is a surefire way to confirm the origin of a cultured pearl, reducing the risk of misidentification or fraud.

Currently, only 10% of Hong Kong’s 1,000 fishing rafts are in use. The rafts typically hold baskets of nucleated oysters that are regularly pulled from the water to be cleaned of barnacles and other parasites. There is plenty of unused raft capacity, but many young entrepreneurs are hesitant to join the fishing trade, according to Yan.

This past March, a small group of local pearl farmers inspired by Yan showed off their first harvest of Akoya cultured pearls. Based on that success, Yan is hoping that others will be convinced that cultured pearl production in Hong Kong can be viable and profitable.

“If I can show to the fishermen that they can make a living, diversify their income sources, then I think they will be interested in doing this,” Yan told the Hong Kong Free Press.

Credit: Photo by MASAYUKI KATO [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Los Alamos Particle Accelerator Helps Unravel the Mystery of the Golden ‘Ram’s Horn’

Harnessing the power of a half-mile-long particle accelerator, scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory were finally able to peer inside the “Ram’s Horn,” a super-rare and natural formation of wire gold. What they found was truly unexpected.

Unearthed more than 130 years ago at the Ground Hog Mine in Red Cliff, Colo., the Ram’s Horn is mysteriously shaped like a curly bunch of tendrils instead of the more recognizable golden nugget.

Mineralogists scratched their heads, wondering about its fundamental structure. The specimen is 12 centimeters (4.72 inches) tall and weighs 263 grams (9.28 ounces), but because of its extreme rarity, researchers didn’t want to cut into it or break it open.

Low-energy X-rays and other diagnostics could only evaluate the exterior surfaces due to gold’s high density. The internal nature of this specimen remained a mystery, until now.

Surprisingly, the Ram’s Horn was found to be composed of only a few single crystals, according to John Rakovan, Professor of Mineralogy at Miami University in Ohio. This differs wildly from the formation of silver wire, which is a mosaic-like polycrystalline aggregate with many hundreds to thousands of crystals in a single wire.

“Furthermore, we discovered that these samples are not pure gold, but rather gold-silver alloys with as much as 30 percent silver substituting for gold in the atomic structure,” noted Sven Vogel, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s neutron science center (LANSCE).

Using neutron techniques at LANSCE, scientists can “look” inside these large gold specimens, nondestructively, and learn about their texture, atomic structure, and element and isotope chemistry.

The Ram’s Horn belongs to the collection of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University. It had been bequeathed to Harvard in 1947 by Harvard alumnus Albert C. Burrage as part of the A. C. Burrage Collection.

The fascinating gold specimen will headline “The Rare and Beautiful” exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with the grand opening slated for the spring of 2020.

Credit: Image by Harvard University.

Stay Cool This Summer With Frozen Treats That Resemble Colorful Gemstones

Here’s a super-fun product for gemstone lovers looking to stay cool this summer. The “Koji Ring Popsicle Mold” allows you to create frosty faceted confections from your favorite fruit juice, yogurt, smoothie, pudding or even chocolate.

Imagine how much a youngster would enjoy a Koji Ring glistening with a super-sized purple “amethyst” made from grape juice or a vivid “yellow diamond” that tastes so much like a mango smoothie. And for those of us who are young at heart, how about a green tea-flavored frozen “peridot” or a hazelnut coffee “topaz.” The possibilities are as vast as one’s imagination.

The wearable pops are the frosty cousin of the popular Ring Pop, a jewel-shaped candy ring that has been employed by more than one future groom as a temporary stand-in for an actual engagement ring.

The “Koji Ring Popsicle Mold” kit, which has a list price of US$14.99, comes with a mold base, eight Jewel Pops in four unique shapes, and eight “ring” handles with drip guards.

Each frozen pop can be easily removed by simply pulling on the ring. The silicone mold inverts and then “pop” — the frozen treat releases from the mold. The kit is currently on sale at for US$9.99.

This fun product has been racking up an impressive number of five-star reviews.

Wrote one satisfied grandmother, “I bought this for my daughter and grandchildren. They love them. Easy to make healthy fruit popsicles for the kids. We try all different healthy varieties and flavors. The ring pop concept is so cute and is the reason I actually purchased them. As a child, my daughter loved on special occasions getting a Ring Pop treat. Now, instead of the Ring Pop being a sugary snack, she makes a delicious, healthful treat. Also the pops remove easily from the form. We love these!!!”

The Koji product also seem to be a hit with new moms challenged with teething tots.

Wrote Jollymommy: “This is perfect for baby!! I was looking for a way to make homemade pops for baby, but most molds are too big! When I saw this it looked perfect. It works for babies and for kids, because they look just like Ring Pops! The pop comes out easily after being frozen, and clean up is super easy. I was so happy to get this, especially at the price!

Credits: Images via Target/Koji.

Panthers’ Greg Olsen Films In-Progress Marriage Proposal: ‘Best Thing I’ve Ever Witnessed’

Carolina Panthers’ Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen was in Nashville last week to deliver a keynote speech at a healthcare conference. As the 6′ 5″, 255 lb. former first round draft pick was walking back to his hotel, he happened upon something that he would call the “best thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

What Olsen was describing was an in-progress marriage proposal. With a ring box in hand, Max Harvat was on bended knee just about to pop the question to his girlfriend Brooke Hartranft.

Olsen pulled out his phone and started filming.

“So I’m thinking, ‘I would imagine that this guy would love to have this on film.’ He was literally five feet from us. It was amazing,” Olsen told

After the proposal, Harvat got back to his feet and joyfully lifted Hartranft into the air.

“What did she say? Did she say, Yes? Olsen asked.

“She said, “Yes,” Harvat screamed back, his voice echoing through the hotel complex.

“I’ve got it on video, dude,” Olsen said. “I’m going to send it to you.”

“You’re my hero,” said Harvat, not knowing at the time that he was speaking with the three-time Pro Bowler who happens to play for his favorite team.

“That was the best thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Olsen said.

“When I stood up, I looked over and I started having a mini heart attack,” Harvat told “I was like, ‘I’m 90 percent sure that’s Greg Olsen from the Panthers!’”

“Brooke looked at me and didn’t believe me,” Harvat said. “She just thought I was too excited and wasn’t seeing straight. But I’m like, ‘No, that’s him. I’ve seen him on TV and in interviews. That’s him!’”

On his Instagram page, Olsen explained that his instinct was to film the precious moment because he had wished he had a video of his own marriage proposal.

“He was really respectful,” Harvat told “He didn’t want to steal any of the moment from us. He sent me the video and said congratulations and wished us the best.”

Check out the video on Olsen’s Instagram page. It has been viewed more than 135,000 times and earned more than 36,000 Likes since it was posted three days ago.

Credits: Screen captures via Split frame: Greg Olsen (left) by Jeffrey Beall [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Greg Olsen (right) by original: U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs/Released North Carolina National Guardderivative: Diddykong1130 and XxSuguSxX [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Music Friday: Meghan Trainor Knows She’s a Gem in Empowerment Anthem, ‘I’m a Lady’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, pop star Meghan Trainor knows she’s a gem in the female empowerment anthem, “I’m a Lady.”

Co-written by Trainor and Martin René to promote the 2017 film Smurfs: The Lost Village, the song drives home the message that there are no limitations to what a young woman can achieve. Trainer tells her listeners that it’s OK to be different, to love themselves, and aspire to be whatever they want to be.

Trainor sings, “And I don’t look like them (But I ain’t worried about it) / I don’t talk like them (But I ain’t worried about it) / I know I’m a gem / I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it / ‘Cause I’m a lady.”

The official video shows scenes of young women engaged in what some may see as non-traditional sporting activities, such as playing football, shooting a compound bow, boxing and lifting weights. There is also a scene of an all-female boardroom.

“I’m a Lady” was released as a single on February 21, 2017, and the official video — which includes cameos by the Smurfs — premiered a week later. The single barely snuck onto the U.S. Billboard Top 40 list, but the video gained a huge audience. To date, the video has been viewed on YouTube more than 53 million times.

Born on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket to retail jewelers Kelli and Gary Trainor, Meghan started singing at age six and wrote her first song at age 11. She attended Berklee College of Music and released two acoustic albums in 2011.

The 25-year-old’s big break came in February 2014, when she performed “All About the Bass” on ukulele for L.A. Reid, the chairman and CEO of Epic Records. That resulted in a recording contract and a monumental rise to stardom. “All About the Bass” topped the charts in 58 countries and resulted in a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year.” She has also earned a Grammy Award, four ASCAP Pop Music Awards and two Billboard Music Awards.

Trivia: Trainor didn’t only provided the promotional track for Smurfs: The Lost Village, she also voiced the role of Smurfmelody.

Please check out Trainor’s official video of “I’m a Lady.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“I’m a Lady”
Written by Meghan Trainor and Martin René. Performed by Meghan Trainor.

I talk with a mouth full (uh-huh)
But I couldn’t be sweeter
Yep, I’m a cutie in my own way
I won’t play follow the leader

And I don’t look like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I don’t talk like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I know I’m a gem
I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it
‘Cause I’m a lady

‘Cause I’m a lady
Come on! I’m a, I’m a lady
All my girls, show them you’re a lady
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady

I know I laugh too loud
And I might cry too much
To all those judgy eyes
I got a whole lotta love

‘Cause I don’t look like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I don’t move like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I know I’m a gem
I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it
‘Cause I’m a lady

‘Cause I’m a lady
Yeah, I’m a, I’m a lady
All my girls, show them you’re a lady
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady
All my girls, show them you’re a lady
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady

And I’m pretty, pretty cute and I’m pretty smart
And when I break it down, it’s a work of art
And if you feel the same, can you participate?
I wanna see you shake, I wanna hear you say
And I’m pretty, pretty cute and I’m pretty smart
And when I break it down, it’s a work of art
And if you feel the same, can you participate?
I wanna see you shake, I wanna hear you say

And I don’t look like them
I don’t talk like them
But I know I’m a gem
I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it
‘Cause I’m a lady
And I don’t move like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I don’t move like them (But I ain’t worried about it)
I know I’m a gem
I ain’t worried about it, I ain’t worried about it
‘Cause I’m a lady

(Yeah) ’cause I’m a lady
(Hey yeah, hey yeah)
I’m a, I’m a lady
All my girls, show them you’re a lady
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady
All my girls, show them you’re a lady
Tell the world, say that you’re proud to be a lady

Credit: Screen capture via Trainor.