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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 93rd Issue: Pearls - June's Birthstone

 

Pearls of Joy Pearl Quote of the Week: "The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too." -  Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

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Weekly Eye Candy Spotlight: Tahitian Pearl Shells

 

 

WHAT A VIEW!

Check out the iridescence on these Tahitian pearl shells. We're ready for a tropical vacation!

 

 

You Asked ... What is the Birth Stone for June?

Every day we receive questions from customers all over the world about pearls. We decided to post our answers here for every one to read!

 

June Birthstone Pearl

 

 

We Answer:

It's the Pearl, of course!
 
Birthstones have captivated humanity for centuries, serving as cherished symbols of personal identity and connecting individuals to their birth months. June, in particular, boasts the exquisite pearl as its birthstone.
 
Here we briefly explore the historical significance of birthstones, delving into the properties of pearls as a birthstone. We'll examine the rich symbolism associated with this captivating gemstone, which encompasses the ideals of innocence, romance, and purity.
 
Vintage Birthstone Chart

The History of Birthstones

The origins of birthstones can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where gemstones were believed to possess mystical powers and were associated with specific astrological signs.

The concept of wearing a gemstone corresponding to one's birth month gained popularity in the 18th century. Initially, the list of birthstones was limited to twelve, representing each month of the year. However, over time, the list expanded to include alternative birthstones, offering individuals greater choice and personalization. Today, many months feature two or even three birthstone options to choose from!

Where Do Pearls Come From?

 

Pearls are unique among gemstones since they are not mined from the earth but are created by living organisms.

They form within the soft tissues of certain mollusks, such as saltwater oysters and freshwater pearl mussels, as a result of a natural defense mechanism against irritants.

The process involves the secretion of layers of nacre, a combination of calcium carbonate and proteins, around the irritant, resulting in the formation of a pearl.

Pearls as a Precious Gemstone 

 

Pearls are renowned for their lustrous beauty and delicate appearance.

Pearl colors range from classic white to shades of cream, pink, blue, and even black. They also display a diverse array of shapes, including spherical, teardrop, and baroque.

The smooth, iridescent surface of pearls gives them a mesmerizing glow, reflecting light in a manner that is both elegant and enchanting. Learn more about Pearl Luster

 

The Symbolism of Pearls 

 

The Symbolism of the Pearl

The pearl is an extremely symbolic gem, and has been ascribed many attributes by humans all over the world since antiquity.
  1. Innocence and Purity: Pearls have long been associated with innocence and purity. Their pristine appearance and gentle radiance evoke a sense of unblemished beauty, reflecting the purity of the wearer's spirit.
  2. Romance and Love: Pearls have a romantic allure that has captured the imaginations of poets and artists throughout history. They symbolize love, passion, and emotional connection, making them a popular choice for bridal jewelry.
  3. Wisdom and Balance: Pearls are often associated with wisdom and a harmonious balance between the mind and body. They are believed to promote emotional well-being, enhance intuition, and foster a sense of calmness and serenity.

    Modern Symbolism

    In our modern age, pearls hold deep personal significance, representing qualities such as purity, clarity, and emotional balance.
 
They serve as a reminder of one's birth month and can be cherished heirlooms passed down through generations.
Pearls as a Birthstone

 

 

The pearl, as the birthstone for June, carries a rich tapestry of historical significance and symbolic meaning. From its origins in ancient civilizations to its modern representation as a gemstone embodying innocence, romance, and purity, pearls hold a special place in the hearts of individuals born in June.

As June's birthstone, the pearl encapsulates a remarkable blend of elegance, significance, and cultural heritage.

Whether gifted, cherished, or worn as a personal talisman, pearls continue to captivate and inspire, forever representing the beauty and depth of the individuals they adorn.

 

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White South Sea Pearl Mel Earrings 

 

 

White South Sea Pearl Mel Dangle Earrings

These elegant earrings feature 8mm AAA high-quality White South Sea pearls, handpicked for their incredible luster and overtones.

The pearls are mounted on the finest 14K. These earrings come packaged in a beautiful jewelry gift box, perfect for gifting.

 

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