All About June's Pearl Birthstone
Happy birthday to all who celebrate in June! June birthdays celebrate with three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Read on to read all about the pearl birthstone and explore some of our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry.
Meaning and History Behind the Pearl Birthstone
Timeless and loved by women of all ages and styles, pearl is the coveted birthstone for June. Originating from oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, pearls are organic gems that grow inside the tissue of a living saltwater or freshwater mollusk (either an oyster or a mussel). Natural pearls form when the mollusk secretes a substance called nacre around an irritant such as a piece of sand or a parasite that has invaded its shell. Cultured pearls are a product of human intervention. Thousands of years of pearl fishing have decimated the natural pearl beds, so cultured pearls account for the vast majority of pearl sales today.
Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven. The Chinese believed that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries thought that mollusks formed pearls from dew drops.
Pearls have long been associated with purity, humility and innocence, which might have something to do with why pearls have traditionally been given as a wedding gift.
Care and Cleaning of the Pearl Birthstone
Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, which means they are a softer gem and require special care. Store them separately from other gemstones and metal jewelry to prevent scratching. Never store your pearl birthstones in a plastic bag, as plastic can emit a chemical that will damage their surface. Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewelry. Use a soft, damp cloth, ideally after each time the pearls are worn.
Pearl Birthstone Jewelry
Birthstone jewelry is a special way to celebrate a birthday, and for those born in June, pearl jewelry is a perfect fit! Here are a few of our favorite pieces of pearl birthstone jewelry.
We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection of pearl birthstone jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE.
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