A birthstone depends on the month of birth – originally as per the Gregorian calendar – and brings the wearer good luck & prosperity. As per tradition, the birthstone for June is the pretty, elegant and dainty Pearl! The only gemstone made by living creatures, a pearl is known to represent loyalty, faithfulness & friendship. This ball of calcium carbonate is produced as a protective coating around any internal irritation, such as sand, in a mollusk. People found pearls to be precious for their natural shine and beautiful lustre. Interestingly, there are two more birthstones for June – Alexandrites & Moonstones. So, all you June-borns, bask in the glow of your birthstones and flaunt some pretty pearls to add some elegance to your lives!
- Pearls are the only gemstones produced by animals or any living creatures.
- The name comes from the Old French ‘perle’ & Latin ‘perna’ meaning leg, as an open mollusc shell looks like a leg-of-mutton.
- Perfectly round and smooth natural pearls are extremely rare & valuable.
- Pearls are soft in nature, ranging somewhere between 2.5 to 4.5 on the Mohs scale.
- These gems are very sensitive to heat and acidity. Pearls can even dissolve in vinegar.
- Natural pearls are now found in the Persian Gulf waters near Bahrain and the Indian Ocean near Australia.
- Harvesters make cultured pearls in China, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
- Pearls symbolize purity and innocence.
- Ancient Greeks believed that pearls were tears of God.
- Explorers had discovered the oldest known pearl in history in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess who had died in 520 B.C.
- Ancient Japanese folktales describe pearls as tears of mythical creatures like mermaids and nymphs.
- In ancient Chinese civilizations, pearls were the symbol of wisdom, as they believed that dragons, who carried pearls between their teeth have to be slain to get the pearls.
- According to Hindu mythology, pearls are dewdrops that fell from the moon into the sea. Lord Krishna is said to have picked one up from the sea for his daughter on her wedding day.
- During the 16th century, pearls were very popular in the upper strata of the English society. Hence, Tudor England is also called the Pearl Age.
- The first commercial culturing of saltwater pearls started in Asia in the early 1900s.
- Pearls heal the negativity and struggles in your life, surrounding the negative energy with their iridescent light.
- It evokes calmness and helps to centre your emotions.
- Pearls are effective against health problems related to lungs, heart, spleen, stomach & intestines.
- This gemstone is used to enhance personal integrity of the wearer, as it imbibes the qualities of sincerity, truth & loyalty.
- It helps balance your emotions and hormone levels of the body.
- Pearls also aid in fertility and ease the discomfort of the birthing process.
- Pearls are generally a soft, iridescent white with tinges of pink or grey. These are either the White Akoya pearls, White South Sea pearls, or White Freshwater pearls.
- Black pearls are dark in hue, exotic in nature and a hundred times rarer than white pearls. Naturally colored black pearls are either the black Tahitian pearls from French Polynesia or the Sea of Cortez pearls from Guyamas, Mexico. All other black pearls are generally dyed or color-treated.
- Black pearls are not really black, but vary between a wide range of hues – from greens & blues to purples & browns to silver & copper.
- Golden pearls are some of the largest & rarest cultured pearls. The Golden South Sea pearls vary in shade from pale Champagne hues to elegant rose gold tones to intense yellow gold shades.
- Natural pink or peach pearls are mostly Freshwater pearls. They are pretty and elegant, ranging from pale peach to pastel pinks to deep apricot hues.
- Lavender Freshwater pearls have overtones of either cooler blues & greens or warmer pinks & golds. The natural sheen creates the tones to vary between pale lilacs & mauves to deeper purples & silvery hues.
- Original blue pearls are the rarest and most unique pearl colors. They are available only in the Blue Akoya, Silver-Blue white South Sea or the Tahitian Sea pearl types.
- The blue pearls can be in any shiny hue – from translucent bluish-greys to sky blues to deep azure shades.
- Chocolate Tahitian pearls come in a natural or dyed luscious brown hue. These warm-toned pearls vary between lighter milk chocolate shades to metallic greenish-bronze hues to more intense dark chocolate tones.
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