There’s a beautiful gemstone connected to each month of the year, with the birthstone for June being the pearl. Pearls are stunning, and the only precious gems that are created inside living creatures, namely molluscs, like oysters.
The pearl starts its life as a tiny grain of sand that gets lodged inside the oyster’s shell. This grain of sand is an irritant to the oyster, so it starts covering the grain of sand with layers of nacre (calcium carbonate), which after time, results in the creation of a spectacular, shiny pearl.
Millions of natural pearls are formed, but only about 1 in every 10,000 is of a quality high enough to be of any value, which makes any piece of jewellery containing pearls special, and totally unique.
The majority of pearls that are sold these days have been farmed. This is a process where pearls are grown inside oysters under controlled conditions. Pearls that have grown naturally, in the wild, are extremely rare and incredibly pricey.
Not All Pearls Are White In Colour
Contrary to what most people believe, not all pearls are white but are actually available in a wide range of colours.
Freshwater pearls, for instance, are frequently dyed in many different colours, including blue, brown, pink, green, and purple.
The highest quality pearls are those which are cream-coloured and have a reflective, shiny outer layer that, when held under natural light, gives off a rainbow of colours.
Black pearls are available too, that are not really black as their name implies, but instead, are dark in colour, with tinges of brown, blue, green, or purple.
What Does The Pearl Birthstone Signify?
The June birthstone signifies many personality traits, including wealth, purity, and wisdom. It is also said that people with the pearl as their birthstone, possess fidelity, spirituality, and integrity. In other words, if your birthday is in June, there is a good chance that you’re a pretty awesome human being.
Pearls In Ancient Mythology
People found pearls long before oysters, more than likely picking them up on the beach when they were searching for food. Pearls were explained in ancient mythology long before we realised that they came from oysters.
Pearls have been in existence just as long as animals have been around, and people in centuries past described them as the “tears of nymphs, angels, mermaids, faeries,or “dewdrops from heaven.” The ancient Greeks, in fact, recorded stories of Aphrodite raining pearls from her body when she emerged from the sea, rather than drops of water.
It is also stated in the Bible, that when forced out of the Garden of Eden, Eve cried tears that almost immediately turned into pearls. Yet another legend talks of Cleopatra making a wager that she would be able to eat the total worth of an entire country in just one sitting. To win the bet, she dissolved a single, tremendously valuable pearl into a glass of wine, and downed the entire glass in just a few swallows!
Certain ancient cultures firmly believed that it was the mollusc being fertilised by a lightning flash, that resulted in the pearl being created!
In days gone by, people believed that pearls were able to cure a variety of health issues, including memory loss, insomnia, and even insanity! Pearls, in some cultures, were a useful aid for fertility, and a cure for spleen, stomach, and heart diseases.
Pearls & Traditions
Pearls have become traditional in several cultures, including:
China – according to Chinese culture, pearls bring luck and wealth, so are frequently given to loved ones as gifts.
Greece – the ancient Greeks believed that there was a connection between pearls and love and successful marriages, so it is a Greek tradition for a new bride to wear a single-stringed pearl necklace on her wedding day.
These days, traditionally-minded brides still regard pearls as being timeless, especially people of high social standing and royalty.
Anniversaries – pearls are also a traditional gift for several special anniversaries, including the 1st, 3rd, 12th, and 30th.
Famous People With Pearl Birthstones
Celebrities with pearl birthstones are too many to mention, but if you were born in June, then the following are just a few of the famous people that share your pearl birthstone with you:
- Johnny Depp
- Anderson Cooper
- Anna Kournikova
- Morgan Freeman
- Kate Upton
- Natalie Portman
- Marylin Monroe
- Angelina Jolie
Apart from being an absolutely stunning birthstone for those born in June, pearls have been sought-after gems from ancient history until today. Pearls are used to create some of the most exquisite pieces of jewellery, from rings to earrings, to bracelets, and necklaces, to name but a few.
Pearls make the ideal gift for those born in June, or for anyone celebrating the anniversaries mentioned above. Even if you are not a June baby, a piece of pearl jewellery is the perfect choice if you are simply thinking of adding something new and unique to your existing jewellery collection.
We stock a unique and beautiful pearl jewellery collection from across the ages, so feel free to browse our store for the perfect birthday surpise pearl gift, she will love you for it.