“The Pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens” – Unknown
Pearl is the *birthstone for people born in JUNE. The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. Unlike all gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature – oysters (saltwater) and mollusks (freshwater).
It was said in some early cultures that the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Pearls have been called the ‘teardrops of the moon’. Some believe that pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven. Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence and it is often sewn into bridal gowns, or worn as jewellery by the bride. As an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the Pearl symbolizes love, success, and happiness. They often symbolize a happy marriage and in many countries are used as a wedding gift.
The ancient Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying. During the Crusades in the Middle Ages, pearls were the gift of choice for a knight to give to his lady. During the 14th and 15th centuries, royal wedding scenes closely resembled a sea of pearls, with everyone from the bride down to her male guests adorned with impressive arrays of pearl jewellery. In modern times, cultured pearls have graced such 20th century brides as Queen Elizabeth II, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
Occurrence – Natural Pearls have been harvested from the Red Sea, Gulf of Manaar, and the Persian Gulf. The coasts of Australia and Polynesia produce mostly cultured pearls. Fresh water pearls occur in many rivers in countries such as Austria, France, Scotland, Ireland, India and the USA.
Colour – White, Brown, Silver, Cream, Black or Pink
Hardness – 3 (It is less than 7 in the Moh’s scale of hardness because it is an organic matter yet it is very pricey. Saltwater Pearls are very pricey while freshwater pearls can be affordable)
Birthstone – February, April, June, July and November.
Sign of Pearl – Gemini and Cancer
*Birthstones and Sign stones are gem stones which in some culture are believed to “have more vibration power at certain times of the year. The month of a stone’s power time determines your birthstone. These gem stones have more vibration power for you because they are associated with the time of your birth.” – Gemlore
Some stones can be found under several months and Zodiac signs. Feel free to accept the ones you want.
*Photos from Google. Excerpts taken from Emily Gems and Find Your Fate.