People born in June are lucky to have not one but three beautiful birthstones. The most popular is the pearl which embodies elegance, grace, and timeless beauty. The pearl is joined by the magical moonstone and colour-changing alexandrite.
Revered for centuries as a symbol of purity and sophistication, pearls have captivated hearts with their luminous allure. They’ve stolen the show in iconic photos of Aubrey Hepburn and they’re probably the main character of your grandmother’s favourite necklace too.
What colour is a Pearl?
What sets pearls apart is their unique lustre and iridescence. The play of light on their surface, known as "orient," creates a mesmerizing visual effect that is unmatched by any other gemstone. Pearls exhibit a wide range of colours, including white, cream, pink, silver, and even black. Their diverse hues, combined with their soft glow, make pearls highly versatile and a perfect complement to various styles and occasions.
What does the Pearl symbolize?
Throughout history, pearls have been regarded as symbols of purity, wisdom, and wealth. In many cultures, they have represented femininity, beauty, and grace. In ancient Rome, pearls were associated with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty whereas in China, pearls were believed to bestow spiritual energy and protection. Today, pearls continue to evoke a sense of elegance, sophistication, and refined taste.
Where do pearls come from?
Unlike other gemstones, pearls are not mined from the earth but are formed organically within living creatures. They originate from molluscs, primarily oysters and mussels, which produce pearls as a defence mechanism in response to an irritant such as a grain of sand or a parasite. Over time, layers of nacre, a combination of calcium carbonate and protein, coat the irritant, resulting in the formation of a lustrous pearl.
These pearl-harbouring molluscs can be found all over the world but are prominent in the Persian Gulf waters near Bahrain. However, in mythology, pearls are formed from the tears of mermaids and can be found wherever mermaids roam.
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