How lucky you are if you were born in June or someone you know is a June baby. You get to have three birthstones which are: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. Although in this article we are only going to see a few facts of Pearls leaving the rest of June birthstone for the next article.
In this article, you will learn the facts about June birthstone pearls along with other interesting facts that you might not know about.
Pearl is the only stone on earth that is created by an animal. While other stones or gems are the creation of the earth, the pearl is the only stone that is formed by saltwater and freshwater mollusks which has a diverse group of animals including oysters, gastropod, clams, conchs, and mussels.
A freshwater pearl takes 1-6 years to form whereas, saltwater takes more which is between 5-20 years. The longer the pearls are on the shell, the more nacre it forms and also the bigger.
Wild pearls are extremely rare and most valuable pearls. The one that is found in the wild is called natural pearls and farmed or freshwater pearls are called cultured pearls. Before the natural pearls were found in many parts of the world but today, it is confined mostly to seas off Bahrain.
The value of this pearl is so high that jeweler Pierre Cartier purchased the Fifth Avenue Manson in exchange for matched double strand of natural pearls in 1917. At that time, it's worth was 1$ million USD.
Pearl has always been a symbol of purity. It is also associates with calmness and honesty. The Greeks believed that pearls were the tears of joy from the god of love, Aphrodite. While the Hindu believed that it was the dewdrops fell from the moon into the sea which was picked by Lord Krishna and gifted his daughter on her wedding day.
This June birthstone, Pearl is a versatile stone that comes in a variety of colors and shapes. It is a beautiful stone that can compliment any skin complexion. The colors are vast and expensive as well that comes from white to beige and gray to black.
You read it right! Pearls have imperfections too. No pearls are perfect as all have some kind of imperfection. They can come in irregular shapes or have some blemishes on them. Another way to know if you are buying a real pearl, rub it against your tooth and it will feel gritty. A fake pearl is perfectly smooth and has no flaws at all.
It is said that Queen Elizabeth I had around 3000 gowns that were decorated with beautiful pearls. Her 80 wigs were also festooned with them making her whole body covered with the elegant pearls. In recent years, the fashion world has embraced this decoration on their designs.
The famous French designer Coco Chanel proclaimed “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls!” Well, today it has been the must-have jewelry in any women's wardrobe. As mentioned above, it is a versatile stone and due to its versatility, it has been a trend to wear pearls in various forms from long necklaces, beautiful rings to decoration in beautiful dresses.
The glamorous Audrey Hepburn aka Holly Golightly gets out of the cab in an amazing black Givenchy dress with iconic multi-strand pearl and diamond necklace in one of the classic movies, "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The beautiful and elegant necklace worth is estimated to be around $50,000.
As pearl symbolizes purity and beauty, it has been tradition since ancient Greek for brides to wear it on her wedding day. Since they believed, it is the tears of god, brides who wear it will not cry on the day of her wedding.
The fashion icon, Jackie Kennedy has inspired a generation of women with her style and elegant wardrobe. One of her well known, famous triple strand faux pearl necklace is kept on display at the National Museum of American History.
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