Pearl is the birthstone of June and the zodiac stone of Gemini. Traditionally, these stones are given as the 3rd 30th wedding anniversary gift. For centuries, it has been used in jewelry throughout the world.
Natural Pearls are mostly found in the wild and they are extremely beautiful and rare. It is a quite challenging task to find and obtain them.
Let us find out more about Pearls.
Pearl is a highly prized gem that is hard and typically white or bluish-grey. As these stones are produced from the sea, they are unique to other gemstones. They are so valuable that once the Romans banned anyone from wearing it except the people of high rank. In today's world, as the water is being more and more contaminated, natural Pearls are becoming more scarce.
Most people born in June have a charming and caring personality. June babies are lucky to have Pearl as their birthstone. They are creative and because of their personality, they can easily attract or get the attention of any people. These attractive traits makes it perfect for the June babies to hold Pearls as their birthstone.
In ancient times, peoples might have found Pearls on the shores but there is no actual trace about who discovered these stones. In the 5th century BC, ancient Romans and Egyptians used these stones as adornments. A Roman emperor, Caligula (37-41 AD) his favorite horse Incitatus a consul and adorned its neck with a Pearl necklace.
A natural pearl is formed in an oyster's shell when a grain of sand falls in one of the two shells of oyster. It will irritate and damage the fragile body of the oyster. To protect itself from irritation or damage, it begins to cover the grain of sand with layers of nacre or mother of pearl. It produces more and more layers until Pearl is formed.
The chemical formula of Pearl is CaCO3 (calcium carbonate). These stones have a hardness of 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and has pearly luster.
There are essentially five types of Pearls and they are listed below.
Pearls come in a wide range of colors which are listed below.
Almost 99% of Pearls around the world are cultured. Some of the largest producer of cultured Pearls are:
The cost of Pearls differs from their types. South Sea Pearls are considered to be the most valuable and a strand of South Sea Pearls can range from $1,000-$100,000. The price of a strand of Tahitian Pearls can range from $500-$2,500. Akoya Pearls are the classic Pearl variety and their price can vary from $300-$1000. A strand of freshwater Pearl can range from $50-$2000.
A Filipino fisherman discovered the most expensive Pearl in the world in the seas of Palawan Island. It measured approximately 26 inches and was valued at $100 million.
Some of the uses of Pearls are given below:
For centuries, Pearl has been known for its spiritual and healing properties. Let us have a look at its spiritual properties.
Here is a list of some of the interesting and fun facts about Pearl.
Some of the famous Pearl jewelry stores near you are:
Here is the list of some of the famous online stores.
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