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limz Published On Thu Jan 16 2020   Modified On Thu Jan 16 2020
Pearl

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.

Meaning

Black South Sea Tahitian Pearl Earrings.
Black South Sea Tahitian Pearl Earrings.
Image Source: American Pearl

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.

Why is Pearl Birthstone for June?

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.

Origin and History

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.

Formation Process

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.

Formula

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.

Types

There are essentially five types of Pearls and they are listed below.

  • Freshwater Pearls
  • Akoya Pearls
  • Tahitian Pearls
  • Golden South Sea Pearls
  • White South Sea Pearls

Colors Available

Different Colors of Pearls.
Different Colors of Pearls.
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Pearls come in a wide range of colors which are listed below.

  • White
  • Pink
  • Silver
  • Cream
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Gold
  • Purple
  • Iridescent

Mines Available

Almost 99% of Pearls around the world are cultured. Some of the largest producer of cultured Pearls are:

  • Pearl Asian Mining Industry Inc., Manila, Philippines
  • A& E Pearl Company, Cameron Road, Hong Kong

Cost Per Carat

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.

Uses

Some of the uses of Pearls are given below:

  • Throughout the world, mostly Pearls are used in jewelry items.
  • Natural medicines are made out of shells and low-grade Pearls.
  • Powders of Pearls are widely used in skincare products.
  • Pearl shells are often used to filter water.

Spiritual Properties

For centuries, Pearl has been known for its spiritual and healing properties. Let us have a look at its spiritual properties.

  • Pearl is a calming stone that gives us purity, integrity, protection, wisdom, good health, and it also promotes beauty, health, and wealth.
  • These stones help to boost sexual energy, aids heart disease, improve eyesight, lowers acidity, and treats illness.
  • It also helps the wearer to balance emotional harmony, reduces anxiety, brings positive vibes, and enlightens one's mood.

Facts

La Peregrina Pearl Necklace.
La Peregrina Pearl Necklace.
Image Source: Jewelry Magazine

Here is a list of some of the interesting and fun facts about Pearl.

  • One of the rarest gemstone is natural Pearls.
  • Almost 99%of Pearls around the world are cultured.
  • La Peregrina is one of the most famous Pearls which recently belonged to an American actress, Elizabeth Taylor.
  • It takes almost 1 to 6 years to form freshwater Pearls and 5 to 20 years to form saltwater Pearls.
  • World's oldest natural pearl was discovered about 8000 years back.

Jewelry Stores Near You

Some of the famous Pearl jewelry stores near you are:

  • Maison Birks, Ontario, Canada
  • Aaparana Pearls Jewelers, Ontario, Canada
  • Coleman Douglas Pearls, London, England
  • Mikimoto, London, England
  • American Pearl Company, INC., Nashville, TN, United States

Online Stores

Here is the list of some of the famous online stores.

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