Were you born in June? Then your birthstone is the pearl. However, the pearl is a very special birthstone in this list. While other stones are formed and found in the earth’s crust, the pearl is made in the sea. Pears are even thy only gems made by living creatures! Inside an oyster, a grain of sand grows into a beautiful shiny round pearl.
Pears grow into an oyster from a lost grain of sand into a beautiful shiny little ball. We now know how pearls are made, but in ancient times people had no idea. As a result, there were all kinds of myths and mysteries that evolved around the pearl. These myths are some pretty neat stories. According to the Greek, pearls were the tears of happiness from the god of love Aphrodite. According to the story, Aphrodite cried these tears when she finally rose from the water. The pearl would, therefore, bring happiness and strengthen relationships. Another ancient story is the one of Cleopatra who enchanted Marcus Antonius with a hand full of pearls. The Romans believed pearls provided wisdom and strength and were the bringers of luck and success. According to Muslim legends, pearls were the first creations of God and according to the Persians, they are the tears of the Gods. The Chinese myth tells that pearls are formed by the moon’s light.
In Europe, people used pearls as a medicine until the 17th century to cure madness and weakness. In China, they used pearls as a medicine since 2000 BC. Today, they still use the cheapest and lowest quality pearls as a medicine.
Besides the pearl being the birthstone of June, it is also the stone for the zodiac sign Gemini. In addition, it belongs to the one year and three year anniversary and is the gem connected to Mondays.
Therapeutically, pearls help very well against heart, bowel and stomach problems. Pearls strengthen the love and friendship between people. This stone represents faithfulness, purity and everything good of mankind. Perhaps this is due to the beautiful shimmering, the perfect round shape or the softness of the pearl. Pearls make you feel like everything is going to be all right.
Pearls are a relatively soft material. They will not break easily, but they can get scarred. Be therefore extra cautious with your pearls. Do not store them together with other gems or jewelry, but always apart. To clean them, it’s also best to use just a little neutral soap and water. Avoid chemicals and heavy cleaning products. Also, watch out for your pearls when you’re sweating heavily or use hair straightening and cosmetics. These can affect the shine and color of the beads. Finally, do not forget about the cord. Have your pearl necklace checked by a trusted jeweler every year. There’s nothing worse than a carpet filled with pearls and an empty cord in your hand.
Pearls are formed by small contaminants in the oyster. Therefore, they used to be pretty rare. People who were looking for oysters sometimes had to dive more than a thousand times to find a perfect pearl. This is definitely a disadvantage when you compare it to other gemstones that can “simply” find in the earth.
Nowadays, it’s a bit easier to obtain pearls than it used to be. The pearl grower places a small pebble or grain of sand in the oyster. After inserting this as a core, he leaves the oyster be for about one year to nut on the implanted core. The oyster creates a thin layer of pearl from about 0.8 mm. This is the most common size of a cultivated pearl. Imitation pearls are made of fish scales and glue. Sometimes they even make pearls also entirely of plastic.
There are two kinds of real pearls: freshwater pearls and saltwater ones. You can find freshwater pearls in rivers and lakes. Saltwater pearls are of course from the ocean. There are seven different types of pearls:
The combination of diamonds and pearls is a classic and very popular one. This is not surprising as they are a beautiful duo. Although we specialize in diamonds, here at Royal Coster Diamonds we do have our share of pearl jewelry. For more information and pictures of our combined diamond-pearl jewelry, please contact a diamond consultant. A part of our (only) diamond jewelry you can see on our website.
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