What is a Birthstone? June - Pearl

Unique Gemstone

Pearls are the most unique of gemstones because they are not created in the depths of the earth; they are from oysters in the sea. They don't require any polishing or cutting to enhance their natural beauty, which has been cherished for thousands of years. Pearls are the most popular birthstone of June, followed by Moonstones and Alexandrite.

Differences in Origin

Pearls are found in three varieties: saltwater, freshwater, and cultured. There are three major types of saltwater pearls: Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. These pearls appear to have similar characteristics, but can vary in size, shape, and color because each pearl is created in a different species of oyster. Saltwater pearls are typically round and white or cream-colored, which indicate they are of Akoya variety. The South Sea variety are typically the largest in size and are cream-colored. Tahitian pearls are grown in several French Polynesian islands, and referred to as black pearls, but can emerge gray, blue, purple, or green.

Freshwater pearls are grown in lakes, rivers, and ponds. They resemble the Saltwater Akoya variety because of their white color and size, but can develop in an array of pastel colors.

Cultured pearls are grown in Pearl farms where technicians raise oysters to grow pearls, harvest the gem, then safely release the oysters back into the water. In the process of cultivating pearls, over 10,000 pearls may be examined before a group of beautifully matched pearls can be assembled into a 16” necklace.

Pearls in the Past

The Pearl was considered by Greco-Roman civilizations as a favorite gem of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Many Asian cultures believed the Pearl was a product of a rain god. Persians believed the sun's influence helped create Pearls. Each of these cultures regarded the Pearl as a divine and beloved gem that originated in nature. Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty dating back to 2300 B.C. In ancient Rome, pearls were considered a symbol of high status. Atlantic-coastal and Mississippi River Native Americans were the first to harvest and use pearls. Pendants, earrings, and decorative clothing pieces made with pearls were worn by men and women. Pearls were also used in Native American culture as tributes. Powhattan, Pocahontas' father, had received many pearls as tributes.

Our Pearls

Boston Designer Jewelry Imports provides beautiful pearl jewelry for you and your loved ones. Graceful and alluring designs come along with exceptional quality. The Princess Lace Keshi Pearl Necklace [shown below]  Go to link for details:  https://bostondesignerjewelryimports.com/shop-bdji/princess-lace-pearl-necklace/ has a timeless elegance along with the Akoya Pearl Strand Necklace (Shown below) Go to link for detail: https://bostondesignerjewelryimports.com/shop-bdji/loyal-akoya-cultured-pearl-necklace/ . Our collection of meticulously curated earrings give a sophisticated and tasteful upgrade to your clothing ensemble.