June Birthstone – Pearl
Happy Birthday, June! The June Birthstone is the Pearl.
One of our most treasured gems, the Pearl, comes from one of the humblest of all life forms, the mollusk. The scientific formation of natural pearls is almost as mystical as folklore. When an irritant becomes lodged in the flesh of a mollusk (an oyster, mussel, or clam), the mollusk produces a protective substance called nacre. Over time, the irritant is coated in layer after layer of shimmering nacre, creating a natural pearl!
Natural pearls are relatively rare, and today, roughly 90% of the pearl industry is comprised of cultured pearls, a process in which a piece of shell, a bead, or other item is placed inside a mollusk to begin the process of cultivating a pearl.
Natural pearls are found by divers in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Japan, in the South Pacific Islands off the coast of Northern Australia, and along the coasts of Panama, Venezuela, and California. Much of the cultured pearl industry is located along the Japanese and Australian coasts.
Pearls come in a range of hues, and are most commonly found in shades of white, pink, yellow, gray, and black. They come in different shapes and sizes, with round pearls being the most popular for jewelry.
About Birthstone Traditions:
Traditionally, there is a birthstone associated with each month. This is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which is said to have contained 12 gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
There are also legends and myths about the healing powers of birthstones and their therapeutic uses. The most common one says that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month amplifies its healing powers. So, to maximize potential benefits, an individual would own all 12 birthstones and wear the appropriate stone each month.
Today, birthstones correlate to the month in which you were born. They are popular gift items to commemorate birthdays, milestones (like graduations), and other important occasions. Mother-themed jewelry is also popular, and these special keepsake items commonly include the birthstone of each family member.