june birthstone

Pearls – Shiny beauties of the sea

Those
born in June
have not one, but three rare, beautiful birthstones to call their own – pearl,
moonstone and alexandrite. Today, we are going to talk about pearls.

Pearls!

The word itself immediately magical images of incredible wealth, impeccable grace and nobility. Throughout history, pearls have always been associated with potentiality and wealth, for only the powerful & rich could afford them. All through history, pearls were valued more highly than gold or diamonds. Today, pearls can be seen adorning the bodies of famous movie stars, A-list celebrities and the super wealthy. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Kennedy-Onassis to the Queen of England have appeared in public, at one time or another, wearing pearls.

Where do pearls come from?

Irritated
mollusks/oysters make pearls, but not because they’re angry. In nature, if an
irritant such as sand gets into their soft layers of flesh, they isolate it
inside layers of calcium carbonate called ‘nacre.’ The oyster produces many
layers of nacre to protect itself. At the same time, it creates one of nature’s
most beautiful ornaments: Pearls. It’s actually a myth that pearls only come
from oysters. Pearls are an organic gem and can also be produced by mussels,
conch and abalone!

How can
you tell a good pearl from a bad pearl?

The
question is often asked: “How can I tell if the pearls I am buying are good
(real) or bad (fake)?” The honest answer to that is: it’s difficult, but
there are some guidelines you can follow that will help you make the
distinction.

Shape,
size and weight are primary factors to be considered. If a seller is offering
you very big, perfectly round, “real pearls” at a low price, be
suspicious! Perfectly round real pearls of any size are rare and extremely
expensive. The more common real pearls usually have an imperfection somewhere
on them which helps to distinguish them from perfect, manufactured pearls.
Another factor is the luster. Good pearls have a deep luster that artificial
pearl coatings just cannot replicate. The very best real pearls will also have
a color overlay to their luster; this may be pinkish or yellowish, or there may
be a sort of rainbow hue to the pearl that changes according to the way the light
is falling on it. ‘Bad’ pearls, on the other hand, will look duller and may
even look a bit chalky.

A
great safeguard, of course, is to buy from a reputable seller. No pearl seller
worth their salt is going to want to sell substandard goods and many of them
put grade ratings on their pearls.

Top
pearl trends for 2019

The
refined beauty of pearls has made its seamless transition from classic to
modern designs in 2019, without losing any of its allure. Today, you can enjoy
the sensuality of pearls in a wide array of jewelry styles, while creating
timeless collections of fine pearl jewelry to pass down throughout our
generations. Some of the hottest pearl trends in 2019 include: Pearl earrings
accented with diamonds, sapphires or rubies; dangling pearl earrings or
dramatic pendants; pearl jewelry in two-tone white and yellow gold settings;
pearl necklaces with diamond gold clasps; pearls in heart-shaped pendants or
earrings; exotic South Sea or Tahitian pearl necklaces and black pearl
necklaces.

Wrapping
this up

Pearls,
when worn against a woman’s skin, seem to lift the life and vitality of the
complexion and impart a warm glow just by being there, in the way no other
gemstone can. So, if you don’t have at least one piece of fine pearl jewelry in
your jewelry box, what are you waiting for? Get yourself some lovely pearls
today!