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June: Pearl Birthstone Month

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 8:00 am
Category: Pearl Jewelry

ZRS20116135It’s June, and that means it is Pearl Month!

Pearls have been valued for their rarity and beauty throughout history. For the past 5,000 years, ancient civilizations have believed them to hold mystical powers that could influence circumstances both positively and negatively.

Though it is difficult to pinpoint when these gemstones were assigned to the Zodiac, the twelve are thought to derive from the bejeweled stones within Aaron’s breastplate, which is mentioned in the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus and are believed to symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel.

The largest natural-occurring pearl is known as the Pearl of Asia, whereas the largest manmade pearl is called the Beauty of Ocean Pearl and was debuted in China in 2010.

June’s birthstone, the Pearl, is an organically-occurring gem that is formed in nature inside freshwater or marine mollusks (clams and oysters) as the result of the organism’s self-defense structure.Commercial culturing of the gem began in the 1900s, and since the 1920s, has completely replaced naturally-occurring pearls in the market.

Pearls have been seen throughout history as symbols of love, affection, and wealth, and are considered by many to be a representation of ‘perfection’. As a birthstone, the pearl suggests chastity and modesty, are thought to calm restless minds, and can also help control anger.

It is believed that people who wear pearls can succeed in creative endeavors and these biogenic gems are also linked with successful married life. Go pearls!

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