Can you believe we are already six months into the year!
It’s the beginning of June and what better way to celebrate and mark the halfway point of the year than with this month’s ultra-sophisticated, unique and desirable birthstone – the perfect Pearl
The Pearl is a very unique stone and the only gemstone to be made by a living animal (usually an Oyster, Mussels or Mollusks) making each stone unique as no two are the same.
Pearls have no international hallmark rating of pearls but shape as perfectly round pearls are rare to find, origin, size, colour and glow can all contribute to their value.
The beautiful stone which is still revered today, is thought to have been worn by people in Middle Eastern and Asian cultures as early as 3500 BC and considered to be a symbol of beauty and high status, and even thought to have magical powers!
If it’s your birthday this month spoil yourself to your birthstone – pearls are more versatile than you think! Here’s 10 interesting facts about pearls I bet you didn’t know…
1. Akoya or Saltwater pearls come from Oysters whereas freshwater pearls usually come from mussels, however all mollusks can make pearls
2. The popularity of pearls reached its peak during Roman times, when women of the privileged class where richly adorned with them
3. Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love to Marc Antony
4. The Persian Gulf was one of the main sources of natural pearls for centuries, however they can now be harvested in Asia, South Seas, Tahiti, India, US and Mexico
5. The demand of pearls dropped when diamonds were discovered in the early 1700’s
6. Before the creation of cultured pearls in the early 1900’s natural pearls were rare and expensive and only available to royalty and the very rich
7. Did you know Margarita means pearls! Pearls signify purity, innocence, humility and sweetness
8. This gemstone derives its distinctive colours from the inner elements of its shells. The colour of pearls range from white, ivory, pink, black, purple and even gold
9. Harvesting pearls from mollusks does not kill the animal, but they can be re-implanted and used again to make more pearls
10. Nearly all pearls today are ‘cultivated’ or ‘cultured’ as harvesting natural pearls have been compromised by water pollution and natural disasters such as Tsunami’s making it difficult for Oysters to grow sizeable gems.
Join TJC for the whole month of June and explore a luxurious gemstone divers once risked their lives for!