Celebrate June birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Pearl
“By her who in this month was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”
– June Birthstone Poem
All about Pearls
The traditional birthstone for June, Pearls have long been admired for their beautiful natural glow and white-cream colourings. Pearl is associated with faithfulness and friendship and symbolises purity and modesty. Pearls are generally found with creamy-white tones, but it is possible to get pink, grey and lilac Pearls as well. Natural saltwater or freshwater Pearls are formed inside the shells of mollusks such as oysters, caused by a foreign body such as a grain of sand which causes an irritation. They can also be manmade to produce cultured Pearls, and a good sized pearl takes around five years to grow.
The beautiful lustre of Pearls has made them the darlings of many jewellery designers over the years. Pearl jewellery was the favourite of the ever-glamorous Coco Chanel, and their classic glamour was seen on many screen starlets in Hollywood’s golden age. They’re popular with many designers at fabulous, including Argent of London and Trollbeads. Mother of Pearl is also used in many jewellery designs – it’s more versatile than Pearl but shares the same beautiful glow.
Did you know?
- The ancient Greeks believed that Pearls promote marital bliss and that a Pearl necklace can prevent newly-wed brides from crying.
- Several factors are considered when evaluating the value of a Pearl. The most important factor for jewellers is the Pearl’s luster, but size, colour, flawlessness and symmetry are also significant.
You can read more about Pearls and their interesting history over at Wikipedia!
Pearl has long been a favourite material of jewellery designers, and we have a fantastic range of Pearl jewellery available at fabulous! Birthstone jewellery makes a wonderful, personal gift, so whether you’re after a special charm, a new charm bracelet or a luxury piece of Pearl jewellery, there’s something for everyone.
How to care for your Pearl Jewellery
Pearls are very delicate, fragile gemstones, and require gentle TLC! But when properly looked after they can last for generations, so here are our top tips on how to care for and clean your Pearl jewellery:
- Try not to let your Pearls come into contact with perfume, make-up or moisturiser. This will help keep your Pearls clean, and will also ensure that they don’t come into contact with any chemicals that could diminish their beauty.
- If you need to clean your Pearls, find a soft cloth and gently polish them. You can dampen the cloth if it helps, but be sure to air your Pearls after polishing them to let them dry.
- The chlorine in swimming pools can damage your Pearls – so make sure to remove your jewellery before swimming.
- Never place your Pearls in commercial Silver cleaner! Commercial Silver ‘dipping’ cleaners are becoming more readily available, and are a great way to return some sparkle to your Silver Jewellery. But the delicacy of Pearls means they will lose some of their lustre and may change in colour when dipped in these cleaners, and once a Pearl is ruined it can’t be repaired… so protect your Pearls!
- It’s often recommended that you have your Pearl necklaces and bracelets re-strung every year if you wear them frequently. This is a good idea to prevent stretching and possible breakage.
- Another top tip is to store your Pearls carefully away from other, harder jewellery (such as Diamonds), which might scratch the Pearls.
- Pearls don’t like the heat, so where possible it’s safest to avoid wearing your Pearls while cooking, and if you spill anything hot on them, try to gently clean them with a cloth straight away.
June’s Zodiac Sign
June also introduces the Gemini zodiac sign, from 22nd May to the 21st June. The symbol for Gemini is the twins, and people born under this star sign are said to be versatile, witty and inquisitive.