The Pearl Edit - June Birthstone

As one of the more emergent trends, this precious gemstone has risen above as part of a trend to luxurious jewellery, informed by a nostalgia and love of more historic designs. Last month’s birthstone of Emerald saw a sharp introduction of green colour into the palette, symbolic of returning to nature and signalling a new beginning into spring. One of the most unique qualities of the pearl is that is it is perhaps the only gemstone to be created by a living object, making it rather befitting as June’s birthstone to represent vitality and coming into being, something that Spring is all too well known for.

The Mother of Pearl

Almost every other birthstone is created as a result of raw minerals in the deeper regions of the Earth meeting exact temperature and pressure conditions. As we saw with diamonds, they are simply forms of carbon subjected to intense pressure and heat.

Pearls are completely unique because they are created by oysters. And the most fascinating things is that pearls are a result of a danger or irritant to the oyster. If a stray shell or some kind of bacteria is present in the oyster, it will create layers of calcium carbonate to isolate the irritant. Overtime, these layers overlap and become pearls, perhaps forming the inspiration point for the phrase “mother of pearl and creating quite a unique and powerful symbolism of transforming something troublesome into something truly beautiful.

Pearl – The Colour of Purity

The pearl has long been a symbol of purity and warmth, with its white or cream colour often becoming the most recognisable form of pearls – yet pearls can also come in various tones and shapes. As one of the very few completely opaque gemstones, the celebration of pearl is in its colour tone, its rounded shape and luxurious look. While the diamond may inspire that brief and instant flash of colour, like light in a prism, the association with pearls in the ocean, as hidden treasures and as pure objects crafted by nature suit it perfectly as a spring birthstone, and when worn give a definitive air of grandeur and poise.

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The History of Pearl Jewellery

In a similar fashion to our previous month’s birthstone of emerald, the pearl features an incredible history that spans back several centuries. Having its origins trace as far back as Ancient China, Egypt and the Roman empire goes to show how much heritage this precious gemstone has. Queen Cleopatra was said to have dissolved a natural pearl in a glass of wine, drinking it in order to declare that she would have had the most expensive dinner in history.

Pearls were worn noticeably by royalty such as Anne Boleyn or Queen Victoria, with more modern times showing Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn as iconic figures who wore pearls with pure glamour. Coco Chanel was reported to have said “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” and was photographed multiple layers of pearl strands.

Up until this point, pearls had to found deeper in the ocean from oysters, making them one of the most expensive and lucrative gemstones possible. It wasn’t until the 20th century when Japanese farmers and specialists had discovered a way to cultivate pearls by introducing trace amounts of silver into oysters, making them create pearls in a way that would not require an accidental irritant inside the oyster, which is how cultured freshwater pearls are now created.

The Pearl Necklace and Pearl Earring

The most common and widely recognised use of pearls now is in the pearl necklace. Using a thread to put pearls together, it seems a natural way to use their rounded shape and is often the accessory of choice for many people. While more ancient traditions of wearing pearl necklaces created a very loose and hanging fit, often wrapped around the neck or hanging much more lower, a more popular way to wear pearls now are either in singular pearl pendants or necklaces that have a more defined fit.

It is also worth mentioning the pearl earring as well, which in more ancient time also took on a threaded appearance but has now become a classic stud or drop earring that is versatile to be worn everyday or to grand occasions.

Pearl Earrings - Classic To Ornate

An image of the diamond colour scales
An image of the diamond colour scales
An image of the diamond colour scales

Pearl Pendants and Necklaces - Opulent Statement Pieces

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An image of the diamond colour scales
An image of the diamond colour scales

Pearl Bracelets - Clearly Worn Luxury

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An image of the diamond colour scales
An image of the diamond colour scales

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