Pearl | June's Birthstone
Pearl is the "official" birthstone of the month of June, as well as the anniversary gemstone for the 3rd and 30th years of marriage.
A pearl is the product of an oyster's defense mechanism. When a foreign irritant is introduced either by man (cultured) or naturally, the oyster immediately surrounds it with layers of a substance called nacre. This forms the exquisite gemstone known as pearl.
Pearls come in a wide range of colors. They should be relatively free from skin blemishes. The more perfectly round the shape the better. The higher the luster or "orient", the more valuable the specimen. The larger the pearl, the greater the value.
Besides the popular round shape, there are stylish mabe (large hemispherical cultured pearls), fresh water (elongated in interesting shapes and colors), and South Sea (large cultured pearls 1Omm and up from Australia's and lndonesia's waters), to name a few.
They have been recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity, and purity. They have come to symbolize a happy marriage.
Different shades of colors may be achieved through bleaching, dyeing, chemicals combined with heat, or irradiation.
Avoid household chemicals, cosmetics, hair sprays and perfumes. Don't use ultrasonic cleaners. Wash with mild soap and water and store in a protective Chamois pouch or tissue. paper.
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