Pearl heals from within. She’s the ocean’s magical built-in medicine woman, produced by organic matter, to heal itself back. Like an immune system, only she’s shiny and strong. She’s the secret healer of the seas, and for a good reason.
Imagine a soft-bodied mollusk idling in the water. Lounging on the ocean floor, and purifying the water, because that’s what she does. A speck of sand enters her sacred cavity and without fingers to scratch her itch, the ocean dust just stays… inside. Latched on to her wall, the mollusk secretes layers upon layers of protection, a thin veil to nourish and protect her soft meat. Over time, concentric layers build up and a glistening, lustrous shiny pearl is born. So if you think about it: a pearl is a soft mollusk’s bandaid.
Pearls of wisdom belong to those born in June. It’s a healing gem, a spiritual token for the feminine.
Pearls are totems of wisdom and purity. It’s shrouded in ancient folklore, and made its way around the world. From Cleopatra to Chinese dragons, the Hindu Vishnu to Adam and Eve; the pearl has been around, and then some.
Pearls help women connect with their inner goddess. It nurtures new beginnings, and protects the wearer with fierce, motherly grit. The pearl is sometimes used as a magic re-balancing stone that irons out the kinks. Pearl powder is used, to this day, in elixirs and beauty products. So you know its power goes beyond skin-deep.
the Latin perna, meaning leg, after the lamb leg-shaped mollusk
Pearl is strong, resilient, and shines with positivity. She’s a healer of hearts. She’s your diary, transporting you back to your happy self when you’re feeling sorry. She sustains you with tender care when you’re up at night shedding tears. She knows time is the ultimate healer of all, but she’ll ride the tough rides with you - no questions asked.
Holding a pearl in your hand is believed to open up your heart for acceptance and peace. It’s a charming piece for anyone living life to the fullest, until your heart bursts with joy or you’re worn out, but not with regret. Give it to your momma as a token of new beginnings when you’re leaving her nest or as she’s navigating the cycles of womanhood and motherhood.
Have your own story of pain and healing? Pearls can be a chic testament to your journey. And you don’t need a string of pearls like your great auntie to conjure up drama. A single pearl can look just as strong and badass.
Pearls make a wonderful and symbolic gift for anyone moving to the next chapter, after having made peace with themselves and wanting the dust of past life to settle.
Birthstone for: June
Pearl zodiac sign: Cancer (22 June-22 July)
The seventh chakra - the Crown or Sahasrara chakra.
The crown chakra radiates upwards and reconnects you to your highest self. It’s the wise Self who keeps you moving forward, knowing there’s more to you ready to manifest.
The third chakra - the Heart or the Anahata chakra.
Pearl strengthens the heart for forgiveness. It gives you the courage to deal with your own wounds and prepares them for new beginnings.
How pearl fits into your life:
Mamas-to-be or longtime mamas.
Your spouse of 12 years.
A hangover cure
A new love, a new job, a new home, you get the idea
Realizing that the big, bad ex is actually a small, sad twit and feeling so grateful that you got rid of their sorry pathetic ass
Prep before giving that big speech or presentation
Tough Love level:
2.5-4.5 Mohs scale of hardness with fair to good toughness. As the world’s lone organic gemstone, pearls are rather delicate. They’re soft and can easily be scratched. Wear with gentle, loving care. Avoid chemicals when wearing it, including perfume and hairspray, because these can damage the luster of your pearls. Wipe your pearls with a soft and clean cloth after each wearing. Find out more about hardness vs toughness here.
Bleaching. Pearls are commonly bleached to make the colors more uniform. This makes it easier to create even-colored strings of pearls. Find more about common gemstone treatments here.
Cleaning, care, and cauton:
Pearls easily scratch and lose their luster. However, it’s quite a tough stone in the sense that it won’t break or chip easily. The safest way to keep its shine is by regular cleaning with warm, soapy water. Avoid ultrasonic or steam cleaners at all cost. For natural cleaning, use our soap nut wash.
Pearls are made from nacre, also known as the mother of pearl, which is the inner iridescent layer inside the mollusk. Because pearls are made of both organic and inorganic matter, their shapes can vary.
Most pearls are cultivated in a controlled environment. Gentle hands pry open the mollusk after 6 months to a few years of nestling the pearl.
A mollusk can contain more than one pearl.
Natural pearls are created by, well, nature. The secretion of nacre is a defense system when irritants enter the soft cavity of a mollusk. Being on the seabed bustling with life, seawater sand or dust can enter anytime. Even though it sounds like mollusks are bursting with pearls all the time, natural pearls are rare and expensive because diving and searching for these mollusks is a dangerous profession.
Cultured pearls aren’t synthetic pearls. They’re still created inside a living mollusk and produced by its nacre. The difference is the intentionality of the process. Unlike wild mollusks, pearl farmers nourish and care for the mollusk to ensure a successful harvest. Think of it as the difference between wild forest bananas and bananas grown on a plantation.
Freshwater pearls grow inside mollusks in the river and lake. They come in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Mollusks are usually bigger than oysters (which produce saltwater pearls), so a mollusk can create multiple pearls at a time. Freshwater pearls farmers also harvest it more often (once every two years) than seawater pearls farmers. In other words, freshwater pearls are abundant. Since they’re cultured, farmers can control the shape, so there are pearls shaped as crosses, moons and stars.
The downsides to freshwater pearls are their smaller size and less lustrous shine. Most freshwater pearls come from China.
Seawater pearls (or salt water pearls) are grown inside oysters and usually originate from Japan, Thailand, Australia, China, French Polynesia and Vietnam. The famous akoya pearls from Japan are seawater pearls, prized for their superior luster and almost-perfect round shape. Another popular seawater pearl is the keshi pearl. These are by-products of pearl cultivation or result of cultivation mishaps, hence their funky shapes (a happy accident, you might say!).
Seawater pearls tend to have thinner nacre, which takes longer to form than that of freshwater pearls. The longer time means better quality of nacre and more luster.