JUNE BIRTHSTONE: PEARL

You heard them through the grapevine, the myths about her. 


One said she was born from a raindrop, falling from the heavens on the moon’s rolling tears. 


No one knows how she got here, but she’s been around – there’s an infinite wisdom about her, and an innocence. 


She keeps you pure at heart.

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, studying the ocean floor, and purifying the water as per usual. 


An ocean dust enters its sacred cavity and without fingers to scratch their itch, the ocean dust just stays…inside. Latched on to its wall, the mollusk secretes layers upon layers of protection, a thin veil to keep its soft meat from being irritated. 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. 

FUN FACT


Pearl is the world's only organic gemstone; a soft layer to protect the inside of a mollusk from irritants. In other words, pearl is literally a healer.


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 pearls in your hand is believed to open up your heart for acceptance and peace. It’s a charming piece for anyone who’s 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 when you’re leaving her nest or as she’s navigating the drama of her household life. 


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.


Basically 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)


Pearl chakra:

  • The seventh chakra - the Crownor 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 Heartor 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:


June lovers. Mamas-to-be or even longtime mamas. Your spouse of 12 years. Brides.



Silver aquamarine rings

VIBES

  • Purity

  • Faith

  • Calm

  • Imagination

  • Honesty

  • Beauty

  • Balance

  • Royalty
  • Healing
  • Nurture

USE FOR

  • 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

  • Sunburns 

  • Prep before giving that big speech or presentation

Aquamarine origins

Our pearls are responsibly sourced from: China, Indonesia, Tahiti, United States of America


Tough Love level: 2.5-4.5 Mohs scale of hardness.

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 lustre of your pearls. Wipe your pearls with a soft and clean cloth after each wear.


Common treatments: Bleaching. Pearls are commonly bleached to make the colors more uniform. This makes it easier to create even-colored strings of pearls.

PEARL TYPES

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 vs cultured pearls

  • 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 just bursting with pearls all the time, natural pearls aren’t used in jewelry because diving and searching for these mollusks is a dangerous profession. So yes, natural pearls do exist. But they’re rare and expensive compared to farmed pearls. 

  • Cultured pearls aren’t synthetic pearls. They’re still created inside a living mollusk and produced by its nacre. The difference is how the process is intentional. Unlike wild mollusk, pearl farmers nourish and care for the mollusk to ensure successful harvest. Think of it as the difference between wild forest bananas and bananas grown on a plantation. 

Freshwater pearls vs seawater pearls

  • 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, the farmers have control over the shape, so there are pearls shaped as crosses, moons and stars.


    The downside to freshwater pearls is its 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, 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 its 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 thus, more luster.



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