June Birthstone | About Pearls and Jewellery

June Birthstone | About Pearls and Jewellery

There are three different birthstones for the month of June: pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite. We find that most June babies prefer pearl jewellery. Maybe it’s because they’re super trendy or perhaps it’s the simple yet elegant look pearls give to an outfit. Pearls symbolize purity and innocence. For years, pearls were viewed as a symbol of status and wealth. Traditionally, a string of pearls would be a popular wedding gift. Today, a string of pearls can class up any outfit even a simple t-shirt and jeans. 

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An assortment of pearl stud earrings made in Canada. Statement pearl earrings are made with gold and silver hardware.

Stud pearl earrings by Jean by Ivan Dobren

Quality pearls have a natural luster and may even appear iridescent. Generally, pearls are known for their cream-white colour but pearls can come in various colours such as yellow, green, blue, purple, green, brown, and black. 

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About Pearls

Pearls are the only gemstones made from living organisms. Mollusks create pearls by using calcium and grains of sand. Only two types of mollusks create pearls used in jewellery. Most other mollusks also create pearls, but these pearls don’t have the same luster as the other groups of mollusks. The rarest kind of pearls have a high luster and sheen without any additional treatments. Most pearls sold today are man-created using mollusks.         

Pearl pea pod necklace. Handmade silver "pod" hold three freshwater pearls on a silver link chain.

Pearls are versatile and can be used in necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. However, pearls are an incredibly soft stone, only ranking at 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs scale. Keep pearls away from rough objects and surfaces to avoid scratching. Store pearls in a soft pouch or case, and only wipe clean with a damp cloth. 

Perfume, hairspray, makeup, and sweat can all affect your pearls. It’s recommended to wipe your pearls clean after each wear. 

Types of Pearls

There are several kinds of pearls used in retail jewellery Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and Freshwater. Pearls made in nature without human interference are incredibly rare and very expensive. This is why most pearls are cultivated or farmed by humans. There are different methods of creating pearls, each with unique characteristics.   

Model in an urban setting wearing a casual outfit with a five pearl necklace and matching earrings.

Pearls come in a variety of colours. It’s important to note, however, that most coloured pearls are dyed. Black pearls that occur in nature are incredibly rare and actually appear more green, purple, blue, or silver. Other coloured pearls you’ll find at the retail level are dyed Freshwater pearls.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are the most common pearls on the market. These mussels are farmed in freshwater and may even produce multiple stones, making them much more affordable. They’re very versatile and can be used to create a number of different shapes, colours, and sizes. Freshwater pearls can be dyed in different colours including pink and black.  

Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls are created in Japan. They are known for their superior shape and natural luster. These pearls can produce silver, cream, or pink iridescence. 

South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls are commonly created in Australia. These are large pearls that come in a number of white hues. What makes these pearls unique is that they are cultured by the rare white-lipped pinctada maxima oyster. The cultivation time for these pearls is much longer than other pearls, making them more expensive and very rare.  

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls, or black pearls, are known for their rich, dark colour. They are large and come in black, grey, silver, green, blue, and brown tones. These pearls come from black lip oysters in Tahiti and French Polynesia. 

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June’s Birthstone Meaning

Across many cultures, pearls were thought to have many beneficial properties from personal prosperity to helping with indigestion. Some biblical translations even say that Adam and Eve cried pearl tears in the Book of Genesis.

Pearl stud earrings. White freshwater pearls sit inside a sterling silver cup or "shell."

It’s viewed as the stone of wisdom and pure love, which is why it’s often worn by brides. Pearls take time to cultivate and are made by living beings, making them the stone of care and nurturing. Pearls allow the wearer to feel kinder, happier, and more positive towards themselves. They are a symbol of wisdom and perfection, the wearer should also feel a heightened sense of personal integrity. 

Because pearls are cultivated in water, it’s said that they follow lunar cycles. It’s viewed as a highly feminine stone. In many ways, pearls truly embody femininity as the only stone that comes from a living being.  

Pearls For Geminis

Pearls are said to represent duality and balance. For Gemini placements, finding balance and feeling self-assured is their life’s mission. Both pearls and Geminis are ruled by the planet Mercury. Pearls are said to help a Gemini harness the power of Mercury.

More importantly, pearls represent two massive characteristics of a Gemini: power and poise. Geminis love being the center of attention and carrying themselves with elegance and self-assurance. 

Pearls For Cancers

Cancer placements are water signs and often have a strong connection to water. As a stone cultivated in water, pearls can make a Cancer feel calm and centered like water. Cancers may often struggle with negativity. Pearls can offer the struggling Cancer the wisdom they need to cultivate much-needed positive energy. 

Other June Birthstones

Aside from pearls, June also has two other birthstones: moonstone and alexandrite. Moonstone is often associated with love, passion, and fertility. The colour is said to reflect the moon’s phases. Moonstone has a similar iridescent sheen but is much harder on the Mohs scale than pearls. 

The other birthstone for June is alexandrite. This is a rare stone said to reflect emeralds by day and rubies by night. Similar to ammolite, alexandrite changes colour depending on the lighting. It may appear green, blue-green, red, or purple-red. 

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