Pearly Perfection: Paying Homage to June’s Birthstone at DG
June 19, 2023
Pearls have captivated hearts for centuries with their enchanting luster and delicate elegance. These ocean gems, born from the depths of the sea, hold a profound symbolism that resonates with the essence of love, purity, and grace. The David Gardner’s team holds this gemstone in high regard and are happy to shine a spotlight on it this June. Join us as we explore the ethereal allure and romantic mystique of June’s birthstone, the pearl.
The History and Symbolism of Pearls
Pearls have a rich legacy, dating back to 2300 BC when the gemstone was a common present for Chinese royalty. The Romans were also huge fans of June’s birthstone. In the 1st century BC Julius Caesar passed a law stipulating that only the ruling class could wear pearls.
The pearl is traditionally tied to the energy of the moon and the element of water. Over the centuries, it has symbolized a variety of qualities. It has been perceived as incarnations of innocence and purity. Europeans thought pearls promoted modesty and chastity in the wearer. Pearls also represent emotional balance, feminine energy, and wisdom. This gemstone also represents love, loyalty, and commitment, so it’s not surprising that pearls are a common component of the designs we create and custom make for our customers here at DG.
How Pearls Form
Pearls can take anywhere from 6 months to several years to form. There are two types of pearls, natural and cultured. Natural pearls form without human intervention when a grain of sand or parasite enters a mollusk. The mollusk then secretes layers of aragonite and conchiolin to form a substance called nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl. Interestingly enough, only some groups of pearls are nacre.
By contrast, cultured pearls form when a human manipulates pearl creation by placing an irritant like a grain of sand inside of a mollusk. This type of pearl is less costly than natural pearls, which are rarer and thus more expensive.
Where Pearls Are Found
Some pearls originate in saltwater while others originate in freshwater lakes and rivers. Japan, China, Indonesia, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, and the U.S. However, certain regions are known for specific types of pearl. For instance, black pearls come from Tahiti and other French Polynesian islands and can incorporate blue, green, dark gray, and purple shades. Akoya pearls come from the Pinctada Fucata oyster located in Japan. Freshwater pearls commonly form in China, Japan, and here in the United States.
How to Clean and Maintain Pearls
Here at David Gardner’s, one question we frequently get from customers is how to clean and care for their pearls, so they remain stunning for years to come. Here are some essential tips to keep your pearl jewelry looking its best.
After each wear, gently wipe your pearls with a soft cloth to remove any oils or substances. If your pearls are stained, use a mixture of lukewarm water and mild dish soap to wipe them clean. Remember to let them dry completely before storing.
To maintain your pearls, remember to add them as the final touch to your outfit and remove them first. Store your pearl necklaces flat to prevent stretching and keep them in separate fabric-lined compartments to prevent scratches. And don’t forget to wear your pearls often to keep them hydrated and lustrous.
Tips for Selecting the Right Pearl
The right pearl really comes down to your unique personality and preferences. But there are five qualities to examine when shopping for the perfect pearl present for yourself or the special person in your life: size, shape, color, luster, and surface.
Pearls come in various sizes, typically ranging from 5 to 16mm. The rarest shape is perfectly round, but semi-round and baroque pearls are also popular for their unique appeal. Pearl colors are a matter of personal taste and holding them against your skin can help bring out subtle secondary tones. Luster is a crucial aspect, with high-quality pearls reflecting light and showcasing a radiant glow. While smooth surfaces are prized, even valuable pearls can have slight imperfections that add to their organic beauty.
Present Her with Pearl for Your Next Special Occasion
This June, we encourage you to experience the unmatched beauty of the pearl. If you’re commemorating a June wedding anniversary, pearl is the perfect complement to every outfit and occasion.
Not sure where to begin your search for the pearl design you have in mind? Check out this breathtaking Gold Standard Pearl Ring from DG. Then take a moment to stop by David Gardner’s in College Station, TX, to find a new pearl jewelry design for yourself or your beloved. We can also assist you with creating a custom piece for an upcoming milestone or proposal.