Pearls are the birthstone for June, one of the softer gemstones but that does not mean it can not stand up to all the others....
LESSER KNOWN FACTS
Iridescent and durable, pearl is mostly comprised of calcium carbonate (argonite) and is the hard layer of nacre, secreted by molluscs such as oysters, that lines the inside of their shells.
Around one in 10,000 oysters collected for mother-of-pearl contains a natural pearl.
HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL
Amongst one of the first materials used by ancient craftsmen for decorative purposes, it has been used for millennia for utensils, and ornamentation such as buttons and inlays.
Fine artefacts decorated with mother of pearl have been found in Turkey dating back to the early Bronze Age, in the Egyptian pyramids from around 4,500BC, and throughout the Ottoman and Mughal empires (to name but a few)...
One of the world's most striking buildings, the Taj Mahal is a veritable museum of precious and semi-precious stones, including mother of pearl.
Upcycled earrings adding platinum and diamond studs
LEGEND HAS IT
Considered calming and relaxing, pearl can enhance personal integrity and provide focus.
Containing the gentle, peaceful healing energy of the sea, pearl is symbolic of the healing light of the universe.
WHERE IN THE WORLD
Oceans and rivers around the world