June Birthstone Pearls symbolising purity, power, wealth and beauty.
The birthstone for June is represented by pearls.
Pearls come in all shapes, sizes and in a range of colour. These days the majority of pearls are either freshwater cultured or saltwater cultured.
Freshwater cultured pearls are cultivated in mussels rather than oysters, and are mainly found among lakes and rivers in China. Mr Kokichi Mikimoto was the first person to successfully create the cultured pearl in Japan in 1893.
Pearls have been worn from as early as 3500BC and in ancient China pearls were believed to guarantee protection from fire and fire breathing dragons. They have long been a symbol of purity, power, wealth and beauty, the ancient Greeks believing that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite the goddess of love.
Pearls require no polishing to reveal their true beauty. I find myself mesmerised by the pearls mirror like mirage from its lustre.