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June's Birthstone: Sophisticated Pearl

Molly Schaller

pearls

Jackie knows...

What is it about the lure of pearls?  Is it the nacre that practically glows against the skin? Is it that each natural pearl is a tiny miracle, the only gem made by a living creature? Whatever your reason for loving pearls, you’re not alone. Pearls have been cultivated and admired by humans since 2206 BC! Any way you look at them, pearls are classic, versatile gemstones that beg you to incorporate them into your jewelry-making routine.

A cultured pearl is created when an irritant such as a piece of shell is placed in a mollusk. The mollusk secretes nacre to cover the irritant and that nacre creates a pearl. A natural pearl is one in which the irritant finds its own way into the mollusk; the nacre secretion process is exactly the same!

Don’t assume the real deal is out of your financial reach! Halcraft supplies a variety of genuine cultured pearls in many shapes, colors, and sizes to the Bead Gallery that are affordable and beautiful.

Color:
Natural pearls can range from bright white to cream to peach to pitch black; pearls can also be dyed and are often coated to be any color of the rainbow!

Care:
Pearls are very soft and can be easily scratched. Avoid excessive sunlight and heat, and never apply chemicals like hair spray or perfume while wearing pearls, which can damage the pearl’s nacre. Never place your pearls in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner; instead, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe down your pearls after wearing.

Meanings/Properties:
Pearls are said to balance the body as well as harmonize the wearer with the natural world. Because of their almost luminescent quality, they’re often associated with the moon.

Uses:
Pearls are believed to promote purity and good health.

Fun Facts

    Not sure if your pearl is real? Rub it against the fronts of your teeth in a side-to-side motion. A real pearl has a slightly rough texture that you’ll be able to sense as you do this.

    A Chinese historian recorded the oldest written mention of natural pearls in 2206 BC.

    Black pearls—which are mostly cultured because they are so rare in nature—aren’t actually black but rather green, purple, blue or silver.

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets, which include 3 cats, a flock of 12 hens, and a jaunty rooster named Kernel.

She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn to tap into their creativity as well!