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June 05, 2023
For those fortunate to be born in June, a plethora of stunning June birthstones await to be discovered. Among these are the timeless pearls and the enchanting moonstones. Pearls, with their unique luster, can be imaginatively fashioned into a variety of jewelry pieces, including brooches, earrings, necklaces, and rings. On the other hand, moonstones, with their distinctive iridescence, can be polished, carved, or set into virtually any jewelry design. Both of these gems offer a unique aesthetic appeal when incorporated into June birthstone jewelry.
Pearls have been a symbol of elegance and sophistication for centuries. The 1500s, often referred to as 'the pearl age,' saw an unprecedented admiration for this gem, first in the Roman Empire and later in Tudor England. The uniqueness of pearls lies in their natural formation - they are the only gems produced by living sea creatures and require no additional polishing or faceting to reveal their inherent beauty. Pearls are formed when an irritant gets trapped within a mollusk, which then coats the irritant with a substance known as nacre, resulting in the creation of a mesmerizing pearl.
While pearls can occur naturally, they can also be cultured or man-made. Regardless of their origin, pearls possess a delicate luster that ranks them among the most coveted gemstones. Their color varies depending on the species of mollusk and the environment in which they are formed, offering a spectrum of shades from gray, cream, black, yellow, blue, green, lavender, to mauve. The world's largest pearl, the Pearl of Asia, measures three-inches in length, two-inches in width, and weighs one-third of a pound, a testament to the grandeur of this gem.
With a mystique as intriguing as their name suggests, moonstones are a variety of feldspar that have captivated jewelry lovers for centuries. Named by Pliny, a Roman natural historian, moonstones are believed to change their appearance with the phases of the moon. The interplay of feldspar and albite layers gives moonstones their characteristic textured appearance. Often seen in hues of blue and white, moonstones bear a striking resemblance to scratched blue glass.
Jewelry featuring moonstones is a perfect choice for those who are drawn to the mystical and those who favor the cool tones of winter. In India, moonstones are revered as sacred gemstones, often displayed against a yellow backdrop, a sacred color. They are believed to house a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune, making them an excellent choice for June birthstones.
August 17, 2010
There are two types of pearls, saltwater and freshwater. Jewelers, such as John S. Brana, use the freshwater variety which comes in a greater number of shapes and sizes. One of the most appealing types is the Keishi pearl which comes in a fantastic array of irregular, but natural-looking shapes. These gems add a very unique appearance to any jewelry that they are added to. Because none of them look alike, they can be used to create necklaces or earrings which are one-of-a-kind works of art. This adds to their overall appeal and makes them highly sought after.
For some examples of how pearls are used within jewelry, have a look at the collection of items from John S. Brana with pieces such as fine silver earrings containing garnets and pearls, and necklaces made of amethyst and Keishi pearls.
June 01, 2010
June’s birthstone, the pearl, has been a favorite gemstone since the days of the Roman Empire. They are the only gemstone created by a living creature and the only one that needs no cutting or polishing to enhance its value.
Pearls are formed when an irritant enters the shell of a mollusk. The mollusk coats the irritant with a substance known as ‘nacre’, and a natural pearl is formed. Since naturally forming saltwater pearls are so rare these days natural pearls have largely complemented by cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are pearls that are formed due to a small bead or other substance placed inside of a mollusk by commercial pearl farms, which originated in Japan in the early 1900s. Today, most cultured pearls are grown and harvested around the world although most come from China, Japan, and the South Pacific. Even though natural pearls are the most highly prized, the only way to determine whether a pearl is natural or cultured is to have it x-rayed by a jeweler.
Pearls are graded by color, luster, size and lack of flaws. Pearls that are perfectly round are quite rare, and of course, the larger the pearl, the more valuable. However, pearls of varying shapes are also highly prized. Baroque pearls are pearls that are irregularly shaped. Teardrop pearls are most often used in earrings and pendants. Coin or button pearls and smaller rice or keishi pearls are also popular choices for fashion jewelry.
While white is still the most popular color, cultured pearls are available in several other hues, such as pink, purple, blue, champagne, green and black, with black pearls rapidly gaining in popularity. As these colors are naturally occurring, it can be difficult to obtain enough of the same size and color to form one jewelry piece. White pearls are sometimes bleached and pearls may be dyed to produce new colors or to enhance their original color and luster.
Imitation pearls made from shell or glass are popular due to their affordability and similarity to natural or cultured pearls but they are lighter in weight and not as lustrous as natural or cultured pearls. Pearl wearers should take special care with their jewelry as natural and cultured pearls can be discolored by dyes and solvents. Hairspray and perfumes should be applied before putting on pearl jewelry to avoid dulling the pearl's creamy, lustrous surface. By taking special care of your pearl jewelry, you will ensure a lifetime wear of June's Birthstone - the Pearl.