Monday, June 8, 2009

The month of June

I can't believe June is here, summer is starting, I have so many ideas for summer jewelry line for this month birthstone.

In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June, but in the U.S. it shares that honor with Alexandrite and pearl.

At various times, people have associated birthstone with some type of supernatural power of authority, while at other times the birthstone was understood to have religious significance.

Pearls is a unique among the birthstone because of it's organic origin, all other birthstone are minerals.

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - PEARL


Pearls are formed in shellfish especially oysters and mussels as a natural defence against irritant, such as a piece of sand enters an oyster. The oyster coats the piece of sand over and over with layers of Aragonite, known as nacre, are secreted around the irritant, and gradually build up to form the solid pearl. Light reflecting from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent lustre also known as the "orient of pearl". In cultured pearls an irritant is introduced to initiate the formation of a pearl.
Pearl is vary in color from white, white with a hint of color (often pink) to brown or black, depending on the type of mollusc and the water. The are sensitive to acids, dryness and humidity and so are less durable than many other gems.
Occurrence: Natural pearls have been harvested from the Persian Golf, the Golf of Manaar (Indian ocean) and the Red Sea for thousands of years. The coasts of Polynesia and Australia produce mainly cultured pearls. both fresh water and saltwater are cultivated in Japan and China. Fresh waters pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany and Mississippi.
History: Since ancient times, the pearls has been a symbol of perfection, it is the oldest known gem. To the ancients pearls were a symbol of the moon and had a magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry.
Pearls have been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. In the Hindu religion, the presentation of an undrilled pearl and its piercing has formed part of the marriage ceremony.
In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, pearls were very fashionable in Europe as personal ornaments.
In the Americas, both the Incas and Aztecs prized pearls for their beauty and magical power.
Most European countries in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries had laws regarding who could and couldn't wear pearls.
Native Americans of the Atlantic coastal areas and the Mississippi river vasin were the first to collect and use U.S. freshwater mussel pearls and shells.
More about pearl go to the American museum of natural history.
The power of pearls: Pearls were once thought to be the tears of the gods. They eliminate emotional imbalances. The help one mater the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tact & ulcer problems.
Pearls is said to help one see themselves and help improve selfworth. The pearls symbolizes love, success and happiness. Bring out purity, honesty & integrity plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm.
The color of the pearl symbolise:

White pearls are symbolic of pure heart & mind, innocence, and faith.

Gold and black pearls are symbols for prosperty.

Pink pearls works especially well for the heart chakra.
Please stay tune for other June birthstone coming this month.

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