Birthstone jewelry for the month of June traditionally uses the pearl. The pearl is a symbol of purity, honesty and femininity. But its charm as a birth stone goes beyond its use in jewelry.
What is interesting about the pearl is that it is made from an ordinary creature in the animal kingdom, a mollusk. Among all the gemstones used as birth stones, only the pearl is produced by a living being. The pearl’s origins give it a certain kind of warm glow not found in other gems. For centuries, until the turn of the twentieth century, people were mystified by this.
June is also said to be the month of Juno, the goddess of marriage. Most people consider it to be lucky to marry during this month. Since marriage marks the possibility of bringing new life into the world, it seems fitting to symbolize the month with a gemstone produced by a living creature.
Pearls have become more common, especially with the advent of pearl culturing. In nature, pearls are produced when an irritant enters the mollusk and becomes coated in nacre. This substance is what makes a pearl. In pearl culturing, people induce this by using beads as irritants, which are then coated with a thin layer of nacre.
Whether cultured or natural, pearls make gorgeous birthstone jewelry, perfect for any loved one born in June. Its simple yet elegant look makes for a versatile accessory, able to dress up even a simple ensemble of jeans and a t-shirt.