June babies, it’s your month! Pearl is your birthstone, and let us just say, this is one of our favorite gems! Pearl jewelry is simply classic, and we consider it a staple for your jewelry box. Pearls are elegant but casual enough to wear everyday, no matter your outfit. Keep reading to learn all about pearls!

Beckers Diamonds & Fine Jewelry June Birthstone Pearl

 "Pearls are always appropriate." - Jackie Kennedy

About Pearls

          Natural pearls are some of the rarest treasures in the world. Pearls are found in oysters, but only a very small percentage of oysters in the world possess pearls, let alone, ones nice enough to be made into jewelry. If you want to make a pearl necklace or bracelet, then the pearls also have to match—this is why some strands of pearls can be tens of thousands of dollars!

          Pearls can grow in both salt water and fresh water oysters. Pearls are formed when an irritant, like sand, gets into an oyster. As a defense mechanism, the oyster produces secretions to encapsulate the irritant. Many layers of this forms the pearl!

          As for cultured pearls, the process with these is pretty much the same as natural pearls, however it is controlled by a pearl farmer to ensure better results. A “nucleus” made of shell or a bead is inserted into the pearl to begin the pearl formation process.


Gabriel & Co. Sterling Silver Pearl Necklaces

Gabriel & Co. 925 Sterling Silver and Pearl Necklaces:
Top: NK5242SV5PL  
Bottom: Style #NK3422SVJPL

          Cultured pearls are typically less expensive than naturally formed pearls, however, there are some exceptions based on the quality. Akoya pearls, formed in the Akoya pearl oyster, are very good quality and thus can be priced higher. Luxury cultured pearl company, Mikimoto, creates the finest, most perfect looking cultured pearls in the world and they can cost upwards of $60,000 for a necklace!

Gabriel & Co. Pearl Earrings

Gabriel & Co. Pearl Earrings
14K White Gold Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings
Style #EG12322W45PL


14K White Gold Diamond Halo Pearl Stud Earrings
Style #EG395W45PL

          In many cultures worldwide, pearls are a symbol of purity which is why they are a classic accessory for brides on their wedding day. Pearls are also often given as gifts for different wedding anniversaries—most commonly for 1st and 30th anniversaries.


Gabriel & Co. Sterling Silver Pearl Ring

Gabriel & Co. Sterling Silver Pearl Ring
Style #LR6784SVJBP

Colors & Shapes

          Pearls can be dyed various colors. Naturally colored pearls have a white/cream color appearance, but a very popular dye color for jewelry is pink. Golden, purple, gray, or even striking black (which is more of a very dark green) are also common color choices. The finest pearls have a stunning reflective luster to them.

Gabriel & Co. Black Pearl and Diamond Pendant
Gabriel & Co. 14K White Gold Black Pearl and Diamond Necklace
Style #NK4500W45BP

         

           You may have also heard of mother of pearl, but contrary to popular belief, it isn’t actually a pearl! Rather, it’s the inner layer of the shell of an oyster. It still has a beautiful luster and is often used in jewelry.

Gabriel & Co. Black Mother of Pearl Necklace

Gabriel & Co. 14K Yellow Gold Black Mother of Pearl Necklace
Style #NK5774Y45BM

 You can find stunning pearl birthstone jewelry at Becker’s—
check out our stores, website, and eBay and Etsy shops for all of your pearl needs!

 

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