09 Jun 10 Fun Facts about June’s Birthstone
Pearls, Alexandrites and Moonstones are the birthstones for June and all of them have one thing in common — they’re symbols of good luck, happiness and forever young! Of the three gemstones, pearls are truly the world’s most beloved. This month we’re digging into information on these beauties that Gemini girls won’t be able to get enough of! Here are 10 fun facts about this classic gemstone.
1. Pearls are born like all of us
Unlike most gemstones, pearls have an organic origin meaning they are born from a living organism. This makes them one of the most human-like and natural gemstones there are.
2. Pearls are ducklings who found their inner swan
You heard that right! They are created when a rock or a sand grain enters a mollusc’s shell, which secretes a material that coats the sand grain in layers. And finally, the sandgrain becomes a beautiful gemstone!
3. Pearls are a bride’s best friend
The ancient Greeks believed that these elegant gemstones helped newlywed brides from homesickness and promoted happiness. Naturally they made perfect wedding gifts too.
4. They have unique personalities!
While most people think pearls are either white or black, they’re far more diverse. They come in a variety of shades like black, cream, gray, blue, yellow, lavender, green and mauve.
5. Pearls are keepers of love
The largest pearl in the world, the Pearl of Asia was Shah Jahan’s second gift to his favourite girl, Mumtaz. Now that’s what we call big love!
6. They are beings of fine lineage
Once owned by King Philip, Napolean and now Hollywood actor Richard Burton, the pearl considered the most beautiful in the world is called ‘The Wanderer’.
7. Pearls aren’t afraid to cry
Considered to be gemstones of charity, sacrifice and faithfulness, warriors in ancient India carried swords embellished with this gemstone. Each pearl represented a loss of life and tears.
8. They are forever young
In ancient China, they were believed to grant their wearer eternal youth and are used even today in traditional Chinese medicine and cosmetics for youthful skin.
9. Pearls share your name
The name Margarita and its derivatives, Marjorie, Maggie, Peggy, Greta, Rita and Indian girl names from Muthu, Mukta, Gauhar and Gulika are all synonyms for the word pearl.
10. They are as timeless as the seas
From Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy to Madonna, Michele Obama and Taylor Swift; celebrities have made these lovely gemstones their everyday staple. Timeless and universal, they’re here to stay this June and beyond.
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