June Birthstone: Pearl
Happy birthday June babies! The June Birthstone for your birthday is the Pearl. This gorgeous gemstone from the sea is unlike the others – rare and precious natural pearls are formed over time within oyster shells. Here’s a recap of the process: when a grain of sand enters its shell, the oyster will quickly begin to cover it with layers of a substance called nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl. This is a type of mineral that also makes up the mollusk’s shell. As the layers build up, the grain of sand is coated until finally, a pearl is formed.
Many pearls on the market today are cultured, meaning that they are cultivated by a farmer under controlled conditions. This process can take up to seven years, and are then harvested and polished, bleached and cleaned. These pearls tend to be almost perfectly round or oval, whereas natural pearls are usually irregularly shaped and vary in size. Cultured pearls though, are NOT imitation or fake pearls as they are made of the same mother-of-pearl substance.
Symbolism of the Pearl
If you have the Pearl as your June birthstone, then count yourself lucky! Wearing it brings you wealth, luck, as well as protection. It also symbolizes slow-growing wisdom: the kind that can only be attained through experience. Pearls also have a soothing and calming effect, and is said to be a direct link to the ocean. Wearing it can balance one’s karma, improve and strengthen relationships, and keep children safe. So wear a pair of pearl earrings, or a beautiful strand of pearls to symbolize and accentuate your purity, integrity, generosity, and loyalty.
Metaphysical properties of the Pearl
On a metaphysical note, pearls are a connection to the Goddess or the ultimate feminine energy. Receptive by nature, it’s a gemstone that should be handled with some caution. This is because it’s believed the crystals can hold the energy of the wearer – so if you’re feeling excessively negative or down while wearing pearls, they will absorb and retain that energy until it is worn. Which may result in you taking on that energy again! A simple cleaning like rinsing under water will be helpful to clear any residual energy.
Pearls & Weddings
It is customary in many cultures to incorporate pearls on the wedding day, especially for the bride. It could be part of her veil or as a beautiful accessory.
According to Ancient Greek legend, pearls were believed to be the tears of the gods. It was also believed that to prevent women from crying on their wedding day, wearing pearls would do the trick!
In Hindu folklore, pearls are associated with the moon. Pearls are thought to be dewdrops that fall from the night sky, into the moonlit sea. In an early Hindu account associating pearls and weddings, Krishna (or Vishnu) plucked the first pearl from the depths of the ocean and gave it to his daughter Pandaia on her wedding day as a symbol of love, union, and purity.
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