June’s birthstone, the pearl, has long been a symbol of purity.
June Birthstone Color
Pearls form naturally in a variety of soft colors that complement and flatter most complexions, and they are a popular wardrobe accessory for this reason. You’ll find pearls in a spectrum of neutrals ranging from creamy white to black to an assortment of beautiful hues including pinks and lavenders.
Birthstone Facts & Folklore
Natural pearls are formed inside the shell of oysters when a grain of sand or other particle gets inside the shell and causes an irritation. Because it can’t get rid of the irritating particle, the oyster covers it with a smooth, crystalline substance called nacre, forming a pearl.
The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is believed to have eaten a paste of ground pearls and lemon juice to cure illness.
Pearls are associated with purity, honesty, and calmness. If you dream of a pearl ring, expect romance.