June is traditionally the month of PEARLS—and Pearl Jewelry
In honor of this lovely summer birthstone, East Towne Jewelers is having a store wide sale on all pearl jewelry. June 1st through June 15th we'll be offering 50% OFF pearl rings, necklaces, earrings & pearl restringing. You will even find pearl pieces from our Unode50 designer line. If you know someone special with a June birthday, or even if you just love pearls, now is the time to stop in and see our selection.
The Pearl Gemstone
Is there really a grain of sand at the center of every pearl? According to the American Gem Society, "pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells, usually not a grain of sand as commonly believed."
Only certain mollusks use mother-of-pearl to create the iridescent nacreous pearls that we use in jewelry. These rare gemstones don’t require any polishing to reveal their natural luster. The rarest pearls are natural pearls made in the wild, without human interference. Most pearls sold today are created by human intervention. These are called "cultured pearls" and are farmed by implanting piece of shell or small bead into pearl oysters or freshwater pearl mussels.
Pearls are very soft, ranging between 2.5 and 4.5 on the Mohs scale. Pearls are sensitive to extreme heat and acidity and can actually dissolve in vinegar.
The finest natural pearls appear creamy white with an iridescent sheen that casts many colorful hues. Cultured freshwater pearls on the other hand, are often dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple or black and can come in a dazzling array of sizes, colors and shapes.
The Meaning of Pearls
Pearls are timeless wardrobe staple, worn by women of all ages. However, the origin of pearls has fascinated us for centuries. "Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven. The Chinese fancied that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries thought that mollusks formed pearls from dew drops," The Gemological Institute of America.
Pearls are often associated with purity, humility and innocence and traditionally given as a wedding gift or worn by brides. And of course the pearl is the June birthstone.
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