Adorn yourself in the calming, feminine energy of June's birthstone.
Pearls have been prized for more than 4,000 years as symbols of purity, balance and harmony. Their calming, feminine energy is greatly admired, these natural 'gems' are believed to attract luck and good fortune.
The history of Pearl
Commonly known as the "Queen of gems" pearls have been a precious gemstone across cultures for thousands of years and are actually the oldest 'gemstone'. As a universal stone each culture has their own unique origin story. The ancient greeks believed Aphrodite, the goddess of love shed pearls for tears; a similar myth in Arabian cultures who believed that pearls formed from dewdrops that were swallowed by oysters when they fell into the sea.Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty dating back to as early as 2300 BC, while the ancient Romans considered pearl jewellery to be a symbol of affluence. In fact, in 1st century BC Julius Caeser introduced a law limiting pearl jewellery to only be worn by the ruling classes.Fragments of pearl jewellery was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess dating back to 420 BC. Cleopatra also treasured pearls and was thought to have owned the two biggest in the world.
Where are Pearls from?
Pearls are the only gemstone to come from a living creature, Oysters. Freshwater pearls come primarily from China, we source our cultured freshwater pearls from Zhejiang Province China. Saltwater pearls are found in the waters surrounding Japan, French Polynesia, and Australia. Each type of pearl is completely unique in appearance and quality.
The properties of Pearl
Pearls symbolise purity and harmony and are widely believed to attract good luck. They are the gemstone of the Crown Chakra, representing spirituality and enlightenment.
Shop the June Birthstone
Here at Temple of the Sun we use precious gemstones in our jewellery for their natural beauty, meanings and properties they bestow on their wearer.