Whether you favor white or black pearls, all are unique. They can be found all over the world, and in 9 major colors.
Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.
Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods and the Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.
Pearl is the Modern June birthstone. It is also the birthstone for the Star Signs of Gemini and Cancer. Fresh water pearls are given on the 1st wedding anniversary. Pearls are also given on the 3rd, 12th and 30th anniversaries.
There are many types of pearls including:
- natural pearls;
- cultured pearls (which are made when a human intentionally inserts foreign tissue into a living oyster);
- Biwa pearls which are freshwater pearls from Lake Biwa in Japan;
- baroque pearls which are (irregularly-shaped;
- freshwater pearls;
- blister pearls are those pearls that are grown attached to the inside of the shell; black pearls which vary from gray to black;
- seed pearls;
- and Mabe pearls which are cultivated blister pearls.
The host secretes a lustrous substance, called nacre, to cover the bit of sand or other irritant that finds its way inside the mollusk. Layers of nacre build up around the intruding article to protect it’s soft interior. This process may take as long as eight years to create a pearl.
Ultrasonic cleaners are great for cleaning some jewelry but is not recommended for pearls.
These are just a few of the pearl necklaces I offer in your choice of color and materials.