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Pearls are, traditionally the most popular birthstone for the month of June.
Ironically Pearls are not a stone. Or a gem. To be exact a pearl is a gemmoid. An organic product formed by a mollusk. A true “gem” is by definition inorganic.
As is the case with most “birthstones” Pearls have never been the sole “traditional” birthstone for the month of June. Until relatively recently –think 1910s– cultured pearls were NOT widely available and natural non-farm-raised pearls were wildly expensive. A good set of pearls in the late 1890s was literally equivalent in value to a Manhattan mansion. Not a townhouse, a mansion.
So in the 19th century milky-white Moonstones and creamy Chalcedony were popular as birthstones.
Today pearls are truly accessible. Lovely. Traditional. Wild. Modern. Whatever style you want a pearl can suit your personal style.
We love pearls, we are in a minor sort of way, pearl people. So we’ve written about pearls before. If you are interested in learning more about pearls be sure to browse our full website. And if you are interested in color check out this blog post from the Fall of 2016.