One of June’s birthstones, pearls have been held in great esteem in almost every historical culture for millenniums. Many religions have held the pearl in high regard as it is the natural creation of something so beautiful. That is one of the mystic qualities of a pearl. It is not non-living mineral like other gemstones, it is an organic substance derived from a living oyster. The quality of pearls is judged by the orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre. It is also judged by its luster, the reflectivity and shine of the surface.
Pearls have long been symbols of natural beauty and subtle refinement, and the pearl will continue to represent true elegance.