A June birthstone, pearl is a recognized gift for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Historically, pearl was believed to possess mystical and healing powers. Roman women slept with them under their pillow to sweeten dreams. Ancient Asian cultures used pearls in medicinal ways. The early Hindus revered them as a symbol of purity in marriage. Pearls are most commonly thought of as round and white, but they come in many shapes and colors. Akoya cultured pearls are the most familiar type of saltwater cultured pearl to most people in the U.S. and other western markets. Japan and China both produce akoya cultured pearls as well. We have handpicked our pearls for their beauty and luster.