June Birthstone: Pearl

June’s birthstone, the pearl, symbolises purity, innocence, and new beginnings, making it a cherished gem for those born in this enchanting month. Learn more about this stunning birthstone, including its rich history, formation process, and the benefits of wearing a pearl birthstone.

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Pearl Symbolism

June's exquisite birthstone, the pearl, is renowned for its timeless elegance and natural beauty. Pearls have captivated cultures worldwide for centuries, symbolising purity, innocence, and new beginnings.

Formed deep within the sea, these lustrous gems are a testament to resilience and transformation, emerging from the depths as treasures of remarkable beauty. They are believed to promote wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune, making them a cherished gift for those celebrating their birth in June.

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Where are Pearls Found?

Pearls, the enchanting birthstone of June, can be found in various locations around the globe, in saltwater and freshwater environments.

Saltwater pearls are typically sourced from marine oysters and freshwater mussels in regions like the Persian Gulf, the coasts of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and the waters off the coast of Japan.

On the other hand, freshwater pearls are a testament to nature's artistry, cultivated in rivers, lakes, and ponds, with major sources including China, Japan, and the United States.

Each location contributes to the diversity of pearls available, offering a range of sizes, shapes, and colours that make each pearl unique and coveted.

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How are Pearls Formed?

Pearls are formed inside molluscs, such as oysters and mussels, as a natural defence mechanism against irritants. When a foreign object, such as a grain of sand or a parasite, enters the mollusc's shell, the mollusc secretes layers of nacre, a combination of calcium carbonate and protein, to coat the irritant.

Over time, layer upon layer of nacre is deposited, eventually forming a lustrous pearl. The process can take several years, and the quality of the pearl is influenced by factors such as the type of mollusc, the environment, and the duration of the growth period.

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Rich History

The rich history of pearls dates back thousands of years, with these luminescent gems holding a special place in numerous cultures and civilisations. In ancient times, pearls were considered symbols of wealth, power, and social standing, often reserved for royalty and the elite. They were also revered for their mystical properties and believed to possess healing and protective qualities.

In Roman society, pearls were a status symbol, while in China, they were associated with wisdom and longevity. The allure of pearls continued through the Renaissance, where they featured prominently in jewellery and fashion. Today, pearls remain a symbol of elegance and sophistication, cherished for their timeless beauty and enduring appeal.

What Does the Pearl Birthstone Say About You?

The pearl, June's birthstone, is said to reflect the qualities of those born in this month. Symbolising integrity, loyalty, and wisdom, individuals associated with the pearl are often seen as gentle, nurturing, and compassionate, embodying this luminous birthstone's calming and soothing properties.

Like the layers of nacre that form a pearl, June-born individuals are believed to have depth and complexity to their personalities, with a strong inner beauty that shines through. Pearls are also associated with purity and innocence, suggesting that those born in June may possess a sense of innocence or purity in their outlook on life.

Sundance Pearl Jewellery

Selecting Pearl Jewellery

Firstly, consider the type of pearls you prefer. Freshwater pearls are more affordable and come in various shapes and sizes, while saltwater pearls like Akoya and South Sea are larger, rounder, and more lustrous but more expensive.

Next, consider the colour of the pearls. Pearls come in various hues, from classic white and cream to pink, lavender, and black. Choose a colour that complements your skin tone and personal style.

Additionally, consider the pearls' size, shape, and lustre, as these factors can greatly impact the overall look of the jewellery.

Finally, ensure the pearls are well-matched in size, shape, colour, and lustre for a harmonious and elegant appearance.

Shop Pearl Jewellery

Explore a selection of pieces from across the Pragnell range​

Antique Edwardian Pearl and Diamond Cluster Ring in Platinum


Our collection features stunning antique and vintage pearl rings dating back to the Victorian era. Steeped in history, these rings have intricate detailing, showcasing the natural beauty of the pearls.

Akoya Pearl Bracelet with Brilliant Cut Diamonds in 18ct Yellow Gold


Our pearl bracelets are the epitome of elegance and attention to detail. Our collection includes classic single-strand bracelets and modern designs, all meticulously crafted to elevate any look.

South Sea Pearl Pendant in 18ct White Gold


Our pearl necklaces and pendants epitomise timeless elegance and meticulous craftsmanship. Our collection includes a variety of classic styles and elaborate antique and vintage pieces.

Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings in 18ct Yellow Gold


Our collection of pearl earrings includes elegant drops, classic studs, stylish earring jackets, and beautiful antique and vintage pieces, all of which showcase the wonderous natural beauty of pearls.

Pearl Jewellery Care

Pearl Jewellery Care

While renowned for their exquisite beauty, pearls are relatively soft compared to other gemstones, with a hardness ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 on the Mohs scale. This makes them more susceptible to scratching and damage, especially when exposed to harsh chemicals or sharp objects.

To keep your pearls looking their best, avoid exposing them to perfume, hairspray, and cosmetics. Always apply these products before wearing your pearls to prevent damage, and after wearing, gently wipe your pearls with a soft, damp cloth to remove any oils or dirt.

Store your pearls in a soft pouch or cloth bag, away from other jewellery, to prevent scratching. Avoid storing them in airtight containers, as pearls need moisture to maintain their lustre. Additionally, wear your pearls often to benefit from the natural oils in your skin that help keep their beauty.

Finally, consider having your pearl jewellery restrung if you wear it frequently. This service, provided at Pragnell, will prevent the silk thread from stretching or breaking, ensuring your pearls remain secure and look their best.

Pearl Jewellery at Pragnell

We offer a stunning collection of pearl jewellery that embodies elegance and sophistication. Each piece is meticulously crafted to showcase the timeless beauty of classic white pearls, lustrous black pearls, or delicate pink pearls. Our collection includes a variety of styles, from classic pearl necklaces and earrings to more contemporary designs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to our most commonly asked questions. Should you want to find out more please feel free to Contact Us and begin your Pragnell experience.

The birthstone for June is the pearl, symbolising purity and new beginnings.
Pearl is the birthstone for June due to its association with purity, innocence, and new beginnings, aligning with the fresh start of summer. Additionally, pearls are believed to have calming and soothing properties, fitting for the more relaxed and enjoyable pace of the season.
The pearl birthstone symbolises purity, innocence, and new beginnings. It is also associated with wisdom, longevity, and good fortune, making it a meaningful gem for those born in June.
Wearing a pearl birthstone is believed to promote wisdom, longevity, and good fortune. Pearls are also thought to have calming and soothing properties, making them beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety.
Yes, besides the pearl, the moonstone and alexandrite are also considered June birthstones. The moonstone is known for its ethereal glow and is believed to bring balance and harmony. The alexandrite is a rare and valuable gemstone that changes colour depending on the light, symbolising creativity and imagination.
Several factors contribute to the value of a pearl, including its size, shape, colour, lustre, surface quality, and origin. Larger pearls, especially those that are perfectly round, with a high lustre and minimal surface imperfections, are considered more valuable. The rarity of certain types of pearls, such as natural pearls or pearls from specific regions, can also impact their value.
To care for your pearl birthstone jewellery, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, perfumes, and cosmetics, as these can damage the pearls' lustre. After wearing, gently wipe the pearls with a soft, damp cloth to remove any oils or dirt. Store them in a soft pouch or cloth bag, away from other jewellery, to prevent scratching.
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