Cultured Pearl: June Birthstone Jewelry

Cultured pearls are an elegant choice and suitable for many special occasions, from proms, weddings, and formals to business and casual functions. With their creamy, lustrous texture and iridescence, cultured pearls shine in their own unique way. As the birthstone of June, cultured pearls make a fantastic June birthday gift. Available in many styles, cultured pearls range from nostalgic to modern. Cultured pearls are a beautiful choice for bridal gifts and whispering sweet nothings to the one you love.

Pearls are made up of layer upon layer of lustrous nacre produced within mollusk shells. Because pearls are so seldom found in nature, humans have created a system of producing cultured pearls. In this process, tiny irritants are inserted inside the mollusk shell. As nacre builds up around the irritants over time, beautiful cultured pearls are created. Almost all pearls you find in stores today are cultured.

COLOR: Pink, silver, cream, white, golden, gray, blue, black, and green. They can also be dyed.

Luster, the reflective surface sheen, is also very important, as well as smoothness.

DURABILITY: Usually good durability, but variable. Pearls can scratch or show wear, especially when mounted in rings.

CARE: Pearls should be carefully wiped with a soft cloth. Pearls are very sensitive to acids, perspiration, cosmetics, and hairspray. They should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.

 

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