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Pearl is seen as one of the most traditional gems for jewelry. Many different cultures have used this stone for jewelry because of it's natural beauty and refined look. Not surprisingly, many cultures have made lunar associations with pearls. These connections are further reinforced by the Moon’s association with the watery domain where pearls are born.  In ancient Vedic texts, the pearl is born of the Earth’s waters and the heaven’s powers, fertilized by a flash of lightning. It’s considered to be the daughter of the Moon. In Western cultures, the pearl has astrological associations with the planet Venus. Like pearls, the goddess of love came from the sea.  Some stories say white pearls are tears shed by the gods. One legend says the tears Eve cried when she was banished from Eden turned to pearls.  

In ancient times, the expense of perfect pearls gave rise to a curious spell for increasing wealth. The caster would select a particularly fine pearl, infuse it with the desire for riches, and then throw it away into a rubbish heap. The idea behind this sympathetic magic practice was that someone who could throw away pearls was rich indeed.  The rarity and expense of pearls also contributed to some common expressions still used today. In The Bible admonishes against throwing “pearls before swine,” wasting what is valuable on fruitless endeavors and we still commonly refer to precious advice and counsel as “pearls of wisdom.”

The unique feature of the pearl is that it is the only gem to be formed by a living creature. This is what gives pearls the ability to come in many different colors, shapes and sizes.  Every step of a Pearl's journey helps to change and define it's outcome: type of oyster, water cleanliness, and the location.  From a natural pearl to a cultured pearl, each type of pearl has a unique look, shape, color and polish to it. The most sought after pearl would be a South Sea Pearl, however the classic and most popular pearl that everyone pictures in their head is the Akoya pearl.  

As usual, Gurhan enjoys using unusual pearls in tiny sizes, unexpected colors and interesting shapes.  Have a look through our wide range of pearl jewelry and find the perfect gift for the June baby in your life.