June babies are fortunate enough to have three beautiful birthstones from which to choose; the pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite. For our monthly birthstone series, we’re focusing on the classic pearl. Many know that pearls are a naturally occurring gem, harvested from mollusks who form the birthstone in response to irritants that enter their shell. Unlike gemstones, which must be cut and polished, the pearl is complete when harvested, shiny and smooth. In its creation, nature teaches us that something everlastingly beautiful can be achieved by overcoming temporary challenges.
You’ll be happy to know that animals are usually unharmed by pearl harvesting. In fact, the older the mollusk, the better the pearl. So, there is much reason to keep these underwater friends happy and healthy.
What Really is Mother-of-Pearl?
Mother-of-pearl is made from nacre, the same material mollusks use to form gorgeous pearls. As it turns out, the mollusk is quite pragmatic. It protects its shell from irritation by lining the entire interior with nacre, which is incredibly resilient and, as it turns out, iridescent. This beautiful lining is where we get mother-of-pearl.
From the Wild to the Wearable
Likely, you have at least one string of pearls in your collection, maybe even more. Some of us inherited pearl-decorated necklaces and earrings from our mothers and grandmothers. We string them around our necks, once or twice, to remove any doubt that the look we’re going for is vintage, classic. But pearls aren’t just for little black dresses and flapper frocks. Today, the gem is making a comeback as a bold new way to add a touch of tradition to the modern silhouette.
11 New Ways to Clutch Your Pearls
Ballon Blanc de Cartier Watch with Mother of Pearl Dial
The Ballon de Cartier collection has a glittering new face! This feminine jewelry watch offers a fresh twist on the original design. The flinqué mother-of-pearl dial appears to float above five rows of shiny or delicately paved bubbles. The piece is set off by the sparkle of a striking, solitaire diamond nestled into the curve of the dial. The jewelry and watchmaking secrets of the Maison come together in the airy, graceful Ballon Blanc de Cartier watch.
John Hardy Legends Naga Ring
Show off your confidence with this beautiful ring by designer John Hardy. Crafted of Sterling Silver (925), this piece carries a vibrant color and classic designs to the forefront. A gorgeous pearl center stone brings eyes to the sparkling heart of the ring. Securely kept in a bezel setting, this is the ideal blend of contemporary and traditional.
Marco Bicego Lunaria Mother-of-Pearl Earrings
These earrings from Marco Bicego feature inimitable brush details and creative elements. These 18k drop yellow gold earrings have a polished gloss and lovely iridescent mother-of-pearl that can liven up any outfit from casual to formal.
Sloane Street Pearl Ring
Crafted of 18k yellow gold, this piece is both classic and vibrant. The glistening diamond halo magnifies the beautify of this ring. We can’t wait to wear it with a dress or jeans.
Lagos Signature Caviar Earrings
These drop Sterling Silver earrings have a lustrous gloss that can liven up any outfit from casual to formal. The fishhook design keeps your look together throughout the day without getting in the way.
Marco Bicego Lunaria Ring
Express your individuality with this pearl ring by luxury brand Marco Bicego. With its exceptional modern style, it quickly grabs our attention from across the room. Securely kept in a flush bezel setting, this is the eye-catching piece that steals the show.
Sloane Street Jewelry Bracelet
This modern pearl cuff bracelet for ladies by Sloane Street Jewelry is an alluring option that will wonderfully adorn any ensemble. Made from 18k yellow gold, this bracelet adds instant sophistication to any look!
Lagos Luna Necklace
We absolutely adore this grand pearl pendant necklace by Lagos, which instantly brings life to our wardrobe. Made of sleek Sterling Silver, and 18k yellow gold, the Rolo chain looks dazzling when paired with other necklaces or worn alone.
John Hardy Dot Earrings
This beautiful drop Sterling Silver earrings have an amazing sheen. Their fishhook backs provide amazing security and comfort. The clean look of mother-of-pearl makes this piece incredibly versatile.
Penny Preville Necklace
Penny Preville is a master at creating enchanting feminine designs. We love this beautiful pendant necklace by the brilliant designer.
Sloane Street Jewelry Bracelet
This modern pearl bracelet by Sloane Street is a charming option that will wonderfully adorn any wrist. Made from 18k yellow gold, this bracelet exhibits refined taste in jewelry and a mesmerizing sheen.
Featured image: Elizabeth Taylor’s historic 50.56 ct La Peregrina pearl as part of the pendant to this two-strand pearl, ruby and diamond necklace. Courtesy: Christie's, GIA.edu