Pearls are among the earliest of gem materials used for personal
adornment. Enraptured by their luminescent shades, the Ancient
Greeks once believed they were tears of joy from Aphrodite, the
Goddess of Love.
The only gemstone to be produced by a living organism, this gem
epitomises incredibly rare and unique wonders in nature, as a
symbol of purity and modesty. It also denotes love, success and
happiness, so is often presented as a wedding gift, as well as
being the birthstone for June.
Quite different from other polished gemstones, their unique
'orient' is a result of subtle iridescence and a surface reflection
of light. They are commonly white, golden, grey, brown and black in
colour; with various iridescent tints including pink, green, blue
and lilac, and are either produced naturally or artificially, in
marine saltwater or freshwater.