Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Pearls

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Pearls

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Pearls

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.

Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.

Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.

Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.

With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.

Some gemstones have been treasure since before history began and others were discovered only recently.

At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!

Some stones I will post about aren’t associated with any month, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or stunning

As you will see as we progress through the year.

June – PearlsĀ 

Guide to gemstones - some myths and legends - Pearls
Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Pearls

The sixth month of the year, June, and we are halfway through already.

June, lucky enough to have two birthstones.

June – the month that conjures up weddings, roses and summer.

In all of human history, mankind has adorned even worshipped pearls.

Persian mythology called them the “tears of the Gods.”

I wonder if that is where the expression “Pearls for tears” comes from?

What do you think?

Ancient Chinese legend claims the moon holds the power to create pearls, instilling them with their celestial glow and mystery.

Pearls are unique because they are the only gemstone formed within a living creature.

Since natural pearls are rare and difficult to recover from the oceans depths, man invented the technique of culturing salt and freshwater pearls from molluscs carefully sealed with irritants similar to those produced by nature.

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls come in many beautiful colours, from pale cream and white to rose, lilac, green, gold, grey and black

There are four main types of cultured pearls.

Akoya

South Sea

Tahitian

and

Freshwater

Each having their own unique qualities that separates them from the others.

June – Alexandrite

Guide to gemstones - some myths and legends - Pearls
Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Pearls

And, now for our second June gemstone.

The first of our months to have two gemstones.

And what do you know, it is our old friend alexandrite.

See link below.

https://applerosebusinessservices.co.uk/gemology/gemstones-rarer-than-a-diamond/

If you love magic, especially the magic of Science, you’ll love Alexandrite – a colour change gem.

Alexandrite is known throughout the gem industry as an “Emerald by day and a Ruby by night”.

The reason being.

Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish green.

Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem with a warm raspberry tone.

You can watch it flick back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light.

The value of the gemstone increases as the colour change becomes more distinct

It is truly spellbinding to see, the spectacular changing colours in this wonderful gemstone.

Feel the mysterious magic and lore ascribed to it.

It is said to strengthen intuition and creativity and inspire the imagination, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Originally, discovered in Russia’s Ural mountains in the 1830s, it is now completely depleted.

Although, now it is found in Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil.

The gem is exceptionally rare and very valuable.

What is on the market will be from private collectors

And there you have it.

June’s two birthstones, so completely different but equally beautiful.

 

Lorraine

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