Pearls have been used for adornment for more than 6,000 years. The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. Unlike all gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks. One of the unique features of pearls in the gemstone world is that they do not require any processing -- in their natural state they show their full luster. Pearls are recognized as an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity and have come to symbolize a happy marriage. Pearls are the birthstone for June, and an astrological stone for the signs Gemini and Cancer.


Colors: Comes in wide variety of colors including white, black and pink. Black Tahitian pearls are highly prized.
Shapes: Pearls come in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque, and circled. Perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable shape.
Origin: Sri Lanka, China, Australia, Philippines, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Tahiti and Japan.
Care: Avoid household cleaners, cosmetics, hairspray and perfume. Wash with gentle soap and water and keep protected when not in use.
Notes: Black pearls are very rarely black: they are usually shades of green, purple, aubergine, blue, grey, silver or peacock (a mix of several shades, like a peacock's feather).