To celebrate the wrap up of June, we thought we’d pay homage to one of the most timeless gems of them all, the pearl.

Whether it’s pictured draped around the neck of Coco Chanel or Audrey Hepburn, or giving its name to Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship in Pirates of the Caribbean, references to the pearl’s lustre can be found throughout pop culture.

With such a long history, pearl jewellery lends a touch of class and delicate beauty to any array of fashion looks, and the gem’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down.

Here are a few of our favourite pearls of wisdom:

June birthstone 

While the month of June has a few alternative birthstones – namely alexandrite and moonstone – the pearl is well recognised as being paired with those born in the sixth month of the calendar year.

According to the International Coloured Gem Association, the origins of the assigned gem stones for each month of the year was thought to come from the ‘Breastplate of Aaron’, a piece of armour bedecked with twelve different gems for the different signs of the zodiac. If you are a June baby, why not celebrate it with a PERL ECO South Sea pendant?

Happy birthday June babies! #pearl #june #showcasejewellers #pearls

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May 31, 2015 at 7:41pm PDT

A gem with a story to tell 

The pearl is an accessory that has been worn for hundreds of years. The American Gem Society (AGS) reports that it was one of the gems of choice in the Roman Empire, also becoming a firm favourite in Tudor England.

The AGS continues to explain that what makes pearls so unique, is that they are the only gem to come from a living sea creature – as such, their natural beauty requires no faceting or polishing.

Pearl earring 

The pearl features prominently in many pieces of art throughout the Renaissance period,  but perhaps one of the most memorable appearances of the gem is in Johannes Veneer’s portrait, ‘Girl with a pearl earring’, painted around 1665.

The portrait is cloaked in mystery surrounding the subject of the Dutch painter’s masterpiece; a young girl who looks over her shoulder with her hair wrapped up in a turban and an eye-catching pearl earring nestled against her neck.

The portrait was the inspiration for a novel by Tracy Chevalier, which was later adapted into a motion picture film starring Scarlett Johansson. Add a little mystery to your collection with elegant freshwater pearl drop earrings.