Ruled by the planet Mercury, pearls are the iridescent lustrous birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign Gemini (May 21, to June 20-21). Along with moonstones, alexandrite and agate, pearls are also one of the main birthstones for people born in June.
We associate pearls with the moon and its tides, the great blue ocean, and the salty brine of crashing waves for good reason. Unlike other gemstones pearls are not created in the earth but are a gift of the sea. Pearls can be formed in any shell and form because an irritant (such as a grain of sand) gets stuck inside the body of the shell and the animal tries to ease its discomfort by coating the speck in nacre – calcium carbonate, which is the same moon-bathed iridescent substance that lines the inside of the shell. Today, most pearls are created through cultivation (generally cutting a small slit in the body of an oyster).
For centuries people have revered pearls for their ability to heal physical, mental and spiritual ailments. Admittedly, modern science has not found anything “magical” about pearls but this has not diminished their appeal or reputation. Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness, and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity and personal integrity. Lovers gift them to enhance partnership, marriage and fidelity.
SIC wearers can’t get enough of pearls –we love them in all their luminous shades: particularly black, grey, white and cream. One pearl is never enough, they look best in a cascade, a long swinging string. They are the most womanly of birthstones, linked to the goddess Venus; and totally necessary for those in need of a boost of feminine energy. Their shimmery appeal reminds us of the moon’s path to the ocean, the ebb and flow of the tides and the cycle of life.