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freshwater pearl About Freshwater Pearls

Where Freshwater Pearls are Found :

Color of Freshwater Pearls :

Within the United States, freshwater pearls are found in the Mississippi River, Florida, California, Tennessee, and Delaware. These pearls are also found in the rivers of France, Ireland, Scotland, and Austria. In addition, natural and cultured pearls are found in the waters of China and Japan. Pearls can be white, cream, silver, pink, peach, brown, or even black. The wide range of color is dependent upon both the type of shellfish and water.

Birthstone :

Anniversary :

Pearls are the birthstone for June. They are also considered to be a mystical birthstone for November and an astrological birthstone for Gemini and Cancer. Pearls are also considered to be lucky for Sagittarius. Freshwater pearls are the anniversary gemstone for the 1st year of marriage. Pearls are also an anniversary gemstone for both the 12th and 30th year of marriage.

Fun Facts :

  • Pearls were prized by royalty, both male and female and are often referred to as the "queen gem."
  • Pearls often are used to symbolize a happy marriage and are given as wedding gifts in many countries.
  • In the Chinese culture, a common symbol is the dragon chasing a flaming pearl.
  • Pearls are considered the state gemstone of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Pearls in History :

  • At one time, pearls were considered to be important financial assets, similar in price to real estate. This was because thousands of oysters had to be searched to find a single pearl.
  • Pearls were worn by medieval knights going into battle to protect them from harm.
  • One story claims that Cleopatra placed a pearl in a glass of wine and drank the wine once the pearl had dissolved to impress Marc Antony.
  • The beauty of pearls have often been mentioned in history - from Homer's epic The Odyssey, to Marco Polo's accounts of the king of China, to ancient Hindu epics.
  • Crusaders helped to spread the use and popularity of pearls throughout Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Aztecs decorated the interiors of their palaces with pearls.
  • Ancient Greeks believed wearing pearls would prevent newlywed women from crying and promote marital bliss.
  • Early myths said that pearls were formed when oysters rose to the water's surface and were seeded by early morning dew and the first rays of sunlight.

More Resources About Pearls :

Healing Properties of Pearls :

  • aid fertility
  • ease childbirth
  • aid with ulcers, digestive tract disorders, stomach, and spleen problems
  • fight infection and promote antibodies

Mystical Properties of Pearls :

  • considered to be an emblem of chastity, modesty, and purity as well as a symbol of happiness, success, and love
  • allow a person to see him/herself clearly and improve self-worth
  • help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles
  • calming and centering
  • give purity
  • promote qualities like personal integrity, charity, truth, loyalty, and faith
  • eliminate emotional balances
  • help love grow

Pearls in Religion :

  • Pearls were once believed to be the tears of God.

Caring for Pearl Jewelry :

Storage:

  • Pearls strung on silk should always be stored flat to prevent the silk from stretching.
  • Because pearls are more delicate than most gemstones, they should be stored away from other jewelry to prevent them from being scratched.
  • Pearls should be stored in a dry environment.
  • Pearls should not be stored in plastic bags because moisture can be trapped and cause damage.

Cleaning:

  • Most jewelry cleaners are too harsh for freshwater pearls.
  • To keep them clean, they should be wiped with a dry, lint-free cloth before being stored.
  • If needed, they can be cleaned with warm soapy water, but getting water in the drilled holes can cause the pearls to discolor.
  • Dry pearls flat on a soft, absorbent towel.

Caution:

  • Freshwater pearls are sensitive to humidity, dryness, and acids so perfume and cosmetics should always be put on prior to putting on pearl jewelry.