One of our favorite gems is the luminous June birthstone, the pearl. Elegant and timeless, pearls represent wisdom, experience and purity. Pearls are so enchanting that people have been fascinated with them across cultures and centuries, giving rise to countless myths. However, we’re captivated by the lustrous pearl because it’s a gorgeous symbol of transformation. Unlike other gems which come from the earth, pearls are born from mollusks such as oysters and mussels. A pearl is created when a single speck of sand sneaks into the shell of an oyster. To protect itself, the oyster makes a substance called nacre, which coats the coarse particle of sand. Over time, layers of nacre are added, eventually blossoming into a glowing pearl. Thus, a humble speck of sand becomes a priceless treasure that anyone can add to their jewelry collection.
At Murphy-Pitard, we have an extensive selection of pearl pieces for you to choose from. So, when it’s time for you to transform your look with classic pearls, it’s easy to find something that fits your style and budget. Let’s explore a few of our favorite pearl items while uncovering some of the remarkable legends surrounding this radiant gem.
In several myths and legends, pearls were the result of sorrow. In ancient Japan, it was believed that the tears of mythical creatures such as nymphs and mermaids created pearls. From Biblical lore, the tears that Adam and Eve shed when they were banished from the Garden of Eden turned into pearls.
Fortunately, you won’t be shedding tears when you wear this dazzling matching necklace and earrings from Gabriel & Co. Both feature shimmering pearls set amidst glittering swirls of pavé diamonds, adding a contemporary twist to classic adornments.
A Pearl of Wisdom
Early Chinese civilizations believed that dragons carried pearls, which embodied wisdom, between their teeth. In order to claim the pearls, you had to slay the dragon who protected them.
This striking pearl ring may not have come from a mighty dragon, but it will certainly breathe new life into your style with its fashion-forward design. Shining 14-Karat yellow gold wraps around the finger in a chic open silhouette, showcasing shimmering diamonds and a glimmering pearl.
Blessed by the Moon
The Tahitian black pearl is rare and special, giving rise to its own unique set of myths. In one Polynesian folk tale, the moon sheds her light on the ocean in order to attract oysters. When they come to the surface of the ocean, the moon bestows heavenly dew on each one. In time, the drop of celestial dew becomes polished, giving birth to a shining black pearl.
You also can glow beautifully with this Single Floating Pearl Necklace. An alluring Tahitian black pearl is centered on a bright 14-Karat white gold chain. It will revive both your casual and your formal attire, adding subtle, vibrant glamor.
A Lavish Feast
Cleopatra was the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, renowned for her astonishing beauty, intellect and cunning. It was said that she once bet the Roman general Mark Antony that she could host the most expensive dinner in history, hoping to impress him with the extent of Egypt’s wealth. He took her up on this bet. At the banquet, Cleopatra took a massive pearl from one of her earrings, crushed it up, dissolved it in wine and gulped it all down. The pearl in question was said to have been worth what is now equivalent to $28.5 million dollars. Mark Antony admitted that Cleo had definitely won the bet.
Since before Cleo’s era, pearl earrings have been time-honored staples and you’ll give your wardrobe a lift with these quintessential studs. With simple splendor, these earrings light up any ensemble.
Discover Your Perfect Pearls at Murphy-Pitard
In contemporary culture, the pearl continues to be timeless and makes everything from blue jeans to wedding dresses shine. It’s the perfect gift for summer brides and June birthdays, of course, but also the ideal gem to express change and renewal. This list is but a sampling of our entire pearl collection, so if you don’t see something that strikes your fancy in this blog, come visit us in El Dorado today and experience our selection in person. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect piece to add renewed luster to your jewelry box.