Happy birthday to all our pearl-loving June babies! You’ve lucked out with this luminescent June birthstone. Gorgeous and affordable, this marine beauty upgrades any personal style. Read on for our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.
Do you have a June birthday? Jealous! This is the month to treat yourself to pearls – or drop a hint to a loved one so they can treat you with a pearl birthday gift!
Why Pearl Rules
First of all, it’s the only marine gemstone. Thank you, oysters! These shore-dwelling mollusks are clever little creatures. They filter water, their oyster reefs provide homes for smaller organisms, they’re a tasty and sustainable source of food, and certain species produce our beloved pearls.
How Oysters Produce Pearls
It all stems from a self-defense mechanism. When a bit of grit finds its way into an oyster’s belly, the creature neutralizes this annoyance by literally smoothing it over. It coats this piece of flotsam in layers and layers of naturally-secreted nacre (also known as mother of pearl), effectively quieting the original irritation. As time goes on, this nacre-coated fragment grows into a larger and larger pearl!
How Pearl Farmers Do It
Cultured pearls start off when pearl farmers “nucleate” their oysters; they insert a tiny bead into the oysters and wait for them to do their thing! This doesn’t hurt the oysters at all – in fact, they grow and get on with their normal tasks of filtering water even as the pearls grow inside them.
Pearl harvesting, like pearl nucleating, doesn’t harm the oyster. When the time comes to harvest the pearls, farmers open the oysters slightly, extract the fully-”grown” pearl, and at the same time insert a new bead. They then re-submerge the oyster and the whole pearl process starts over!
June Birthdays and June Weddings
As the June birthstone, you can bet that pearl is rife with meaning. Representing wisdom and health, it’s no shock that they’re a great way to start off a new year. But they’re not only given on birthdays; most pearls display a gentle white sheen, and since white has traditionally represented humility, innocence, and new beginnings, it’s an extremely popular wedding gift.
It requires no complicated cutting or mining to extract pearls, and so their beauty is easy to appreciate. As such, it’s one of the oldest and most widely-treasured gemstones; for thousands of years they’ve been traded from China to Persia to Sri Lanka. The ancient Greeks believed they were the tears of the gods. Nowadays, the popularity of cultured pearls has made these once-rare gemstones much more affordable. So you can pick up your own heavenly pearls for a fraction of what ancient royalty once had to pay for them.
Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are a few of our favorites for June birthstone gifts:
Black pearls are strikingly stunning. One of the rarer hues, black pearls come from the black lip oyster, a native of Tahiti. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.
The perfect pearl gift for: bold personalities who adore striking, attention-grabbing jewelry.
Not all pearls are pearly white! Some pearls are naturally pink. These freshwater beauties make an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift – pair them perfectly with a bouquet of roses, the flower of June.
The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who adore anything feminine, pink, and natural.
Sometimes less is more. A handful of delicate seed pearls decorate these round stud earrings. This hollow-centered earring design masters negative space – and it’s stunningly minimalist.
The perfect pearl gift for: jewelry lovers with a particular talent for rocking unique, intriguing fashion: think floral combat boots, vintage jackets, and boutique gems.
If you don’t yet have pearl studs, this is your wakeup call; they’re a jewelry box staple and you need them! With these classy earrings, you can easily upgrade absolutely any outfit.
The perfect pearl gift for: a new grad, a young professional who’s starting a new job, or a June bride.
This standout ring showcases a classic pearl held by a (literal) contemporary metal twist. This pearl ring makes for a perfect present or a fresh, non-traditional engagement ring.
The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who’s a bit funky and a lot glitzy.
Slip on this golden pearl ring and become a proud momma bird! The wrapped layers of yellow gold emulate the structure of a twiggy nest, elegantly nestling a large pearly “egg.”
The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who are the life of every cocktail party and the center of conversation at every function they attend
All sophistication, all the time. The modern bezel setting of this ring’s sapphires fits perfectly with its gleaming white gold metal and standout pearl.
The perfect pearl gift for: a June baby who’s into glam and leads an active lifestyle. The bezel setting will hold their gemstones tight and keep them pretty!
We’ll bet you haven’t seen a ring like this before. Packed with tiny diamonds and delicate seed pearls, this lovely ring is reminiscent of a princess-worthy tiara. Go for it, get your royal on!
The perfect pearl gift for: the princess in your life who deserves a crown befitting their royal stature.
One incredible pearl is all you need! In this bop of a necklace, a large black Tahitian pearl takes center stage and its beauty is enhanced by a delicate halo of delicate diamonds.
The perfect pearl gift for: a loved one who’s into classic Hollywood glamour and has a closet full of vintage clothes.
Pearl? Check. Diamonds? Check. This pendant necklace glitters all around. Its curved back means that this pendant will always be slightly on the move, meaning that it will always catch the light.
The perfect pearl gift for: the June birthday who’s hung onto their middle school bedazzler.
What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if a diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.
The perfect pearl gift for: someone with a classic, minimal sense of style.
We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when those pearls come in double. The warm gold clasp on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow, putting the finishing touch on a classic design.
The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who owns at least two Kentucky Derby-worthy hats – and knows how to wear them.
You really can’t go wrong with bangles. Or white gold. Or sapphires. Or pearls. Lucky for you, this bracelet has it all. Slip it on and go conquer your day.
The perfect pearl gift for: strong-willed Junies who know what they love and enjoy a proper high tea.
A rose gold open band is bookended by one large South Sea pearl and three graduated diamonds.
The perfect pearl gift for: someone who’s elegantly stylish, and always looking for innovative wardrobe pieces.
This funky curved bangle is studded with diamonds and set off with two incredible, look-at-me South Sea pearls. This is a bracelet that refuses to hide. Wear it when you want to be seen!
The perfect gift for: boho chic June babies who love sparkle.
For June birthdays and June weddings alike, pearls are a can’t-fail gift.
Why wearers love them: they’re elegant, complementary, and versatile.
Why gift-givers love them: they’re affordable, sustainable, and beautiful in any setting.
With pearls, June is your oyster!
More birthstone jewelry inspiration!
- January Garnet
- February Amethyst
- March Aquamarine
- April Diamonds
- May Emerald
- July Ruby
- September Sapphire
- November Citrine
- December Topaz
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