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Last month was all about emeralds, the beautiful green gem that has been assigned as the birthstone for May babies! This month, we’ll be focussing on pearls. June actually has three recognized birthstones: pearls, alexandrite, and moonstone. However, our online jewelry store has so many cute pearl jewelry pieces that we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share them with our readers! Whether you’re looking for pearl earrings, a pearl-plated watch, or another piece of pearl jewelry, we’ve got something you’ll love. Keep reading to learn about pearls and then find out how your purchase of pearl jewelry from The Pink Pigs can help animals at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary!
Pearls are the only gemstones that are made by living things. Natural pearls occur when a parasite or small irritant enters a mollusk, most often an oyster or a freshwater mussel. If the intruder settles into the shell, the creature will secrete calcium carbonate which will surround the irritant. This process occurs over and over and the pearl grows larger and larger.
Most pearls used in jewelry are either faux pearls (which you will see we offer a few labeled faux pearl pieces) or freshwater pearls, which can be cultivated in large quantities, significantly reducing the price. The finest pearls are mined from the ocean and can come in a range of colors, including rose, champagne, and black.
Pearls are extremely soft, even though they might feel like a hard pebble. In fact, pearls can even dissolve in vinegar if left submerged for a few days! This is partially due to their porosity.
When wearing pearls, make sure to put on your makeup, perfume, hairspray, and lotion before placing your pearl jewelry. This will help to keep potentially harmful substances away from the pearls and increase their longevity. If you will be wearing lotion or perfume, consider not applying these products where your pearls will be if possible.
At the end of the day, remove your pearl jewelry and wipe it down with a super soft cloth to help remove any dirt, oil, or grime that has built up on it throughout the day. If you wear your pearls regularly, it is a good idea to use some warm, soapy water and a washcloth to give them a thorough cleaning every few wears. You can also wash them after wearing if you know it will be several months before you wear them again. This ensures that there is no residue lingering on the pearls for weeks between wears.
If you will be cleaning with or exposed to harsh chemicals, make sure to remove any pearl rings or bracelets to protect them. Additionally, always remove your pearls before entering a pool or hot tub as chlorine can make pearls look dull.
While it might seem like a good idea to use jewelry cleaner on pearls, this is best avoided unless the cleaner specifically says it is safe for pearls. Many jewelry cleaners are too harsh for these beautiful little gems.
And help animals in need! Here at The Pink Pigs, we use all of the proceeds from our sales to help feed and care for the hundreds of rescue animals we currently have at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary.
Our online unique jewelry store started with the need to feed about 400 pigs, chickens, horses, dogs, and other rescue animals at Rooterville. We truly appreciate every purchase you make and we know that you’ll love our pearl jewelry — especially when it comes to the amazing prices we offer!
Shop our pearl jewelry today and celebrate the month of June in style!