Pearls are the birthstone for the month of June.
Pearls, according to South Asian mythology, were dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. They were caught by shellfish under the first rays of the rising sun, during a period of full moon.
Pearls are not the normal gemstone found within the earth, but are organic and created at sea. A pearl is created when a very small fragment of rock, a sand grain, or a parasite enters the mollusk’s shell. It irritates the oyster or clam, who responds by coating the foreign material with layer upon layer of shell material. Pearls formed on the inside of the shell are usually irregular in shape and have little commercial value. However, those formed within the tissue of the mollusk are either spherical or pear-shaped, and are highly sought out for jewelry.
Pearls are a very traditional gem and even today many brides wear pearls at their wedding. Many times they something "old" passed down from generations of brides before them.