Pearl, natural or cultured, occur in a wide variety of colors. The most familiar are white and cream, but the palette of colors extends to every hue. Natural pearls form around a microscopic irritant in the bodies of certain mollusks. Cultured pearls are the result of the deliberate insertion of a bead or piece of tissue that the mollusk coats with nacre.
Birthstones and Anniversaries
Pearl is one of the birthstones of June and it is the gem of the third and thirteenth anniversaries.