Perhaps the most popular gem of all time, June’s birthstone–the pearl–is as versatile as they come. Considered by many to be a staple of every woman’s wardrobe, the pearl is quite likely the earliest gem used for adornment. Our early ancestors foraged seashores and riverbeds collecting mother of pearl shells for ceremony and exchange – and when the rare pearl was found, it became a sacred possession.
Thanks to advances in modern culturing techniques, pearls are one of most accessible gems worldwide. So if you’re shopping for pearls, use GIA’s Pearl Buying Guide to learn about the GIA 7 Pearl Value Factors™ and the qualities essential to making an educated pearl purchase.
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