As promised, here's the second part of my blog for June's gemstone of the month, -pearls - focusing on its many colours, shapes and interesting facts about this natural gemstone.
Pearls; their glorious colours and fantastic shape: Nearly all pearls sold today are cultured pearls and range in colour from white, ivory, lavender, black, purple, peach, pink and even gold. They get their colour from the inner elements of the oyster shell. Each one is unique and stunningly beautiful. The world's largest pearl (the Pearl of Lao Tzu) was found in 1934 in the Philippines. It is naturally occurring from a giant clam! Some pearls have fantastic shapes. Craftsmen and jewellers have created wonderful objects from pearls throughout the centuries.
Pearls: interesting things you probably didn't know?
Next week: Part three of Gemstone of the Month - Pearls, featuring my top tips on how to look after your pearl jewellery. And if you enjoy wearing pearls as much as I enjoy making pearl jewellery, take a peek at these pieces I have made.
Enjoy your pearls
This blog post was written and researched by Kate Buchanan-Dunne of Manor House Designs, creator of "beautiful bespoke silver jewellery" in her Shropshire workshop.
Kate Buchanan-Dunne is an artist, designer and silversmith based in Shropshire.