an unpolished pearl


June's birthstone

Photograph by The Natural History Museum

Represents innocence

To you, nothing’s better than being a kid and having fun. You aren’t in any hurry to grow up.

Old-school myths

Pearls were thought to possess magical qualities. By law, only powerful, rich people could own and wear the gemstones. According to legend, wealthy Roman women wore pearls to bed so that when they woke in the morning, they instantly remembered how rich they were.

Rock-solid facts

This is the only birthstone made by living creatures—oysters and other shellfish. If a grain of sand finds its way into an oyster's shell, the oyster covers the irritating grit with layers of shiny substance its body produces over many years. Eventually the grain is encased, becoming a pearl.