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A brief overview of Pearls


Pearls were given to Chinese royalty, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. The abundance of natural oyster beds in the Persian Gulf meant that pearls also carried great importance in Arab cultures, where legend stated that pearls were formed from dewdrops that were swallowed by oysters when they fell into the sea.

Before the advent of cultured pearls, the Persian Gulf was at the centre of the pearl trade and it was a source of wealth in the region long before the discovery of oil.

Alexandrite is a form of chrysoberyl that displays a colour change under varying lighting. Fluorescence is another property that differentiates the two gems. Chrysoberyl owes its yellowish colour to iron and usually shows no fluorescence. The red fluorescence of alexandrite can be observed using the crossed filter method.

Alexandrite would become one of the most prized gemstones amongst Russian Aristocracy. However, the abundance of alexandrite’s in Russia did not last forever. Practically all of Russia’s alexandrite was mined during the 19th Century. However, just when the gems were thought to be headed to extinction, even larger deposits were found in Sri Lanka and later on, Brazil became another contributor to the world supply of these gemstones.

May 27, 2020

June Birthstones

“Emerald by day, Ruby by night” June’s birthstones are Alexandrites and Pearls. We will be discussing each gemstone individually in this article, giving some history on […]