Lucky June babies get the beautiful pearl as their birthstone! And with so many varieties of pearls to choose from, there really is something to suit every taste. Thanks to Kokichi Mikimoto’s pioneering efforts over one hundred years ago, cultured pearls are readily available for use in beautiful jewellery. Cultured pearls are the most commonly found pearls on the market, encompassing everything from creamy freshwater to the pinky high lustre of Akoya, golden overtones and large size of South Sea and peacock grey Tahitian pearls. Cultured pearls are formed through human intervention; a small grain is implanted into shells, although the oyster still does all the hard work, covering the speck with layers of beautiful nacre. The supply of natural pearls has unfortunately completely dwindled; they are extremely rare and therefore priced to match. A strand of natural pearls recently sold for over €5 million in Geneva – so we are certainly grateful for Mr. Mikimoto’s hard work in making these gems available for more of us to enjoy.