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Pearl Events

Pearls have always been associated with weddings, as a symbol of purity, but they are also matched with a number of birthdays, anniversaries and birth months and pearls make a great gift for any of these occasions. Here is a brief rundown of major pearl events.

Wedding pearl jewellery

Pearls have long been associated with weddings as a symbol of purity and innocence, and pearl wedding jewellery is often given as a gift to the bride from the groom or from her parents or the parents of the groom. In some families, a treasure pearl heirloom such as a pearl wedding necklace is loaned or gifted to the bride for the big day.

Ancient Greeks thought that pearl bridal jewellery brought contentment and prosperity and would give the bride a tear-free, or happy, marriage. In Hindu legend, the god Krishna, is said to have dived to the bottom of the ocean to fetch a pearl for his daughter on her wedding day.

Pearl anniversaries

Pearls are most famously associated with a 30th wedding anniversary, which is also known as a Pearl Wedding Anniversary. Freshwater pearls are also given for a first wedding anniversary gift and a twelfth wedding anniversary gift.

Other gemstones associated with wedding anniversaries include:

  • 1st Freshwater Pearls
  • 5th Turquoise
  • 7th Lapis lazuli, Onyx
  • 9th Lapis lazuli, Tigers Eye
  • 10th Black Onyx
  • 11th Hematite, Turquoise
  • 12th Pearls and coloured gems
  • 13th Malachite
  • 30th Pearl (Pearl anniversary)
  • 35th Coral

Pearl birthdays

June is the birth month for pearls, and pearl jewellery makes an ideal birthday gift for anyone born in this month. Here is the full list of birthstones:

  • January garnet
  • February amethyst
  • March aquamarine, bloodstone
  • April diamond, rock crystal
  • May emerald, chrysoprase
  • June pearl
  • July ruby, carnelian
  • August peridot, sardonyx
  • September sapphire, lapis lazuli
  • October opal
  • November topaz, citrine
  • December tanzanite, turquoise

Zodiac gemstones

Pearls are not associated with any particular sign of the zodiac, but a number of other gemstones are. Here is the full list of zodiac gemstones:

  • Aquarius 21 January – 21 February garnet
  • Pisces 22 February – 21 March amethyst
  • Aries 22 March – 20 April bloodstone
  • Taurus 21 April – 21 May sapphire
  • Gemini 22 May – 21 June agate
  • Cancer 21 June – 22 July emerald
  • Leo 23 July – 22 August onyx
  • Virgo 23 August – 22 September carnelian
  • Libra 23 September – 23 October chrysolite
  • Scorpio 24 October – 21 November beryl
  • Sagittarius 22 November – 21 December topaz
  • Capricorn 22 December – 21 January ruby