To celebrate this fabulous June birthstone, I've gathered a few fun facts about pearls. One of these tidbits may just help you bring your team to victory at the next trivia night! High five!
- Did you know Pearls are called “The Queen of Gems"? It's a fitting description because pearls are often seen throughout history in portraits of royalty (I'm looking at you, Anne Boleyn and your fabulous B necklace).
- Pearls are the only gemstone made by living animals - today they are predominantly "cultured" inside oysters, a process first patented by a Japanese man named Mikimoto. (That bit of knowledge actually did earn me a point in trivia once!)
- Every pearl is unique (like you!). No two are exactly alike and each one has its own imperfections. That sounds like a Pinterest meme, doesn't it?
- Tennessee's Official State Gem is the freshwater pearl. The only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in North America is in a small town in Tennessee called Camden, located a little over an hour west of Nashville. (Another fun fact - the word "gem" is misspelled "gym" more than once on the Tennessee River Pearls website.)
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