Pearls of Wisdom

From a grain of sand in the pearl comes.

— Confucius

One day I will be abel to do this!

Lucky for me, June is my birthday month. Lucky because June birthdays can claim two birthstones; pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls have been wildly popular in jewelry for centuries because of their natural beauty. Alexandrite gemstones are extremely rare and desirable since they change color based on the lighting.

I am going to claim the pearl as my gem because I love their meaning.

According to history and the myths, pearls are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience. The gems are believed to offer protection, as well as attract good luck and wealth. They are well-known for their calming effects and they have a way of bringing balance to your karma. Myths have it that pearls keep your children safe while strengthening your relationships. It is also said that these little gemstones are symbolic of the wearer’s loyalty, generosity, integrity, and purity.

Who wouldn’t want to claim these beauties for their own?

The pearl has been used in countless references to describe motivation, inner beauty, the genesis of creativity.

“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” – Chris Gardner

Whether the pearls that you are looking for symbolize hope, inspiration, or passion, it’s up to you to go out and try to find it. Not only does this mean being open to different experiences, but in addition, searching for them yourself in different ways.

“You can’t ever go wrong with pearls. Perhaps pearls are a girl’s best friend after all.” – Ki Hackney

If anyone knows style, it’s Ki Hackney, the woman who founded Style magazine. In this quote, Ki says it exactly how it is. Pearls work with a variety of different outfits for different occasions—when you need to look your best, your trusty pearl necklace or earrings can give that extra dash of elegance.

“A pearl is only a pearl once it’s out of its shell.” – Nigerian Proverb

The popular belief is that this Nigerian proverb is about letting the world see the beauty that is within you. Contrastingly, it is also about seeing the beauty within others instead of trying to understand someone superficially.

“It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.” – Stephen King

In his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, bestselling author Stephen King writes this quote after explaining that when writing, interruptions to your routine may be helpful in different ways. He writes that these distractions, in effect, can be the grit that gets the oyster to begin forming a pearl.

The versatility in the simplicity of a pearl is a message that resonates with me. And, yes, perhaps they are a very good friend.


Hello, I’m Janet, career coach, writer, workshop leader.

I help women create their best lives through personal writing.