Imagine the intense brightness of the sun shining on a pool of ice; a cold, crisp, frosty day when your windows frost with a beautiful pattern. Then think of a beautiful white Zircon and its fascinating play of prismatic colour.
The level of transparency in colourless gemstones has a direct bearing on how beautiful they look. The more transparent a gem is, the more flashes of dispersion (also known as fire) can be seen. Colourless Diamonds, Zircon, Goshenite and Danburite are incredibly alluring and when given plenty of light will explode with a massive array of colour flowing throughout. In the same category, there are not only transparent, colourless gemstones, but also several white gems. Who could resist the milky white nature of Opal, a gem that with only the slightest movement of the hand flashes a rainbow of electrifying colours? Or the rather heavenly iridescence seen on the surface of a Pearl?
For women, the colour is associated with contemplation and purity, whilst for men it is linked with friendship, religion and integrity.
Unlike today, in ancient times, the colour white was associated with mourning and sorrow. Greek widows wore the colour from head to toe on the passing of their husbands.
White gems have also been linked with the Moon and it is loosely through this association that the Pearl became the birthstone for June along with Alexandrite and Moonstone.