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Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite – Our June Birthstones

Those born in June are lucky to choose from three birthstones: pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite!

One of three birthstones for June is the pearl. Historically, pearl was believed to possess mystical and healing powers. Roman women slept with them under pillows to sweeten their dreams and ancient Asian cultures used pearls in medicinal ways. A June birthstone, pearl is a recognized gift for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Pearls come in many shapes and colors, and are available in both saltwater and freshwater varieties. Five factors determine value: luster, orient, surface-cleanliness, shape, and size.

A second birthstone for June is the moonstone. Moonstones are believed to be captured moonbeams that reached earth, moonstone is considered a good luck gem, especially for lovers. A gift of moonstones is said to arouse love and passion. Moonstone also is credited for calming nerves, strengthening resolve and guarding against recklessness.

The third birthstone for June is alexandrite and is named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia. Alexandrite was discovered on his birthday in the early 1830’s. Because of this, alexandrite was considered a stroke of luck and worn as an amulet of good fortune. It is also the recognized gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. A rare form of the gem chrysoberyl, alexandrite changes color in different lighting. In daylight it is emerald green, blue-green, or pastel green. In incandescent light, it is violet, ruby red, or purple.

Pictured here is the very beautiful, eye-catching emerald cut lab alexandrite and diamonds set in 14kt yellow gold. Come visit us at Gemstone Jewelers to see this beauty in person!

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