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June Birthstone

June is one of the three lucky months to have three birthstones the other two months are August and December. June’s three birthstones are pearls, alexandrite, and moonstone. These three precious gemstones are such beautiful and interesting stones.

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Pearls are simple yet elegant and they come in many different colors and sizes. This stone can be found inside different types of mollusks in large bodies of water around the world. In Europe pearls are a symbol of modesty chastity and purity; and in ancient China, this stone was believed to guarantee protection from fire and fire-breathing dragons.

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Alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. It changes colors in different lighting, and symbolizes prosperity and longevity. In the daylight alexandrite is a bluish green to yellowish green, and in incandescent light it turns to a purplish red to a purplish brown. The color change of this beautiful stone created the phrase “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 in the Ural Mountains of Russia, and the two colors resembled the colors of Imperial Russia’s national military. This stone was named after the Emperor Alexander II.

The Hindu legend says that moonstone was moonlight that had been solidified, due the glow of the stone, also known as sheen or billowy effect. Just like pearls moonstone comes in several different colors. In Arabic countries women would sew moonstone inside their garments because in their cultures, moonstone is a symbol of fertility. Moonstone can be found in many countries around the world, including North America, but was originally discovered in Sri Lanka.

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