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Pearl, Moonstone & Alexandrite: The Story Behind June’s Birthstones

Choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones birthday can be a difficult prospect. After a few years of buying gifts, you need to get a little creative. Nothing is more creative than giving the gift of good fortune and prosperity in the form of a birthstone. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone’s birthday in the month of June, look no further than June’s birthstones: Pearl, Moonstone & Alexandrite.

Pearls

Nothing has the air of a classic quite like the pearl. Worn by the classic hollywood starlets from the early 1900’s right up until this very day. but the truth is, pearls have been considered precious jewels since as a far back as the Roman Empire, then among the Tudors in England (the 1500’s were labeled the Pearl Age). No other gem is quite like that of the pearl because no other gem is created by a living sea creature. Their natural gloss and shine means that very little faceting or manipulating needs to be done. They are nature’s ready-made jewel, and they are arguably the most coveted of June’s birthstones. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that round saltwater pearls began to be cultured successfully. Cultured pearls eventually (by the 1920s) replaced natural pearls as the go-to pearl on the market.

 

Alexandrite

The magic jewel, Alexandrite is one of our more modern gemstones. Only discovered in 1831 in Russia, and named after the Czar at the time, Alexander II. It’s one of the rarer stones out there today and has some magnificent chameleon-like qualities (It appears green or teal in daylight and purple and magenta in incandescent light). Most jewelers stock a synthetic version of this hard to find gem due to its scarcity. Synthetic stones are simply man-made in a lab, rather than found in nature.

 

Moonstone

The Moonstone is considered a sacred stone in India and is said to bring good fortune to those who possess it. It was named by the Roman natural historian, Pliny, due to its changing nature caused by the phases of the moon. This belief was held until the late 16th century. It can be found in many hues from champagne, green, blue and coral. The French Art nouveau period was defined by moonstone thanks to jewelry designer Rene Lalique who created a large quantity of moonstone jewelry during that time. The most valuable moonstones tend to be found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Madagascar and here in the United States.

 

No matter which one of June’s birthstones you prefer, they all lend themselves to beautiful jewelry pieces. So feel free to drop some hints on your close ones when your birthday starts rolling around the corner!

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