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June Birthstone – Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

June counts three gems as birthstones, pearl, Alexandrite, and moonstone.

Pearl

Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire. Later in Tudor England in the 1500s was known as the pearl age Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market. In part due to their increased affordability and the range in available qualities.

Alexandrite

A modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II. And it is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities.  Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. If you want to be constantly enchanted with your jewelry an alexandrite is a great choice. Since the lighting does make such a difference in what color your gemstone looks

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Moonstone

The third birthstone for June is the Moonstone.  It was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny. Who wrote that moonstone’s appearance altered with the phases of the moon. This belief that held until well after the sixteenth century.  A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light. Called adularescence and sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat’s eye.

A sacred stone in India. Moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow and are believed to hold within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune.  As a part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks. And comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne. The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar are also sources.

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