June Birthstone: Pearl

Happy Birthday to all the June babies!

June babies are lucky – they get three birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone. All three stones are very unique. Pearls are the only gems that come from a living sea creature. Alexandrite is extremely rare and has chameleon-like qualities, changing from green in daylight to purplish-red in artificial light. Moonstone is known for its bright sheen and healing powers.

Many June babies are have the astrological sign Gemini and are known for their independent, inquisitive personalities. Geminis are very curious and love to think and learn new things. Their peers probably describe them as outgoing, amusing and spontaneous.

Celebrities with June Birthdays: Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Mark Wahlberg, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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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, the 1500s were 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.

Alexandrite: A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and 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. Due to its rarity, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone. (Synthetic gemstones are man-made alternatives to the natural material, possessing the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as the natural gemstone.)

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 — a 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. Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune. 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.

Birthstone jewelry for June or any other month of the year is available at all Long’s Jewelers locations.

Partial information for this article was sourced from the American Gem Society.