June birthdays claim more three birthstones: Pearls, Moonstone, and Alexandrite.
Alexandrite is a magical, color-changing gem. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem with a warm raspberry tone. You can watch it flick back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light. The value of the gemstone increases as the color change becomes more distinct. It’s said to strengthen intuition, aid in creativity and inspire the imagination. Originally discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s, it’s now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil, but this gem is exceptionally rare and valuable.
For centuries, pearls have been used as an adornment, and 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 is the most recently discovered among the three birthstones, while Pearl and Moonstone have been in use for centuries.
Moonstone, the third June birthstone signifies longevity and good health and is a talisman for safe travel. The shimmering Moonstone occurs naturally in shades of peach, blue, green and champagne. Moonstone serves to balance the digestive system and purges the body of toxins. This stone is excellent to balance the hormonal functions and is beneficial for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Moonstone consists of albite and orthoclase, two types of naturally occurring feldspar. These two types stack up naturally in alternating layers during the formation moonstone. When light falls between these slim layers, they scatter into a multitude of directions; giving rise to a beautiful play of light reflections appearing to float on the surface, a phenomenon unique to this June birthstone.
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June is a beautiful month - the beginning of summer (my personal favorite time of year!), and I do have many close friends and family members with June birthdays, so the pearl has been a long time favorite gemstone for me to work with as well as adorn myself. We love custom work at JCJ, so email us with any questions or inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org anytime! (JCJ's own, Caroline - model and designer - is a June babe!)
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