Feature June Birthstones: The Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone

June is often considered to be the month of love since it is the traditional month of weddings. However, the birthstones for June are not diamonds that are found in most wedding rings. Instead, June has three birthstones –Alexandrite, Pearl and Moonstone.

Alexandrite

Originally discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Alexandrite is named after that country’s Tsar Alexander II. It has a unique quality of changing colors depending on the light in which it is viewed, and can be green, red-orange or yellow. This stone, which has also been found in Brazil and India, represents pleasure and love as well as good luck.

Pearl

Pearls are formed naturally in mollusk shells as the shellfish tries to protect itself from irritants. Most gemstone-quality pearls are cultivated instead of found in nature; however, natural gem quality pearls are highly desired. Pearls are soft in durability and have a nacreous and iridescent finish. Valued by their shape, finish and color, pearls are priced depending on the size and rarity of the stone. Pearls are often considered to be a symbol of innocence and purity, which is why they are often included in bridal sets, gowns and shoes.

Moonstone

Moonstones are a gemstone named after the planetary body they resemble. They are often translucent and sometimes reflective. They are a transparent white in color and sometimes have an elusive shimmer in rainbow tones. Some cultures consider moonstone to be mysterious or even magical. It is considered to be a lovers’ stone and a symbol of fertility. It is also representative of intuition and understanding.

It is fascinating that all of these birthstones have variability and changeability in their features. None of them are one single color; instead, they shimmer and shine depending on the lighting and the stone itself giving off a mystical air. It is no wonder these stones represent the month of love and relationships. All of these stones are subtle in nature, yet eye-catching in the right light. These gemstones all make beautiful rings, earrings and pendants, and pearls especially make beautiful ropes for necklaces, hair decor and clothing decoration. To see where you can incorporate these stones into your favorite jewelry pieces visit I W Marks.