People with June birthdays have an array of gemstones to choose from alexandrite, pearl, and moonstone. They are all enchanting, unique gems with their own qualities and characteristics.
From the rare alexandrite, and the lustrous, organic pearl to the mysterious moonstone, June’s birthstones are meaningful and unique. With a selection of price points and color options, there’s a gemstone to fit any jewelry style or budget.
Let’s take a deeper look at these three beautiful June birthstones.
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Alexandrite – The Modern Gemstone
Alexandrite is an unusual, rare gemstone that’s often more expensive than diamonds and rubies. The gem is associated with good fortune and balance and is said to inspire imagination and creativity.
Most birthstones have been loved and worn since ancient times, but alexandrite is a newcomer to the world of gems. It was first found in the emerald mines of the Ural Mountains in Russia in 1834. The gem’s green and red colors complemented the Russian military colors, and it became the official gemstone of Imperial Russia’s Tsardom.
The gemstone material from Russia was high-quality and stunning in color. Alexandrite was first mistaken for emerald by its Finnish explorers before its transforming colors were realized.
The gemstone changes its color from bluish-green in the daytime to purplish-red in incandescent light. The finest gems also show a color change to red from green.
Pearl – The Traditional Gemstone
Imagine finding a stunning, lustrous pearl inside a living creature! These gemstones have been treasured since they were found in ancient times.
Many people consider pearls as tears of the gods or from mermaids. Others considered they were dewdrops that fell into the sea from the moon. For many years, pearls have symbolized matrimony, luck, and wealth. Also, they’re held in high regard by old Greeks for their association with marriage and love.
Up until the twentieth century, all pearls were created naturally—until cultured pearls were introduced. Many cultured pearls are made when a bead or a bit of shell is implanted inside a living mussel or oyster. The pearl then grows around the nucleus until it’s big enough to harvest.
The more perfectly round the pearl, the more precious it is.
Another amazing thing about pearls is the selection of colors and shapes they come in. Every color signifies something different:
- Brown pearls symbolize harmony, dependability, and practicality.
- Blue pearls symbolize love
- Pink pearls symbolize good fortune, success, and fame
- Gold or black pearls symbolize prosperity and wealth
- White pearls symbolize new beginnings, purity, innocence, and beauty
Moonstone – The Mystical Gemstone
Ultimately, we have a moonstone—a lovely, mysterious, and interesting one like the other two June birthstones. This gem is also referred to as hecatolite and has been cherished since ancient times.
It is also called the “dream stone” because it has been adored for its power to bring good dreams to the wearer.
The ancient Romans loved moonstone, and they believed it was created from moonbeams. They also thought that the shimmery appearance of the gem transformed based on the moon’s phases, thus its name.
It’s worth mentioning that moonstone was cherished as a source of feminine energy and is considered to bring balance and peace when worn.
Many moonstones are cut with a high-domed cabochon shape to highlight their adularescence across the surface. Other low-quality gems are faceted, and it still features a stunning glow. The most valuable moonstones are those with a colorless base and true blue “moon,” which comes from Sri Lanka.
There you have it! Which of the three June birthstones is your favorite? The choice is hard but necessary!