There are only two months out of the year that are assigned three birthstones, December and June. Some speculate that this is due to June’s zodiac sign, Gemini, known as ‘The Twins’. But that wouldn’t really explain there being three birthstones. It’s a flimsy conjecture at best. Whatever the true origins are of the triple birthstones, it doesn’t negate the fact that if you were born in the month of June you have some beautiful stones to choose from.
June Birthstone Guide: Alexandrite, Pearl & Moonstone
June birthstones are a mystical threesome of wonderment. Whether you are having them placed in a ring setting or crafted into a pendant, one thing is certain... All of these captivating birthstones have their own allure and unique appearance. Let’s examine each of them and touch on how to care for them properly.
Pearls are the most time-honored and traditional of the June birthstones. They offer a feminine and romantic feel and can elevate any outfit they are paired with. Their mythological past is vast, with claims that they are made from the tears of mermaids and angels. It is even said that pearls are bits of the moon that have fallen into the sea.
Pearl is unlike other gems in that it does not require any real mining, cutting, or polishing because it is created inside a living organism and not formed in sediment. Natural pearls are found inside mollusks like oysters and clams. Most people think that pearls are formed by a grain of sand, but that is mostly a misconception. In reality, it is usually a parasite that gets lodged inside of the mollusk. As a defense mechanism, their bodies emit fluids that coat the irritant with layers and layers of coating called nacre. Eventually, these milky layers of nacre accumulate to create what is known to us as a pearl.
June is one of the most popular times of the year to have a wedding, if not the most popular month for nuptials. Pearls are said to bring marital bliss and have been used for hundreds of years to accent wedding gowns and bridal wear.
Because naturally occurring pearls are rather difficult to retrieve from the depths, in recent years pearl farmers have come up with a way to recreate the natural process of pearl cultivation. By seeding mollusks in a controlled environment with similar irritants, pearl farmers can simulate the natural growth process of a pearl. These are called ‘cultures pearls’ and they come in all sorts of dewy hues from cream and white to rose, lilac, and even gray and black.
Pearls have retained their classic allure even in today’s modern world. If you are aiming for a more traditional feel, go with a strand of white pearls. For a more contemporary and updated look, a string of black pearls may be the best fit for you.
- Pearl Jewelry Care - Pearls are delicate and vulnerable to the elements and need to be treated with extreme care. It is always recommended that you put pearls on last when getting ready, and take them off first when undressing so as not to harm them. They are very vulnerable to perfumes, skin, and hair care products. Remember to be gentle when cleaning them. After each use, wipe them with a soft, damp cloth and let them dry entirely before storing them in a cool, dry place. Hot water, steam cleaning, and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners should all be avoided.
Known as the second birthstone in the trilogy, alexandrite is the most expensive of the color-changing stones. Depending on the time of day or type of light it is exposed to alexandrite can change from green to purplish-red. Alexandrite was appropriately named after Alexander II of Russia, who happened to have a birthday on the same day the gemstone was first unearthed.
As far as its mystical and magical powers, alexandrite is said to pack the power of positivity and wellbeing in its luminescent appeal. This gemstone just happens to be the gift of choice to celebrate 55 years of marriage. If your style is a little more eccentric and pearls aren’t really interesting enough for you, alexandrite is an excellent choice. To celebrate your birth month, this color-shifting birthstone can be set in a gold ring setting to accentuate its varying colors, or encircled with diamonds to add value to this amazing gemstone.
- Alexandrite Jewelry Care - Alexandrite is a surprisingly sturdy stone and fairs well under normal wearing conditions. It is resistant to heat, intense light, and most skincare products. You can use steam cleaners and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners on this, but to be on the safe side you can clean your alexandrite jewelry with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.
Moonstone may have the most catchy name in the trifecta, but it is the third most acceptable birthstone for June. This gemstone marries characteristics from both pearls and alexandrite to offer a milky-white shimmer with flecks of color-changing enchantment. Moonstone is rooted in mysticism. The Greeks associated moonstone with the lunar entities of Phoebe and Artemis. While middle eastern countries view it as a symbol of fertility and vitality. It is said to bring good fortune and is used by a lot of trendy jewelry makers to create the perfect birthday gift for those that have birthdays in June.
- Moonstone Jewelry Care - Unlike alexandrite, moonstone is delicate like a pearl. Handle them with care. Follow the same guidelines as you would when you clean your pearl jewelry, using room-temperature water and mild dish soap, clean the gemstone, and buff dry with a soft cloth.
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