The ones who are born in June are not just lucky with the warm days to celebrate birthday, but also with couple of beautiful birthstones they can wear. June's birthstones range from well-known ocean gift pearl to pale milky moonstone and rare color-changing gemstone called alexandrite. These birthstones vary from their looks, origin and price so people who born in June can choose a piece of jewelry based on their taste and financial capabilities.
Pearl. Pearl is probably one of the most beautiful and feminine gemstones on Earth. Pearl, like Baltic amber and few other gemstones is one of the oldest and most desired in the world. Pearl is formed a little differently to most gems and is found in the sea just like Baltic amber, the difference is that pearl is found in mollusc shell. This June birthstone can come ins many shapes and sizes and counts thousands of years. Pearl has a rich history and has always been popular and classy in all times jewelry design. Sometimes pearl is being call the queen of gemstones. Pearl is believed to be discovered on the shores of India as locals searched for food about 6000 years ago. Pearls are the one gemstone made by living creatures - mullusks. Pearl is known as a symbol of wealth and power and valued through ages since Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome civilizations to Renaissance period and nowadays. In the old days pears were almost unattainable and reserved only for royalty and extremely wealthy people. Throughout the the vast majority of history, pearls were used only natural and it took good fortune to find one, therefore it was so valued and only rich ones could afford them. Nowadays 99% of sold pearls worldwide are cultured pearls what made them affordable for more people including middle-class. In addition, diving for pearls can be destructive for the coral reefs and sea life, therefore in many places it is prohibited. What is cultured pearl? Cultured pearls are pearls that are grown in Pearl farms by supervision of pearl farmers. There are also synthetic man-made pearls made in the factories. Often synthetic pearls are just plastic or glass made to look like pearl. The pearl jewelry we sell at The Natural Amber store are cultured pearls which are pretty and match well with Baltic amber. At the moment we have only Baltic Amber teething necklaces and bracelet for children combined with pearls. Our Amber and Pearl jewelry you can find HERE.
Moonstone. Moonstone in another June Birthstone which is sodium potassium aluminium silicate and belongs to feldspar gemstone group. Moonstone is known as a stone of "new beginnings". Moonstone is believed to provide inner growth and strength. Nowadays most of moonstones come from Sri Lanka, but it is also found in Armenia, Australia, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States. The most valuable, transparent moonstones come from Myanmar. In jewelry making, moonstone has been used for thousand of years including ancient civilizations like Romans and Greeks. Moonstone became the most popular during the Art Nouveau period. Moonstone is is thought to harvest the moon's energy, which provides yin's passive and ralaxing energy and enhances your intuition. Moonstones come in milky whites with variants of blue, grey, pink or green. Black moonstone is also available. Moonstone looks interesting combined with other gemstones like Baltic amber, lava, labradorite, green laces stone and others. You can see our Baltic Amber Jewelry with moonstone HERE.
Alexandrite. Alexandrite is a relatively new and quite rare color-changing gemstone. Alexandrite has been discovered in Ural Mountains in Russia in 1830s. It is also found in Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. Alexandrite is not only a birthstone of June but also the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary. Alexandrite can come in green, blue, red, yellow, pink, purple, grey colors and changes colors depending on the time of the day and lightning. It is might be green by daylight and red by night and purplish red in incandescent light or candlelight. There are also a number of processes used to alter the color and clarity as well as to improve the durability. As many other gemstones, alexandrite and have synthetic counterparts and be grown by man in a laboratory. Alexandrite is most often available in mixed cuts. Its rarity means it is cut to save weight. This modern June birthstone is so rare and expensive that few people have seen natural alexandrite.
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