June's Birthstone

Sandra Jordan | 14 June, 2022


          
            Victorian gold and seed pearl earrings

For all of those with an June birthday, you're lucky enough to have three beautiful birthstones, Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite

pearl and gold necklace

Pearls have long been associated with innocence, purity and humility. Pearls-both natural and cultured-appear in a wide variety of colours, making them the most beloved gems of all time. Their most familiar colours are white and cream (a light yellowish brown). Black, grey and silver are also pretty common, but the palette of pearl colours is far more varied. It is common for the main colour to be modified by overtones, such as pink (or rosé), green, purple, or blue. Pearls may also show the iridescent phenomenon known as orient.

moonstone stud earrings

Moonstone is known for it's adularescent light and are associated with passion, love, fertility and it is believed to bring you great luck! Its delicate beauty and long-established heritage have made moonstone one of the most familiar gem-quality feldspars.

Minerals such as Feldspar are found throughout the earth's crust, and they are among the most diverse. Any rock you pick up will probably contain a mineral or two from the feldspar group. Salt, potassium, and aluminium silicate are used to make this pearly opalescent glass. Moonstone is translucent and comes in white and grey colours, as well as orange, green, blue, pink, brown, and rainbow colours. 

The Romans believed the pearly sheen of Moonstone was a shard of solid moonlight. In the later part of the 19th century, when Europe entered the Art Nouveau period, the Moonstone once again performed its magical powers, becoming a focal point of jewellery and transcendent practices.

 

Alexandrite is an "emerald by day, a ruby by night" gemstone that is well known for displaying different colours depending on the lighting. Alexandrite, a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl, has chameleon-like qualities. In daylight or fluorescent light, it appears as a lovely green, then changes to a brownish or purplish red under the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is due to the mineral's complex absorption of light. Other gems also change colour when their light source changes, but this phenomenon is so striking that it is often referred to as "the alexandrite effect". While the gem is still extremely rare and valuable, alexandrite is now mined in parts of Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.

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