For those who celebrate a June birthday, you are lucky to have not one but three gemstones to mark your special month. The birthstones for June are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. Each gemstone has a secret meaning and special properties. Read on to discover everything you need to know about June's birthstones:
June birthstone: Pearl
Pearls have long been associated with powerful women since the days of Queen Elizabeth I. A pearl necklace is a timeless piece of jewellery that adds elegance to any outfit. Every woman should own a string of pearls. But have you ever wondered where pearls come from? Or how to look after your favourite pearl necklace?
Pearls: Where Do Pearls Come From?
Considered a wonder of the sea, freshwater pearls can be found inside mussels and oysters in lakes, rivers and freshwater across the globe. Nature produces the most expensive and valuable pearls. These are very rare and are called natural pearls.
Natural vs Cultured Pearls:
There are two different types of pearls – natural and cultured pearls. Natural pearls form in the tissue of molluscs, inside mussels and oysters, and occur naturally with no human intervention.
Cultured pearls are man-made pearls which occur when tissue from a mollusc and a bead is inserted into a mollusc’s gonad. The tissue forms around the bead and creates a cultured pearl.
What Colour are Pearls?
Pearls come in a rainbow of colours. The most common pearl colours are white and cream. But silver, grey and black are also common for the birthstone for June. The colour of pearls can also be changed by slight pink, green, blue and purple overtones. Unusual colours and shapes are becoming increasingly popular.
Pearls - Special Meanings and Properties
As the birthstone for June, pearls symbolise wealth and happiness. Traditional white pearls symbolise purity, innocence and calmness. Pink pearls symbolise prosperity and happiness. As well as the birthstone for June, pearls are also commonly given as a 30th wedding anniversary gift.
How To Clean Pearls: Top Tips
Freshwater pearls are porous and must be cleaned using a dry soft cloth. Do not immerse pearls in water. They are very susceptible to damage by make-up or sprays and should be stored separately from metal jewellery which can scratch them.
- Use a soft dry cloth
- Clean after each wear
- Do not use harsh solutions or chemicals to clean your pearl jewellery
- Store your pearls in our special pouches to keep them clean
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June’s birthstone: Moonstone
As well as the classic pearl, those born in June are also lucky to have moonstone as their birthstone. Moonstone is the beautiful sheen gemstone which is part of the feldspar family. Read on to discover the fascinating history, origins and colour of the moonstone gemstone:
What Is Moonstone?
Moonstone is one of the three birthstones for June which belongs to the feldspar group of gemstones. Moonstone is formed when two layers of the structure of the stone separate, allowing light to enter and adularescence to take place.
Adularescence is an optical phenomenon which occurs in gemstones such as moonstone. Adularescence gives the moonstone its rainbow-like glow which changes when viewing the stone at different angles.
Moonstone - History, Origins and Meaning:
Moonstone has been admired across the globe for many centuries. Romans had a love affair with the birthstone for June and believed that the rays from the moon produced the adularescent effect in the moonstone.
During the Art Noveau period, the birthstone for June became particularly popular with many artists using moonstone in their pieces of work.
Today, moonstone can be sourced in many locations across the globe. The birthstone for June can be found in the United States, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Tanzania and Myanmar.
What Colour is Moonstone?
The birthstone for June comes in a rainbow of colours from brown, green and blue to peach and white. The rarest and most expensive gemstones are transparent with blue adularescence
Moonstone - Special Properties and Meaning:
Known as the Travelers stone, Moonstone is believed to protect those who wear it. Traditionally, some believed that the June birthstone protected those who travelled at night, particularly as the moon appeared.
Moonstone is also known for its calming qualities. Many believe that moonstone helps to calm and soothe the wearer, bringing happiness and self-confidence.
How to Clean Moonstone: Top Tips
- Use a soft polish cloth
- Store in a special jewellery pouch to keep clean
- Avoid chemicals and harsh jewellery cleaners
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Moonstone - Find Your Birthstone:
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