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June Birthstone - Alexandrite
June - Alexandrite, Pearl & Moonstone

If you are a June birthday, you are lucky enough to have more then one birthstone!

Pearl - Pearls are the only gemstones made by a living creature. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The rarest, and most expensive, pearls are found in nature. The majority of pearls sold today are cultured and farmed. Pearls are very soft, ranging between 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale. They are extremely sensitive to heat and acidity. Pearls used to be found in many parts of the world, but natural pearling is now confined to Persian Gulf waters near Bahrain. Most freshwater cultured pears come from China.

The pearl is not only one of the birthstones for June, but it’s also used to celebrate the 1st, 3rd , 12th, and 30th wedding anniversaries.

Alexandrite - Alexandrite is unique due to its color changing abilities. Often described as “emerald by day and ruby by night” the stone changes color from blueish green in the daylight to a purplish red under incandescent light. Today, most alexandrite comes from Sri Lanka, Brazil and East Africa. Alexandrite has a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale, which makes it great for every day wear.

Moonstone - June’s third birthstone, moonstone, was named by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon.
The most common moonstone comes from the mineral adularia, named for an early mining site near Mt. Adular in Switzerland that supplied this gem. This site also birthed the term adularescence, which refers to the stone’s milky glow, like moonlight floating on water. Moonstone is composed of microscopic layers of feldspar that scatter light to cause this billowy effect of adularescence. Thinner layers produce a bluish sheen and thicker layers look white. Moonstone comes in a range of colors spanning yellow, gray, green, blue, peach and pink—sometimes displaying a star or cat’s eye. Moonstones are also found in India, Australia, Myanmar, Madagascar and the United States. Indian gemstones—which are brown, green or orange in color—are more abundant and affordably priced than their classical blue counterparts. This beautiful gemstone’s weakness is its relatively low hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale, making it prone to stress cracking and cleaving. 

Information cited from: www.americangemsociety.org

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