Birthstones of June: Which One is for You?

Birthstones of June: Which One is for You?

June birthdays are lucky enough to have three birthstones. Each one of these is beautifully unique and carries very  different properties.  So if you are looking for a gift for that June birthday or perhaps just want to add to your personal collection one of these is sure to be the perfect choice. 

The first and probably most popular birthstone of June is the pearl. Pearls are incredibly unique because they are the only gemstones that are made by a living creature. Pearls are formed inside of oysters and other mollusks. They form around a foreign object that has entered the mollusk's shell (such as a tiny grain of sand). The mollusk secretes a substance called nacre around the object. This substance coats the object and slowly forms a pearl.  Pearls have been associated with innocence and purity for centuries. They are thought to bring the wearer good luck, and are said to be especially beneficial for new beginnings. Pearls are found in many different colors, but the most common is white.

Another June birthstone is Alexandrite.  This stone is rare and is therefore quite expensive. Alexandrite’s most distinctive feature is that  it is one of the few gemstones which changes color. Alexandrite appears to be green in daylight and red in incandescent light. The reason for this color change is because of the way Alexandrite interacts with light. Alexandrite contains chromium, which is responsible for its green color. When Alexandrite is exposed to different types of light, the chromium molecules reflect different colors of light and is what causes Alexandrite to change color.  Alexandrite is a relatively new stone, first discovered in Russia in the early 1800s. It was named after Czar Alexander II, and is said to bring good fortune to its wearer. 

The third and most commonly found June birthstone is moonstone. Moonstone is special because it appears to have a glowing effect. This is caused by the light reflecting off of the stone in a certain way. Moonstone is made up of two different minerals, feldspar and quartz. These two minerals have different refractive indices, which is what causes the light to reflect off of the stone in a certain way and creates the glowing effect.  Moonstone is considered a sacred stone by many cultures, and has been used in jewelry and other objects for thousands of years. It is said to promote peace, harmony, and balance. Moonstone comes in a variety of colors, but the most popular is white or pale blue.

So, there you have it! The three birthstones of June and what makes each one unique. Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone, each one beautiful, unique, and special.  Which one will be the right one for you?