June is one of only two months that have three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored Opalescent Pearl and Moonstone to the rare color-changing Alexandrite—one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.
I love pearls. I love Mother of pearl. People find the benefit of stones interesting so I thought I would do some research and see what’s said about the June stones….
Here goes on pearl…Astrologically, Pearl removes the ill effects of moon and strengthens the mind. It helps in reducing discomforts during sleep. These problems can be reduced by wearing pearlstone.
Here is the care of pearls,,,,,Gently dab water and soap on your pearls with a dry, soft cloth. Do not let chemicals or water sit on your pearls too long. Polish your pearls with a dry, soft cloth to maintain their luster. Avoid jewelry cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners.
Let’s go onto Moonstone. Here is what I got….It is a gemstone associated with maintaining emotional balance and spiritual concord through meditation. *. Moonstone is a women’s gemstone that enhances their hormonal balance and energy with yang. It regulates the menstrual disorders and relieves pain during childbirth. Astrologically speaking, This sacred stone is believed to act as a talisman( an object thought to have magic powers) for travelers, a stone of prophecy and an ultimate gift for the lovers. It opens Heart and Sacral chakra in body to increase the psychic abilities and stimulate inner growth with intuition for its possessor.
A good moonstone should be almost transparent and as free of inclusions (characteristic enclosed within a gemstone) as possible. Inclusions can potentially interfere with the adularescence-of gemstones having a milky, bluish luster. . Characteristic inclusions in moonstone include tiny tension cracks called centipedes. They are called this because they resemble those long, thin creatures with many legs.
Care of your moonstone is easy peasy. Choose a gentle commercial, non-acid based jewelry cleaner or a mild solution of several drops of dish detergent and water. Use a soft cloth to wipe off the stone. If it is set in gold you can dip the piece in this solution.
Lastly onto Alexandrite….let’s begin at the beginning. Alexandrite is relatively hard—8.5 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. This makes it a good choice for rings and other mountings subject to daily wear. Alexandrite is the highly regarded color changing variety of Chrysoberyl-a mineral. The color of Alexandrite changes under different lighting conditions. If viewed in daylight, its color is greenish blue to dark yellow–green. If viewed in incandescent or candle light, its color is pink to red.
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June (along with the pearl) and the Anniversary stone for the 55th year of marriage. It is also considered Friday’s stone, or the stone of “Friday’s Child.”(Friday’s child is loving and giving) It is an extremely rare gemstone and a fairly modern one to boot.
Mary Elizabeth Glosup
The Jewelry Lady
References gempundt.com; gem lab;wikihow