ALEXANDRITE, MOONSTONE, AND PEARL – THE JUNE BIRTHSTONES
That’s right. The month of June has 3 different birthstones – alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl. And some of you might be wondering why this month has 3 birthstones while most other months are represented by only 1 birthstone each. Well, June is not the only month with more than one birthstone. December has 3 birthstones, and October and November both have 2 birthstones each. So, while the rest of the months have just one birthstone, why do these months have more?
The most common and business-logical reason for this is that some of the stones that represent months of the year have become too rare. So rare, that it would be very unlikely for these gems to be available in stores and jewelry shops for consumer needs. And even if they were available, they would still be too expensive for many people.
In 1912, the stones representing the month of June were just pearl and moonstone, both of which were constantly increasing in popularity. As time went on, the stones had become so popular and people were buying so much of them that the supply started to run low while the demands were still high. The production of pearls was not fast enough to keep up with the consumer demand, and moonstones were becoming harder and harder to come by. This caused a massive increase in the stones’ market price, and that, combined with their rarity, made it very hard for people to buy the precious stones.
So, in 2019, another stone was added to the June birthstones to remedy the situation. This new stone, called alexandrite, is a special kind of stone that was originally found in Russia’s Ural Mountains. But now, it can also be found Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil. People refer to this stone as “emerald by day, ruby by night”, and for good reason. When placed under daylight, the stone is a green color, much like the precious emerald. But when viewed using candlelight, it turns into a red, slightly purplish color that is reminiscent of the beautiful ruby gemstone. It is a rare variety of the gem species known as chrysoberyl.
The alexandrite’s ability to change its colors is often associated with June’s different seasons in different parts of the world. In the United States of America, June 1 is the start of the fall season, which is when the leaves of trees start drying up in the branches, turning yellow, orange and red, as the trees prepare themselves for the coming winter. Some people point the stone’s red color under candlelight to this phenomenon. In Japan, however, the stone’s green color under the daylight is associated with the summer season where June falls into, because that’s when all the plants and other greenery are at their greenest, right after the spring when all the ice from winter has thawed and melted.
It also symbolizes our ability as human beings to change and evolve from who we were, because “the only thing that’s really constant is change”, so they say. Another representation that the stone’s color-changing ability has is our adjustability as humans, and our capacity to be different version of ourselves depending on the situations we get placed in. under the daylight, when our lives are at a very positive place and everything seems to be looking up, we are very different from when our we’re at a very low point in our lives, with only a candlelight in the dark night by which we can be seen. It’s a powerful, meaningful messages, and it’s a perfect analogy of the stone’s features in connection with our lives as human beings.
The pearls are supposed to represent how beauty, worth, and dignity can come from the deepest, darkest sources, given ample time and care. For the average clam to produce one pearl, it will take a very long time. The process is slow and painstaking. For a clam to produce a pearl of a specific size and color, extensive, careful study must first be done. Pearls are produced when a clam gets an irritant, a foreign object, inside it. This irritant will then be processed by the clam over a specific period of time to produce a single pearl. This points to how pressure and trials can help us to transform into beautiful beings, if we only look at things right and draw strength from ourselves and from the situations we find ourselves in.
The moonstone, a kind of opalescent stone commonly found in Switzerland. It can look very much like a pearl, depending on the kind of moonstone that you get, but this stone can be found in many different colors, including peach, pink, green, grey, yellow, and blue. It is a stone with heavy representations of spirituality and the supernatural. Some people believe that the moonstone is a gift of beauty, grace, elegance, luxury, and yet simplicity, from the moon goddess herself. Others believe it to grant clairvoyance and wisdom to its wearer, not only strengthening their minds, but also gives them creativity, healing, and passion.
All three stones are very beautiful, no matter what piece of jewelry you want to wear them in. It can be a necklace, a ring, earrings, bracelets, even anklets. And we at Angelucci Jewelry will always be here to help you out in any way we can. Need some questions answered? Contact us now and let us assist you! You might also want to try out our custom ring builder! It lets you design your very own ring, and we can have it delivered right to your door. And don’t forget to check out all our educational content.