Are you born in June? If so, consider yourself lucky! June has three birthstones. The first is Alexandrite, which is described by gem experts as “emerald by day, ruby by night”, due to its color change from green to red. Alexandrite is a rare color changing variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. The second June birthstone is Moonstone. Moonstone is a variety of feldspar. During formation, it separates into alternating layers. When light falls between the thin layers it is scattered, causing a moon glow. Pearl is the most well known birthstone for June. Natural pearls form around a microscopic irritant in the bodies of certain mollusks.
Alexandrite was named for Prince Alexander of Russia. It was first found in a emerald mine in in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was discovered on his birthday in 1839. He later became Czar Alexander in 1855 . The Alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones. It is very expensive because it is rarely on the gem market. The Alexandrite appears as a beautiful green in the daylight with a bluish or brownish tint. Then in artificial lighting, the gem may become violet or reddish violet. In Russia, it is believed to bring good luck because it reflects the Russian national colors: green and red. The Alexandrite brings the wearer inner joy and harmony. The gem has a harmonising effect on relationships. Alexandrite should be cleansed under running warm water and then in the sun for a little while.
Moonstone is like a “picture of the moon with it’s daily waning and waxing”, wrote Pliny, a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny believed the Moonstone changed in appearance with each phase of the moon. It most often exhibits a white sheen, but other sheens can occur such as silvery and blue-orange. The Moonstone has always been known as the stone of love and lovers due to it’s association with the moon. The stone encourages a youthful attitude and the zest for life even in old age. In many Arab countries, a Moonstone is offered as a “Blessing “ to ensure a large family and encourage fertility of the women. In India, it’s considered a sacred stone and is displayed on a yellow cloth, a sacred color. The Ancient Romans believed that the image of Diana, Goddess of the moon, was enclosed in the stone. The Moonstone was once believed to bring victory, health, and wisdom to the wearer. Moonstone should be recharged by placing the stone in the light of a full moon.
The word “Pearl” comes from the French word Perle, which means “led”, referring to leg shape of a mollusk shell. Pearls are created inside the shells of oysters and clams when a very small fragment of sand, parasite, or rock inters the mollusk ‘s shell. The clam or oyster is irritated, which starts a coating of foreign material with layer upon layer of shell material. Inside of the shell, pearls are formed. It’s the spherical shape formed within the tissue of the mollusk, which is highly valuable for making jewelry.
Did you know that pearls have been used as early as 2000 BC in China for medicine? The Arabs and Persians believed it would cure insanity and other diseases. The pearl was widely used in Europe for medicine until the 17th century. The Chinese believed the pearl represented longevity, power, and wealth. In China, low grade pearls are still used in Asian medicine.
It is said that Cleopatra served her favourite guests wine with ground pearls. Always wear your pearls on the skin. They need regular contact with the skin or they become dull. Do not allow perfume or makeup to come into contact with pearls. Pearls need to be discharged overnight in salt sea water and recharged in a oyster shell.
Happy Birthday to all of my June Babies: David, Michelle. Joseph, Lynn, Theresa, Sherry, Anthony, Taryn, and Svetlana.