Alexandrite & Pearl
Although June has three birthstones, the Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite, it is the latter that is mostly recognized as June’s true birthstone.
Alexandrite replaced the pearl as birthstone when it was believed that alexandrite was more abundant than pearls. Today that is no longer the case. High quality alexandrite is extremely rare and highly sought after. The greenish blue stone is known for its ability to change colors in incandescent light. It changes from green to red or purple. Alexandrite stones are generally up to 5-carats in weight. Larger stones are extremely hard to come by. Since this month’s birthstone can be difficult to obtain, some consider some of the birthstone options such as pearls or moonstones, or the possibility of combining alexandrite with other gems when designing their jewelry.
Pearls are different from other gemstones including their fellow June birthstones in many ways. For starters, pearls are found under water in the humble mollusk. Found in several colors including white, off-white, pink, and black, pearls come in a range of sizes. A pearl is formed when an irritant such as a parasite or a fish makes its way into the flesh of an oyster, clam, or mussel, where nacre, a protective material is produced. Over time, layers and layers of this substance accumulate and a beautiful shiny pearl is formed. Pearls are timeless, classic jewels that never go out of style. Every jewelry box should contain at least one piece of pearl jewelry whether it is a simple strand of pearls, pearl studs, or a pearl bracelet. Tiny orange garnet side stones, make a wonderful combination for a traditional pair of pearl earrings.