June has three birthstones associated with it: pearl, alexandrite and moonstone, allowing those lucky to have a birthday in June to have a variety of choices of stone.
Alexandrite is often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night” because it changes colour from bluish-green to purplish-red depending on the light shone upon it. Moonstone has been accredited its name from the shimmery appearance that shifts with the phases of the moon. It is composed of microscopic layers of feldspar that scatter light to cause a billowy effect of adularescence – producing a bluish sheen to a white colour. Therefore, the stone may come in a variety of colours, suitable for everyone. Although both phenomenal stones, the focus for this June is the pearl.
Pearl is the only gemstone created by living creatures, the molluscs. The rarest and most expensive pearls are natural pearls made in the wild. However, many of the pearls sold today are cultured by implanting a grafted piece of shell into pearl oysters or freshwater pearl mussels, often losing the authenticity of the pearl.
The finest pearls have a reflective luster, making them appear creamy white with an iridescent sheen that casts many colourful hues. However, those that are cultured may also be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple or black.
It is often misconceived that grandmas wear them or at formal events, however this far from the truth. They can be worn in everyday situations or dressed up for a more formal event. Pearls symbolise purity and innocence, which has led to the tradition of wearing pearls on wedding days. It is a gorgeous gift of love for self or others, whilst also being a frequent gift of 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversaries.
Just like wearing varieties of different gemstone colours, individuals can wear any colour of pearl but some will compliment you more than others. Pearls are often matched with a variety of different gemstones and metals. Therefore, it is encouraged that you come and try a variety of colours, finding the colour that looks exceptional on you.
Pearls are an elegant and timeless natural wonder. In Greek mythology, pearls are the result of Aphrodite’s tears of joy – representing love and happiness. Pearls also symbolise wisdom acquired through experience – believed to attract wealth and luck whilst offering protection. They also have numerous calming attributes, balancing out one’s karma, strengthening relationships and keeping children safe.
The pearl is seen as one of the most traditional gems for jewellery – it has many meanings but also makes a fantastic gift for individuals with birthdays in June but also for gifts all year round. The pearl stands out for its natural beauty and refined looks.
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