Why does June rate three birthstones? Do you think it’s because June is so chock full of joyous events and celebration? In June, the school year ends, summer begins, the longest day of the year brings hours of light, many grateful students graduate; brides by the bazillion march down the aisle; Flag Day commemorates adoption of the American flag in 1777 and Father’s Day honors all our Dads with gifts and treats, including a day off from honey-to-do lists.
No wonder June, so rich in celebration, is rich in birthstones: the pearl, moonstone and alexandrite.
The elegant, beautiful pearl comes from humble origins. When a small parasite or fish wriggles its way into the flesh of an oyster, clam or mussel, the irritated mollusk produces a protective substance called nacre. Over years, layers of iridescent nacre cover the unwelcome guest, forming a shimmering pearl. It’s rare to find such natural pearls, so we clever humans have created cultured pearls by placing a shell or bead inside mollusks to annoy the hell out of them, thus stimulating the production of nacre.
Spindrift Pearl Cuff
White, pink, yellow, gray and black, pearls of different sizes and shapes were rumored to be a favorite of Cleopatra and once were worn only by the royals—the 1% as opposed to the 99%. Now we can all wear pearls, but they’re still considered a mark of taste, refinement and symbol of purity. A perfect gift for all occasions whether you’re wearing a gown or jeans.
The moonstone, a type of feldspar or silicate mineral, got its name because its shimmer reminds us of the moon’s iridescent glow. Colored clear, bluish white or peach, this stone was believed sacred by ancient civilizations that thought it gave its wearer great spiritual understanding or the ability to become invisible! But I say what’s the point to that? If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Moonstone and Apaptite Necklace
Last but not least because it’s rare and, therefore, expensive, natural alexandrite is bluish green by day changing to magenta by candlelight, or if you’re poetic, “emerald by day, ruby by night.” This gem is a symbol of joy and good fortune. Who can argue with that?