I must admit I am a bit jealous. You lucky ladies of June get three choices of gemstones to celebrate your birth; moonstone, pearl, and alexandrite. And what great options they are. Here’s a guide to finding the one to best represent you.
Moonstone was named for its milky glow, or adularescence, like moonlight floating on water. It is from the mineral adularia which is named for
an early mining site supplying the gem, Mt. Adular in Switzerland.
The name moonstone implies its close association with lunar mystery and magic. Your natural biorhythms may reflect in the calming and balancing energies of the stone. If you are in a new ron1antic relationship, moonstone energy will spark passion. It may also aid in reigniting old flames.
Ready to travel? Moonstone is believed to protect travelers at night. And if your passions or travels keep you up at night moonstone is used to treat insomnia and sleepwalking and have you enjoying your dreams.
Trilogy Cuffs with Moonstone Doublets. The moonstone creates an irridescence when layered on top of another gemstone in a doublet. Shop all moonstone.
Extremely rare, natural pearls many were found in the Persian
Gulf; sorry folks, today, 1nost have already been harvested. If you are lucky
enough to find sn1all, natural pearls, but they will be costly.
Majorica or Mallorca. Majorica pearls, named for the Spanish island of Majorca,
have been in production there since the late 1800s. Don't miss the view of the
bay from the Castell de Bellver if you are there in person. Made by dipping a glass bead repeatedly into "essence d' orient'', a secret recipe of a substance made from a mix of powdered mother of pearl, fish scales, and oil, then polishing, these pearls are considered son1e of the finest man-made pearls.
Shell pearls, made by either a similar process to Majorica pearls or by creating rounded beads out of a saltwater pearl oyster's shell using the thickest part near the hinge. These pieces are smoothed and rounded out into perfect spheres and then dyed to various colors, baked at high temperatures to permanently set the
color and then given a high polish.
Cultured pearls come from a mollusk, whether saltwater or freshwater. By introducing either a small mother of pearl bead nucleus or a square 1mm piece of mantle tissue, the resulting irritation causes the mollusk to form nacre which creates the pearl coating. Because this is a natural process, these pearls will have small inclusions, variations in nacre depth, luster, color, and shape. Different types of mollusks will produce very different looking pearls.
Saltwater pearls include the Akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They typically small, round, and white or cream in color. Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines produce the South Sea pearl, the largest of all the pearls. They are naturally white, cream, or golden in color. Tahitian pearls are from several of the islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti. They are medium to large in size. Their natural color is collectively called black pearls, but their colors include gray, blue, green, and purple.
Grown in freshwater, lakes, rivers, and ponds, predominately in China, these pearls are white and resemble the Akoya cultured pearls in shape and size. Since freshwater pearls don't have a bead nucleus, only a piece of tissue, the pearl has thicker nacre than the Akoya. They can be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel colors.
Click here to view the Lisa Robin Jewelry pearl collection.
Fine alexandrite, from Russian mines, are hard to come by today. Referred to as color-changing because it is green to bluish-green in daylight and red to purplish-red in incandescent light. It is one of the most valuable gems when its color saturation is moderately strong to strong. Light-colored stones are of a lower hue as are stones that are too dark because they lack brightness and appear almost black. Alexandrites mined in Shi Lanka are generally larger than their Russian counterparts, but their colors tend to be less desirable. The greens tend to be yellowish compared to the blue-green of the Russian stones, and the reds are typically brownish-red rather than purplish red.