A Guide to June’s Birthstones – Pearl and Alexandrite

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What is the Birthstone for June? 

People born in June are lucky enough to have three birthstones. Firstly and most popular for jewellery – The Pearl. Secondly – Alexandrite. Thirdly -Moonstone. We will look at both Pearl and Alexandrite stones, beginning with the famous Pearl. This traditional stone has been often associated with innocence and purity -But traditionally given as a wedding gift. 

June Birthstone – History and Origin

Know as the water stone. Found in Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers all over the world. Firstly, Ancients from the Middle East believed that they were teardrops fallen from heaven. Secondly, the Chinese fancied that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. And thirdly Christopher Columbus thought that molluscs formed pearls from dew drops. 

Gift ideas 

Mother of Pearl

Our Mother of Pearl Necklace – Greta. Is available to order from our website with next day delivery available. Or in our Ryde Showroom. This substantial necklace features the stunning mother of Pearl set into silver with a Rose Gold plating, in addition to the rose gold plated chain.

Bridal Set 

Also available from our showroom or available to order over the phone is this matching pearl bridal set. Available to order separately, the necklace and earrings – both crafted in 9ct White Gold and feature a diamond accent. 

Pearl gift ideas

How and where are they formed? 

There are a few different varieties of Pearls, from freshwater cultured pearls to the Mother of Pearl. Pearls grow inside the issue of a freshwater or saltwater mollusc – Either an oyster or a mussel. Typically found away from any built-up areas. Pearl-bearing molluscs fail to thrive in polluted waters, so farms are usually located far from civilisation – and often in breathtaking settings. 

Black Pearl 

Read more about this unique black Pearl and diamond design on our blog.

Black pearl ring

Care and cleaning 

“Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, so they are a comparatively soft gem and require special care. Store them separately from other gemstones and metal jewellery to prevent scratching. Never store your birthstones in a plastic bag — plastic can emit a chemical that will damage their surface. Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your jewellery. The best way to clean your June birthstone: Use a soft, damp cloth, ideally after each time the pearls are worn.”

June Birthstone – Alexandrite 

Firstly Alexandrite is the rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes colour in different lighting. Above all, the most prized are those alexandrite birthstones that show a vivid green to bluish-green in daylight or fluorescent light and an intense red to purplish-red in incandescent light. Most alexandrites come from Brazil, Sri Lanka and East Africa.

alexandrites

Bespoke Design with Alexandrite 

Bespoke alexandrite ring

We created this incredible Alexandrite engagement ring working with our existing Unity ring design. Crafted in 950 Platinum, In addition, the Unity design provides a very simple, minimalist setting to display the rich purple Alexandrite. Moreover, our client chose a 6.5mm Alexandrite, 1.28 carats in weight with a round brilliant cut. In conclusion, the rich purple colouration of the gemstone stands out from the mirror-polished Platinum to provide a unique alternative to this very simple ring design.  

Emily Austin

About Emily Austin

Emily is one of our dedicated team members. She remains a valued member of our expert team and a part of the Serendipity Diamond family. Emily works on almost every aspect of our shop, from helping customers to updating our social media pages. She also takes care of many of our international deliveries, ensuring they arrive with clients safely as expected. Contact Emily directly by email or chat with her most days online.

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