June Birthstones

June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.

June’s birthstones range from the opalescent pearl to the milky moonstone to the rare, color-changing alexandrite. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget. Continue learning about these gemstones by selecting one below.

Pearl

Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells, usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed.

Alexandrite

A relatively modern gemstone, alexandrite was discovered in Russian emerald mines located in the Ural Mountains. Legends claim that it was discovered in 1834 on the same day that future Russian Czar Alexander II came of age, hence the name honoring him.

Moonstone

June’s third birthstone, moonstone, was named by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon.

 

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