By Kimberly Tate, Content Creator, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories
Those who are born in the month of June are lucky to have three beautiful gems as their birthstones — from the lustrous pearl to the milky moonstone to the rare, color-changing alexandrite. With so many appealing options, those with June birthdays have much to consider when buying jewelry. Even luckier for you, we’re here to guide you along the way.
Take a look at these stunning pieces by members of the American Gem Society (AGS).
Appropriately, the name “pearl” comes from the Old French perle, from the Latin perna meaning “leg,” referencing the leg-of-mutton shape of an open mollusk shell. Because perfectly round, smooth, natural pearls are so uncommon, the word “pearl” can refer to anything rare and valuable.
Speaking of rare and valuable—if you want to create a unique look, consider these Mother of Pearl danglers with brown diamonds by Goshwara. Keeping it classic? Consider this beautiful Dalia pendant by Mastoloni Pearls.
Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes color from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light. Here are two exquisite examples of alexandrite! The alexandrite and diamond ring from Michael Schofield clearly displays how alexandrite changes based on the lighting. And the ring from Omi Privé features Brazilian alexandrite in triplicate, surrounded by halos of alexandrite and diamonds.
Moonstone gems come in a range of colors spanning yellow, gray, green, blue, peach, and pink, sometimes displaying a star or cat’s eye. The Roman natural historian, Pliny, coined the name of this gemstone when he wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon—a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. In this ring by Suna Bros., you can see how the moonstone’s magical appeal is accentuated by displaying a cat’s eye. You can also mix and match your birthstone jewelry! We love the combination of this moonstone ring and baroque pearl pendant by Yael Designs.