There are two birthstones for the month of June – pearl and Alexandrite.
Pearls are very unique – they are created by living sea creatures and require no cutting or polishing, unlike other gemstones that are mined from the ground. This uniqueness has given pearls their place as one of the two June birthstones.
Pearls have been popular for centuries, but in the last hundred years natural pearls have mostly been replaced by cultured pearls in jewellery. There are four main types of cultured pearls – Tahitian, Akoya, South Sea and Freshwater.
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The second of the traditional June birthstones is Alexandrite. Like pearls, Alexandrite stones are also very unique – they change colour!
In natural daylight (or under fluorescent light), this stone has a nice green colour. Indoors under incandescent bulbs, it turns more purple and red. The most valuable Alexandrite will have very intense colour changes when moving between the different types of lighting. Alexandrite is found in East Africa and Brazil and is a very rare stone in general.
Image Credit: American Gem Society