Guide to gemstone meaning, symbolism and more
June has several symbols that identify those born in the summer month.
People born in June can have one of two zodiac signs: Gemini (born between June 1st and 21st) and Cancer (born between June 22nd and 30th). The rose and honeysuckle also represent those born in June.
But what about June’s birthstone?
Every month has its gem. Here’s what you need to know about June’s birthstones, including colors, symbolism, meaning, and more.
What is the birthstone for June? Well, it’s three.
June has three birthstones: alexandrite, pearl and moonstone.
Alexandrite is a rare mineral that changes color depending on the light. Alexandrite can appear green or blue in daylight or fluorescent light. In incandescent light, it may appear red or purple.
According to the Geological Institute of America, alexandrite takes its name from Emperor Alexander II of Russia. The gem’s red and green colors resembled the national military colors of Imperial Russia.
It was first discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s. But today alexandrite is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka and East Africa.
Alexandrite often represents luck and prosperity.
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The pearl is the second birthstone for June.
Natural pearls are often white or cream in color. But cultured pearls come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, purple, brown, and black.
Natural pearls are produced by mollusks. These animals form the gemstone as a natural protection against the intrusion of irritants such as parasites or grains of sand into their shell.
However, pearl hunting has drastically reduced the number of natural pearl supplies. A majority of the pearls on the market today are cultured pearls, created by technicians on pearl farms.
Pearls are associated with purity, humility and innocence.
How are pearls formed? Where to find these organic gems.
The moonstone is the birthstone for June.
It is known for its “adularescence”, an optical phenomenon that gives the gemstone a special glow. This happens due to the easy fragmentation between microscopic layers of feldspar (aluminosilicate minerals containing calcium, sodium or potassium) in the gemstone. After polishing, the finest moonstones are colorless or white with a blue tinge.
Many ancient cultures associated the gemstone with the moon. For example, in Hindu mythology, the moonstone was believed to be made of solidified moonbeams. In ancient Greece and Rome, the stone was associated with moon deities.
According to the Geological Institute of America, moonstone is mined around the world, including in the United States. Other countries where moonstones can be found are India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar and Tanzania.
The gem symbolizes love, passion and fertility. It is also said to bring good luck. According to tradition, if you put a moonstone in your mouth when the moon is full, you can see your future.
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