by Ann Hudson
People with June birthdays have the three birthstone options: pearls, moonstones, and alexandrites. Which gem is right for you? Use these facts to make choosing your birthstone jewelry a personal affair.
Pearls in nature: Pearls are formed when an irritant is trapped inside of a mollusk. The mollusk coats the irritant with a substance called nacre. As this smooth coating builds, a beautiful pearl is formed.
Man-made pearls: Pearls can also be created through human intercession. Pearls that are formed with human assistance are referred to as cultured pearls.
Pearls in history: In ancient Greece, pearl jewelry was regarded as a symbol of love and marriage. The ancient Romans wore it to project status and wealth.
Wearing pearls: Known for their luster, pearls can be mounted in rings, earrings, and pins, or strung into necklaces. These pieces featuring pearls always have a romantic feel. If you love the sea and treasure beautiful things, then pearl jewelry is a great choice for your collection.
Moonstones in nature: Moonstones are a form of feldspar and have a very unique appearance. Layers of albite and feldspar give moonstones a textured look.
Moonstone appearance: Moonstones get their name from their shining moon-like appearance. Most are blue, with layers of white, and may look like scratched blue glass.
Wearing moonstones: These gemstones can be carved or polished and set into almost any piece of jewelry. Moonstone jewelry often features stones cut into cabochons, which are domed, polished cuts. This birthstone jewelry is the best choice for people who love fantasy and the blue-grey hues of winter.
Alexandrite appearance: A form of the mineral chrysoberyl, alexandrites are known for their color-changing qualities. While they are usually purple, they can appear red, blue, or yellow depending on the light.
Wearing alexandrites: Alexandrites show well in rings and intricate pieces of jewelry with other precious stones and metals.
A rich history: The alexandrite is named for Alexander II of Russia. Choose alexandrite jewelry if you love regal fashions with a bit of 19th-century history.