June Birthstones

2015WP 6 June pearls


June is a great birth month for choosy shoppers! Those with a June birthday have their pick of four lovely and unusual gems: rhodolite garnet, alexandrite, pearl or moonstone.

Ready for Rhodolite?

A spectrum of chemical compositions creates the garnet family and represents almost every color of the rainbow, from the traditional reddish-brown (the January stone) to the reddish-purple rhodolite (one of June’s picks). First mined in North Carolina in the late 1890s, rhodolite garnet is now sourced all around the world – Sri Lanka, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and India. Our lovely selection includes sparkling necklaces and unusual, lovely rings – all available at a delightful 15% discount.

Alexandrite to Excite

Alexandrite is a two-for-one deal! Holding what gemologists call a phenomenon or an unusual optical effect, the stone appears green when viewed in natural sunlight or fluorescent light and has a reddish appearance under incandescent light. This rare and pricey gem is a relatively recent gemological find. Discovered in 1830 in Russia’s Ural Mountains, miners eventually uncovered alexandrite deposits in Sri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. See our show-stopping gem in the front jewelry case this month…Psst! Also discounted 15% during the month of June…

Pick Pearls!

With more than six varieties of pearls available in a wash of pretty colors, these lustrous orbs also offer a nice range of price points for all enthusiasts. From the crème-de-la-crème, the Japanese Akoya, to the deep gray-black of the Tahitian pearl or the lovely artsy shape of fresh water pearls, you will find what suits your tastes best with us (again, 15% off this month only!). Please put your pearls on responsibly: Last thing on, first thing off! Why? Porous pearls can absorb chemicals and discolor in the presence of hairspray, perfume or other beauty products. And like skin, pearls can dry out, so don’t leave them in the safe deposit box for extended periods.

Struck by Moonstone

An uncommon gem for June, the moonstone derives from the most common mineral in the Earth’s rocky crust, feldspar. What gives moonstone its unearthly glow? A visual phenomenon called adularescence, which occurs as light falls between the mineral’s thin layers. Moonstones range in appearance from semitransparent to opaque and colorless to white, with a blue, silver or white adularescent effect. Moonstone bodycolors vary widely. They can be green, yellow to brown, or gray to nearly black. Gem shoppers should look for moonstone that has a blue sheen against a colorless background. Along with adularescence, some moonstones show chatoyancy, also called the cat’s-eye effect. A few show four-rayed stars in an effect called asterism.


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