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June's Birthstones: Pearl or Alexandrite

June's Birthstones: Pearl or Alexandrite

Pearl is the traditional birthstone for June, but Alexandrite can serve as a beautiful alternative.

Pearls - A symbol of wisdom, clarity, and purity.

Pearls are made up of layer upon layer of lustrous nacre produced within mollusk shells. Because pearls are so seldom found in nature, humans have created a system of producing cultured pearls. In this process, tiny irritants are inserted inside the mollusk shell. As nacre builds up around the irritants over time, beautiful cultured pearls are created. Almost all pearls you find in stores today are cultured.

COLOR: Pink, silver, cream, white, golden, gray, blue, black, and green. They can also be dyed.

Luster, the reflective surface sheen, is also very important, as well as smoothness.

DURABILITY: Usually good durability, but variable. Pearls can scratch or show wear, especially when mounted in rings.

CARE: Pearls should be carefully wiped with a soft cloth. Pearls are very sensitive to acids, perspiration, cosmetics, and hairspray. They should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is associated with concentration, learning and the mind. It's thought to strengthen intuition, increase creativity, and inspire the imagination.

COLOR: The color changes from blue green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light.

CARE: Clean with warm water and mild soap. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are usually effective with caution.

 

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