JUNE BIRTHDAYS - PEARLS

June birthdays claim two birthstones; pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls have been wildly popular in jewelry for centuries because of their natural beauty. Alexandrite gemstones are extremely rare and desirable since they change color based on the lighting.

Pearls are underrated, as many people have preconceived notions as to what they represent. The two most common misconceptions are that grandmas wear them and they are only worn on formal occasions. This is no longer true. Pearls are worn by all ages in all colors and lengths. They can be worn every day to the office or to the grocery store. They can be paired with a suit, a dress or blue jeans. The journey a pearl goes through to create a piece of jewelry is a miraculous event. Gemstones must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty, but pearls need no such treatment to reveal their loveliness.

Pearl Colors You can wear any color of pearl, just as you can wear any color of gemstone. You choose the color that you most enjoy. As you will notice, some pearl colors will compliment your skin tone more than others. We encourage you to come in and try on several strands in a variety of colors. You will be surprised at how different each strand looks on you. Everyone has a unique skin tone and there will be one color in particular that will look exceptional on you. Pearls, because of their iridescent luster, have no harsh tones. With our wonderful selection, you will be sure to find the one that makes you shine!

Types of Pearls If I asked a group of people to describe what comes to mind when they think of a set of pearls, the majority of them would describe the classic round, white strand. While this may describe the traditional look of pearls, there are many more varieties and styles of pearls available. Modern pearl culturing techniques have opened the door to new colors, styles and shapes of pearls, which has brought a significant appeal back to these lovely pieces of jewelry. A number of factors impacts the way a pearl will look: everything from the type of oyster, the location, and even the cleanliness of the water. While we can classify pearls into different types, each pearl has its own unique style, beauty and character.

Alexandrite If you love magic, especially the magic of science, you'll love Alexandrite, the color-change gem. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem with a warm raspberry tone. You can watch it flick back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light. The value of the gemstone increases as the color change becomes more distinct.

It is truly spellbinding to see the spectacular changing colors in this wonderful gemstone; you just might feel some of the mysterious magic and lore ascribed to it. It's said to strengthen intuition, aid in creativity and inspire the imagination.

Originally discovered in Russia's Ural Mountains in the 1830s, it's now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil, but this gem is exceptionally rare and valuable.