June Bithstone

pearl

PEARL:JUNE

The pearl forms when an irritant, such as a small parasite or a grain of sand, lodges in the flesh of an oyster, muscle or clam. Because of this irritant, a substance called “nacre” starts to form around it. Over several years, the layers of nacre start to build up around the irritant creating a beautiful pearl. Not all pearls are made in nature (called freshwater pearls), laboratories began a process of their own to make pearls by placing a piece of shell or bead in the clam to stimulate the production of nacre (called cultured pearls). Natural pearls are found in the Persian Golf as well as in the waters off Japan, Australia, Panama, Venezuela and California. They come in a variety of colors including pure white, pink, yellow, gray and black. They also come in many different shapes and sizes.

The pearl is the symbol of woman’s perfect beauty. It is believed that chronic headaches and migraines can be alleviated or completely cured by wearing a pearl necklace directly on the skin. Pearls also reduce allergies. A pearl necklace is believed to warn sensitive people of imminent disaster. Psychologically, pearl promote wisdom and committment well into old age. They are considered to be a symbol of purity and are often given to celebrate a marriage or the birth of a child. The pearl is the accepted gemstone for the 30th wedding anniversary.

June also has 2 alternative birthstones: the first is Moonstone. It varies in color from clear to blue-white or peach. It was considered by ancient civilizations to be a sacred stone, bestowing the wearer with great spiritual understanding. A gift of the stone is symbolic of health and longevity. The second is Alexandrite, a yellowish or brownish green colored stone. It is symbolic of joy and good fortune.

emerald

EMERALD:MAY

Birthstone Facts!

The emerald has been revered as one of the most popular and valued gemstones throughout history. With it’s deep green color, caused by traces of chromium, many people associate it with a lush green garden in full bloom. Emeralds have many inclusions which the French call “jardin” meaning garden because of their resemblance to foliage.

Emeralds are a 7.5-8 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, and they are very difficult to cut because they are quite brittle and have inclusions that cause the stone to easily crack or chip. Emeralds grow very slowly within metamorphic rocks and are usually restricted in size by the rock, making large emeralds very costly and rare. The most prized emerald specimens come from a mine in Columbia but they are also found in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria an Russia.

An emerald is believed to promote mental growth, perceptiveness and be effective against headaches. It symbolizes hope, development and maturity. It is supposed to bring luck and success as well as power. They were once considered to be an antidote to poison in India. The Egyptians used to leave these beautiful stones, engraved with the symbol of the leaf, in the tombs with their dead. The ancient Romans associated this precious gem with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

The emerald is the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary but it also used as a 20th and 35th wedding anniversary stone.

for more information click here.

-Jess