June Birthstones come in 3 varieties.
Pearls, natural, opulent and in a variety of colors. Its not just pearlescent!
Pearls can be found in many colors, some naturally occuring and some dyed (typically colored pearls are cultured.) You have choices!
Pearls can be “cultured” or farmed. Farmed pearls occur when a bead or a piece of shell is placed inside a pearl oyster shell or pearl mussel shell, and then layers of calcium carbonite are deposited around the bead or shell by the oyster or mussel. These are the most common pearls that are used in jewelry.
Peals can be natural. Natural pearls must be harvested by Pearl Fishers, divers who plumb the depths in order to find and recover oysters that make the pearls. These days, natural pearls are found in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.
Michael uses South Sea Pearls which are from Indonesia, Australia and the Phillipines, in his pearl jewelry. These are cultured. Some of these pearls are round, and some of freeform. The freeform pearls are often alluring and exquisite, and Michael enjoys using these in his creations.
Moonstones are also June birthstones.
Milky colored Moonstones are prized, and were sourced from Sri Lanka. These have a blue tinge, and are difficult to find. Typically Moonstones these days come from India, Madagaskar and the US, and can have different hues such as green, orange or brown. They are not very hard stones, and so much be treated with care lest they become damaged. Michael has made a number of Moonstone pieces.
Alexandrite. The Chamelean of Gemstones
Alexandrite was discovered in the mid 1800’s in Russia. It was named after the Russian Czar of the time, Alexander.
Alexandrite appears green to bluish green in daylight, and under incandescent lights (not as common as it used to be!) appears to be red to purple in color. This stone is rare and tends to be expenisve due to its rarity. Sometimes it can be synthesized or “grown” but even those stones are costly and tend to be priced out of the reach of most jewelry buyers.
If you are June baby, you get to choose your favorite June birthstone. Michael is happy to make your June Birthday wish come true. Just give him a call.