June Birthstone Alternatives

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So, you’ve got a birthday in June & pearls just aren’t your thing… No problem!  June is one of those wonderful months with not one-but TWO alternate birthstone options- Moonstone & Alexandrite!

June Birthstone

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is an extremely rare, and fairly modern gemstone.  “Often described by gem aficionados as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is the very rare color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl.” – GIA

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Pictured above is an Alexandrite stone photographed under different lighting.  The colour change occurs as a result of the lighting conditions.

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Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830!

Alexandrite was named for Tsar Alexsander!

Alexite is one of the trade names for a synthetic Alexandrite. The colour shifts from light green to a mid-range pinkish-red.  All of the other properties are identical with the natural stone, but at a fraction of the price of the real gem! [pictured is Alexite in mid colour transition]

Alexandrite (& Alexite) are June birthstone alternatives!

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Pictured above are Alexite (Alexandrite synthetic) stones, set in sterling silver rings, photographed under different lighting conditions.

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Moonstone is a beautiful gemstone that derives its name from the optical phenomenon called iridescence, which creates a ‘moon-like sheen’ that dances across the surface of the stone.

Similar to opal or labradorite, this effect is a very sought-after quality when it comes to gemstones in jewellery.

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Moonstone has been used in jewellery for over 2000 years!

Moonstone was a hugely popular choice in the Art Deco period!

Moonstone is referred to as a “stone of protection” & is believed to bring energies of love & abundance!

Moonstone is a June birthstone alternative!

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*blog post written by B for Westdale Jewellers*

pretty pretty pearls

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June’s birthstone…The Pearl.coco chanel on pearls

Although this month sees two other gemstones (Alexandrite & Moonstone) that are sometimes referred to as the “June birthstone”, the Pearl is the classic choice for someone born in the month of June.

…Though you do not have to have a June birthday to be a pearl fan!  In fact, you are amongst some quite fashionable & fabulous fanatics!

Elizabeth Taylor, Coco Chanel, Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Lady Sarah Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe….

…the list goes on & on!

 

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May Birthstone: Emerald

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The May Birthstone

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May.  Happy birthday to all the emerald May babies!

Emerald is found in the Southern hemisphere, primarily in two locations. The African stones are a bluer hue and typically contain black chromite inclusions. The Colombian / Brazilian stones span the borders of the two countries and more often contain White Calcite inclusions. Both typically have a “Jardin” or “garden” of flaws. Emerald is a gem from Biblical times and continues to remain popular today.

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Gift Guide for Mother’s Day ~ Part 3

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This edition of #FashionFriday will be our final installment of the Gift Guide for Mother’s Day.

 Hopefully you have already scored yourself the perfect present for your mom, but if that’s not the case, don’t fear… Part 3 of our Mother’s Day gift guide is here!

If you missed part one & two, check them out too! 😉

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