June Birthstone Alternatives

More June Magic!

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!

Click HERE to read more about Alexandrite!

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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!

Click HERE to read more about Moonstone!

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*blog post written by B for Westdale Jewellers*

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