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!
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
Pictured above is an Alexandrite stone photographed under different lighting. The colour change occurs as a result of the lighting conditions.
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!
Pictured above are Alexite (Alexandrite synthetic) stones, set in sterling silver rings, photographed under different lighting conditions.
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.
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!
*blog post written by B for Westdale Jewellers*