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June Birthstone - Alexandrite & Pearl




Alexandrite is the color change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl.  In incandescent or candlelight it turns to a purplish or brownish red color. In fluorescent or daylight it turns to a green or a blue-green color.  Due to this change poets have given it the description of "emerald by day and ruby by night".

Alexandrite received its name from Alexander II, Czar of Russia, because it has been said that Alexandrite was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia on his birthday in 1830.

  • Specific Gravity: 3.73

  • Refractive Index: 1.746-1.755

  • Hardness: 8.5

  • Alexandrite Color: Strong green, greyish purple, and greenish blue

  • Countries of Origin: Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Brazil

  • Wedding Anniversary Gift: 55th year

Wearing Conditions: The hardness and toughness of Alexandrite eliminate the need for special care.

Cleaning Conditions: Cleaning Alexandrites either by ultrasonic or store bought cleaner is safe.

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June Birthstone - Pearl

Pearls in all their varieties are probably the most versatile "gemstone" in a girls' jewelry wardrobe.  Different colors, shapes, combinations, and more!

  • Specific Gravity: 22.6-2.85

  • Refractive Index: 1.52-1.66

  • Hardness: 2.5-4.5

  • Pearl Color: White, pink, silver, cream, golden, green, blue, and black

  • Coutnries of Origin: Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Polynesia, and Tahiti.

Wearing Conditions: Pearls should be, "The last thing you put on, and the first thing you take off." Over time, Pearls will absorb body oils and dull. To slow this process it is recommended that you wipe pearls with a soft cloth after use.

Cleaning Conditions: Pearls should NOT be cleaned in an ultrasonic nor with any harsh chemicals. These chemicals, including toothpaste, can attack the nacre leaving the pearl dull. The best method to clean a pearl is with clear water, a soft brush, and a mild detergent.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning.