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June Birthstone Highlight: Alexandrite

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Most months typically only have one birthstone associated with them. But those born in the month of June are part of the lucky few who can claim multiple different birthstones. In fact, there are three June birthstones: pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite. Pearl is considered the more traditional June birthstone, while moonstone and alexandrite are modern alternatives. If you’re a June baby or are simply shopping for one, you have an abundance of different choices when it comes to birthstone jewelry.

The fun thing about gemstones is they all hold different meaning and symbolism. And that’s the best part about giving birthstone jewelry as a birthday gift. Not only is it a beautiful gesture, but it can also hold a deeper meaning which gives more sentimentality to the gift. Let’s take a closer look into each of the June birthstones to help you decide which would be the perfect gift for your June-born loved one.

Two diamond rings & an Alexandrite ring
Alexandrite Ring

Alexandrite: June's Modern Birthstone

Alexandrite is one of the most unique gemstones out there. Remember the mood rings we all used to wear when we were younger? Well, Alexandrite is the fine jewelry version of those mood rings. Although it was temperature that changed the color of the mood rings, this gorgeous June birthstone changes color in different sources of light.

In daylight, Alexandrite displays a greenish-bluish hue. But once brought into incandescent lighting, its color changes to a purplish-red. Alexandrite ranks 8.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making it perfect for everyday wear. It is because of its durability and its unique color changing abilities that fine alexandrite can be one of the more costly gemstones in the world.

But it is a gemstone that is well worth the price tag. Not only is it one of the most eye-catching of the June birthstone, it also holds many different meanings. Alexandrite is believed to strengthen intuition, aid creativity, and expand the imagination. It is also said to bring peace and positivity, so it is the perfect gemstone for any happy-go-lucky June baby.

If you have pearl, alexandrite, or moonstone jewelry that you need appraised for insurance or estate purposes, don’t hesitate to contact the San Diego Gemological Laboratory! Our independent appraiser, Elliot Grunwald, is a Graduate Gemologist from GIA. You can read more about appraisal types and rates here. However, if you’re looking to purchase pearl, alexandrite, or moonstone jewelry for a June birthday, visit Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. They carry a varied selection of beautiful gemstone jewelry to fit every style and budget.