Discover June’s Birthstones! Some of the world’s most fascinating people were born in June, so it’s only fitting that this month is celebrated with two exceptionally interesting gemstones. Alexandrite and pearls are both beautiful, and each has an origin story you’re going to love.
Amazing Alexandrite: An Emerald By Day, A Ruby By Night
Alexandrite is one of very few gemstones in the world that changes color based on the light. When you wear your alexandrite jewelry – check out the stunning bracelet above – the gems will appear to be a light lovely green in natural daylight. When the cocktail hour rolls around, exposure to indoor lighting means the alexandrite appears to be red.
Alexandrite was discovered deep in the Ural Mountains in 1830. The gem was named for the Czar, Alexander the Second. Alexander was quite a guy. His nickname was “the Liberator” as he was responsible for freeing all of Russia’s serfs. Today, in addition to being June’s birthstone, Alexandrite is also the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.
Our favorite piece of Alexandrite jewelry in the showroom now is the 18K White Gold Diamond and Alexandrite bracelet pictured above. It’s super elegant and lies beautifully on the wrist – and legends say that wearing alexandrite is a sure fire way to return joy to your life. Who could ask for anything more?
Pretty Pearls: Fashion Classic & Today’s Hottest Trend
Pearls occupy a special place in the jewelry world. Not only are they stunning, but they’re well sought after as June’s birthstone. The pearl is technically not a gemstone at all, as they originate in the ocean. Naturally occurring pearls are both very expensive and sometimes very strangely shaped: for the classic aesthetically pleasing perfect round pearl, you want a cultured pearl like the one featured in the ring shown above. The surrounding diamonds are definitely on trend this season: combining pearls with a little sparkle makes the pearl’s natural lustrous shine even more appealing.
Pearls naturally occur in a variety of colors, including classic white, ivory, pink, gray and black. Black pearls have become a fashion staple for the woman who likes to be fashion forward while still embracing classic style. Pearls are especially powerful worn as a suite – try pairing a ring like the one shown above with matching black pearl earrings; for the demi-parure look add a black pearl necklace or brooch.