In ancient Mythology the pearl has been connected to the moon mainly because of its soft glowing appearance and the belief that pearls were formed from the teardrops of the moon that fell into the sea. The pearl, throughout history, has also come to symbolize various traits though to reflect those individuals born in the month of June. Such virtues include purity, wisdom, charity and loyalty.
In ancient Greece, it was believed that pearls had the power to prevent newly wed brides from crying and to promote happiness among all those who wore them. More than 2,000 years ago, ancient Chinese believed pearls had the power to perpetuate eternal youth. Even to this day, pearls are often ground up and used in Chinese cosmetics and serums to promote youthful looking skin.
The qualities that make the pearl special also make it a perfect gift for the woman born in June. The gift of jewelry made from cultured pearls not only celebrates a woman’s birthday, but gives a woman a lifetime treasure, steeped in historical lore and tradition.
Alexandrite is a rare chrysoberyl variety with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, but changes to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame.
Alexandrite’s dramatic color change is sometimes described as: “Emerald by day, Ruby by night.” Other gems also change color in response to a change in light source, but this gem’s transformation is so striking that the phenomenon itself is often called “the Alexandrite effect.”
Abundant Alexandrite deposits were first discovered in 1830, in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Those first Alexandrites were of very fine quality, and displayed vivid hues and dramatic color changes. The gem is named after the young Czar Alexander II.
Because of its scarcity, especially in larger sizes, Alexandrite is a relatively expensive member of the chrysoberyl family. Its shares its designation as a June birthstone with Cultured pearl.