June's Birthstones – Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite
How lucky are you people born in June – you have three birthstones! The pearl, moonstone and alexandrite are all associated with special properties for June babies. Let's investigate what each of June's birthstones means for you. We'll start with the beautiful shimmering pearl...
What is a pearl?
A pearl is an organic gemstone formed inside a mollusc. They can be tiny (seed pearls), irregularly shaped (baroque pearls), perfectly round, varied colours and sizes, and formed in either fresh water or salt water environments. You can learn more about how pearls are formed in our article on how to care for your pearls.
Unlike mineral gemstones that are graded by clarity and carat, pearls are graded by their surface quality and lustre; the natural glow of their smooth outer surface. Most pearls on the market today are cultured (specially produced in pearl farms under controlled conditions) but pearls found in wild caught molluscs are extremely rare and valuable.
You'd have to open hundreds and thousands of wild-caught molluscs to find a pearl, and of those, only around 5% are gem quality!
Did you know: Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures.
The largest pearl ever found is the Pearl of Puerto, weighing in at