June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. June's birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite, one of the most valuable gems on earth.
Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells- usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. While any shelled mollusk can technically make a pearl, only two groups of bivalve mollusks (or clams) use mother-of-pearl to create the iridescent "nacreous" pearls that are valued in jewelry.
These rare gems don't require any polishing to reveal their natural luster. Because perfectly round, smooth natural pearls are so uncommon, the word "pearl" can refer to anything rare and valuable. The finest pearls have a reflective luster, making them appear creamy white with an iridescent sheen that casts many colorful hues.
Come in and see our selection of gemstone jewelry or select a stone to make your very own one-of-a-kind piece!