If you are lucky enough to be born in June, you have three birthstones to choose from–Alexandrite, Pearl, or Moonstone.  No month has more options.  Yet as a young girl born in early June, I was actually disappointed in my birthdate.  Yes, the weather was nice and, yes, summer vacation was right around the corner, but how could I be happy with that pale purple birthstone called Alexandrite?  No one explained the other options to me.  No one told me about the special gift of true Alexandrite.   I remember wishing I’d been born just a few days earlier, so that I could have May’s Emerald birthstone.   That vivid green was so much more ME!

There is a big difference between real Alexandrite and the simulated Alexandrite featured in every inexpensive birthstone ring of my youth.  Named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia, Alexandrite was discovered on his birthday in the early 1830s.  It is very rare, especially in large sizes.  What’s amazing about this gem stone is its ability to change color.  When viewed in natural daylight, Alexandrite is a shade of green or blue-green.  But at night, in incandescent light, the same stone is violet, red, or purple.  Quite romantic, huh?  I wish I’d known that when I was young.

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If Alexandrite isn’t what you’re looking for, think about pearls.  Pearls are organic and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.   They are less rare and expensive than Alexandrite.  Because of the many varieties, treatments, and the complicated grading process, you can spend a lifetime learning about pearls.  Exotic and classic at the same time, pearls are a perennial favorite.

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Finally, if you want special meaning attached to your gemstone, Moonstone might be the birthstone for you.  It’s considered good luck, especially for lovers, because it’s said to arouse love and passion.  Moonstone is known for calming nerves, strengthening resolve, and guarding against recklessness.  And, to top it off, the stone is beautiful withits gentle sheen.  It comes in soft tones of white, blue, peach, gray or green.

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So, feel blessed if you’re born in June.  In addition to nice weather and summer vacation, you have GREAT birthstones to choose from!  Lucky you!!