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Pearl is June’s birthstone–typically round, smooth and lustrous, but also available in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. Natural pearls are formed in the shells of mollusks, and are quite rare. Most pearl jewellery is made from cultured pearls, farmed mainly in parts of Asia and Australia. Pearls are a symbol of purity and have been worn for centuries around the world. As they are delicate and easily chipped, they require special care and handling.
Alexandrite is another of June’s birthstones, a very rare and expensive gemstone that changes colour in different lighting.
Brazil is the largest producer of alexandrite. It is also found in Russia, India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
A relatively modern gem, alexandrite was identified in 1834, on the 16th birthday of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, after whom the stones was named. The colours of the stone are green and red–also the colour of the Russian imperial guard.
When seen in daylight or fluorescent lighting, alexandrite is in the green range, with a tint of blue, yellow, brown or even gray. Under incandescent light, it turns a soft shade of red with a hint of purple, orange or brown. This unique optical property has made it one of the more valuable stones, especially in fine qualities.
Alexandrite requires no special care, but as with all gemstones, should be stored individually to protect it from scratches or chips.