If you’re a June birthday girl or are shopping for one, you have lots of options when it comes to birthstone jewelry.
Pearl and moonstone are two of June’s birthstones, and both of these gems have a rich history and unique beauty. Birthstone jewelry also makes a heartfelt gift for a new mom who has had a June baby. Here’s the scoop on June’s extraordinary birthstones:
June Birthstone History
For centuries pearls were the most valuable gem. They were treasured in ancient cultures around the world, and the 1500s of Tudor England were known as the Pearl Age. Ancient Chinese cultures believed that wearing pearls protected you from fire and dragons, and other cultures have associated them with chastity and modesty. In Victorian England small seed pearls were often used in mourning jewelry to symbolize tears.
In the early 1900s people in Asia discovered how to create cultured pearls by carefully placing a small nucleus into a living oyster, which then forms a pearl around the nucleus. Since the invention of the culturing technique, which allows pearls to be created in oyster farms, pearls have become less expensive than they once were. However, these lustrous gems are as beautiful as ever, whether cultured or wild-harvested, saltwater or freshwater, luminous white or one of the many other colors in which pearls naturally occur. Pearls are incredibly versatile, at once a go-to accessory for First Ladies and society matrons and beloved by cutting-edge fashion lovers like Rihanna.
Moonstone exhibits an almost magical, multicolored glow called adularescence, caused by light scattering between the mineral’s internal layers. This dreamy quality made it popular with artistic Art Nouveau jewelers, and moonstone is frequently seen in jewelry from that design era. It regained popularity during the hippie era of the 1960s and 70s, because of its otherworldly appearance.
Hindu mythology has said that moonstone is made of moonbeams, and many other cultures connect moonstone with moonlight because its multi-hued glow resembles the look of moonlight on the water or seen through thin clouds. With the recent popularity of vampire stories moonstone has had some big pop culture moments: The character Bella wears a moonstone ring in the film versions of the Twilight series, and rumor has it that True Blood star Anna Paquin’s real-life engagement ring features a moonstone (though some sources say that the center gem is a rough cut diamond, and the star hasn’t spilled the details).
June Birthstone Jewelry: Pearl
Pearls are prized for their natural beauty, rarity, and unique appeal. Pearls grow naturally in mollusks. Pearls can vary in color, from a bright white, to peach and pink, and even to deep blues and greys, all with a luminous and satin sheen. They are known to evoke light, warmth, and love, and make the perfect gift for those born in June. This June birthstone looks great in modern designs, but we also love vintage pearl jewelry.
Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Strand Necklace
This classic necklace features a strand of the highest quality cultured Akoya pearls. These elegant, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty. Pearls are hand-knotted with silk cord for extra security.
Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings
A beautifully matched pair of premium Akoya cultured pearls are mounted on classic white gold push back posts, exuding elegance and beauty.
Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Strand Bracelet
This classic bracelet features a strand of the highest quality cultured Akoya pearls. These stunning, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine.
Sea of Cortez Cultured Pearl Pendant with Diamond Accent
This mesmerizing cultured pearl pendant has a milgrained diamond accent and hangs from a beautiful 18″ cable chain. The eco-friendly pearl has a rich bright luster, and shimmers with a spectrum of iridescent hues.
The Kanen Earrings
These precious modern estate earrings feature two oval-shaped cultured pearls, each hanging from a beautifully crafted 14K white gold setting.
The Lyndsey Ring
Utterly spectacular, this Victorian-style ring features a diamond shape decorated with round cultured pearl accents set in 18K yellow gold for a chic look.
June Birthstone Jewelry: Moonstone
Moonstones are recognized for their stunning earthy glow. They range from very translucent to opaque in appearance. Their beauty is often described as mysterious or otherworldly. Vintage moonstone jewelry makes for a magical June birthday gift.
The Briggs Ring
Classic and timelessly chic, this Edwardian-style ring features a lustrous moonstone set with unmistakable vintage allure.
The Kit Ring
Utterly unique, this Victorian ring from the 1880’s showcases a mesmerizing oval-shaped moonstone set in sculpted metal details.
The Kier Ring
A moonstone is surrounded by a halo of sapphire cabochons in this Retro-era ring
The Joann Ring
A stunning round cultured pearl is set in a classic 18K yellow gold Victorian-era setting.
The Mendel Ring
Dating from the 1830’s, this extremely rare and unique Georgian-era ring showcases a natural pearl placed amongst a bursting sterling silver halo of diamond accents, all resting atop a lustrous 10K rose gold band.
The Del NorteRing
This majestic Art Nouveau ring effortlessly holds three exquisite cabochon moonstones set between waves of warm 10K yellow gold.