June birthstones

2015-06-24 06:00
In ancient Greece, pearls were thought to be formed when the tears of joy that fell from the eyes of goddess Aphrodite solidified.

In ancient Greece, pearls were thought to be formed when the tears of joy that fell from the eyes of goddess Aphrodite solidified. Photo: sourced

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THOSE born in the month of June have three very unique and exquisite gems as their birthstone - pearl, Alexandrite and moonstone. Pearl is the only gem that is organic in nature, occurring in certain living mollusc shells and at times is considered to be as precious as diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Pearl signifies faithfulness, friendship and loyalty and is considered a symbol of purity, chastity and modesty while Alexandrite is associated with good omens and good luck.

In fact, Alexandrite is believed to strengthen the intuition and creativity of the wearer and creates a balance between the physical and spiritual world.

Moonstone, the third June birthstone, signifies longevity and good health and is a talisman for safe travel. In ancient Greece, pearls were thought to be formed when the tears of joy that fell from the eyes of goddess Aphrodite solidified - it was widely used to prepare medicines and believed to be a cure for insanity and also considered to be effective in treating health issues related to the stomach, heart and spleen, calms the mind and prevents hysteria, promoting mental stability.

Alexandrite is thought to heighten the intuitive capacity to such an extent that the wearer may often be able to predict an event. It has exotic green shades in daylight but an original one will change to a reddish purple colour when held under incandescent light. The stone has extremely calming properties and balances the emotional state of the wearer. It is especially helpful to balance the functioning of the circulatory system.

Moonstone is a very sacred stone in India, and this gem is believed to house a spirit that brings good fortune, and occurs in shades of peach, blue, green and champagne. This gem serves to balance the digestive system and purges the body of toxins.

Alexandrite is valued based on the extent of colour change, cut and clarity and a finely cut Alexandrite can be as expensive as a high-quality diamond.

The value of pearls depends on whether it is natural or cultured - its size, shape, colour and lustre.

For Moonstone, an intense colour and high transparency indicate a superior quality. The stunning June gems - pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone are also associated with the star sign of Cancer

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