Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Birthstone of the Month: June

According to Wikipedia A Pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty.

Greek believes that pearls were the hardened tears of joy that the goddess of love shook from her eyes as she was born from the sea.

Arab Legend said that pearls were formed when oysters were lured from the depths of the ocean by the beautiful moon and then swallowed moonlit drops

Ancient Chinese thought these gems came from the brains of dragons.

Sources of Pearls:
  • Persian Gulf
  • Japan
  • South Pacific Islands off northern Australia
  • Coasts of Panama
  • Venezuela
  • California
Colors: Pure white, Pink, Yellow, Gray and Black

They also come in different shapes and sizes

  • Symbol of purity and innocence

Other uses:
  • cosmetics
  • medicine to treat heart and stomach conditions

Alternate Birthstone(s) for the Month of June:

Moonstone a type of feldspar named because of its uncanny resemblance to the iridescent sheen of the moon.

Alexandrite A yellowish or brownish green in color, this gemstone has the unique characteristic of changing color to a red hue when exposed to a glowing light source, such as candlelight

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Debbie P.
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Sources: Wikipedia

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