While pearl is the most common birthstone for June, alexandrite is considered an alternative. Pearls - The Basics Considered a classic in the jewelry world, pearls are an elegant and timeless natural wonder. A pearl possesses a unique iridescent quality unlike any other stone or gem. Pearls are made up of layer upon layer of lustrous nacre produced within mollusk shells. Because pearls are so seldom found in nature, humans have created a system of producing cultured pearls. In this process, tiny irritants are inserted inside the mollusk shell. As nacre builds up around the irritants over time, beautiful cultured pearls are created. Almost all pearls you find in stores today are cultured. Cultured pears are especially soft and vulnerable. When getting dressed, your cultured pearls should be the last item you put on and the first item you take off. Makeup, hair spray, perfume and other chemicals are very harmful to cultured pearls. It's a good idea to wipe them with a clean, damp cloth after each use to remove build-up of dirt and oil. Also, make sure your pearls are completely dry before putting them away. Hot water, steam, extreme temperatures and ultra-sonic cleaners should be avoided as well. Meaning Purity is the most common connotation for pearls. This interpretation can extend to a pure heart or an authentic personality. In Greek mythology, pearls are the result of Aphrodite's tears of joy, and thus, are a representation of love and happiness. SHOP CULTURED PEARLS »
Alexandrite - The Basics Alexandrite has the unique ability to change colors depending on the light source. During the day, alexandrite can take on a green hue. In incandescent light, it can change to a purplish red. This stone's namesake is none other than Alexander II of Russia, whose birthday fell on the day of this unique discovery. Meaning Alexandrite is thought to bring harmony and good fortune to the wearer. It is also perceived to have the power to influence positivity and good, particularly when it comes to one's health. SHOP ALEXANDRITE »
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