Sell With a Story: June Birthstone Guide - Stuller Blog (2024)

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  • Taylor Dizor
  • June 7, 2024

Experience the wonder and awe inspired by Alexandrite, Pearl, and Moonstone.

June is a unique month within the world of birthstones, offering a trio of enchanting options: Alexandrite, Pearl, and Moonstone. Each carries its own distinct beauty and rich history, providing diverse and captivating options. Whether a customer is enthralled by the remarkable color-changing properties of Alexandrite, the timeless elegance and organic nature of Pearl, or the ethereal glow of Moonstone, there is a stunning and one-of-a-kind option out there to celebrate all born in June.

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The History and Meaning of June Birthstones


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Alexandrite was first discovered during the 1830s in Russia’s Ural Mountains. It was named after Czar Alexander II and quickly gained popularity for its stunning color-changing properties. When viewed in natural or fluorescent lighting, Alexandrite appears in a lovely green color; however, it appears reddish purple when viewed in incandescent light. Although newly mined Alexandrite comes primarily from Brazil, Sri Lanka, and East Africa, the finest quality stones with the most beautiful color display come from 19th century Russia.

Beyond its physical allure, Alexandrite carries a rich lore and symbolism. Often associated with duality and balance due to its dramatic color changes, Alexandrite is believed to enhance intuition and creativity, bringing harmony between the physical and spiritual worlds. In the metaphysical sense, it is thought to promote emotional resilience and self-confidence, making it a powerful talisman for transformation and growth.


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Pearls have captivated humans for thousands of years, symbolizing wealth and status across ancient civilizations. The oldest record of Pearls dates back to 2206 B.C. in China. Prized by royalty and the affluent in Asia and Europe, pearls were often passed down through generations. Major historical sources included the Persian Gulf, waters around Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka), Chinese rivers and lakes, and European rivers. The discovery of New World Pearls by Christopher Columbus in the late 15th century further fueled European demand, but overfishing and Pearl culturing in the early 20th century led to the decline of natural sources.

Pearls are rich in symbolism and lore, embodying the mystery and life-giving nature of water. Many cultures linked Pearls to the moon, attributing mystical qualities to them. In ancient China, Pearls were believed to offer protection from fire and dragons, while in Europe, they symbolized modesty, chastity, and purity. Their timeless beauty made Pearls a wedding staple, often given to brides as symbols of purity and innocence. Pearls were also thought to have healing properties, with ancient traditions claiming they could bestow long life, lasting prosperity, and alleviate various ailments. These beliefs have cemented Pearls as treasures steeped in meaning and reverence.

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Known for its adularescence — a captivating light effect that appears to glide across the stone — Moonstone has been cherished for its unique glow. The finest Moonstone exhibits a blue sheen against a colorless background. Throughout history, Moonstone has been featured in the works of great designers from the Art Nouveau era and saw renewed popularity during the 1960s “flower child” movement and the New Age designs of the 1990s. Major sources of Moonstone include India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar, Tanzania, and parts of the United States like New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Many cultures have associated this gemstone with moonlight, attributing its adularescence to the mystical glow of the moon. In Hindu mythology, it is believed to be made of solidified moonbeams, and it is often linked with love, passion, fertility, and good fortune. Legends suggest that holding a Moonstone in one’s mouth during a full moon can reveal the future. Historically called adularia after Mt. Adular in Switzerland — one of the first sources of high-quality Moonstone — this gemstone has long been a symbol of ethereal beauty and mystical powers.

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Did You Know?

Not only do the June birthstones hold significance for this particular month, but Alexandrite is the traditional symbol for the 18th wedding anniversary, and Pearl celebrates both the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries.

How to Care for June Birthstones

Alexandrite is a member of the chrysoberyl species of minerals. As such, it ranks at an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and possesses a toughness rating of excellent. With these considerations in mind as well as the fact that it is generally stable around heat and chemicals, Alexandrite is an ideal gemstone for daily wear. When cleaning, it is also usually safe with ultrasonic and steam cleaners.


Unlike most other gemstones, Pearl does not belong to a mineral species because it is a biogenic product produced by many species of mollusks. As a result, Pearls generally lack the durability that most gem-quality stones used in jewelry exhibit. Pearl ranks at a 2.5–4 on the Mohs hardness scale and has a toughness rating of fair to good. It should avoid exposure to heat, chemicals, and intense lighting, and should never be used with ultrasonic or steam cleaners.

While Pearls are not generally as durable as other gemstones, they are still highly prized and can withstand enough wear to be handed down throughout generations.


As a member of the orthoclase feldspar species, Moonstone has certain care considerations that should be kept in mind. It has a Mohs hardness rating of 6–6.5 and a toughness rating of poor. It is stable with light, however, it should avoid exposure to heat and chemicals. Never use Moonstone with an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. If taken care of properly, no one should be concerned about the safety of their Moonstone.

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Want to learn more about the colorful world of gemstones? Visit Stuller’s Gemstone Information Center to see a rainbow of options along with fun facts, care tips, and helpful resources.

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Choosing June Birthstone Jewelry

One of the best aspects of June birthstone jewelry is the flexibility it allows. From variety in color between stones to price point variances with all stones, there truly is an option for everyone. At the end of the day, it’s the story and visual appeal that sells each customer on their perfect piece.

Alexandrite sells itself with its captivating color-changing properties. Pairing it with either yellow or white metals will result in intriguing color displays.

Pearl is a timeless classic that is truly appreciated by all. From traditional strands to modern designs, Pearl is a versatile birthstone that will remain a favorite in every jewelry collection.

Moonstone catches the eye due to its adularescence. It is most complimented by white gold and platinum, which helps reflect the visual romance that pairs perfectly with its rich lore.

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Shining in Visual Wonder

Alexandrite, Pearl, Moonstone —a stunning array of birthstones that strike the viewer with awe and inspiration. Each gemstone carries a unique history, meaning, and appeal that creates a rich tapestry of choices for those born in June. Let your customers embrace the charm and allure of these captivating gemstones.


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Taylor Dizor

Staff Writer

Taylor holds degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as multiple certifications from GIA. His years in the wedding industry and love of fashion trends helps him write content for the on-trend and creative jeweler.

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