A Look At Alexandrite, The June Birthstone
Each of the 12 months of the year has a gemstone associated with them, so whenever you were
born you will have a gemstone to represent these. They all have their own history behind them and people have different beliefs of the meanings behind them. Much like star signs, some people
believe in these more than others. However, one thing is agreed – these gemstones are beautiful. If you were in June then your birthstone is Alexandrite, which is actually one of the rarest gemstones we have.
A Little About Alexandrite
Alexandrite is really beautiful, however, one of the things that make it stand out against other
gemstones is the fact it changes colour. In the past, this precious stone has been known as the
& magic gem’ as it displays such a variety of colours. The range of colours this stone has really does change - right from a green colour to more of a raspberry blue, caused by the mixture of chemicals inside the stone. This colour changing property is unlike any other gemstone out there, which is what makes this June birthstone really unique.
As gemstones go, Alexandrite is actually one of our newer finds having only been known about for
the past 150 years. Before this, the pearl stone was seen as the birthstone for June, and people who follow a more traditional pattern of birthstone beliefs would still stand by this. Let’s be honest, they’re both beautiful stones so whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
What Does Alexandrite Symbolise?
This stone was founded in Russia and they believed this to be a fantastic omen. Therefore, it is no
surprise that Alexandrite is seen to bring good luck, fortune and love to its owners. Because of their good luck beliefs, Alexandrite is often seen as an aid to physical ailments too. So if you were born in June, you are seen to be very lucky indeed!
The Meaning Behind Pearls
Don’t worry, if you feel more of a connection with pearls to your birthstone, you won’t be
disappointed. The meaning behind pearls is wisdom and they are known very much for their calming effect. Thought to symbolise serenity they’re seen to strengthen the value of relationships and stone that conveys safety.
Looking After Your Gemstone
Whatever birthstone you have chosen, if you own one then you’ll want to make sure you look after
it. These gemstones can be costly to buy, but also as they symbolise so much they have a special
reason to be looked after. The great news is that it isn’t rocket science & looking after your
birthstone doesn’t need to be too stressful.
Both of these gemstones need to be kept away from extreme heat, especially Alexandrite as if they are subjected to heat this can hinder their colour change effect. If you choose to clean either of these then warm soapy water will usually be enough to do the job. If you do want to use something else then try to buy something especially for this – avoid household cleaners and bleaches at all costs.
Buying a Birthstone for a Loved One
If you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one, then a birthstone does make a lovely present.
When you give something like this, not only are you giving them something beautiful but you’re also showing that you have put thought into what to buy them. Things like this are often seen as
keepsakes, so you’re buying them something that they’re likely to get joy from for many years to
come. On top of that, if you know someone that is celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary then pearl represents this milestone so it can also make a lovely gift for this occasion too.
When you come to by high-quality jewellery, you really should make sure that you buy from a
reputable dealer. There are lots of people that offer to sell jewellery, but something like this is an
investment and you really want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for.
Make sure you check out how reputable they are, do they offer certificates of authentication? What customer reviews do they have? What guarantees do they offer? Make sure you ask them as many questions as you would like and see how they answer. Most reputable jewellers are passionate about gemstones like this so will be keen to help with your purchase and will want to make sure you are nothing less than over the moon with the piece of jewellery you decide to buy.