"Honeymoon, keep a-shinin’ in June..."
The old tune reminds us that we’re approaching a season of weddings, receptions, and joyous celebration. Traditionally, pearl and alexandrite are used to mark June birthdays, and pearls are also a bridal favorite.
Pearls – Naturally Beautiful
Natural freshwater or saltwater pearls are quite rare, and a string of matched, perfectly round naturals very valuable indeed. Elizabeth Taylor knew that pearls can be quite exotic in both shape and color. Fortunately for ordinary mortals, there are cultured pearls. As with the naturally occurring type, cultured pearls vary in color and shape. The options range from creamy vanilla through pink, blue, green, and the famed black pearls of Tahitian origin. Shapes might be near-round or baroque. Whatever the choice, the bride’s special glow can be enhanced by any of these.
Alexandrite – Ruler’s Choice
The rare and expensive gemstone alexandrite has the exciting ability to display itself as either red or green, which may appeal to more extroverted June babies (or brides!). Its color depends on which type of light source (daylight, candlelight, fluorescent) it’s being viewed with. The first crystals of alexandrite were discovered in early 19th century Russia and named after the then czar, Alexander II. Today, the stone is mined in only a handful of locations around the world.