Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite – June’s Birthstones

Beliefs, Mythology

Pearls have long been a symbol of purity. Pearls, or moon stones, were thought to be tears of joy from the Gods in years past, and the favorite of Cleopatra.  They are mainly associated with purity and passion

Moonstones are thought to bring luck. Hindus once believed them to be solidified moonbeams.

Alexandrite bring luck as well luck for the wearer, especially in Russia where their hues matched the military colors.

Color

Pearls come in a wide variety of colors including gold, green, and blue to black.

Moonstone is colorless and semi-transparent, which often gives it a faint blue or opalescent hue.

Alexandrite is known to change colors (based on the lighting). It is green in the sunlight, and red in lamplight.

Etymology

In ancient language, the word Pearl meant sea mussel, and referred to the shape of the stone.

Moonstone derives its name from the sheen of its surface.

Alexandrite is found in the Ural mountains of Russia, and named after Tsar Alexander II.

Hardness

Pearl 2.5 – 4.5

Moonstone 6.0

Alexandrite 8.5

World Application

Moonstone and Alexandrite gemstones are used for jewelry, where as Pearl are used mostly in jewelry and clothing. Crushed pearls are found in cosmetics, medicines and paints.

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