Birthstone pics via Photobucket. Birthstone info via American Gem Society.
Yep, the title of this post is correct. June has not one, not two, but three birthstones! The Pearl is the stone that usually counts as June’s birthstone, but June also counts Alexandrite and Moonstone as its birthstones.
The most common one is the Pearl. Pearl is the only stone that comes from sea creatures, most often from oysters but sometimes from clams and mussels. The beauty of pearls also comes naturally – no cutting or polishing is required of the pearl. Since the 1920s, pearls are almost always cultured instead of natural. While pearls can come in a variety of colors, the most common are white, cream, black, silver, and gray.
The second gemstone is the Alexandrite. Alexandrite was “first discovered in Russia in 1831” and is named after its czar during the time, Alexander II. Out of the three birthstones, Alexandrite is the most rare. It has chameleon-like qualities and change color from green to red-violet. Since this is a rare gemstone, most Alexandrite are synthetic.
Last, but not least, we have the Moonstone, which is my favorite out of the three birthstones. The moonstone was named by Roman historian, Pliny. Pliny believed that this gemstone changed colors based on the phases of the moon. In India, the moonstone is considered sacred and is believed to bring good fortune. Moonstones can come in white, blue, green, peach, and champagne.
Here’s what I wore. Since I don’t wear pearls, I wore my beaded necklace, made from onyx. I don’t have pearls, but I do have a moonstone:
Here is yesterday’s makeup. I went for dark eyes and dark lips, with a little shimmery eyeshadow primer. This primer is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay. The shade I’m wearing is “Minor Sin”:
It looks like I finally moved my butt and posted June’s birthstones – and the month’s just started. Stay tuned for my upcoming post on June’s birth flower. We’ll see what I can come up with.
Love & Shimmies,