If you're born in June, you're in luck, as June is one of just three months in the year that has three birthstones. Those stones are pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone, and each has its own history and spiritual significance. Before you decide on your favorite June birthstone take some time to learn a bit more about each stone? Here’s your June birthstone guide! 

What are June's Birthstones?

  1. Pearl - Most popular June birthstone. Affordable.  Mined in Australia, Burma, Brazil, Cambodia.
  2. Alexandrite - Very Expensive but stunning. Mined in Russia, Brazil, and Shri Lanka
  3. Moonstone - Affordable. Actually Glows. Mined in the US

Why does June have 3 birthstones?

In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers of America met to standardize birthstones. At this time it was decided that June would have two birthstones: pearl and moonstone. This list was then expanded in 1952 by the Jewelry Industry Council of America, who added alexandrite.

Pearl - Most popular June Birthstone

The only gemstone formed by a living creature (the oyster), pearls are often thought of as the primary birthstone for June.  Pearls are made of calcium carbonate, just like the shells of the oysters they come from.  In theory, any mollusk can produce a pearl, but very few can produce gem-quality examples. Many pearls are now grown by stimulating the host mollusk to secrete the nacre solution required to build the pearl layers. These are less expensive than natural pearls and have the name cultured pearls. 

Alexandrite - Most Expensive June Birthstone

Alexandrite is the most expensive and sought after birthstone for June babies. This gem can transform from a blue-green color in daylight to a purplish red in artificial light, giving it an air of mystery and intrigue. It’s no wonder this gem is so highly coveted by gift buyers. Let’s take a closer look at why Alexandrite makes the perfect June birthstone.

Moonstone - Most Lovely June Birthstone

This gemstone marries characteristics from both pearls and alexandrite to offer a milky-white shimmer with flecks of color-changing enchantment. Moonstone is rooted in mysticism. The Greeks associated moonstone with the lunar entities of Phoebe and Artemis. While middle eastern countries view it as a symbol of fertility and vitality. It is said to bring good fortune and is used by a lot of trendy jewelry makers to create the perfect birthday gift for those that have birthdays in June.

Dearest fellow Gem-Geek

I hope you enjoyed the stories about your gem. Thank you for taking a deep dork dive with me into the world of gems. Myth, mystery, legend, lore, and healing benefits are all wrapped up into these stunning little packages.

It is amazing to me that each piece of jewelry (metal and gemstone) has a very very old story (sometimes billions of years old) that started before you.

The History of your piece starts with your gemstones. Where are they found? How are they formed? How do they heal and protect us? I hope you enjoy this as much as I.

-Your Fellow Gem Nerd,

Erin Gallagher