- There is only one other month of the year that boasts three birthstones. December’s birthstones are turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.
- The pearl is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs Gemini and Cancer.
- Pearls are organic gemstones created when a tiny irritant such as sand enters a mollusk’s shell. The mollusk secretes nacre to coat the object, and the layers become pearls.
- You can tell if a pearl is real by sliding it across your teeth. If it’s gritty, it’s probably real.
- Around 90 percent of pearls are cultured, meaning they are made by mollusks under controlled conditions,and are difficult to differentiate from naturally occurring pearls.
- Shortly after her death in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s La Peregrina pearl necklace was purchased at her "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor" Christie's auction for $11.8 million — the highest amount any pearl has ever sold for at auction.
- The largest natural pearl was discovered in Patterson, NJ.
- Alexandrite is a rare gemstone made of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes from green to red in incandescent light.
- The Alexandrite was named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II, and was the national stone of old Imperial Russia.
- Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance was altered with the phases of the moon — that belief held until some time after the 16th century.
- The blue seen in moonstones is not mineral color, but a form of iridescence from multi-layer interference of light known as adularescence.
Monday, June 2, 2014
June has not one, but three birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. In this issue of Adina’s Newsletter, find out some interesting information about the fascinating and unusual birthstones of June: