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Moonstone...June's birthstone

May 31, 2015

Most people associate the Pearl with the month of June. There are actually three gemstones recognized as the birthstone of June, Pearl, Alexandrite, & the Moonstone.

 

The Moonstone "was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century.  A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat's eye. Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune.  Part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne.
The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar,
and Madagascar are also sources." http://www.americangemsociety.org/june-birthstones

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