by John Brana June 05, 2023
For those fortunate to be born in June, a plethora of stunning June birthstones await to be discovered. Among these are the timeless pearls and the enchanting moonstones. Pearls, with their unique luster, can be imaginatively fashioned into a variety of jewelry pieces, including brooches, earrings, necklaces, and rings. On the other hand, moonstones, with their distinctive iridescence, can be polished, carved, or set into virtually any jewelry design. Both of these gems offer a unique aesthetic appeal when incorporated into June birthstone jewelry.
Pearls have been a symbol of elegance and sophistication for centuries. The 1500s, often referred to as 'the pearl age,' saw an unprecedented admiration for this gem, first in the Roman Empire and later in Tudor England. The uniqueness of pearls lies in their natural formation - they are the only gems produced by living sea creatures and require no additional polishing or faceting to reveal their inherent beauty. Pearls are formed when an irritant gets trapped within a mollusk, which then coats the irritant with a substance known as nacre, resulting in the creation of a mesmerizing pearl.
While pearls can occur naturally, they can also be cultured or man-made. Regardless of their origin, pearls possess a delicate luster that ranks them among the most coveted gemstones. Their color varies depending on the species of mollusk and the environment in which they are formed, offering a spectrum of shades from gray, cream, black, yellow, blue, green, lavender, to mauve. The world's largest pearl, the Pearl of Asia, measures three-inches in length, two-inches in width, and weighs one-third of a pound, a testament to the grandeur of this gem.
With a mystique as intriguing as their name suggests, moonstones are a variety of feldspar that have captivated jewelry lovers for centuries. Named by Pliny, a Roman natural historian, moonstones are believed to change their appearance with the phases of the moon. The interplay of feldspar and albite layers gives moonstones their characteristic textured appearance. Often seen in hues of blue and white, moonstones bear a striking resemblance to scratched blue glass.
Jewelry featuring moonstones is a perfect choice for those who are drawn to the mystical and those who favor the cool tones of winter. In India, moonstones are revered as sacred gemstones, often displayed against a yellow backdrop, a sacred color. They are believed to house a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune, making them an excellent choice for June birthstones.
John S Brana, based in San Francisco, is the founder of John S Brana Handmade Jewelry with over two decades of expertise in crafting distinctive handcrafted pieces. Transitioning from a finance and banking career in 2004, John manages everything from design to marketing. His modern, urban-inspired creations have graced fashion editorials, resonating with stylish, adventurous enthusiasts who value exquisite craftsmanship and luxury. Every piece narrates a distinct tale, mirroring the wearer's individuality.
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