June – Moonstones And Pearls

June is very lucky with possibly two of the most magical gemstones as its birthstones.

June - Moonstones And Pearls Sarah Hickey Jewellery

Moonstones are an incredibly unique gemstone. The Roman historian Pliny named moonstones and poetically wrote that the gem’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon.

They can be found in a variety of colours, from white to blue-grey to yellow and orange. Each colour is caused by different amounts of iron or titanium in the stone, which also causes their appearance to vary depending on how they’re cut. Composed of microscopic layers of feldspar that scatter light, thin layers of Moonstone produce a bluish sheen, while the thick layers look white.

They are found all over the world, but they’re especially popular in India. They have been discovered in every major era of human history: from prehistoric times to modern day times.

Moonstones are known as a “lunar gem” because of their ability to capture light and reflect it back at you. It is a member of the feldspar family, and is named after the moon because its colour changes depending on the light. The way they do this is similar to how moonlight reflects off the surface of water, making them a beautiful addition to any jewellery collection.

As its name implies, moonstone is closely associated with lunar mystery and magic. Its balancing energies can supposedly sync with the rhythms of nature, igniting passion between lovers.

Moonstone’s are known as the Traveler’s Stone, because it’s believed to provide protection at night for people on a trip. Some credit the stone with helping to provide a good night’s sleep and beautiful dreams as well as treating insomnia and sleepwalking.

The ancient Romans and the Greeks treasured the moonstone for it’s connection to their lunar gods. They believed the stone was formed from moonbeams.

June - Moonstones And Pearls Sarah Hickey Jewellery

Pearls are the only gem that is created by an animal. They are produced by oysters and mussels, who coat a grain of sand with layers of nacre, or mother-of-pearl. These layers form a protective barrier around the grain and make it smooth and round. The name pearl originates from the Latin word for leg, perna. It rather imaginatively is a reference to the leg-of-mutton shape of an open mollusk shell.

Pearls can be found in many colors, including white and black. The most common color for pearls is pink, but other shades include cream, yellow, green and blue. The rarest pearls are black pearls, which are found in Tahitian black-lipped oysters.

Pearls are believed to create a sense of balance and provide emotional healing. The gem is also associated with faithfulness, loyalty, modesty and purity. They have been used throughout history to help treat the digestive tract, maintain strong bones and brighten skin in the form of pearl powder.

Pearls have been used as jewellery for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks believed pearls were tears of the gods. Hindus thought pearls were tears of the moon. Tudor England became known as the Pearl Age, because the gem was so popular with nobility. In Ancient China, people believed that pearls had magical powers that could bring them wealth and good luck if they wore them just before going to bed at night or when they woke up in the morning. In fact, there’s an old Chinese saying that goes “A pearl at night ensures a dreamless sleep.”

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