June's Bountiful Birthstones

June's Bountiful Birthstones

A silver starfish, about one inch across, hangs from a string of large, round, white pearls, about one third inch in diameter. The six inch long strand of pearls extends with a silver chain. The necklace is lying on an old piece of wood.

The birthstones we associate with certain months now are not necessarily the same ones as in ancient times. Birthstone colors were once the most important feature of a stone. Ancients did not distinguish between a ruby and a garnet, for example. The names used in history may not relate to the stone we think of with that name today. For example, a sapphire in the Bible was probably what we know today as lapis and diamonds were probably white sapphire or white topaz. Birthstones have varied over time and in different cultures.


So, what is the birthstone for June? In fact, the question is more accurately put, what are the birthstones for June? It depends on who you ask and when you’re talking about. In modern times in the western world, pearls and moonstone are commonly viewed as June’s birthstones. In the U.S., alexandrite is accepted as an alternate. Traditionally, along with alexandrite, cat’s eye, turquoise and agate were the stones of the month. In ancient times, folks turned to emerald, agate, chalcedony and pearls! Hence the eight birthstones for the lucky month of June!


 With all of these choices, what color is June birthstone? The main birthstone color of June is white. Pearl, moonstone and chalcedony are white. However, the other birthstones for June come in other colors. Cat’s eye is yellow, turquoise blue, and agate can be any color; while alexandrite shifts from green to red, and back. If a secondary color of June birthstone has to be determined, that color would probably be green. Emerald is green, alexandrite is green some the time, and turquoise comes in shades of green. Furthermore, both pearl and moonstone have green-colored varieties.

 Three large white pearls spaced with two silver ribbon textured tube beads make a two and a half inch wide bar pendant that hangs on a slim black leather cord.

Pearls have long represented innocence and purity, and are known as the stone of sincerity. They enhance personal integrity and bring focus and balance, and to remove negative energy. Pearls align with the sixth or third eye chakra, Ajna, which is the center of intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. They are the birth stone of Gemini and Cancer, and the month of June.

A one inch long oval rainbow moonstone is set in sterling silver above a one half inch diameter round sky blue Sleeping Beauty turqoise. The pendant hangs on a sterling silver necklace of oval links that is embellished with a string of flat moonstone and turquoise heishi beads.

Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It enhances intuition and strength, and promotes inspiration. It calms and soothes the emotions. Moonstone is also believed to bring good fortune. June birthstone. It is associated with the sixth third eye chakra, also called the brow chakra, located on the forehead between the eyes, which is our ability to focus on and see the big picture. Rainbow moonstone is the birthstone of Cancer, Libra and Scorpio and the month of June.

Alexandrite inspires imagination, and enhances creativity and intuition. It has a cleansing and healing energy, bringing pleasure with the ability to see the beauty and joy in everyday life. Alexandrite increases confidence and self-esteem, and It encourages you to listen to your feelings. It helps to assess emotions and react appropriately and to maintain emotional balance.

A two inch long tear drop shaped sterling silver pendant holds a colorful laguna agate. The agate shows colors of deep plums, beiges and creams. The pendant hangs on a silver chain of oval link accented with white pearls and deep red garnet chips.

Agate is a rebalancing stone that helps harmonize body, mind and spirit. It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, dispels and transforms negativity. It enhances mental function, improves concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, heals inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety. Agate is a protective stone, it enhances courage, emotional strength and self-confidence. It is calming, healing, and balances yin/yang energy. It enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect. Agate is a healing stone for the first base chakra, Muladhara, which represents the foundation, stability security and basic needs. Agate is the birthstone of Gemini and Virgo.

Cat’s Eye is a protective stone, it dispels negative energy and transforms it into positive energy. It brings happiness and serenity, along with optimism, generosity and confidence.  It gives patience and strength when life is challenging. It can enhance intuition, awareness and creativity. Cat’s eye can attract good luck and prosperity. Traditionally it is believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

A woman's hand is hold a glass of wine. On the pointer finger is a sterling silver ring wth a large turquoise stone. The turquoise is a deep sky blue and is an oval shape, about one inch long. The stone is surrounded by a ring of tiny silver balls.

Turquoise has been treasured by civilizations around the world as far back as the Egyptians. It is believed to be a stone of purification, and will dispel negative energy. It is said to stabilize mood swings and to help bring inner calm. It is associated with the fourth heart chakra, Anahata, the middle chakra that unites the physical and spiritual chakras and is the source of love and connection, the fifth throat chakra, Vishuddha, the source of verbal expression and the ability to speak the highest truth, and the sixth third eye chakra, Ajna, the center of intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It is the birthstone of Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces, and of the month of December.

Chalcedony brings mind, body and spirit into alignment. It helps alleviate feelings of hostility, sadness and self-doubt, and helps increase feelings of kindness, generosity and self-confidence. It’s a stone of peace, pause, and putting the right words in the right order. Chalcedony stimulates the fifth throat chakra, Vishuddha, the source of verbal expression and the ability to speak the highest truth.

A double strand bracelet sits on a white and brown rock. In the front of the bracelet is a silver button with a green stone, a sage amethyst. The top strand of the bracelet is a two and a half inch strand of faceted deep green raw emeralds completed with a three inch strip of knotted polyester cording. The bottom strand is a row of large white round pearls finished with a strip of black leather cord.

Emerald enhances unconditional love and unity, and promotes friendship.  It focuses intention and raises consciousness.  Emerald helps release negativity and create positive actions and outcomes.  It strengthens memory and improves clarity of thought. It stimulates the fourth heart chakra, Anahata, the middle chakra that unites the physical and spiritual chakras and is the source of love and connection. It is the birthstone of Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Libra, and the month of May.

So, with so many choices, do you think you can pick just one?

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