June Birthstone: Pearl + Moonstone
A classic gemstone known for its natural opalescent beauty, Pearls have been used as adornment for centuries. Dating back at least as far as ancient Greece and the Middle East, where they believed pearls were tears of the gods fallen from heaven. This enchanting gem, meaning "sweet simplicity", has long been associated with purity + humility and was traditionally given as a wedding gift.
Pearls are a rather soft gemstone, with a 2.5-3 on the Mohs Scale of hardness. We recommend storing your pearl jewelry separately from your other jewels and only clean with a soft cloth.
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Moonstone is the best-known gem of the feldspar group of minerals. It is renowned for its adularescence, the light that appears to billow across a gemstone, giving it a special glow with flashes of blues, greys, purples, and sometimes greens. This June birthstone has been associated with both the Roman and Greek lunar deities. Hindu mythology claims that it is made of solidified moonbeams. Moonstone is often associated with love, passion and fertility; it is believed to bring great luck.
Moonstones are still soft, but much harder than Pearls with a 6-6.5 on the Mohs Scale of hardness.
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