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Moonstone – June Birthstone

February 19, 2019

There are actually three different birthstones for the month of June; pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Of these, pearl is perhaps the most well-known, but in my opinion moonstone is the most spectacular.

Moonstone has a distinct shine, which many cultures throughout time have connected with the celestial and the shine of moonbeams, with Roman historian Pliny believing it would change appearance with the phases of the moon – a common belief going as far as the 16th Century. It’s not hard to understand why this belief may have proved so popular – the irridescent sheen of moonstone is truly mesmerising and eye-catching.

An alternate name for moonstone is hecatolite, perhaps derived from the Greek goddess of magic and sorcery, Hecate. The Ancient Greeks and Romans also held a high association with their lunar deities; Selene (Luna) and Artemis (Diana).

Tanzanite – December Birthstone

Although not as valuable as some other stones, such as diamond or ruby, tanzanite is one of the rarest gemstones in the world. It can only be found in a small mining area of Tanzania, and it’s name was first used by Tiffany and Co. as they believed it would be a more appealing name to consumers than ‘blue zoisite’.

Unlike many gemstones, Tanzanite does not have a vast ancient history, as it was not discovered in commercial quantities until the 1960s. It was quickly discovered that heat treating the blue zoisite would bring out it’s natural blues much stronger, as well as changing some brown or green zoisites to a similar beautiful colour.

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December 17, 2018

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