June Birthstone True or False: Pearl, alexandrite and moonstone
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June PearlsJune has not one, but three birthstones. Can you name them? Find out, and test your knowledge of June’s birthstones with Empire Jeweler’s true or false quiz! Answers are provided at the end of the article, but don’t peak!
In the U.S., the three official birthstones for the month of June are pearl, moonstone and alexandrite.
January is the other month with three birthstones: turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.
The pearl is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs Gemini and Cancer.
Pearls are organic gemstones created when a tiny irritant such as sand enters a mollusk’s shell. The mollusk secretes nacre to coat the object, and the layers become diamonds.
You can tell if a pearl is real by sliding it across your teeth. If it’s gritty, it’s probably real.
Only 10 percent of pearls are cultured, meaning they are made by mollusks under controlled conditions, and are easy to differentiate from naturally occurring pearls.
Shortly after her death in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s La Perugina pearl necklace was purchased at her "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor" Christie's auction for $11.8 million — the highest amount any pearl has ever sold for at auction.
The largest natural pearl was discovered in Patterson, NJ.
Alexandrite is a rare gemstone made of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes from green to red in incandescent light.
Alexandrite is named after the Czechoslovakian tsar, Alexander II, and was the national stone of old Imperial Czechoslovakia.
Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance was altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that holds true today.
The blue seen in moonstones is not mineral color, but a form of iridescence from multi-layer interference of light known as adularescence.
June Birthstone Quiz Answers:
False. December is the other month of the year with three birthstones: turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.
False. When the mollusk secretes nacre to coat the object, the layers become pearls.
False. Around 90percent of pearls are cultured, and are difficult to differentiate from naturally occurring pearls.
False. Elizabeth Taylor’s pearl necklace that was auctioned at Christie’s was called La Peregrina.
False. Alexandrite was named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II, and was the national stone of old Imperial Russia.
False. The belief that moonstone's appearance changes with the phases of the moon held until some time after the 16th century.