Thursday, June 18, 2009

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - MOONSTONE

Another one of June birthstone is MOONSTONE. In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June. Although in the U.S it shares that honor with Alexandrite and Pearl.

Moonstone is often called "the visionary's stone", it helps us see things move clearly.
This stone has shimmer which always looks different when the stone is moved. This is caused by the reflection of light from the internal structure, made up of alternating layers of albite and ortho clase feldspar. Thin albite layers give an attractive blue, thicker layers produce a white schiller. Stone of large size and fine quality are rare.

This unusual gem with its milky shimmer has been known for thousands of years, and has been revered by many cultures. In India it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone widely believed to bring good fortune, and as a dream stone which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night.
The ancient Romans also associated Moonstone with the moon, they speculated that the gem was formed from drops of Moonlight. They considered the gemstones as possessing those properties traditionally associated with the moon: romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and the emotions.

In many cultures, Moonstone is strongly associated with love, believed to be calming, healing stone. Due to it's feminine associations it has also been said to increase a woman's fertility.

Moonstone also has a historical connection with travel. Once know as the "Traveler's stone", it was used for protection against the perils of travel. Moonstone is associated with all goddesses, but especially the moon goddesses.

The energy of moonstone is balancing, introspective and reflective. It is a stone for wishing and hoping as well as a stone for embracing the cycles of change. It brings flashes of insight, and stimulates intuitive recognition and help in applying intuitive knowledge in a practical sense.

ORIGIN:
Moonstone is found in Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Tanzania and the United State. It belongs to the large mineral group of the feldspars, of which almost two thirds of all the rock on earth consist. The Moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as "adularia", a potassium aluminosilicate of gemstone quality which is also found in the European Alps near the Adula Group.

THE SHIMMER OF LIGHT:
The shimmer of light come from the lamellar inner construction of the gemstone. Incident light rays are refracted and scattered in the stone. The unique light effect comes about, and it is this which makes the Moonstone so distinctive and so desirable.
Moonstone should handled with care for they are sensitive. The more intense in colour, the larger and the more transparent the more highly valued the Moonstone.

MEDICAL LORE:
Moonstone is said to soothe stress, anxiety, women's hormones/menstrual imbalance and lymph system. It enhances intuitive, sensitivity via feelings and help one to be less overwhelmed by personal feelings, allowing greater flexibility and flow with life.

COLOUR:
The most desirable colour of Moonstone is blue, but it also occurs in grey, white, pink, green and brown.

Stay tune for next week, for the third birthstone of June the ALEXANDRITE.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The month of June

I can't believe June is here, summer is starting, I have so many ideas for summer jewelry line for this month birthstone.

In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June, but in the U.S. it shares that honor with Alexandrite and pearl.

At various times, people have associated birthstone with some type of supernatural power of authority, while at other times the birthstone was understood to have religious significance.

Pearls is a unique among the birthstone because of it's organic origin, all other birthstone are minerals.

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - PEARL


Pearls are formed in shellfish especially oysters and mussels as a natural defence against irritant, such as a piece of sand enters an oyster. The oyster coats the piece of sand over and over with layers of Aragonite, known as nacre, are secreted around the irritant, and gradually build up to form the solid pearl. Light reflecting from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent lustre also known as the "orient of pearl". In cultured pearls an irritant is introduced to initiate the formation of a pearl.
Pearl is vary in color from white, white with a hint of color (often pink) to brown or black, depending on the type of mollusc and the water. The are sensitive to acids, dryness and humidity and so are less durable than many other gems.
Occurrence: Natural pearls have been harvested from the Persian Golf, the Golf of Manaar (Indian ocean) and the Red Sea for thousands of years. The coasts of Polynesia and Australia produce mainly cultured pearls. both fresh water and saltwater are cultivated in Japan and China. Fresh waters pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany and Mississippi.
History: Since ancient times, the pearls has been a symbol of perfection, it is the oldest known gem. To the ancients pearls were a symbol of the moon and had a magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry.
Pearls have been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. In the Hindu religion, the presentation of an undrilled pearl and its piercing has formed part of the marriage ceremony.
In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, pearls were very fashionable in Europe as personal ornaments.
In the Americas, both the Incas and Aztecs prized pearls for their beauty and magical power.
Most European countries in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries had laws regarding who could and couldn't wear pearls.
Native Americans of the Atlantic coastal areas and the Mississippi river vasin were the first to collect and use U.S. freshwater mussel pearls and shells.
More about pearl go to the American museum of natural history.
The power of pearls: Pearls were once thought to be the tears of the gods. They eliminate emotional imbalances. The help one mater the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tact & ulcer problems.
Pearls is said to help one see themselves and help improve selfworth. The pearls symbolizes love, success and happiness. Bring out purity, honesty & integrity plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm.
The color of the pearl symbolise:

White pearls are symbolic of pure heart & mind, innocence, and faith.

Gold and black pearls are symbols for prosperty.

Pink pearls works especially well for the heart chakra.
Please stay tune for other June birthstone coming this month.