It is widely believed that if certain gemstones are brought directly into contact with the skin, they can bring power, protection, and good fortune to the wearer. These gemstones should be worn according to one's zodiac sign or the birth month.
There are three birthstones for people who are born in the month of June, or those belonging to the sun sign Gemini (May 21st to June 21st), they are: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
The traditional birthstone for the people who are born in the month of June is the pearl. According to some myths, pearls are dewdrops that fell into the sea from the heaven. The pearl is associated with properties such as friendship, loyalty, commitment, and faithfulness. It is also known to signify purity, modesty, and chastity. It is because of such positive properties of this birthstone that it is said to enhance a person's personal integrity.
It is widely believed that pearls are white in color. Although the majority of those found are white, there are some pearls which come in colors such as blue, yellow, cream, black, lavender, gray, mauve, and green. Thus, the color of the birthstone can be either of these. Black pearls are found in the Gulf of Mexico, and cream ones come from the Persian Gulf as well as Sri Lanka. Natural seawater pearls come from Indonesia, the Gulf of California, and the Pacific coast of Mexico.
The alexandrite gets its name from Prince Alexander of Russia. This stone is a recent discovery; it was found in the year 1839 in the Ural Mountains, Russia. It was discovered in an emerald mine on the Prince's birthday. As the alexandrite is so recent, there are no myths associated with it. However, people in Russia do believe that wearing it brings good luck.
Alexandrite color changes with the environment. In sunlight, it gives the appearance of a beautiful green color with a tint of blue and brown. Under artificial lights however, it changes to violet with a tint of red. Thus, its color can be either green, violet, or red depending on the light.
According to an ancient Roman myth, the moonstone possesses the image of the moon goddess Diana. Another Roman myth says that the stone changes according to the different phases of the moon. It is a widely held belief that wearing moonstones brings health, power, victory, and wisdom to a person. It is also known to bestow good fortune on the wearer.
Moonstones get their name from the blue-whitish colored spots that can be seen when they are held close to light. When moved back and forth, the spots glint silver and reflect the rays light which appear similar to moon beams.