June Birthstones - Pearl and Alexandrite
Pearls are the only gemstone that is actually made by a living creature which are actually known as Mollusks. How are pearls made you might ask yourself? Well, pearls are made when Mollusks deposit layers of Calcium Carbonate around Microscopic Irritants that get lodged into their shells, and overtime pearls can be formed. One fun fact about Pearls is that they are one of the only rare gems that do not require any polishing to reveal their natural luster!
Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes color from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light. This chameleon-like behavior is the result of its uncommon chemical composition— which includes traces of chromium, the same coloring agent found in emerald. The unlikelihood of these elements combining under the right conditions makes alexandrite one of the rarest, costliest gems.
Have any old Pearls or Alexandrite that need a “Face Lift”? Since we specialize in Custom Design, we would be happy to help re-create your old pieces and bring them back to life!