June Birthdays, Wonderful Gift Choices

My favorite gemstone, with a double appearance is alexandrite, June's birthstone and 55th wedding anniversary gem, has a mysterious color changing characteristic. 

Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is the wonderfully rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes in appearance from green to red based on exposure to different light.  The striking color change occurs because of alexandrite's light-absorbing properties. Alexandrite is named for the Russian Czar Alexander II as it was first found in Russia in the 1830s. Today Alexandrite is mined in Brazil, India, Madagascar and Russia.

Genuine alexandrite is very rare and can be very expensive for high quality gemstones. For this reason there are also synthetic alexandrite available that have the same chemical makeup and appearance but are grown in laboratories. Synthetic alexandrite gemstones are much more reasonable in price. 

Rough alexandrite in different light

Rough alexandrite in different light

Pearls are also another very pleasing alternative for June's birthstones. Pearls can come in many different colors, qualities, types, shapes and price ranges. The main difference in pearls are the Akoya cultured pearls and cultured freshwater pearls. There is a marked difference in price and quality between these two different varieties. Akoya pearls are from the ocean using an Akoya oyster and freshwater pearls are just that, cultured in fresh water. We use pearls in many different applications including rings, necklaces and bracelets. We have a delightful selection of pearls that will make a wonderful June birthday gift. 

If you have an idea about a custom piece of jewelry for a June birthday or anniversary, we would be happy to work with you to create a piece of jewelry art that showcases an alexandrite or pearls. We can work with you to find the perfect gemstone, design a special piece of jewelry,  and create it in our state of the art jewelry studio. We can help you create a jewelry moment that will last for years to come and make you a hero to your loved one. A piece of jewelry personalized with your personality makes the most special gift imaginable.  Jewelry lasts longer than flowers and doesn't have calories like candy.

Whether it be pearls or alexandrite, remembering a June birthday with jewelry will always create a wonderful, lasting jewelry moment.

Stop by Richard Dolgin Private Jewelers in Overland Park Kansas so we can help you find the perfect June birthday gift.