June Birthstones Exhibit Many Enchanting Colors

Do you have a June birthday? Treat yourself with a marvelous pearl or tantalizing color changing Alexandrite.

Alexandrite is a rare and fascinating gemstone because it naturally changes color, most commonly from green to red. Alexandrite's mesmerizing hues were discovered in the mountains of Russia in the 1830s. The gemstone got its name because it was used to celebrate the coming of age of the Russian Czar Alexander II. Alexandrite is mined in Brazil, India, Madagascar and Russia.

 Pearls come in a seemingly endless variety of colors and shapes, from freshwater to cultured, Tahitian and Akoya. Pearls are unique because they are the only gemstone created by living sea creatures. Pearls have a timeless and classic beauty and are incredibly versatile. Pearl jewelry can be worn for every occasion.

Below are some images of enchanting pearl jewelry available at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler.

Whether it be a gorgeous pearl or color change Alexandrite, stop in to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler for a June birthday treat.

Alexandrite/Pearl - June's Birthstones

June's birthstone are the enchanting Alexandrite and timeless pearl. 

Alexandrite has the unique property of color change, usually from green to red. This color change is natural. Alexandrite is my favorite gemstone as it is my birthstone. It fascinates me to think that this gemstone composed of the mineral Chrysoberyl, changes from a bluish green in daylight to a purplish red in incandescent light. The finest Alexandrite is mined in Brazil and Russia. The picture below illustrates the enchanting color change this gemstone exhibits.

Alexandrite color change

Alexandrite color change

Pearl is the alternative birthstone for June. Pearls are at timeless gift that can be worn as a wonderful fashion statement for a lifetime. There are many different types and sizes of pearls available in many different price ranges. Pearls were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire and later in Tudor England. Pearls are unique as they are the only gem created by living sea creatures. Pearls do not require any additional faceting or polishing to reveal their beauty. Here is a link to some previous blogs relating to pearls.

Sorting pearls

Sorting pearls

When you are ready to buy Alexandrite or pearls, contact Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park Kansas, and we can create a beautiful custom piece of jewelry for you using these beautiful birthstones. 

Luxurious Pearls

Pearls have long been a favorite fashion item for women - feminine, luxurious, and cosmopolitan. Pearls can make a statement that enhances any outfit. 

Over the years we have carried many different types of pearls in all lengths, shapes, and colors. The pearls pictured in this blog are a strand I bought from an estate, that are absolutely luxurious. These white/rose, cultured Akoia  8.75 mm pearls have a strong luster and beautiful symmetry. The strand is 44 inches long and consists of a total of 123 perfectly matched pearls.

One of the most amazing features of this necklace are its multiple invisible 14k clasps.  It can be disassembled to create all lengths including a bracelet, 16 inch choker, 18 inch strand, 20 inch strand, 24 inch strand, 30 inch opera length and 44 inch matinee length. 

Come to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park Kansas if you would like to discuss pearl jewelry or to buy this spectacular strand of pearls.  

Caring For Your Pearls

Last week, a client and friend of mine brought in their strand of beautiful pearls that were a complete mess. Every so often, it is important to bring your pearls to our repair shop for a proper cleaning. We take the strand apart, individually clean each pearl, check the clasp, and restring them with proper knots.

Between these professional cleanings, here are a few facts of interest and some helpful tips on how to maintain that beautiful, totally unique luster that pearls offer.

The pearls that most of us wear today are cultured pearls. A diver inserts a rounded mother of pearl nucleus into an oyster, the oyster coats the foreign object with nacre, the substance that gives pearls their unique luster. The depth of the nacre depends on the type of creature involved, the water it lives in, and how long the foreign object is left in the oyster before it is removed. As nacre thickness increases, so does the quality and durability of the pearl.

Caring for your pearls requires special attention. Even pearls with thick coats of nacre are more fragile than most other gemstones, so handle them carefully. It is best to put your pearls on after applying makeup and perfume and to take them off before applying hand and body creams. I suggest the following guidelines for cleaning:

Pearls

1) Dampen a soft, clean cotton cloth with a solution of 2 cups of warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing soap.
2) Rub each pearl individually
3) Let air-dry overnight
Notes:
Do not clean pearls with a solution that contains ammonia, harsh detergents, or any type of abrasive cleaner. This can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.
Do not use an abrasive cloth for cleaning.
Do not put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Storing your pearls properly is also important for maintaining their nacre layers. Don’t store your pearls with other jewelry because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.

Don’t forget to bring in your pearl jewelry to be cleaned or restrung professionally so that you’re sure the stringing is secure, clasp are working, and they are as beautiful as the day you purchased them.