June babies can fall either under Cancer or Gemini, and their main birthstone isn’t really a stone at all! What truly makes pearls unique is that they’re the only gemstone made by living creatures. Pearls are created inside molluscs when they deposit layers of calcium carbonate around a microscopic irritant. Freshwater pearls can take between 1 and 6 years to form; whereas saltwater may take between 5 and 20 years!
Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Gems,” pearls have been prized since ancient times because of their natural beauty. Romans and Egyptians used them as early as the 5th Century BC, and there are even earlier records of the Chinese using pearls.
The major religions of Hindu and Islam have a special place for pearls in their history, using pearls as a symbol of purity and perfection. When pearls became a part of European culture, some countries even passed laws saying that only nobility could wear them.
But they are often overlooked, because of several popular misconceptions:
- only Grandmothers wear pearls
- they’re only for formal occasions
Both are totally wrong! Just look at how stunning these ladies look:
Pearls can be worn by all ages in all colours and lengths. They can be worn every day to the office or to the shops, as much as they suit an evening outfit. They can be paired with a suit, a dress or blue jeans. Gemstones must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty, but pearls need no such treatment to reveal their loveliness!
They are available in so many different colours, sizes and shapes, and they pair beautifully with gems, crystals and metal. The options are limitless!
The pearls I use in my designs are all cultured freshwater pearls, which means that they are ethically farmed to cause little harm to the environment. Many people think of ‘cultured pearls’ as ‘fake’ pearls, but this isn’t so. Cultured pearls are real pearls grown inside real oysters at pearl farms in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, China and many more locations.
As well as Pearls, those born under Gemini can call Agate or Moonstone their birthstone too.
Agate is one of my favourite stone, purely for its versatility. It comes in every colour and often has a wonderful crackled or banded effect. It is said to promote inner stability, composure, and maturity. It can stop the burning desires for things we do not need, and assist those juggling commitments or multiple jobs. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence. It is a great crystal to use during pregnancy. Agate also helps new mothers avoid the “baby blues” sometimes experienced after giving birth, and an Agate jewel worn between the breasts encourages lactation.
Moonstone is one of the more famous gems, and for good reason. It’s outstandingly beautiful! It is also legendary as the Traveller’s Stone, being especially protective of those who travel by night or upon the water when the moon is shining. Frequent travellers should keep one in the glove compartment for safe night driving and as protection against road rage. It can’t hurt!
Moonstone is said to open the heart to nurturing qualities as well as assisting in the acceptance of love. It is an excellent crystal for first or new love, and is a comforting talisman if love must be kept a secret. It was also believed to be able to reunite loved ones who had parted in anger.
Moonstone is also the stone of love and eroticism, stimulating the kundalini energy and carnal desires. It is the ultimate fertility crystal! A Moonstone necklace worn during lovemaking at full moon harmonizes the body into the natural lunar cycle. So don your necklace and get to making love!
This is my Gemini collection:
For Cancer folk, there are some gorgeous gems to choose from, as well as Pearl and Moonstone:
Ruby is the fiery and captivating stone of nobility, considered the most magnificent of all gems, the queen of stones and the stone of kings. Natural Ruby is one of four “precious” gemstones (including Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire) known its rarity, monetary value, and hardness. Wear or carry Ruby to overcome exhaustion and lethargy; it stimulates circulation and amplifies energy and vitality to the whole system. However, those who are highly sensitive or irritable may find this stone over-stimulating or uncomfortable to wear.
Ruby is said to be an aphrodisiac, allowing one to experience all forms of love, from wild sensuality to mystical communion. It deepens a couple’s relationship and encourages closeness and commitment. It is also the stone of courtly love and may honour admiration from a distance. Worn during lovemaking, Ruby can help restore and maintain passion, and is excellent for increasing the chances for conception.
Emerald, called the “Stone of Successful Love,” it opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to ensure security in love.
Onyx, the black kind, is a most ancient stone, known and utilized by even the earliest civilizations for its powerful energy and sombre beauty. Wearing it is as a personal amulet of protection is said to keep senses keen and instincts sharp. It’s also believed to deflect others’ negative thoughts or criticism, and to provide an effective defence against those who are manipulative or argumentative.