Maybe it’s because of June’s association with the Gemini zodiac sign that birthdays in this summer month get two birthstones, one for each side of the twin personality. Both pearls and alexandrites are recognized as birthstones for June, though Crystal Cure reveals that four other months have at one time or another claimed the pearl as a birthstone. Because it isn’t a traditional, glittering gem you may not consider a pearl to be a precious gemstone. However, pearls have been sought-after symbols of affluence and wealth for centuries. Other than their appearance, the element that sets pearls apart from other gemstones is that they come from a living creature rather than being mined from the earth. The Farmer’s Almanac says that pearls symbolize purity, and that’s why they’re often worn by brides and sewn onto their gowns.
June’s alternative birthstone, the alexandrite, is a relatively new gem, having only been discovered as recently as 1834, says the International Colored Gemstone Association. It’s possibly the alexandrite’s unique ability to change color that made it a logical choice to be the birthstone symbol for the duality of Geminis. Alexandrites are a variety of chrysoberyl. The highest quality stones appear green in natural light, but become red or a reddish-purple when viewed under artificial light. Geology.com says that alexandrites can even display different hues of green, red or purple, depending on which angle you view them from.
Like all gemstones, both June birthstones are thought to possess protective and healing qualities. The Gemological Institute of America tells pearl enthusiasts that it is a moon gem, and that pearls are thought to protect wearers from fire and even fire-breathing dragons. Geminis who favor alexandrites over pearls may be people who don’t fear dragons but who are looking for love or improved fortune. AJS Gems says that alexandrites are believed to facilitate romance and encourage joy for those who are excessively disciplined. The color-changing stones are also said to give hope and strength to the despairing and increase creativity, imagination and intuition.