Birthstones

Traditionally, a special stone, a birthstone, has been selected to celebrate each month of the calendar year.  Please click on the months below to view information on each of the months' birthstones.  The birthstones described here are for the stones most commonly accepted in the United States as the birthstone of the month.

If you are interested in purchasing a gem, feel free to e-mail us or call us on our toll free number, 800-659-4367.  We will gladly describe and quote price on a specific gemstone.  Our sales staff and goldsmiths can assist you in designing and constructing a custom piece, and turn your gem into a treasured family heirloom.

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June Birthstone
June Birthstone

P E A R L or PINK TOURMALINE |::| Mohs' Hardness Pearl 3 - 4 * Tourmaline 7 - 7.5

In today's retail market two stones are normally offered as the birthstone for June.  Pearls have long been the gem identified with this month, but since the 1960's pink Tourmaline has gained acceptance as an additional birthstone for June.  (Alexandrite is sometimes listed as June's birthstone, but its rarity and cost make alexandrite an unlikely choice for most consumers.)

Pearl necklaces have been a staple in women's jewelry for many years.  Stud earrings, pins, pendants and rings are all found set with pearls.  Recently the Japanese hold on cultured pearl manufacturing has been challenged by both the Americans and the Chinese.

The second June gem, Pink Tourmaline, is mined in gem grades in California and Maine, as well as Brazil, Africa, and other countries.  Hot pink and pastel pink colors of tourmaline are often used in designer jewelry pieces, as their cost and durability make them an excellent choice.