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June Birthstone Jewelry - Pearl, Alexandrite, & Moonstone

June is one of two months that has three birthstones associated with it; pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.


Pearl

History

Produced by mollusks, pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. The rarest pearls are naturally made in the wild without human interference.

Color

Pearls range in color, with the finest gems having a naturally reflective appearance and iridescent shimmer. “Black pearls” -- which are often farmed as they are extremely rare in nature -- are misleading as they are not actually black, but instead shades of purple, green, silver or blue.

Symbolism

Ancient Grecians believed pearls were tears of the gods. The oldest known pearl jewelry was discovered in a sarcophagus that dates back to 520 BC.

Other ancient cultures believed that pearls had beneficial properties, such as bestowing long life and prosperity, or easing health issues with indigestion, eyesight or depression.


Latest Arrivals - June Birthstone Pearl Jewelry

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Alexandrite

History

Originally discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s. The gem caught Russia’s attention when discovered during the 19th century because its red and green colors matched the national military colors. A relatively modern discovery, alexandrite today mostly comes from Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil.

Color

Alexandrite is often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night” because of its rare, color-changing nature.

Symbolism

Alexandrite is also associated with the 55th wedding anniversary. The gemstone is thought to bring love, luck, and good fortune.


Moonstone

History

Many cultures associate moonstone with moonlight, likely because of the way the gem is structured which scatters light that strikes it, creating an effect similar to the full moon shining through the clouds. Hindu legend suggested that if you held a moonstone in your mouth during a full moon, you could see your future. Other cultures believed moonstone promoted fertility and good fortune.

Color

Typically colorless, moonstone can also occur in a range of colors including gray, brown, orange, yellow, pink, green, blue, and white.

Symbolism

Associated with the moon, moonstone was believed to possess moon-like qualities including legends of love, femininity, intuition, emotion, and dreams.


Latest Arrivals - June Birthstone Moonstone Jewelry

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A lovely chubby little Moonstone in its original 11k Gold claw mount is set in a handcrafted 14k gold setting creating a simple yet beautiful ring. The newly hand crafted gold is recycled.

I was Lucky enough to find a group of beautifully set moonstones of varying sizes from CIRCA 1900... so I designed a Jewelry collection with them as the focus and I call it LUNA. It is quite limited, with a total of only 15 pieces. Made in House in our Portland Oregon studio.

I love moonstones! They have an otherworldly quality to their glow and an Adularescence which is caused by light scattering between their microscopic layers.

Details.....The ring is currently a size 6, and comes with one free sizing. The moonstone top measures 8.2mm x 6.8mm, and the band measures 1.3mm.

Check out our conversion chart for ring size conversions from US/Canada into British, European, German, and Japanese sizing.

Layaway available, contact us for details.

 

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This latest design by Carley is as pretty as it is easy to wear. The Pieces are Vintage and thoughtfully combined. This Necklace features Vintage Pearls.

As each Necklace is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting.

Materials: 14k White gold Chain, 18k Yellow gold vintage O, Vintage Pearls.

Measurements: 18" long not including the drop. 3/4" Drop from the chain.

Layaway available, 

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This latest design by Carley is as pretty as it is easy to wear. The Pieces are Vintage and thoughtfully combined. This pair features a Vintage Pearl Dangle.

As each pair is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting

Materials: 14k Yellow gold ear wires, 18k Yellow gold vintage O, Vintage Pearls.

Layaway available, 

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This Victorian hard stone cameo is set in an elaborately engraved floral frame brooch. The gold sheet frame is embellished with sensitively rendered flowers and leaves, with a pearl set above the cameo. The woman's face is carved from the white bands of the hard stone and contrasts dramatically with the black band background. Her dress is marvelous and her hair is elaborately coiffed. The figure has the three dimensional quality you want in a high-quality antique cameo. The back of the brooch includes a receiving locket, meant to preserve a lock of a loved one's hair. This wonderful piece features a hinged bale as well as a pin, so it may be work as a pendant as well as a brooch. We think this beauty would look spectacular worn on a black velvet ribbon. Circa 1890.

Description.....In Very Good Antique condition, the piece shows some wear to the metal. You should always expect some wear on Vintage and Antique jewels we consider it a part pf their charm.

Layaway available, contact us for details.

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RECYCLED

Whether you purchase an antique or vintage piece, our handcrafted 720 line, or Ancient Influences line, all of gems and metal are recycled.

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PACKAGED WITH LOVE

Our Jewels always ship in our elegant signature packaging, great for gift-giving!



Elegant Signature Packaging Included

Elegant Signature Packaging Included

Elegant Signature Packaging Included


Lovely Words From Past Customers

"I adore my ring (1940s white gold with diamonds and lab sapphires) and can't wait to come in and have it sized with y'all. Thank you again. You made one of the happiest events of my life even more special with your incredible product. All the best,"

Kate & Derek

15 SEP 2018, 8:42

"Bought my Engagement ring here & it's So Beautiful!!! Vintage 1940's Sapphire & Diamonds in a Platinum seething. Their jewelry is Amazing & Great Customer Service!!!"

Kelly Smith

20 MAR 2019, 12:21

"I saw a ring I loved online and asked a ton of questions via Facebook messenger. They were so responsive and helpful! The whole process was so simple and the ring was shipped in no time. It's BEAUTIFUL! It fits just perfectly and I couldn't be happier! Thank you!"

Betty Rivera

15 SEP 2017, 14:42


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Interested in Learning About Jewelry Through the Eras?

MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
INSTALLMENT 1 OF THE IDENTIFLY SERIES

-Paula Bixel - Proprietor

"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)


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