When I sought out to write a post about June’s birthstone, I immediately started picking out pearls. After all, the pearl is not only one, but arguably the most popular, of this month’s birthstones. I wrote about why I think the oceanic gem is such a fitting representation for June in last week’s Britt’s Pick, a chain bracelet dangling a baroque pearl by Zoë Chicco.
The thing is, I like pearls. But I don’t looooove pearls. I enjoy featuring them in impressive designs because I don’t do it often, so it feels novel (that word, by the way, is all but ruined by this pandemic). But that’s why it was such a major “duh” moment when I realized that pearl is not the sole birthstone of June and that one of my absolute favorite (if not the favorite) stones is. Magical, mystical moonstone!
Moonstone is your friend who dabbles in tarot readings. It’s a lover of crystals and astrology. It’s spiritual, mysterious, brilliant. It’s impossibly gorgeous. And all of these things, in gemstone form, keep it interesting look after look, so how could anyone ever possibly tire of wearing and collecting them? They couldn’t.
Like little drops of our solar system, moonstone is an otherworldly material so treasured some designers work with it if not exclusively, at least pretty heavily. Entire collections are dedicated to the gem, and it does seem as if they’re appearing in more and more fine jewelry collections as of late. I have yet to see it make any heavy appearances in engagement jewelry, but wouldn’t that be something? I know it’s on the delicate side, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from getting married with emeralds.
Here are some recent favorite jewels featuring moonstone, relevant at the moment as June’s birthstone, yes, but with an everlasting allure that appeals to a wide range of shoppers’ tastes and budgets.
Top: Anna Ring in 18k yellow gold with 7.59 ct. moonstone and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,600; Erica CourtneyFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Twitter: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Facebook: @jckmagazine