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D. William Jewelers, Inc.
508 East Perkins
Ukiah CA
Pear Tree Shopping Center
Tel:
707-462-4636
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707-462-4655
E-mail:
david@dwilliamjewelers.com

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Pearl & Alexandrite
June
Pearl & Alexandrite
June counts three gems as birthstones, pearl, Alexandrite, and moonstone.

Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries. They were
one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England,
the 1500s were known as the pearl age. Pearls are unique as they are the only
gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their
natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of
round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost
completely replaced natural pearls in the market.

Alexandrite

A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831
during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare
chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight
and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. Due
to its rarity, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone.
 (Synthetic gemstones are man-made alternatives to the natural material,
possessing the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as the
natural gemstone.)
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