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Jaret | 210 comments JUNE BIRTHSTONE CHALLENGE
Welcome to the June birthstone challenge. This we have THREE birthstones: pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. Perfect for a challenge list of three books.
Pearl
For centuries, pearls have been used as an adornment, and 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.

Moonstone

The moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. Moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multi-rayed star or a cat's eye.
Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune. Part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne.
The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Myanmar, and Madagascar are also sources.

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.

For this month:
1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime. ☺

Have fun!


message 2: by Jaret (last edited Jun 06, 2016 06:21PM) (new)


message 3: by Book Concierge (last edited Jun 07, 2016 08:38AM) (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 2651 comments Mod
June Birthstone Challenge
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1. Pearl - White cover - Playing for Pizza by John Grisham ✔ – 03June16

2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)

3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.


message 4: by Marilyn (last edited Jun 22, 2016 07:15PM) (new)

Marilyn Lott | 351 comments June Birthstone Challenge

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✔1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson by Helen Simonson--6/18/2016

2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.


message 5: by Jaret (last edited Jun 11, 2016 08:39AM) (new)

Jaret | 210 comments June Birthstone Challenge

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1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
2. Moonstone: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 4 stars
3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.


message 6: by JennH (last edited Jun 23, 2016 12:56PM) (new)

JennH | 199 comments June Birthstone Challenge

✔1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood
2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
✔3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.
The Diva Wraps It Up by Krista Davis 6/15/16 3 stars


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol | 2285 comments June Birthstone Challenge

1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.

2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)

3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.


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Tanya D (tdrosebud) | 12 comments June Birthstone Challenge

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1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime. ☺


message 9: by Licha-Olivia (last edited Jun 18, 2016 07:35AM) (new)

Licha-Olivia | 267 comments June Birthstone Challenge

1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.

2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
The Moon and the Stars by Constance O'Banyon (6/18/16)3*

3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime:
Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer (6/10/16)3*


message 10: by Diana S (new)

Diana S | 471 comments Mod
June Birthstone Challenge
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1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)
3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime. ☺


message 11: by Olivermagnus (last edited Jun 16, 2016 06:39AM) (new)

 Olivermagnus (lynda214) June Birthstone Challenge

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✔ 1. In honor of the pearl, read a book with a white or cream colored cover OR read a book set in Tudor England.
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson - 4 Stars - 6/7/16 - cream cover
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

2. In honor of the moonstone, read a book whose title includes something seen in the night sky (moon, star, comet, etc.)

✔3. In honor of Alexandrite, whose color changes from green to red, read a book set at Christmastime.
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci by David Baldacci - 3 Stars - 6/15/16


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