June has many different birthstones with a wide variety of origins and properties. Which birthstone you honor depends on your point of view in life :) .
The origin of Agate as a birthstone for June dates back to Gregorian times, and is the most traditional birthstone for this month. On a Gregorian Calendar, one will find the poem below touting Agate's properties for those born in June.
Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.
Agate is a variant of quartz, comes in a wide variety of colors, with or without stripes, can be found all over the world, and has a wide range of uses, from jewelry to pottery.
Agate is said to imbue its bearer with protection, strength, and harmony. Ancient cultures often used Agate to support a good harvest. Agate has also been associated w/magic in ancient societies, used to render the bearer invisible or to remove curses and spells.
Vintage Antique Akro Agate Pot
Deriving its name from the Russian Tsar, Alexander II, Alexandrite was discovered in 1834 and symbolizes good fortune, success, and happiness. Because Alexandrite is extremely rare, it is most often found as a simulated, or lab grown, specimen. Alexandrite is a prized gemstone for the use in jewelry because it changes color from reds to greens.
The two astrological signs for June are Gemini (May 21st- June 20th) and Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd). People born under Gemini, the Twins, are said to be intellectual and very communicative. People born under Cancer, the Crab, are said to be emotional and protective.