Spring For Diamonds

For those lucky individuals born in April, the diamond, a symbol of love, is the modern birthstone in the United States, Britain, and India. Traditionally, this gemstone, thought to be a symbol of good luck and protection against misfortune, was chosen for April in old Hindu and ancient Polish calendars and was also the zodiac stone for Aries. Continue reading

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March Birthstones: The Color of Sun and Sea

March offers two beautiful gemstones to symbolize your birth month: bloodstone is the traditional stone, while aquamarine is the modern stone representing the month of March.

Bloodstone is also known as “heliotrope” in Greek, which means “sun turning or turning to the sun,” which seems fitting for the first month of spring. Bloodstone is a dark-green stone sprinkled with red dots from iron oxide. It’s part of the Chalcedony family and comes in many shapes and cuts including emerald, oval, and cushion. The largest source of bloodstone deposits is in India.
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Amethyst: “All-healer”

Part of a series of articles about birthstones. If you were born in February, you are blessed with amethyst as your birthstone. Amethysts are also recognized as the stone of St. Valentine and symbol of faithful love, so I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Garnet: “The All-powerful Stone”

January is the first month of the year — the month that symbolizes new beginnings, a fresh start, resolutions and hope for the new year ahead!

What better than the beautiful, all-powerful, garnet gemstone to be dedicated as the birthstone for the month of January? Garnet is not only beautiful as mounted jewelry but also is believed to have special powers and symbolize love!
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“December Blues:” The Magic of Tanzanite

Part of a series of articles about birthstones. The color blue is symbolic of purity, trust, loyalty, aristocracy, understanding, and sometimes, melancholy. But, December babies have nothing to be sad about because there are several gem stones representing their birth … Continue reading

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October’s Birthstone: Heavenly Opals

Swirling pools of iridescent color, blues, greens, flashes of red and pink — like the night sky just before sunset, this is the beauty of October’s birthstone, the opal. You wouldn’t think the stone that makes you think of the fluidity of water would come primarily from the dry desert outback of Australia. Even though they are mined in these formidable dry areas, the sea had a lot to do with the formation of these beauties. Millions of years ago when the vast deserts were actually seas, stone sediment was deposited along the shorelines. When the waters receded, silica was deposited in the rocks along with the remains of plants and animals, and these materials eventually formed the much sought-after opal. Continue reading

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