Sapphire: The Stone of Romance and Royalty

Sapphire, the birthstone for the month of September, is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a wide array of colors with the most popular being blue. Indeed, it is widely held that the word ”sapphire” is derived from the Latin word “Saphirus” and Greek word “Sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Others believe the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn as it can be roughly translated to mean “Dear to the planet Saturn.”

Sapphires are primarily mined in Madagascar, but can also be found in Eastern Australia, Eastern Africa, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Montana. At one point in time, Madagascar produced more than half of the world’s supply of sapphires. Continue reading

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Peridot: The Evening Emerald and Gem of the Sun

Peridot’s beautiful olive green color has subtle variations, but, unlike most gems, it is only found in one color. And it is due to that unique green color that it is known as the “evening emerald.” It is also serves as the birthstone for the month of August.

Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. Peridots, like diamonds, are unique in that they are the only gemstones that are brought to the earth’s surface through volcanic activity. An idiochromatic gem, the green color is determined by the stone’s chemical composition, and the depth of the tone of green depends on the iron content. Most peridots are yellowish green, so it’s not surprising it is also known as the “gem of the sun.” However, the most desirable color is green. Any hint of brown tones represents a lower quality peridot.
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Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Rubies

The month of July conjures up the idea of simmering days, the freedom of summer vacation, and patriotism in the U.S. with 4th of July celebrations culminating in spectacular firework displays countrywide. Appropriately, July birthstone is the fiery red ruby, which symbolizes life, courage, passion, and protection. Continue reading

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Moonstone Daydream

Moonstones have been revered by ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, and the ancient Orient. Many still believe these stones hold the power of love, fertility, and even sleep. The stone is said to have a calming influence, with the moving inner light providing a focus for meditation. Continue reading

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Green with Emerald Envy

The month of May brings blooming flowers and warm weather, which is why the vibrant green color of an emerald represents the month as its birthstone. Continue reading

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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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