May – Birthstones & More

oval agate in sterling silver wire pendant

May’s traditional birthstone – and alternatives The traditional birthstone for May is the emerald.   Emeralds are a deep green beryl and most emeralds are clouded with inclusions so nice quality emeralds can be pricey.  The green color comes from chromium.  Deposits of emeralds are found in Columbia (the best dark green stones), Brazil  (lighter green…

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Spicing up My Life

pink opal earrings with long silver ear wires

There are two opportunities for gift giving in February: February birthdays and Valentine’s Day. The traditional birthstone for February is amethyst and also bloodstone as you get closer to March.  If you want more choices, the Zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces include thirteen stones: amethyst, garnet, moss agate, opal, sugilite, turquoise, jasper, aquamarine, bloodstone,…

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September Birthstones

faceted blue sapphire

Sapphire is a birthstone of September. In the Middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust. Sapphire is said to help focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers Sapphires are hard stones – measuring 9 on the Mohs scale – perfect…

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October Birthstones

multicolor tourmaline earrings

  People who are born in October get to choose between two luscious gemstones as birthstones – Precious Opal and Tourmaline.   Opal and Tourmaline are two of the most beautiful gemstones. Traditionally represented as pink,  tourmaline comes in many colors of the rainbow and a range of shades for each color. Opal is available…

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Sapphire is September’s Birthstone

September’s birthstone is the sapphire.  There are also 12 different stones listed for the zodiac signs of Virgo and Libra which may also be considered as alternative September birthstones.  When I hear “sapphire,” I think of the royal blue variety.   Blue is the most popular color and the color (and depth of color) is…

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Birthstones and Alternatives for April and May

The idea of one gem for each month and the concept of wearing your “birth stone” started long ago – between the 16th and 18th centuries.The National Association of Jewelers released a list of so-called “modern birthstones” in 1912 in the United States. Wearing your birthstone is supposed to bring you luck. However, if you don’t…

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