Red Garnets are the Birthstone for January

Red garnets are the birthstone for January.  I believe we generally think of garnets as red gemstones; however, garnets not only occur in a range of red hues, but also in greens, yellow-oranges and browns.  The red garnet, January’s birthstone, … Continue reading

Turquoise is the Traditional December Birthstone

Turquoise is the traditional December birthstone and it’s popular for jewelry.  It’s one of my favorite gemstones. The word turquoise comes from the French word for Turkey.  The name for the stone is historical since turquoise was originally brought to … Continue reading

November Birthstones are Topaz and Citrine

  November has two birthstone choices – Topaz and Citrine   November Birthstones November birthstones are topaz and citrine.  At one time, topaz was a term used for any yellow gem; today, it describes the mineral fluoro-hydrozy silicate (the chemical … Continue reading

October Birthstones

  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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading