Birthstones for June

14kt gold ring with white pearls

Birthstones for the month of June: June is another month with multiple birthstone choices.  Pearls, moonstone, and alexandrite are frequently used for June birthstones.  Pearls Pearls made their “debut” in the first century BC.  Many ancient civilizations considered pearls as precious gems.  According to the National Geographic, a bit of pearl jewelry was found in…

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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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Garnet – January’s Birthstone

Garnets-January Brithstone

Garnet is January’s birthstone and it is one of my all time favorite gems. I have loved the look of dark red Bohemian garnets since childhood and earlier I dreamed of collecting them.  I never started my collection, but I still think of that style when I think about garnets.  Garnets are popular gems and…

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Turquoise is for December

turquoise necklace with hammered silver accents

Turquoise is for December!. It’s the traditional December birthstone. Turquoise has been a popular and much used gemstone for jewelry for a long time.  It’s the traditional birthstone for December.  Turquoise is often used for beads and cabochons and is also tumbled and used as chips.   Turquoise is frequently soaked in resin to improve…

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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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