Two Birthstones for March

3 bloodstone cabochons

Like many other months, there are two birthstones for March – aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine  generally has a rich light blue color that can range from very light to deep blue.   It’s thought to be a symbol of youthfulness, … 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

Ruby is the Birthstone for July!

The birthstone for July is the Ruby.  Rubies are one of the hardest natural gems.  Only moissanite and diamond are harder. Rubies (from the Latin “ruber” for red) are the red version of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) which is … Continue reading

How Did Christmas in July Start?

Did you ever wonder where the idea of Christmas in July started?  The very first mention of “Christmas in July” was from an opera back in 1892 that featured children rehearsing Christmas songs in July.  In 1935, the National Recreation … Continue reading