Garnets Are Not All Red

Seven-Spiral-woven-silver-and-garnet-necklace

Garnets are one of my favorite stones. Garnets are not all red, although we may tend to think of them that way. There are several garnet varieties that are all related and several different colors. Garnets are rich in symbolism, too. A garnet symbolizes constancy, truth, and faith. Garnets form deep underground where the material has…

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Opals are for October

opal pendant

Opals are for October – opal is the October birthstone.  The Ancient Greeks believed in the supernatural properties of this precious stone – not just for those born under this sign, but to anyone wearing it. It is no surprise as this stone has amazing internal fire. Opals create an iridescent display of colors as they…

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My Favorite August Birthstone

peridot and citrine-peridot it my favorite August birthstone choice

Peridot is my favorite of the traditional August birthstones.  I love the bright green color!  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exists in only one color: a distinctive signature lime green although the color can vary from yellow green to olive green to brownish. Wearing peridot is said to bring the wearer magical…

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One of my Favorites Gemstones – Opal

Pink opal and moonstone necklace

One of my favorite gemstones is opal. People recognize opals by their characteristic play of rainbow like colors.  You need to be careful with opals because opal is a relatively soft (5.5-6.5) stone and they are sensitive to pressure, hard knocks, and heat.  Opals are 3-30% water and they can dehydrate if stored under improper…

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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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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, health and hope. Some people feel the color of this stone is reminiscent of the…

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