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 … Continue reading

A Few of My Favorite Gemstones

Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how they bend light), luster, hardness, etc.  Perfection in appearance is of primary importance in the finished … Continue reading