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

Birthstones for April and May

What is a birthstone?  The association of one gem to each month and the idea of wearing your “birthstone,” started long ago – between the 16th and 18th centuries.The National Association of Jewelers released a list of so-called “modern birthstones” … Continue reading

Healing Stones for Us and for Our Furry Friends

Healing Stones for Us and for Our Furry Friends – I love gemstones and crystals and I’m always interested in learning more ways to have beneficial stones around me to bolster me and also my environment. This interest has inspired me … Continue reading

My Favorite Gemstones – Turquoise

Chemically, turquoise is a hydrated copper aluminum phosphate. Turquoise has been known and used for jewelry and ornamental purposes since ancient times. It is definitely one of the oldest known stones. Turquoise got its name because the stones were originally … Continue reading

More of My Favorite Gems

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

Caring for your Silver Jewelry

Silver is quite soft – be gentle in your cleaning to avoid bending the metal or scratching the jewelry. Wash pieces carefully by hand in soapy water, rinse and dry with a cotton cloth. Do not soak –soaking can damage … Continue reading