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September Birthstone – Sapphire

Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish or violetish blue, as well as [...]

2017-03-16T08:20:32+00:00September 8th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on September Birthstone – Sapphire

August Birthstone #2 – Sardonyx

  Sardonyx Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding. It was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules, believing that this would bring courage and victory. Because [...]

2017-03-16T08:20:33+00:00August 8th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on August Birthstone #2 – Sardonyx

August Birthstone #1 – Peridot

Peridot Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of [...]

2017-03-16T08:20:33+00:00August 5th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on August Birthstone #1 – Peridot

July Birthstone – Ruby

There’s no better way to demonstrate your love than by giving a ruby in celebration of a July birthday. Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except [...]

2017-11-24T07:53:36+00:00June 30th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on July Birthstone – Ruby

June Birthstones #3 – Moonstone

The third birthstone for June is the Moonstone. It was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone’s appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and [...]

2017-11-24T07:53:46+00:00June 9th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on June Birthstones #3 – Moonstone

June Birthstones #2 – Alexandrite

A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. Due to its [...]

2017-11-24T07:53:52+00:00June 7th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on June Birthstones #2 – Alexandrite

June Birthstone #1 – Pearl

Did you know that June has three different birthstones? The first is Pearl. Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries. They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age. Pearls are unique as they are the only [...]

2017-11-24T07:54:01+00:00June 5th, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on June Birthstone #1 – Pearl

May’s Birthstone – Emerald

As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. [...]

2017-11-24T07:54:41+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Jewelry Industry News|Comments Off on May’s Birthstone – Emerald