Birthstones

The February Birthstone: All About Amethyst

The February Birthstone: All About Amethyst

Amethyst is a well-known and widely used gemstone, thanks to its beautiful color and its abundance in nature. As the February birthstone, a piece of amethyst jewelry can make a beautiful gift for the woman in your life with a February birthday. Amethyst is also the traditional 6th and 33rd wedding anniversary gift. A purple variety of quartz, amethyst is…

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December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

Happy Birthday, December! The December Birthstone is the Blue Topaz. The Blue Topaz gets its name from the Sanskrit word “tapas” meaning fire. In ancient times, Blue Topaz was thought to have cooling properties. Blue Topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals. Pure topaz is colorless, but changes of element inclusions within the stone will lead to a range…

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November Birthstone: Citrine

November Birthstone: Citrine

Happy Birthday, November! The November Birthstone is the Citrine. Citrine gets its name from the old French word “citrin” which translates to “lemon.” Citrine is one of the most rare forms of quartz and can be found in colors ranging from pale yellow to a dark amber shade, commonly referred to as “Madeira,” as the color closely resembles the wine…

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October Birthstone: Opal

October Birthstone: Opal

Happy Birthday, October! The October Birthstone is the Opal. The Opal gets its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning “precious jewel,” and is prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect light into the shimmering rainbow of colors it is known for. Ancient legend says that opals fell from the heavens in a flash of fiery lightning, but, in…

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September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

Happy Birthday, September! The September Birthstone is the Blue Sapphire. Named for the Greek word “sapphirus,” meaning the color blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite. Ancient civilizations said that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. Sapphires are also prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Prince Charles famously chose…

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August Birthstone – Peridot

August Birthstone – Peridot

Happy Birthday, August! The August Birthstone is the Peridot. Peridot get its name from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning gem. In ancient Egypt, Peridot was called “gem of the sun” for their dazzling brilliance. Peridot is a mineral known as olivine, and can be found in various shades of green ranging from a light yellow-green to a deep olive hue.…

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July Birthstone – Ruby

July Birthstone – Ruby

Happy Birthday, July! The July Birthstone is the Ruby. The Ruby gets its name from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. Called the Rajnapura (King of Gems) by ancient Hindus, the Ruby is among the most highly prized gems throughout history. The Ruby is a variety of the mineral Corundum, which is found as crystals that form within metamorphic rock.…

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June Birthstone – Pearl

June Birthstone – Pearl

Happy Birthday, June! The June Birthstone is the Pearl. One of our most treasured gems, the Pearl, comes from one of the humblest of all life forms, the mollusk. The scientific formation of natural pearls is almost as mystical as folklore. When an irritant becomes lodged in the flesh of a mollusk (an oyster, mussel, or clam), the mollusk produces…

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May Birthstone – Emerald

May Birthstone – Emerald

Happy Birthday, May! The May Birthstone is the Emerald. Spring is traditionally a time of new growth and rebirth, and the stunningly intense green of the Emerald evokes thoughts of spring. Emeralds often include tiny fractures, which the French call, jardin (garden), due to their resemblance to foliage. The Emerald, like several other prized gemstones, is a member of the…

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April Birthstone – Diamond

April Birthstone – Diamond

Happy Birthday, April! The April Birthstone is the Diamond. In general, Diamonds are remarkably simple in their color, they appear to be clear or white, yet they are able to refract light in a way that produces vibrant flashes of brilliant color, making them sparkle and shine like no other. Diamonds are simply carbon that has been crystallized under intense…

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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Happy Birthday, March! The March Birthstone is the Aquamarine. The name for Aquamarine comes from the Roman word “aqua” (meaning “water”) and “mare” (meaning “sea”). If you can picture the stunning blue waters of the Mediterranean, you can see how the Aquamarine got its name, as this gorgeous blue gem does, indeed, resemble seawater! The aquamarine is a member of…

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