November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine Jewelry
Individuals born in November can celebrate with two bright and beautiful birthstone options – Topaz and Citrine. Both of these gems are known for their calming energies and for bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.
As with other gemstones with a prominent color such as rubies or sapphires, throughout much of history, all yellow gems were considered to be topaz and that all topaz were yellow. However, we now know that’s not the case and that topaz c...
October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline Jewelry
October is another special month where those born within it have two birthstones to choose from – Opal and Tourmaline. Both of these gems have a wide variety of different colors and shade combinations, making the possibilities nearly limitless. Opal Jewelry The name opal comes from the Greek word opallios, which meant to see change in color. This name is particularly suiting due to the stones ability to display various colors of the rainbow as it diffracts light. While dozens of different ...
September Birthstone: Sapphire Jewelry
A precious gem symbolizing wisdom, loyalty and nobility – sapphire is a wonderful representation for the September birthstone. Although most people typically think of sapphires as a rich, deep blue gemstone, the mineral corundum, actually occurs in a rainbow of hues, except red, which earns the classification of rubies instead. The name sapphire comes from the Latin sapphirus and Greek sappheiros meaning clue stone. Though some people believe the original of the word to come from the Sansk...
August Birthstones: Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel
Originally, August only had one birthstone associated with it – sardonyx. Since then, peridot and spinel have been added to the mix, giving people born in August a multitude of birthstone color choices.
Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine. It is also referred to as the Evening Emerald because of its sparkling green color, which sparkles brightly at any time of the day.
Ancient Egyptians called peridot the gem of the sun, believing i...
July Birthstone: Ruby Jewelry
The fiery ruby makes the perfect birthstone for the warm month of July. Ruby is the red variety of a mineral called corundum. The name ruby comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus. It’s this fierce color that makes the ruby stand out - all other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire. The same element that gives the ruby its color is also responsible for causing fluorescence, which gives rubies that appearance to glow from within. Tough and durable, ruby measures 9 on the Moh...