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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 Jewelry 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...

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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...

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June Birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone Jewelry

June is one of only two months out of the year that gets to choose between three birthstone gems – pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. June’s gemstones range from the opalescent pearl to the rare, color-changing alexandrite; allowing people with birthdays within the month to choose from a spectrum of price points and color options to suit their style and budget. Pearl Jewelry Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. They are created by mollusks by depositing layers of ca...

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May Birthstone: Emerald Jewelry

Its brilliant green color makes emerald the perfect birthstone for May – representing rebirth in the spring month. Like aquamarine , emerald is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length. Emeralds can range from light green to a deep, rich green. Emeralds are also like aquamarine in that the color presents itself differently depending on the cut. A good cut by a skilled lapidarist can truly make the difference for this gem. To deepen or enhance the c...

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April Birthstone: Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds are often synonymous with engagement and wedding rings, but they also are just as appropriate for everyday wear as they are for special occasions. In fact, diamonds are great to wear every day because they are the hardest gemstone – made out of just one element: carbon. Their structure is 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond. Diamonds come in several colors including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green. They also can range in intensity fr...

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