Birthstones

Birthstone of the Month – Citrine

Birthstone of the Month – Citrine

Citrine Why We Love This Gemstone The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” Citrine quartz has been adored since ancient times. The name “citrine” was used to refer to yellow gemstones as early as 1385, when the word was first recorded in English. However, since the gemstone’s color closely resembled…

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Birthstone of the Month – Opal

Birthstone of the Month – Opal

Opal Why We Love This Gemstone The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.”   The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” The Roman scholar Pliny used the word opalus when he wrote about this gemstone’s kaleidoscopic “play” of rainbow colors…

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Birthstone of the Month – Sapphire

Birthstone of the Month – Sapphire

Sapphire Why We Love This Gemstone Sapphires come in every color except red, which earn the classification of rubies instead. Trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium give naturally colorless corundum a tint of blue, yellow, purple, orange or green, respectively. Sapphires in any color but blue are called “fancies.” Pink sapphires tow a fine line between ruby…

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Birthstone of the Month – Peridot

Birthstone of the Month – Peridot

Peridot Why We Love This Gemstone   Extraterrestrial Peridot crystals are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones.   Iron Gem Most gems are colored by impurities such as iron. Peridot’s color is intrinsically yellow-green. Higher-quality stones have an intense color.   Seeing Double Peridot has extremely high double refraction: when…

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Birthstones of the Month

Birthstones of the Month

Written by: Robert Borneman, Gemologist GARNET – JANUARY Garnet, a gemstone used in jewelry for thousands of years, enjoyed great popularity during the Victorian Era.  Today, Garnet jewelry is available in every modern style of gemstone jewelry, in addition to many fabulous one of a kind antique and estate jewelry pieces.  Garnet is readily available in all shapes and sizes…

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