Birthstones

Stores Closure Due to COVID-19

Stores Closure Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE 3-20-20 This is a difficult time for all of us and we can appreciate that many of our friends and family are struggling, as we begin the fight to eradicate this virus spreading throughout our great country. I have no doubt we will persevere and become stronger and closer to each other when this crisis passes, as we…

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Birthstone of the Month – March

Birthstone of the Month – March

Amethyst Why We Love This Gemstome Aquamarine Birthstone Aquamarine Birthstone Meaning & History Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater, and ancient mariners claimed the gem would calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. This March birthstone was also thought to bring happiness in marriage. Beryl was believed to give the wearer protection against foes in battle and…

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Birthstone of the Month – Amethyst

Birthstone of the Month – Amethyst

Amethyst Why We Love This Gemston If you were born in February, your birthstone is amethyst – the purple variety of quartz that has captivated mankind for millennia. Its lilac to deep purple hues can be cut into many shapes and sizes, and it can be manufactured in a lab as well as mined. Amethyst, the February birthstone, can be…

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Birthstone of the Month – Garnet

Birthstone of the Month – Garnet

Garnet Why We Love This Gemston Garnet gemstones, which are most commonly red, but can be found in a range of other colors, symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health, and wealth. We say it’s the perfect way to start each year! The word “garnet” comes from…

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Birthstone of the Month – Turquoise & Tanzanite

Birthstone of the Month – Turquoise & Tanzanite

Turquoise & Tanzanite Birthstones   Turquoise Birthstone Meaning & History Turquoise is a semi-translucent to opaque gem that ranges from blue to green and often has veins of matrix (remnants of the rock in which it formed) running through it. This December birthstone has been cherished for millennia. The pharaohs and other rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with it.…

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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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