Garnet, the official birthstone for the month of January, signifies Love and Trust. The word "Garnet" is derived from granatum meaning seed and is called so because it resembles to a pomegranate seed.
Amethyst! A purple variety of mineral quartz is a popular birthstone for the month of February. This purple gemstone is symbolic to royalty and spirituality and it is available in many different purple shades. Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "Amethystus" meaning "protection against intoxication".
|The structure of amethyst is long prismatic crystals that have a six sided pyramid at either end. Amethyst was first found around 3000B.C.
Amethyst is one of the most popular gems used in jewelry and is the symbolic gemstone for the 17th wedding anniversary. Amethyst Jewelry looks amazing and can be worn at any time or on any occasions.
Amethyst is found in many countries like Australia, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
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You can add a pop of vibrant color with royalty to any outfit when you choose jewelry featuring the traditional birthstone for February.
The gemstone Aquamarine is the March Birthstone and the birthstone of Scorpions (Zodiac Sign).
The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water" which reflects the color of the crystals.
This gemstone was first mined in 1811 in Brazil. But history says that it was used between 480 and 300 BC. This Gem was used by Greeks to make aquamarine jewelry. In the middle ages, people believed that this gemstone could magically overcome the effects of poison. Aquamarine captures the beauty of the sea. This stone is also found in a range of pastel blue and greenish blue shades.
Legends say that aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. The power gets stronger when it is immersed in water. This stone has a soothing influence on relationships, especially on married couples. Also a dream of aquamarine means that you will meet new friends.
Darker the color of the stone, the more valued it is. Aquamarines are mined in a number of places like Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most of the gemstones available today come from Brazil. When this Aquamarine Stone is worn, it will bring happiness, love, affection, and care.
Happy birthday to all our April born fans. Remember your birthstone is "The Diamond". As it is rightly said "A Diamond is forever". Diamonds are a symbol of royalty and purity. This gemstone was named as "adamas" by Greeks which means "invincible". A diamond is said to bring its owner wealth and happiness as well as protection.
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It is well known that Diamond is the hardest substance found in nature, but few people realize that Diamond is four times harder than the next hardest natural mineral, corundum (sapphire and ruby).
Diamonds are thought to be first found in India and since then have been used for making jewelry. Diamonds are found in many areas including South Africa, Russia, and even in Arkansas in the USA.
A gift of a Diamond is symbolic of everlasting love. Diamonds are the anniversary gems for 10th and the 60th years of marriage. The diamond's white hue symbolizes life, joy and purity. Diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one and it symbolizes strength and courage.
Diamond is also symbolic of a long lasting relationship and has earned the heart of many people around the world. True diamond can be known as the "King of all Gemstones".
Emerald is the birthstone for those who were born in the month of MAY. The word EMERALD is derived from the word "Smaragdos" which means "Green stone" and this reflects the color of the emerald.
Emeralds are from the beryl family of minerals and were Cleopatra's favorite gemstones. This stone Emerald is a symbol of faith, courage and foresight and it signifies wisdom, growth and patience. This gemstone is said to be highly priced in terms of antiquity.
A special rectangular cut called the "Emerald cut" was developed since Emeralds can be easily destroyed.
Emeralds were first mined by ancient Egyptians in the eastern desert region about 2,000 years before Cleopatra's birth. But emerald mines were claimed by Cleopatra during her reign.Emeralds are found in Columbia, Brazil, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columbia is said as a source of the finest emeralds.Ancient traditional birthstones
As said before, Emeralds can be easily destroyed; it is advised not to expose these gemstones to salt water. Jewelry should be removed while cleaning or doing chores. Emerald Jewelry should be carefully cleaned with a soft brush and warm water. These are some of the tips which can be helpful for making your jewelry last forever. More information on jewelry care available on our Education Page
Emeralds, the May birthstone, are indeed soothing and beautiful to gaze upon. Historically associated with love, fertility, and rebirth, emeralds are a perfect choice for the springtime month of May.
The ones born in the month of June, your birthstone is "The Pearl". The word 'Pearl' is derived from the Latin word "pirum" which means "pear" and this reflects the shape of this gemstone.
Some of the qualities associated with this gemstone are loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.
Moonstone is another birthstone for the ones born in the month of June and is the best gift for 13th anniversary. This gemstone belongs to the family of feldspars (the mineral that occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks.).
Another birthstone of this month is "Alexandrite". Alexandrite is a form of "chrysoberyl", which is formed in the earth's crust. These gemstones are very rare and have a quality of changing their color.
Rubies, one of the most sought after gemstones, are the birthstone for the month of July. Rubies are made from Corundum, one of the hardest substances and thus Rubies are the second in hardness after Diamonds.
Rubies, known as "the king of gems", are traditional crystals for 15th and 40th anniversaries. Some of the qualities associated with this gemstone are vitality, confidence and strength.
Peridot, pronounced as "pear-a-doe" is known for its shimmering yellow- green color and is the official birthstone for the month of August. Peridot is known as "gem of the sun" and is derived from the Greek word "faridat" which means "gem".
The name Sardonyx comes from the Greek word Sard "reddish brown" and Onyx "veined gem". Sardonyx is a variety of the silica mineral called chalcedony.
Sapphires, christened, "the gem of soul and autumn" - a fitting name for the September's birthstone. It is aligned with the planets of Saturn and Jupiter and commonly used for the 6th and 45th Anniversaries. Sapphire, a transparent precious stone is one of the most beautiful gemstones and the birthstone for the month of September.
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Opal, commonly known as "opalus" (meaning "a stone") in Latin is the birthstone for the month of October. Opal is found in various shimmering colors with elegant flashes of yellow, orange, green and many more. The opal is often considered to be the most beautiful and desirable of all gems because it is highlighted with all the colors of the rainbow.
An alternate birthstone for the month of October is Tourmaline. With its rainbow of colors, tourmaline is an endless source of artistic inspiration and so it is called the "rainbow gemstone".
One of the very gorgeous gemstones is Yellow Topaz, the birthstone for November. The name "topaz" is derived from the Greek word "Topazos". Topazos means any stone that is of the color yellow.
The name is derived from the color - the yellow of the lemon, although the most sought-after stones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red. Like all crystal quartzes, the citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches.
|There are three different birthstones associated with the month of December: Blue Topaz, Turquoise and Tanzanite. All three birthstones vary in properties but have one thing common i.e., their unique blue color.
Blue Topaz, a variation of the most common gem Topaz, is the birthstone for the month of December. The name "Topaz" is derived from the Greek word "Topazos". Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine that is found in pegmatites near silica rock that are volcanic in origin.
When gifted to a loved one, the blue topaz symbolizes eternal love and faithfulness.
The word Turquoise is derived from the Greek word "Turkois" which means "Turkish"; it is so called because it was first brought from Turkey. Turquoise is a mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate. Turquoise is the only gemstone belonging to the phosphates family. Turquoise is found in the following countries: Iran, United States, Africa, Australia, Siberia, and Europe.
This extraordinary gemstone was discovered in 1967 was enthusiastically celebrated by the specialists as the 'gemstone of the 20th century'. It is named after the East African state of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found.
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