Birthstones

It is said that giving a piece of jewelry containing a birthstone gem will bring the wearer good luck and protection. 

January: 
Garnet is the birthstone for January. Biblical records associate the deep red Garnet with spiritual fire. 

Garnet is most commonly associated with a deep rich red color, but it is also found in bright green, dark green, grape purple, bright orange and black. 

   

February
Amethyst is the birthstone for February. The Ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst gave the wearer a clear head and helped ward off intoxication. During the Middle Ages Amethyst was worn as a sign of royalty. 


Amethyst is a member of the quarts family and has a deep rich purple color.   

 


March: 
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Ancient Greek sailors would wear an aquamarine pendant to ensure a safe voyage home. Grooms traditionally give a piece of aquamarine jewelry to their bride as a wedding gift, a sign of their love being tied together. This stone is more then just pretty, its a sign of love, direction, loyalty, honesty, and beauty. 

Aquamarine is a pastel stone that is greenish-blue in color, as crisp as an ice crystal.


April: 
Diamond, the birthstone for April, it is the most popular of all gemstones. The name Diamond is derived from the Greek word “adamus,” which means “invincible.” Although usually thought of as the jewel of love and power, diamond also has special powers for people born in April. It strengthens their body and soul, and helps protect their innocence and bring out their best qualities. 

  

May:
May's birthstone is the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, it is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. 
Emeralds have been held in high esteem since ancient times. For that reason, some of the most famous emeralds are to be seen in museums and collections. The green of the emerald is the color of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again. But it has also, for centuries, been the color of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the color of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.


June:
The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. Unlike all gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks. Because of their organic nature, pearls come in a variety of colors and shapes. 

Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence, wisdom and dignity. 



July:

Ruby is the birthstone or July. Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love
It is the chosen stone of Leaders, Kings and Priests for its ability to guide and help make wise and noble decisions.
It is said that the power of Ruby is in its encouragement to follow your dreams and your bliss, helping you to change your world. 



August:

Peridot is Augusts' Traditional birthstone, it is said to have healing properties to protect against nightmares. Peridot has always been associated with light, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” From the earliest times, people confused this stone: now known to be Peridot: with other gems, such as Topaz and Emerald. 

The color range for Peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color, to yellowish green, to pure green. Yellowish green is the most common Peridot color seen.


Spinel is the new Alternative birthstone for August. Spinel is one of history's most underappreciated gemstones. Many famous Rubies through out history are actually Spinel. For centuries monarchs have taken these missnames rubies as spoiles of war not knowing their true identity. 

Spinel comes naturally in every color, from black to bright red, pale purple to hot pink.
Spinel is known for it's high ability to reflect light resulting in a stone with a lot of sparkle and shine. 


September:

Sapphire is the Birthstone for September. Ancients believed that Blue Sapphire bestowed heavenly grace and blessings on the wearer. It was one of the most popular and sacred stone in Biblical times symbolizing Loyalty and Truth.

 Sapphire Comes in every color of the rainbow! Regardless of color Sapphire has always been a symbol of Wisdom. 



October:

Opal is the Birthstone for October. Opal comes in many different colors from the rich red of Mexican Fire opal to the greens and oranges of Ethiopian opal. The deep blue of Bolder opal and the fun white of Jelly Opal. 

Through out history Opal has been a symbol of hope, purity and truth. Ancient cultures revered the stone for its fire and kaleidoscope of colors and light. Some thought it was a flash of light from the heavens fallen to Earth. Though some believe Opal to be bad luck, this is not historically true. History writes Opal as being the luckiest of stones. A novel in the 1800's portrayed Opal as bad luck. Moral of that story, don't fear opal it is a remarkable stone treasured through out history. 


Pink Tourmaline is the Alternative Birthstone for October. 
Tourmaline comes in a wider verity of colors including pink, ranging from light pastel pink to rich cranberry pink. Tourmaline is found around the world but has been known as an American Gem for many years since it is commonly found in Maine and California. Pink Tourmaline in particular is found in California. 



November:

Imperial Topaz and Citrine are the Birthstones for November. Both stones range from a light yellow to deep butterscotch orange and even pink.

 Imperial Topaz was worn by the Ancient Greeks for strength, while it was popular in the Renaissance for giving the wearer the power to ward off magic. The name for Imperial Topaz originated in nineteenth-century Russia. The pink gemstone mined in the Ural Mountains was named to honor the Russian czar. Citrine is a type of quartz. Natural Citrine is rare to find in its yellow color, but it has appeared in jewelry ranging from ancient Egypt to the Victorian Era. 



December:

December has three fabulous birthstones: Tanzanite, Blue Zircon and Turquoise.
Tanzanite comes exclusively from Tanzania. It has a deep rich blue-violet color. 
Zircon comes from the Arabic words meaning "gold color." Zircon can be found in Blue, Orange, Brown, Rose, Green and Red, though Blue is usually used for December. Zircon is used to protect travelers from diseases and injury, prevent nightmares and relieve pain. 
Turquoise means Turkish stone. It is one of the oldest known gemstones ranging from green-blue to sky blue. 

         


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