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August Birthstones - Peridot

 Modern – Peridot   Traditional – Sardonyx   Mystical - Diamond Peridot is a very intriguing transparent yellowish-green gem variety of the mineral forsterite olivine. It is a magnesium/iron silicate crystal formed in the igneous environment deep inside the mantle of the earth and is then brought to the surface with volcanic activity. Some also came to the earth as remnants of our solar system's birth in meteorites, though those are rare. The intensity of green in each gem depends on the amount of iron. The best-colored peridot has an iron percentage of less than 15% and includes nickel and chromium as trace elements. Peridot is an ancient gemstone that was used in jewelry as far back as the time of the Egyptian...

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July BIrthstones

Modern – Ruby   Traditional – Ruby  Mystical - Ruby Ruby is considered one of the four traditional cardinal gemstones along with Emerald, Diamond, Amethyst and Sapphire.  It is a pinkish-red member of the Corundum mineral family along with Sapphire. Corundum is one of the hardest minerals, second only to diamonds.  All other Corundums are considered sapphires, even the lighter pink ones.  Rubies get the red coloring from their chromium and iron content.   Through history ruby was revered as a symbol of the sun.  It has been worn as an expression of passion, a talisman of protection and to aid in prosperity. Ruby signifies light to the darkness of one’s life and encourages one to “follow your bliss”.  Esoteric Attributes: Ruby Ruby's invigorating energy helps to overcome exhaustion and lethargy.  For...

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June Birthstones

Modern – Pearl & Moonstone   Traditional – Alexandrite  Mystical - Moonstone   Pearls, the beautiful and elegant organic gems, are unromantically but scientifically described as globular cysts of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite, a relatively soft carbonate mineral (CaCO3) that also makes up the shells of mollusks) that form within the tissues of mollusks as nacre, a protective coating resulting from an internal irritation, such as a grain of sand. Most pearls on the market today are cultured by inserting an artificial irritant or bead into the mollusk shell to create the pearl. Coin pearls - such as the ones in the picture above - are formed around a flat shaped bead nucleaus that causes the pearl to form around it into a coin, oval or square....

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May Birthstones

Modern – Emerald   Traditional – Emerald  Mystical - Sapphire Emerald is considered one of the four traditional precious gemstones along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.  It is a bluish green member of the Beryl family of minerals along with Aquamarine.  Beryl is a mineral found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. If a Green Beryl stone is too light in color and less saturated to be called Emerald it is usually named Green Beryl. Aquamarine often has a greenish cast to the stone but is heated to bring out more of the blue color and reduce the green. In that way, Aquamarine and Emerald are closely related, but Emerald has chromium or vanadium in it which gives it the rich...

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April Birthstones

Modern – Diamond   Traditional – Bloodstone   Mystical - Opal Diamonds are nothing more than highly organized carbon, yet through history, diamonds have been held in the highest regard and value. They are formed under high temperature and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface and come in a variety of colors - gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black. I'm in love with the cognac/champagne colored diamond in this Chinchar/Maloney Aira ring. Love them or hate them, they have been created to endure! Many famous quotes use them as a way of showing high value in all things good: Better a diamond with a flaw then a pebble without. -Confucious There are three things extremely...

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