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October Birthstones

Modern - Opal & Tourmaline   Traditional - Tourmaline     Mystical - Jasper* Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicates.  It can be a variety of colors including green, blue (indicolite), violet, yellow, brown, pink or red (rubelite) depending on its mix with iron, magnesium, or other various metals. * Rubelite, which varies from red to violet to pink is perhaps the most valuable because of its beauty and rarity. The name comes from the Latin word rubellus which means reddish. * Tourmaline may even vary in colors within a single stone, such as the "watermelon tourmaline" (red and green) usually seen in slices.  * The name Tourmaline is from turmali, an ancient Sinhalese word for "mixed color precious stone". Tourmaline...

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September Birthstones

Modern – Sapphire   Traditional – Sapphire  Mystical - Agate           Sapphire is considered one of the four traditional cardinal gemstones along with Emerald, Diamond, Amethyst and Ruby.  It is a member of the Corundum mineral family.  Corundum is one of the hardest minerals, second only to diamonds.  Even though blue is considered it's true color, sapphire is available in all colors of the rainbow with the exception of red because a red corundum is called a Ruby.   Additional mineral compounds along with aluminum oxide create the differences in color, and in the case of Blue Sapphire, iron and titanium provide its hue. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone The only other sapphire with a special...

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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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