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Handmade Jewelry for November Birthdays: All About Topaz

Handmade Jewelry for November Birthdays: All About Topaz Love the look and feel of handmade jewelry and need to celebrate a special day? Choose a birthstone piece that features one or more topaz beads. While the term “birthstone jewelry” may conjure up images of tiny gemstone chips in bland settings, handmade topaz pieces are anything but boring. Learn more about this fascinating ... Read More »

February Birthstone: Amethyst

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There has been a birthstone associated which each month out of the year for centuries, with birthstones holding a special place in the hearts of many. A lot of people seek out handmade jewelry depicting their birthstone or the birthstones of their loved ones. For February, the birthstone is Amethyst, a gorgeous purple variety of quartz that is very popular ... Read More »

December Birthstones

For each month of the year, there is a birthstone (or birthstones) associated with it, and for the month of December, there are three: tanzanite, turquoise and zircon. Birthstones are believed to have originated from the breastplate of Aaron which held twelve different gemstones to signify the twelve tribes of Israel. The current birthstone list used goes back to 1912 ... Read More »

Which Sapphire Sets off Your Skintone?

It’s September which means that it’s the month of the beautiful sapphire. These sparkling gemstones are one of the three precious stones which have their base in the crystalline form of aluminum oxide: corundum. Rubies and padparadscha are corundum cousins of our typically blue, glittering sapphires which differ from their beautiful relations because of the very special inclusion of trace ... Read More »

Enchanting August Birthstone: Sardonyx

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The enchanting verdant tones of the peridot have long been recognized as the eighth month’s birthstone. But little do people know that the alluring green gem shares its limelight with a darker, more mysterious counterpart–the sardonyx. A form of onyx from the mineral family of chalcedony, sardonyx differs in appearance from its more famous jet-black cousin. Since ancient times, sardonyx ... Read More »

The Best Ruby Gifts for July Birthdays

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When looking for the perfect gift for someone with a July birthday, you should definitely consider some gorgeous ruby jewelry. Ruby, one of the four precious gemstones, is one of the most highly prized of all stones, believed to carry some incredible qualities. Rubies are said to protect their wearers from danger, ward off evil spirits, and bring good fortune. In ... Read More »

The Pearl: Queen of Gems

History of the June Pearl Birthstone by Leslie Patrick The glowing orb of iridescence that is the pearl has enchanted women for centuries. Cleopatra drank hers in vinegar, Mary Queen of Scots strung hers in a rosary and Napoleon’s second wife, Empress Marie Louise, preferred her pearls ensconced in a golden tiara. However you choose to wear June’s magnificent birthstone, ... Read More »

April’s Brilliance: Dazzling Diamonds

The diamond’s claim to fame outshines every other gemstone. From ancient times, it’s been associated with strength and beauty. People have decorated themselves with diamonds in handcrafted and beaded jewelry, and used them for more spiritual purposes, for thousands of years. The word “diamond” is derived from the Greek “adamas,”which means unconquered or invincible. Diamond is the hardest substance on ... Read More »

Aquamarines: The Splendor of March

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Aquamarines: The Splendor of March By Leslie Patrick Gaze at an aquamarine and you can’t help but marvel at the tranquil beauty of the blue green stone. The color, resembling the most tropical of oceans or a morning sky on a bright spring day, is among the most popular and versatile of all the gemstones and is the birthstone of ... Read More »

Amazing Amethysts – Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Amazing Amethysts By Leslie Patrick With their mesmerizing violet hue and deep historical significance, it’s impossible not to fall in love with February’s birthstone, the amethyst. Long known as a color to represent royalty, the rich purple gemstone has adorned the necks and fingers of Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, but it’s mystical origins lie within Greek mythology. Legend has ... Read More »

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