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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 »

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 Meaning Behind Each Color

If you can’t quite decide on the perfect necklace or aren’t sure which ring to choose for yourself, let the colors be your guide. Fashion jewelry is so much more meaningful when a little extra thought has gone into choosing it. Why not commemorate a special occasion or time in your life with a meaningful stone? You have probably heard ... 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 »

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

March Birthstone Aquamarine

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 »

Diamonds Fit for a Queen: The Jewels of Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Pomp and extravagance, political dissent and undeniable terror – these might be good words to describe the period of the French Revolution.  Calm and self-assured, outspoken, yet highly fashionable might be a few adequate adjectives to describe Marie Antoinette, who was indisputably one of the most fascinating figures during this period.  She ruled as Queen of France from 1774 to ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Curse of the Black Orlov Diamond

Black Orlov Diamond

Let’s add the Black Orlov Diamond to the growing list of gems and beaded jewelry rumored to be stolen from Indian statues. I’ve featured several others on this blog. The Black Orlov is also known as the Eye of Brahma, since legend has it that a renegade monk stole it from a statue of Brahma. At the time it was ... Read More »

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