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Aquamarine: The Gorgeous March Birthstone

Do you have a March Birthday? Happy Birthday!Fashion-forward celebrities such as Eva Mendes, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and Lady Gaga also celebrate March birthdays!You probably know that always-chic andcolorful aquamarinesare designated as the official March birthstone. What's In a Name?The name "aquamarine" originates from the Italian word for seawater. Aquamarines embody the magnificence of the oceans and the grandeur of the skies. Legends refer to aq

Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphire: blue and beyondWhile sapphires are known for their true blue hue, this gemstone also dazzles in shades ofpink, yellow, green and orange. Sapphires actually come in every color of therainbowexcept red — a red sapphire would be considered a ruby as both stones are made of the same mineral corundum.Sapphires have been admired for their beauty and healing powers for thousands of years. Ancient Persians believed the earth was mounted on a great sapphire whose col

Opal Jewelry

Opal: a mysterious play of colorThe opal's iridescent luster has fascinated since ancient times. Swirling shades of the rainbow can all appear in one stone, like a kaleidoscope display. The word opal has origins in the Latin word "opalus", meaning stone of several elements, and in the Greek word "opallios", which translates as color change.There are many myths associated with the opal. In ancient Arabic times, it was believed that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. Ancient Greeks

Citrine Gemstones: The Stone of the Sun

What is Citrine?Citrine is a transparent yellow gemstone from the quartz family. It is used for jewelry, ornamentation, and metaphysical practices. Citrine is also one of the most popularNovember birthstones.Since the dawn of time, the bright yellow rays of the sun have inspired and motivated mankind. These energizing beams seem to be captured in the glorious gemstone citrine which has been called the "sun stone." The Romans hailed citrine as the stone of Mercury, the messenger god, and

Topaz Jewelry

Topaz: shades from sunset to skyThe name topaz is believed to come from the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning fire, and the Greek word "topazion", an old name for an island in the Red Sea.Topaz comes in a variety of colors including white, yellow, orange, blue, brown andpink. In nature, topaz is widely found in golden tones that can range from amber to peach. Because many natural topaz gemstones have this golden glow, in ancient times, topaz was often thought to have a special connection to

Garnets Shine as January's Birthstone

You probably know thatgorgeous garnetsare designated as the official January birthstone.The beloved gemstone comes in a variety of colors from bright red, warm mahogany to a pink-purple hue and complements any skin tone. What's in a name?The name "garnet" comes from the Latin word for pomegranate, which has bright red garnet-like seeds.The History Behind the Garnet:The warm glow of garnet has captivated people for thousands of years. Ancient cultures wore garnets to lift depre

Amethysts Sparkle as February's Official Birthstone

You probably know thatawe-inspiring amethystsare designated as the official February birthstone. What's In a Name?The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "against drunkenness." Amethysts were believed to induce a sober mind.The History Behind the Amethyst:It is believed that a Roman God of wine caused a maiden, named Amethyst, to turn into rock crystal. Legend then states he threw down his goblet turning the crystal to a radiant purple hue.Where

Twelve Months of Beautiful

Your birthday is a special part of who you are. Birthstones are a beautiful reminder of that day and are a tradition that has existed across cultures for many years. Overtime, certain gemstones have been assigned to each month, taking on different meanings and being said to embody particular protective or healing characteristics. Some believe that a birthstone's powers intensity during it's assigned month, and that therefore, all twelve should be possessed in order to receive the birthstones' f

Birthstones for Each Month: Born to Be Fabulous

It is believed that the origin of birthstones began with the breastplate of the Biblical character Aaron. The breastplate contained twelve stones to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Later on, the 1st Century Roman-Jewish historian Josephus connected the breastplate to the twelve months of the year and concluded that the stones must correspond to the twelve signs of the zodiac. From then on, certain gemstones have been assigned to each month, taking on different meanings and said to embody
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