September Birthstone: Sapphire

sapphireSapphire comes from the Greek word “sapphirus” meaning blue. It is a very hard stone, with a ranking of 9 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. The sapphire is a variety of the mineral Corundum, which is found in every color of the rainbow. Red corundum is considered a ruby, with all other colors being classified as sapphire and blue being the most prized color. Sapphires are found in Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China and Madagascar. Continue reading

Gemstone Facts: Morganite

Although Morganite is over a million years old, it wasn’t until 1911 that it was actually called Morganite.  It was previously known as “Pink Beryl” up until it was named after a man named John Morgan. Beryl is a type of mineral that has many different varieties of stone and colors. Emerald and Aquamarine are also considered to be Beryl minerals.  This stone comes in a range of color to light pink to violet purple.  The more translucent the stone, the more valuable it is considered to be!

For Morganite’s hardness it is said to be a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale.  Diamond (at a 10) is many times harder than Corundum minerals (such as a Sapphire) at 9. Morganite isn’t considered to be a hard stone, therefore it is prone to scratches and chipping. Replacing this stone in jewelry is not considered to be uncommon.

For morganite jewelry inquiries please contact Jessica@steffansjewelers.com

Celestial Wheel Alex and Ani: Aries

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Aries Celestial Wheel Charm Bangle

Adventurous • Dynamic • Courageous

The first sign of the zodiac, coinciding with the spring equinox, the symbolic rebirth of the year, Aries is a courageous pioneer and a natural leader. Passionate, forthright, and brave, Aries is not afraid to stand up for what is right. The ultimate fire sign, the ram has a great exuberance for life, enjoying everything the world has to offer.

Crafted in our Yellow Gold and Shiny Silver Finishes, each charm is adorned to our signature Expandable Wire Bangle. Expandable from 2” to 3.5” in diameter.