Birthstone Facts!

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AMETHYST:FEBRUARY

The word amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos meaning “sober”. It is a variety of quartz and comes in many shades of purple. The amethyst was once considered more valuable than diamonds. It is a very abundant gemstone and is available in many different shapes and sizes. The ancient Greeks believed that it had magical and medicinal properties. It’s said to prevent baldness, improve the complexion and protect from treason and deceit. If an amethyst is worn it will alleviate migraines and help to improve concentration. This stone also has a soothing and relaxing effect and promotes healthy sleep. It is also a symbol of peace, protection and tranquility. Amethysts are also used to treat swelling, insect bites and acne. It is found in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Western Australia and Morocco. The amethyst is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 6th year of marriage

December Birthstone

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BLUE TOPAZ:DECEMBER

Blue Topaz was long ago considered a stone that had “cooling properties” meaning that if it were thrown into a pot of boiling water it would immediately cool it down. This belief also led to the idea that it was able to cool down hot tempers. Some healing properties that it was thought to have were: the ability to cure insanity, asthma and weak vision. Blue Topaz was also thought to have magical powers that could make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation. It is the hardest of the silicate materials and comes in a variety of colors such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink. If you were to go looking for a place to mine Blue Topaz you would want to travel to Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, China or the United States. Who knows, you might have some waiting to be dug up right in your back yard, but that’s highly unlikely. If you were thinking of giving a gift of Blue Topaz to someone it would symbolize love and fidelity.

BIRTHSTONE FACTS

peridot

PERIDOT: AUGUST

Peridot comes from the Arabic word faridat meaning gem. It is formed as a result of volcanic activity and is mainly found in places where pressure and heat are abundant like volcanic rock and the mantle of the Earth. Several years ago, native Hawaiians discovered Peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii, explaining their presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess. Throughout history, the Peridot has been used as a means ro connect with nature.

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GemstonesWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LESSER-KNOWN GEMSTONES

TANZANITE

missing imageFound in Tanzania just thirty short years ago, this stone is one of the newest additions to the birthstone calendar. It has been said that this gem was discovered when a strike of lighting caught a field on fire. As the fire died down cattle herders noticed that the zoiscite crystals that were once brown now had a deep blue/purple tone.

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July Birthstone: Ruby

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July: Ruby

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The word ruby is derived from the Latin word rebeus meaning “red”. The ruby is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. It is said that it combines Eros, sensual love, and Agape, spiritual love, and is therefore divine love in crystalized form. Rubies were thought to represent heat and power. Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a pot of water would boil instantly if a ruby was tossed into it. When the crystal is ground into a powder, it is placed on the tongue as used as a cure for indigestion.

Ruby is a member of the corundum family. Sapphires and rubies are exactly the same stone, with the only difference being in the color. Ruby is only red and ranges in hue from orangey red to a purplish red. Large rubies are very rare and very beautiful.

They are a 9 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale and are heavier than a diamond. The most beautiful rubies are thought to be from Burma, but they can also be found in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It has been said that ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone a symbol of everlasting love. It is said if it worn on the left hand, that the stone will bring good fortune to its wearer. Rubies are the wedding anniversary stone for the 40th wedding anniversary.ruby slippers

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Meet lucy, the cosmic DIAMOND

To help customers understand the heat and pressure required to create a diamond, consider “Lucy,” a white dwarf star only 5.87 trillion miles, or 50 light years, from earth. That may seem like a great distance, but in terms of the universe, Lucy is actually quite close. After all, she’s in our galaxy.

Discovered in 2004, astronomers playfully named her after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and you have to admit that “Lucy” is easier to remember than BPM 37093, her technical tag.

So what is Lucy? She began as a blazing star like our sun with a core temperature of approximately 27,000,000°F. She couldn’t stop shining and over billions of years, she burned herself out. The result? She’s 5 million trillion trillion pounds of pure crystalized carbon or, from a jewelers perspective, a 10 billion trillion trillion carat diamond. Lucy is a cosmic diamond, and for now, at least, the largest in our galaxy.

  • Astrophysicists say it would take a loupe the size of the sun to grade Lucy.
  • Her surface temperature now is only 12,000°F.

Lucy’s Earthly Counterparts

Earth’s diamonds are smaller — just a little — but their formation requires several billion years of intense heat and pressure. This is only available 100 miles below earth’s surface. There, the carbon molecules bond equally in all directions to create the hardest substance on earth.

This is all very impressive, but that’s not why we love them. We love them for their sheer beauty, extraordinary clarity, and for their fire embodying those vast years of heat and pressure. We love them because they sparkle and astonish.