April Birthstone: Diamond

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DIAMOND:APRIL

The name diamond is of Latin origin meaning “invincible.” Diamond’s are composed of very densely packed carbon atoms and are the hardest substance on Earth. Diamonds are either colorless or can be red, yellow, brown, black, green, blue, pink or violet. Yellow is the most common fancy color and pink is the most rare. A diamond gets its blue color from the presence of boron.

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Alexandrite Facts!

alexandrite

SELL WITH A STORY: ALEXANDRITE

missing imageBy gemstone standards, alexandrite is a newcomer. What does it matter that it was formed 2 billion years ago? It didn’t exist for us until 1833, when emerald miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains found what looked like an emerald — but not quite. Count Lev Alekseevich Perovski, who managed the Imperial family’s estates (i.e. the mines), was a gemstone connoisseur and sent the “emerald” specimen to the famous Finnish mineralogist, Nils Gustav Nordenskjold (1792-1866).

The Double Take

Nordenskjold quickly realized the Perovski’s specimen was too hard to be emerald. That evening, he looked at it again and was astonished to see it was red like a ruby. After further studying its properties, he named it “diaphanite” which means “two unseen and shown” in reference to the color change. Continue reading

Birthstone Facts!

amethyst

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

Garnet Facts

Garnet colors

GARNET:JANUARY

The word garnet is derived from the Latin word granatus meaning “grain” or “seed”. Legend says that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination. It is believed that the garnet gives the wearer guidance in the night and protection from nightmares. According to the ancient Egyptians, it is an anecdote for snakes bites and food poisoning. Garnet jewelry has been dated all the way back to the bronze age. Anyone who is subject to depression should carry a garnet with them as it encourages joy, willpower and hope while its beautiful fiery red color drives away tiredness and stimulates the imagination.

CUSTOM DESIGN CONTEST

The contest is coming to an end on November 20th. the pieces will be voted on at our Annual Ladies Day event here at Steffan’s Jewelers. Hundreds of ladies come to this event to be apart of our holiday wish-list kick off! This year we are have 5 amazing custom design pieces that are going to be voted on!

Keep checking back for the before and after pictures!

here are some pictures of designs that COULD BE in the contest!

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November Birthstone!

citrine

CITRINE:NOVEMBER

The word citrine comes from the old French word “citrin” meaning lemon. It is one of the more rare forms of quartz. It ranges in color from the palest of yellow to a dark amber called Madeira. Citrine is known to change color when exposed to heat, so it is important to keep it out of direct sunlight. It ranks a 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. Citrine is found mainly in Brazil, but it is also found in Bolivia and Madagascar.

It was believed to have magical powers and was worn to ward off evil thoughts, the plague, bad skin and snake venom. Citrine was also used as a remedy for urinary and kidney ailments. Getting a gift of citrine is a symbol of hope and strength. In addition to being November’s birthstone, it is also the suggested gemstone for the 13th year of marriage.