In ancient Egypt, Peridot was called the “gem of the sun” referring to the golden glow
that emanates from within. This glow imparts a rich yellowish green hue — particularly appropriate for August birthdays and summer wear, when the sun shines and crops near harvest. Now reach beyond birthstones to fashion where green has grown increasingly popular. It’s no wonder that peridot enjoys wide appeal.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LESSER-KNOWN GEMSTONES
Found 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.
Once again it is the dreaded Monday morning, but it is time for our wonderful coffee talk!!! Today I wanted to talk about what to do with stones that are sitting in your drawer. Many people come into my work with stones from their family members, or even pieces they have purchased but no longer like the style. There are millions of options of what you can do with these stones, that can be very budget friendly. Re-mounting stones into pendants, earrings, and rings are usually the way to go. Now, each stone is going to perform better in different mountings so make sure to talk to your jeweler to see which would be best for your specific stones.
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.
The other day i came across a post from Raymond Lee Jewelers’ Blog and was amazed on the creativity they used to come up with this very pondered number. I thought it was very clever and enjoyable to read!!! Enjoy!
Whats new at Steffan’s Jewelers?
We always are getting new and up-to-date styles into the store. You can visit our actual store site at http://www.steffanjewelers.com for most of our pieces that are available for shipping!
We have lines from Pandora, Alex & Ani, Hearts on Fire, Mark Schneider, JB Star and so many more.
Outfit of the day
Staring Ilaria Lanzoni
Here is Ilaria, the Hearts On Fire head designer. This look is so perfect for a day at the office,a casual day with friends, or a nice lunch outfit. Professional yet so very stylish. She has layered three diamond pendants going smallest to largest. Continuing the layering, she has stacked many stunning beaded bracelets. Simplicity at its finest. She tops it off with one over-the-top ring that is just so gorgeous and truly a must have.