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About Gemstones

 
 

Gemstones Warmth, Beauty & Charm Arranged by Birth Month

 
    Garnet

Amethyst

Aquamarine

Diamond
 
Emerald

Pearl

Ruby

Peridot
 
Sapphire

Opal

Citrine

Blue Zircon
 
 
 

 

 
         Garnet
  The garnet is a symbol of friendship, love and devotion. Legend holds that Noah used the brilliant stone as a boat lamp. It is also the birthstone for January and the suggested gift for the second anniversary.
     
        Amethyst
  Romans believed the amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus - the god of wine. Amethyst was also thought to protect soldiers and bring them victory. And, in the Middle Ages, only persons of noble birth were allowed to wear them. Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
     
        Aquamarine
  Blue, the world's most popular color, is famous for its calming effect, and out of all the blues available none match the serenity found in Aquamarine. Aquamarine embodies all that is natural. Aquamarine, the sparkling birthstone for March, ranges from pastel blue to light green, its tones reminiscent of an invigorating sea breeze.
     
         Diamond
  Diamonds with inclusions easily identified through a loupe. Finding flaws in this category with the naked eye is difficult. The gems in this category maintain their integrity, depending on the location of the inclusions. They are an attractive choice when working within a fixed budget without sacrificing beauty or value.
     
         Emerald
  Known to bring good fortune, the emerald is said to empower its owner with foresight. Its rich green hues reflect nature and symbolize fertility, rebirth and springtime. Legends claim wearing an emerald will strengthen memory, guard against evil spirits and reveal the truth of a lover's love. Once a favorite of Cleopatra, emeralds are the birthstone of May.
     
         Pearl
  Old Arabian legend suggests the pearl was formed when dewdrops filled with moonlight fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters. Cultured pearls are a traditional gift for brides, June birthdays and third and thirtieth wedding anniversaries, and are believed to have life-giving powers to restore youth.
     
         Ruby
  The fiery color of the ruby symbolizes devotion and desire. It was once believed that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in affairs of the heart. Ruby is the birthstone for July and the anniversary gemstone for the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversaries.
     
         Peridot
  Are peridots the divine tears wept by Pele, Hawaiian goddess of the volcano? Or the powerful talismans against evil of ancient Egyptian lore? Today, people prize the fresh green color of this gemstone, the birthstone for August and the suggested gift for the sixteenth wedding anniversary.
     
         Sapphire
  Although "sapphiru" means blue in Latin, sapphires can be found in a rainbow of colors. Kings once believed these stones offered protection from harm and envy. Sapphire is the traditional gift for the fifth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries and the birthstone for September.
     
         Opal
  Arabs believed opals fell from heaven in flashes of lighting and thus acquired the unique glow of internal fire. Some believe opals give their owners the gift of prophecy. Others consider the stone a fitting symbol of hope, innocence and purity. The opal is the birthstone for October and the suggested gift for the fourteenth wedding anniversary.
     
         Citrine
  Citrine was first used in jewelry in Greece during the Hellenistic period (end of the 4th to the end of the 1st century BC).
The first use of Citrine by the Romans was in intaglios (a gem carved in negative relief) and cabochons in the first centuries after the birth of Christ.
     
         Blue Zircon
  The gemstone of fiery starlight, Jewish legends say that Zircon was the name of the guardian angel sent to watch over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Zircon's brilliant luster, fire and bright hues makes it an enjoyable addition to any jewelry collection.