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July BIrthstones

Modern – Ruby   Traditional – Ruby  Mystical - Ruby Ruby is considered one of the four traditional cardinal gemstones along with Emerald, Diamond, Amethyst and Sapphire.  It is a pinkish-red member of the Corundum mineral family along with Sapphire. Corundum is one of the hardest minerals, second only to diamonds.  All other Corundums are considered sapphires, even the lighter pink ones.  Rubies get the red coloring from their chromium and iron content.   Through history ruby was revered as a symbol of the sun.  It has been worn as an expression of passion, a talisman of protection and to aid in prosperity. Ruby signifies light to the darkness of one’s life and encourages one to “follow your bliss”.  Esoteric Attributes: Ruby Ruby's invigorating energy helps to overcome exhaustion and lethargy.  For...

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June Birthstones

Modern – Pearl & Moonstone   Traditional – Alexandrite  Mystical - Moonstone   Pearls, the beautiful and elegant organic gems, are unromantically but scientifically described as globular cysts of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite, a relatively soft carbonate mineral (CaCO3) that also makes up the shells of mollusks) that form within the tissues of mollusks as nacre, a protective coating resulting from an internal irritation, such as a grain of sand. Most pearls on the market today are cultured by inserting an artificial irritant or bead into the mollusk shell to create the pearl. Coin pearls - such as the ones in the picture above - are formed around a flat shaped bead nucleaus that causes the pearl to form around it into a coin, oval or square....

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May Birthstones

Modern – Emerald   Traditional – Emerald  Mystical - Sapphire Emerald is considered one of the four traditional precious gemstones along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.  It is a bluish green member of the Beryl family of minerals along with Aquamarine.  Beryl is a mineral found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. If a Green Beryl stone is too light in color and less saturated to be called Emerald it is usually named Green Beryl. Aquamarine often has a greenish cast to the stone but is heated to bring out more of the blue color and reduce the green. In that way, Aquamarine and Emerald are closely related, but Emerald has chromium or vanadium in it which gives it the rich...

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March Birthstones

Modern – Aquamarine   Traditional – Bloodstone   Mystical - Jade   Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family.  The name Beryl may not be familiar to most but the more common names of the variety of its colors are well known. Beryl’s come in pink (Morganite), yellow (Heliodor), green (Emerald) and blue (Aquamarine).  The name of March’s blue birthstone comes from the Latin for seawater. Aquamarine’s blue-green color is reminiscent of the sea; evoking the calming, soothing and cleansing nature of water. It was believed in ancient times to be the treasure of mermaids and used by sailors as a talisman to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It was also believed to counteract the forces of darkness and find...

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February Birthstones

Modern - Amethyst    Traditional - Amethyst     Mystical - Bloodstone  Amethyst is the most valuable variety of Quartz.  It gets its violet color from irradiated iron impurities. You may have heard of other colors of Amethyst, but by definition, it can only be purple. When there is a higher iron content with hematite inclusions, it appears black. Pink Amethyst is simply a lighter lavender version. Green Amethyst is technically not an Amethyst but actually another type of quartz called Prasiolite.  I can't honestly say how it ever became commonly known as Green Amethyst.  Possibly, because its an easier name to remember than Prasiolite. Amethyst derived its name from the Greek word "amethystos".  The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication...

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