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JUNE BIRTHSTONE: THE PEARL

The June Birthstone The most well-known June Birthstone is the pearl. However June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it. That means the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones among pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. In this blog we will only tell you about the pearl,  since it’s most associated as the June Birthstone. Let us share some interesting […]

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May Birthstone: All about Emeralds

May birthstone Green has been associated with “envy” since Shakespeare’s time. It’s true today, too. You can’t help but be envious that the May birthstone is the beautiful emerald. Of course, emeralds are so loved, people own and wear them regardless of their birthdate. The May Birthstone is considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are the rarest gemstones and […]

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April Birthstone: All about diamonds

The history of the April Birthstone: Diamonds Before we delve into the April birthstone, let’s consider “who the heck created birthstones?” Well, it was too long ago to consider it a ploy to generate more business.  The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of  (Biblical) Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. As […]

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March Birthstone

March Birthstone

MARCH BIRTHSTONE For the lucky individuals born in March, the March birthstone are actually two. They are associated with this early spring month: aquamarine and bloodstone. Both stones are very different from one another in appearance, but each share a similar symbolism of preserving or enhancing the health of the wearer. More about each March birthstone is discussed below: AQUAMARINE OVERVIEW The first March birthstone […]

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Jet Jewelry: A brief history

Jet Jewelry   A brief history  Well, you may not have been thinking long and hard about jet jewelry (which is also called black jewelry). But we think you will be intrigued and surprised to learn about this ancient gemstone. This article may not tell you everything, but it will tell you more than you know now and refer you to sources of […]

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February Birthstone

February Birthstone: The Amethyst  Amethyst is the February Birthstone and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. It is also one of the emblems of the twelve apostles. The lore behind the February birthstone include its wine-like color, leading early Greek legends to associate amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed […]

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January Birthstone

What’s the January birthstone? Unlike December, where there are four birthstones, the January birthstone is a single stone: the garnet.  But—surprise—on the bright side, the garnet comes in a variety of colors. Most people think of garnet as a deep red stone (which it is as shown in the picture on the right). Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem […]

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Antique or Vintage Jewelry

How to identify Antique or Vintage Jewelry If you are interested in older (vintage) or antique jewelry, an important issue you have is  how to identify antique or vintage jewelry.  After all,  just because someone tell you it’s antique or vintage, doesn’t make it so. You need to know how to look for tell-tale signs that the piece is actually what they say.  Here are […]

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December Birthstones

December Birthstones Oh you lucky birthday babies. You don’t just have ONE birthstone, you have FOUR December birthstones. They include Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon.  We’re posting some pictures of the December birthstones but to learn about the history and choices you have for December birthstones,  visit the GIA encyclopedia, where you can learn about each. For example the Zircon comes in a […]

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All About Opals

All About Opals…their history and lore  If you were born in October, then you want to know all about Opals. After all, it’s your birthstone and it’s said to carry magical powers for those who wear it. Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient […]

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