Green With Envy for Emeralds (May Birthstone)

Green With Envy for Emeralds (May Birthstone)

The word Emerald is derived from a Persian word meaning, “Green Gem.”  It changed from Greek to Latin as smaragdus, then to esmaurde, esmralde, and in the 16th century to esmeralde.  Because of their color, emeralds are often associated with the richest greens and the lushest landscapes. Seattle, Washington is the Emerald City.  Ireland is [...]

Who Needs Friends When You’ve Got Diamonds (April Birthstone)

Who Needs Friends When You’ve Got Diamonds (April Birthstone)

  The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which roughly translates to “I tame,” “I subdue” or “unconquerable” The name refers to the hardness of a diamond, which has a mohs scale rating of 10, making it tougher than any other gem. As far as we know the earliest diamonds were found around [...]

March Birthstone (Aquamarine)

March Birthstone (Aquamarine)

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. The word Aquamarine is a combination of two latin words, aqua meaning water, and marina meaning sea. Aquamarine is a beautiful blue color, so one could see how this mesmerizing gem received its name. Aquamarine was found ages ago, the Egyptians and Sumerians believed it was a symbol of [...]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a special time when loved ones express their love, mainly through gifts. The holiday has origins that can be traced all the way back to the Romans. The Romans used to have a festival in mid-February called Lupercalia. The festival celebrated the change of seasons from winter to spring, and during this [...]

January Birthstone (Garnet)

January Birthstone (Garnet)

"The garnet is a red gem, but not like the ruby, its red is much more like that of a flame ...  It forms far in the east ... If correctly cut and polished it will reveal all its beauty and perfection." - Aristotle, ca. 322 B.C. The word garnet is derived from the Greek [...]

Alternate December Birthstones: Tanzanite & Zircon

Alternate December Birthstones: Tanzanite & Zircon

In addition to Turquoise, December recognizes two other birthstones: Tanzanite and Zircon. Continue reading to learn more about the December birthstones. Tanzanite  Tanzanite is relatively new to the galaxy of colored stones. The origin story of Tanzanite only dates back to 1967. A Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent, intense, violet-to-blue crystals [...]

December Birthstone (Turquoise)

December Birthstone (Turquoise)

The word Turquoise comes from the french expression "pierre tourques," meaning "Turkish Stone," which references the stone being brought to Europe from Turkey during the 13th century. Turquoise has origins that can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt, around the year 3000 BC. The stone was often used in protective amulets as [...]