September Birthstone (Sapphire)

September Birthstone (Sapphire)

Roses are red, sapphires are blue, but did you know they come in other colors too?  As you can see from our collection here at Hegeman & Co., they come in all kinds of fun colors, not just blue.   Top to bottom: 18k yellow gold contour band with one princess cut pink sapphire bezel set [...]

August Birthstone (Peridot)

August Birthstone (Peridot)

The word peridot comes from the Arabic word “faridat,” which translates to the word gem.  Peridot is one of the oldest known gems on this earth, dating all the way back to ancient Egyptians of 1500 BC.  Egyptians associated the stone with light, and called it the “gem of the sun.” Many believed that when [...]

July Birthstone (Ruby)

July Birthstone (Ruby)

Ruby is the birthstone for July and one of my personal favorites because it happens to be my birthstone.  Ruby is definitely one of the most historically significant colored stones. Not only was it mentioned four times in the Bible, but it was also worn by royalty throughout history.  Many cultures have considered ruby to [...]

Over the Moon for Moonstones

Over the Moon for Moonstones

Moonstone is one of the alternate birthstones for June, it is also commonly given as a 13th wedding anniversary present.  This hypnotizing, mesmerizing stone has been admired for ages, going all the way back to the Greeks and the Romans.  In Ancient Rome, they believed that the stone was actually formed from solidified beams of [...]

Father’s Day

Father’s Day

To explain where Father’s Day came from, we have to start with Mother’s Day, because that came first.  Mother’s Day started during the post-Civil War era in the 1860’s. Activist Anne Reeves Jarvis urged one divided West Virginia town to celebrate the mothers of both Confederate and Union soldiers.  “Mother’s Work Days” helped bring two [...]