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 [...]

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 [...]

February Birthstone (Amethyst)

February Birthstone (Amethyst)

Amethyst is the purple color variety of quartz. It is said to be the most popular purple gem and one of the most popular gemstones of all time. Amethyst has been around for ages, the gem can be traced back to ancient Greece. The word Amethyst is actually driven from the Greek word “amethystos” which [...]

History of Pearls

History of Pearls

Pearls are officially the world’s oldest gem, and for that reason they are considered the “Queen of Gems.” Because pearls have been around since before written history, their discovery cannot be attributed to one person. It is believed that people searching for food along the shore discovered them. What we do know is that they [...]

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 [...]