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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]