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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Love Knots: A Brief History of the Promise Ring

Love Knots: A Brief History of the Promise Ring

A Love Knot ring symbolizes a knot that is not quite tied, yet has all the intentions of being tied. Much like a promise, this is why it is a type of promise ring. Promise rings date back to the old days of betrothals. Betrothals go back as far as Biblical times. They were a [...]

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 [...]