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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Signet rings have been popular for a long time, the Bible even mentions the use of signet rings. Their orgins can be traced back to 3500 BC in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and ancient Nubia. Originally, signet rings were used to sign or stamp documents. The rings would often be emblazoned with a family crest. [...]
Peridots and diamonds: the green and sparkle of summer!