This gem is available in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron.
Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the birthstone for January but with its stunning variety of colors and its mystical powers it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick-witted. For centuries, Amethyst has been associated with many myths and legends as well as religions in numerous cultures.
Not only is it the beautiful color that makes this gem so popular but it is also widely available in difference shapes and sizes which makes it more affordable. Amethyst complements both warm and cool colors so it looks fabulous set in both yellow and white metals. This unique ability means it enhances almost every color in your wardrobe.
The name Aquamarine speaks for itself, meaning seawater. Aquamarine immediately brings to mind its stunning pastel sky blue or the bright color of the sea.
For centuries, this timeless gemstone has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Since this gemstone is the color of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. It was long thought that Aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.
Aquamarines are found in a range of blues; from a pale pastel to a greenish-blue to a deep color. Darker shades of blue are increasingly rare and in turn, make the value increase.
The traditional birthstone for April is the Diamond which symbolizes romance and enduring love, and this April birthstone is traditionally set in engagement and wedding rings.
alternatives The April birthstone color os clear or white representing the transparency of diamonds.
Thus alternative birthstones for April are any clear or white gemstones such as clear Quartz, white sapphires and white topaz.
Quartz is the most abundant mineral found across the planet and is also a very durable substance. Besides the clear or transparent variety, quartz occurs in many colors known by different names, such as amethyst and aventurine.
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Green is the color of Spring and has long symbolized love and rebirth. As the gem of Venus, it was also considered to aid in fertility.
Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous female monarch was as famous for wearing Emeralds in her time as Liz Taylor is for wearing diamonds in our time.
The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable the gemstone. Emeralds, among the rarest of gems, are almost always found with birthmarks, known as inclusions. Some inclusions are expected and do not detract from the value of the stone as much as with other gemstones.
June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite—one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.
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Ruby, the king of precious gems, is the birthstone for fortunate folks born in July. Carnelian is the alternative birthstone for July which also occurs in warm reddish colors.
Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success.
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. All other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire, which means color is key for this royal stone.
Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality.
The birthstone for August is Peridot and the August birthstone color is Light Green. The lovely yellow-green Peridot gemstone is associated with growth, prosperity, love, loyalty and protection.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that only come in one color – ranging from shades of brownish to yellowish green.
Peridot is also known as Olivine linked to its primary color of olive green.
The origin of ‘peridot’ is not clear but may come from the Arabic word “faridat”, which means “gem.”
The birthstone for September is Sapphire and the September birthstone color is Deep Blue. The brilliant blue Sapphire gemstone is associated with truth, sincerity, constancy and purity of the soul.
Sapphire is one of the four highly valuable precious gemstones and is most well known for its deep blue color variety. However Sapphire is a form of corundum and there are many other colors of corundum known as ‘fancy sapphires’. The exception is red corundum which is in fact the ruby gemstone and is not included with fancy sapphires.
The origin of the word 'sapphire' appears to come from Latin sapphirus and Greek sappheiros meaning 'blue' or 'precious stones'.
In ancient times, the Opal was known as the Queen of Gems because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Each Opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints. Some prefer the calming flashes of blues and greens; others love the bright reds and yellows. With its rainbow of colors, as you turn and move the Opal the color plays and shifts, giving you a gem that can be worn with a plethora of ensembles.
Australia’s Lightning Ridge is known for its rare and stunning black Opals. The ideal Opal is one that displays broad patterns covering the surface, with all the colors of the rainbow, including red. Since Opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colors be sure to choose one that showcases your color preference and pattern.
This bright shining gem has said to be a gift from the sun. The name Citrine, which is French for “lemon”, fits well with its color range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown. Most people choose a Citrine based on their personal preference, but some of the most sought-after Citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red color.
In ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Today, Citrine is known as the merchant’s stone and is associated with success and prosperity.
Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones. It is relatively plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. These reasons make it a great gem for that big, bold, statement piece.
TURQUOISE is traditionally the birthstone for December, and remains the December birthstone in modern gemology. This gemstone for December is a rare opaque stone that occurs in colors ranging from blue to green. The December stone is believed to relieve mental tension and increase luck.
TOPAZ. the gemstone’s variety specifically designated to be birthstone of December is the blue topaz. This transparent stone is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. it is believed to increase both physical and spiritual strength.
ONYX. today when we think of Onyx we often preface the word with black to distinguish it from other varieties This gem comes in white, reddish brown, brown and banded.
Black never goes out of style, which is why you can never go wrong with black Onyx. Its appealing rich black color can be both classic and contemporary.
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