Wishing our December babies that happiest of birthdays! You lucky ones have two truly special gemstones to represent your birth month: Turquoise and Tanzanite.
Happy birthday to our November babies! You are another of the lucky ones with two birthstones: citrine AND topaz.
Citrine is very rare in nature, and is a yellow/orange variety of quartz. Because of its rarity, most citrine available on the market are actually heat-treated amethyst. The yellow to orange hue is a result of traces of iron that is found in the gem. In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine can actually be present in the same crystal, a unique gem called ametrine. Citrine was particularly popular in the Victorian era, often seen in brooches and rings, because of Queen Victoria’s fascination with the gem.
Citrine brings about joy and happiness, positivity and sunshine, even its name is derived from the French word for lemon! It is also said to activate the imagination and to bring financial successes. Citrine is also the 13th anniversary gemstone.
November’s second birthstone is topaz, a versatile gemstone that can be found in variations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Most people are only familiar with blue topaz (December’s birthstone) which rarely occurs naturally.
Ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength, and during the European Renaissance, people thought that topaz could break magic spells. Indian culture has believed that topaz worn near the heart brings long life, intelligence and beauty.
Happy Birthday to you!
If you are an October birthday, you are one of the lucky ones! Opals are rich with color, lore and mystery and are one of the most globally treasured stones.
Our friends born during September enjoy sapphire as their birthstone! It’s also the gemstone of the 5th and 45th anniversaries. Sapphires have been associated with wisdom, royalty, faithfulness and romance. In ancient times, kings and queens adorned themselves with the gem to protect themselves from envy and harm. In later times, clergy members wore sapphires to symbolize Heaven. More recently, sapphires have received more attention as Kate Middleton received Princess Diana’s 12-carat sapphire engagement ring from Prince William.
Happy Birthday, August babies! You’re one of the lucky ones – you have two gems recognized as your birthstone.
Happy birthday to our July babies – and lucky for you, it’s the month of the ruby! In addition to July’s birthstone, rubies are the gemstones associated with the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Pearls are perhaps the most beloved gem of all, with history dating all the way back to 2206 BC. There are both natural and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are formed in the bodies of certain mollusks, while cultured pearls are created using human intervention usually in mollusks raised for that purpose. There are 4 types of cultured pearls based on their origin:
Emeralds are the gem of the spring, making it the perfect May birthstone. It’s also the 20th and 35th anniversary gift stone. Emeralds are in the Beryl family – as are aquamarine.
If you’re born in April, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. While others are getting other fabulous gems for their birthdays – you’re getting diamonds, the king of all stones.
Aquamarine, often just called aqua, comes from the Latin word for seawater and has centuries of lore behind it. Said to keep the waves calm and keep sailors safe, aquamarine is also rumored to keep marriages happy with its calming and soothing characteristics. Not only is it March’s birthstone, but it’s also the gemstone of the 19th wedding anniversary!