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Jewelry Color of the Month: September Blue

Jewelry Color of the Month: September Blue

What is the jewelry color of the month for September? Although you might expect yellow or orange to match the beautiful fall foliage, September's hue is blue.

The September birthstone is sapphire. The most popular color for sapphire is blue, although it also comes in pink, yellow, brown, and other shades.

The Color of August Jewelry

The Color of August Jewelry

August is hot and humid, and what better way to cool off than a nice cool ice or a day at the beach?  The color of August?  The bright green of lime ices and peridot and the soft green of sea foam.

Don't Lick this Anklet

Though it looks good enough to eat, this anklet won't melt on your ankle.  This beautiful peridot crystal pearl mix anklet has the look of a lime ice, cool and green, thanks to the peridot Swarovski Austrian crystals.  With white Swarovski crystal-based pearls and silver, this anklet says August.

August 18, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Dazzling Diamonds for April

Dazzling Diamonds for April

Diamonds have delighted women and poets for centuries. They are the most revered, most praised, of gemstones. Diamonds are the traditional birthstone for April. Although they come in many colors, clear or white diamonds are the most popular variety. Most people would agree with poet Anne Sexton's description of "diamond as white as sun on the sea."

"I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself."  ~ Mae West

That attitude may have made sense when Mae West was filming black and white movies, but today, there's nothing wrong with a woman buying herself jewelry. After all, who knows your taste better than you? 

April 29, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Powerfully Regal Ruby Gemstone

The Powerfully Regal Ruby Gemstone

ruby gemstone jewelryThe ruby gemstone is the epitome of fiery luxury in the jewelry world. On the Mohs scale, rubies rate a hardness of 9, leveling up with diamonds and moissanite. A familiar structural relative to the sapphire, rubies are from the prized corundum category. 

Rubies generally range in pinks and intense reds. Interestingly, the ruby is so close to the makeup of the sapphire, that pink rubies are considered pink sapphires in some regards. The line often gets blurred during the classification. 

In color psychology, intense hues of red remind oneself of their initiative and survival. During ancient times, warriors inserted rubies under their skin to make themselves undefeatable and powerful in battle. The magnetic lore of rubies captivated figures in royalty and politics. 

The crystal system of the ruby is trigonal. Christianity is devout to the Holy Trinity, thus many priests wore red rubies that were cut to show the triangular attributes.

Rubies represent devotion and passion, a fitting gemstone for the astrological signs Leo and Cancer in their July alignments. Overall, this gemstone is powerful and enigmatic. Matched with willful thinking, rubies are a declaration of bravery, energy, and passion.

Rubies are mined in Thailand, Japan, and regions in various parts of Asia and Africa. Due to the rarity of the perfect ruby, many are of lower grade. The highest quality rubies are extraordinarily expensive. The most lavish rubies are found in Burma and scattered mines across the globe.

Oval and princess cut rubies show off the gorgeous tints of hidden colors. Cabochons and heart cuts are more exotic and vivid. 

Our gorgeous ruby inspired beaded earrings truly commemorate the lively gemstone.

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Secret Meanings Behind Handmade Birthstone Jewelry

German jewelers or Polish gem traders may be responsible for creating the original list of birthstones meaning; these lists quickly became popular poems. In 1870, the influential jewelers Tiffany & Co. published one of these poems, further popularizing the idea of a specific stone for each birth month.

birthstones meaningThanks to Wikipedia, we've included excerpts from this poem, below (in italics). Somewhere along the way, some of the birthstones meanings have changed and other special qualities became associated with each gem. For the month of June, even the stone changed! Pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone replaced the much more common agate, which comes in a bewildering number of varieties.

January - Garnet

They will ensure her constancy, True friendship, and fidelity.

Garnet comes from granatum which means seed - and they do resemble pomegranate seeds! They represent eternal friendship and trust.

February - Amethyst

Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they an amethyst will wear.

Amethyst comes from the Greek word for sober - amethystos. It was believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted even while drinking.

March - Aquamarine or Bloodstone

In days of peril firm and brave, And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

The aquamarine's name comes from the Latin words for water (aqua) and the sea (marina) and was believed to provide sailors with a safe voyage - especially if the stone was engraved with Neptune's image.

Bloodstone is dark green flecked with blood-red and was once believed to heal blood diseases.

April - Diamond

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears For vain repentance flow; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known.

Diamonds are symbols of courage as well as everlasting love.

May - Emerald

And wears an emerald all her life Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Emeralds were being worn in Egypt over 2,000 years ago. Ancient Romans attributed it to Venus, the goddess of beauty and love. It's a symbol of rebirth, wisdom and patience.

June - Pearl, Alexandrite or Moonstone

With ring of agate on her hand Can health, wealth, and long life command.

Pearls symbolize purity and tears of joy.

The very rare Alexandrite was only discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of Czar Alexander II.

For centuries, moonstone's appearance was believed to change with the phases of the moon. It often shows either a star or cat's eye that appears to float over the surface of the stone.  

July - Ruby 

Then they'll be exempt and free From love's doubts and anxiety.

Rubies were once believed to be protection from evil. Now they're associated with love and passion. 

August - Peridot or Sardonyx

The August-born without this stone [sardonyx], `Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

Peridot crystals are often found near volcanoes and were once believed to be the tears of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.

Sardonyx was popular with ancient Greek and Roman soldiers. They often carried pieces engraved with images of heroes like Hercules; they believed the stones would help them be brave and achieve victory.

September - Sapphire

A sapphire on her brow should bind `Twill cure diseases of the mind.

During the Middle Ages, sapphires were believed to symbolize heaven and confer heavenly blessings on the wearer.

October - Opal or Tourmaline

But lay an opal on her breast, And hope will lull those woes to rest.

In Greek, Opallos means to see a change; opals are known for their flashes of brilliant, ever-changing color. 

Tourmaline comes in a wide range of colors and sometimes even 2 or 3 colors in the same stone!

November - Topaz

Should prize the topaz's amber hue, Emblem of friends and lovers true.

For thousands of years, all yellow stones were prized as topaz, which represents love and affection. 

Citrine is one of the yellow stones often mistaken for topaz. It's believed to share its warmth and energy with the wearer.

December - Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite

Place on your hand a turquoise blue; Success will bless whate'er you do.

Turquoise is French for Turkish stone and dates back to the thirteenth century. It's thought to be protection against harm.

Natural zircon is believed to relieve pain and provide restful sleep.

Tanzanite was discovered in Tanzania in the late 1960s and is still found only in that area.

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Healing Properties of the March Birthstone

Healing Properties of the March Birthstone

Aquamarine is a beryl gemstone which beautifully ranges in pale blue, blue-green, and teal. Legend states it originated in the treasure chest of mermaids. Sailor's made it their "lucky stone," and even Romans and Greeks believed it kept them safe. No wonder the name derives from Latin words meaning water and sea! Adopting aquamarine as the March birthstone took place in 1912 and it is also the planetary stone for the month's opening zodiac sign, Pisces. 
August’s Birthstone: Peridot, the Evening Emerald

August’s Birthstone: Peridot, the Evening Emerald

august birthstone gemstone

August's birthstone is peridot, a yellow-green gemstone that glows like a firefly on a hot, lazy night. In color, peridot can range from olive to cat-eye green. And unlike cool emerald, with its pine-forest overtones, peridot calls to mind warmer climes. Reminiscent of lemon wedges, watermelon rinds and pistachio ice cream, peridot seems to capture all the memories of summer as of it fades.

Though peridot is one of the more obscure birthstone gems and hasn’t recently been in favor with fashionistas and gem connoisseurs, it was once one of the most prized gemstones in the world.  A very old gemstone, peridot is one of the twelve on the breastplate of Aaron in the Bible.  But somewhere along the way, peridot became so rare and unfamiliar that it was confused with other gemstones like emerald and green tourmaline. Only since modern science has been applied to gemology have some of the great gemstones in royal collections turned out to be peridot.

In spite of its exile from public consciousness, peridot has a rich history. Isiacs in Egypt believed that they could commune with their goddess by drinking out of peridot cups. The Egyptians also fashioned elaborate peridot beaded jewelry and called peridot the “stone of the sun.” Hawaiians believed that peridots they found on sandy beaches were the teardrops of their volcano goddess.

In terms of lore, peridot is strongly associated with nighttime, dreams and eloquence. Ancients believed it warded off anxiety and orators wore peridot beaded jewelry to grace their speeches with luck. Ancient mariners wore the stone to ward off nightmares.

Peridot clocks in at a respectable 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, making it harder than obsidian but not as hard as aquamarine. Still, it doesn’t scratch easily and requires next to no care, which makes it ideal for birthstone jewelry and everyday wear. As for the valuation of peridot, it depends upon the color. The purer and more vibrant the stone, the higher its value. Peridots tinged with brown, however, are considered less valuable.

The actual, as opposed to commercial, rarity of peridot is in some dispute.  For many years, peridot was found only on a desolate isle near Egypt, so rare as to make it fall out of fashion. However, lower quality peridot discoveries in Pakistan and even Arizona have flooded the market and put this gemstone into an accessible price range.

During August, at summer’s close, the nights are short and the darkness held at bay. So too did our ancestors believe peridot kept away night terrors with its cheerful glow. As such, August’s birthstone is a sentimental favorite--like catching a lightning bug in a jar and wearing it in remembrance all year.

Links:

International Colored Gem Association on Peridot

Wikipedia on Peridot

 

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