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The Magnificent Allure of Emerald Gemstones

The Magnificent Allure of Emerald Gemstones

merald gemstones signify the month of May. Like spring, emeralds represent rebirth, good fortune, youth, and renewal. 

Emerald is rooted from smaragdus, defining green in Greek.

The first emerald was unearthed in Egypt in 300 B.C. Cleopatra infamously adored the stone. In ancient Egyptian texts, Cleopatra found the "Cleopatra Emerald" weighing at an unimaginable 97 karats. She split the gemstone in half, giving it to Marc Antony. After Marc Antony fought the Romans and died, architects tried to find his missing half. They never located it.

Interesting Facts, Legends, and Myths About Gemstones

Interesting Facts, Legends, and Myths About Gemstones

Precious and semi-precious stones have been honored for many centuries. The folklore concerning them is definitely fascinating. All cultures treasure the stories that go back to the beginning of history.

Birthstones Originated in the Bible

It is believed that the Breastplate of Aaron is the origin of birthstones. Exodus 28, 15-30, calls for the twelve stones of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, corresponding to the zodiac signs of the time, be set into four rows. Since our calendar month system was not known at the time of Exodus, birthstones became more commonly associated with a person’s calendar month of birth.

October's Birthstone: Opal, The Fiery Gemstone

October's Birthstone: Opal, The Fiery Gemstone

Opals are the traditional October birthstone. Because each opal is unique in appearance, jewelry pieces featuring opal gemstones are both beautiful and one of a kind. Opals range in color from milky white to deepest blue, punctuated with flashes of every color in the rainbow. Opals display as much fire as diamonds but with dramatic differences. While diamonds seem to radiate cold brilliance, opals emanate warmth and color.
Tourmaline, the Rainbow Gemstone

Tourmaline, the Rainbow Gemstone

Rubies are red, emeralds are green. What the heck color is tourmaline?

The tourmaline gemstone comes in many colors, often in the same stone. Its very name means mixed stone: "tura mali" from the Singhalese phrase "stone mixed with vibrant colors." Red, pink, peach, orange, yellow, brown, green, blue, purple, even black -- tourmaline is one of the most versatile gemstones, appearing in a variety of shades. Bi-color and tri-color stones are especially prized for jewelry. One of the more popular variations is the "watermelon tourmaline," with pink, green, and white color bands appearing naturally in the same stone.

June 05, 2015 by SWCreations Jewelry
Secret Meanings Behind Handmade Birthstone Jewelry

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.
Diamonds Make the Month of April Shine

Diamonds Make the Month of April Shine

April's birthstone is the sparkling diamond.  Just like spring, diamonds stand out for their ability to look full of color.  Colorless or clear diamonds have the most value, but diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow.  White diamonds are the most valuable; when polished these diamonds become nearly colorless.
April 16, 2015 by Stephanie White
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. 
Myths and Legends Behind Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry

Myths and Legends Behind Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry

Amethyst is an instantly recognizable purple quartz stone that is used for jewelry and healing purposes throughout the world. Ranging in shade from pale lavender to the deepest purple, the gem is prized for its beauty and properties and is the birthstone for the month of February. With these amazing properties, amethyst birthstone jewelry is an ideal gift for a beloved friend or family member -- or even for yourself.

Amethyst Origins

One of the earliest legends surrounding the amethyst comes to us from Ancient Greece and explains the origins of this highly regarded purple stone. In the story, Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and revelry was angered at a mortal woman, who failed to pay him the proper respect.

December Birthstone – The traditional birthstone for December

December Birthstone – The traditional birthstone for December

The zircon is a type of mineral that belongs to the family of nesosilicates. Zirconium silicate is the chemical name and Green, brown, red, golden yellow, and colorless are the natural color of Zircon. The Matura diamond are colorless minerals that has the gem quality and are very popular as a substitute for a diamond. They are not be confused with the cubic zirconia which is a synthetic mineral with a totally different chemical composition.
October 08, 2013 by Stephanie White
Sapphire—A Gem Fit for Royalty

Sapphire—A Gem Fit for Royalty

For centuries, sapphires have made their mark in the history of our world.  SWCreations Sapphire Birthstone ArticleUnderstandably so—they are beautiful and unique gemstones that come in many different varieties.  In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers recognized sapphire for its wonderful qualities and named it as the official birthstone for the month of September.  It is the designated gem given for the 5th, 23rd, and 45th wedding anniversaries and if a couple is blessed enough to make it to their 65th anniversary, the unique star sapphire is often given.
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