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August Birthstones - Wait, They Get THREE?!

August Birthstones - Wait, They Get THREE?!

DID YOU KNOW: In 2016, according to the American Gem Society, August became the third month along with June and December to have the option of three different birthstones to choose from – sardonyx, peridot, and spinel.
August 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Celebrate Spring with the Alluring Aquamarine

Celebrate Spring with the Alluring Aquamarine

There is much to celebrate in the month of March. The serene beauty of spring is approaching, and there is no better stone to represent this time of year than the lovely blue aquamarine. Long valued for its enchanting hue and mystical properties, aquamarine is appreciated by many wearers, not just those fortunate to have it as their birthstone.
February 24, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Which Sapphire Sets off Your Skin Tone?

Which Sapphire Sets off Your Skin Tone?

It’s September which means that it’s the month of the beautiful sapphire. These sparkling gemstones are one of the three precious stones which have their base in the crystalline form of aluminum oxide: corundum. Rubies and padparadscha are corundum cousins of our typically blue, glittering sapphires which differ from their beautiful relations because of the very special inclusion of trace element, iron.
September 01, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
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
Legendary October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal Myths

Legendary October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal Myths

The October Birthstones,Tourmaline and Opal are set apart from other birthstones by their dazzling rainbow colors. Rubies, amethysts, emeralds; all of these stones have intense and gorgeous color, but none of them have the diversity of the October birthstones. Perhaps because of their unique coloration, opals and tourmalines are surrounded by myth, superstition, and folklore.
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.
June’s Birthstone: The Ethereal Pearl

June’s Birthstone: The Ethereal Pearl

Pearl is June’s birthstone, lending its ethereal beauty to the traditional month for weddings. Since ancient times, when the month was dedicated to the Roman Goddess of marriage, it has been considered good luck to take marriage vows beneath June’s sunny skies. Even today, one cannot imagine June without conjuring images of brides in lace and, of course, pearls.
July’s Birthstone: Ruby Passions

July’s Birthstone: Ruby Passions

July’s birthstone is ruby. Given that July is a month dedicated to Julius Caesar—a dictator who died in a pool of his own blood--the red gemstone seems somehow appropriate. But then, July has always been a month for red hot passions, whether murderous rages or ardent love affairs. In that respect, with its own internal fire, ruby is the ideal birthstone for the hottest month of the year.
August’s Birthstone: Peridot, the Evening Emerald

August’s Birthstone: Peridot, the Evening Emerald

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.
Celebrities and their June Gemstones Birthstones

Celebrities and their June Gemstones Birthstones

Do you know what Marilyn Monroe, Rafael Nadal, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Anne Frank, George Bush, Donald Trump, Paula Abdul, Michael Phelps and Prince William have in common? We know that they are all famous on their own right. They some of the most popular actresses, actors, athletes, authors, musicians, entrepreneurs and politicians in the world. Well, the answer is actually not complicated. All of them are born in the month June
Emerald City - May Birthstone Gemstone

Emerald City - May Birthstone Gemstone

In the beloved movie “The Wizard of OZ,” Dorothy merrily skips along the yellow brick road on her way to find the Emerald City. Although it is a work of fiction compliments of L. Frank Baum, it is true that over the centuries emeralds have possessed a magnetic draw rife with mystical legend and lore. Ancient Egyptians wore them as a symbol of fertility, Cleopatra loved them so much that she had her own mines built, and the Incas worshipped the verdigris stone as a god.
About May Birthstone - Enduring Emerald

About May Birthstone - Enduring Emerald

May’s birthstone is emerald, a green gemstone that heralds the lush landscape of spring. May is a month in which flowers blossom, grass unfolds, and everything seems new again. Emerald is a stone that capture’s all spring’s verdant splendor, ranging in color between a bluish jungle green to chartreuse. The stone and the month are a perfect pairing.
April’s Birthstone: Diamond Showers and Spring Flowers

April’s Birthstone: Diamond Showers and Spring Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so what better birthstone than diamond to represent that glistening awakening? Like nourishing raindrops on a sunny day, clear diamonds cast dazzling rainbows whenever exposed to the sun.

In fact, it was once believed that diamonds were made by the very rainstorms which loosened them from their deposits and swept them into riverbeds. The ancients who found diamonds washed ashore likened them to the tears of the gods, fallen stars. Some even believed that diamond gemstones were the physical manifestation of lightning bolts.

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Aquamarine is March’s birthstone and its blue and green hues help usher in the springtime thaw. Greener aquamarine gemstones herald the arrival of Saint Patrick’s Day and springtime flowers while the bluer stones bring Easter Eggs to mind. 

Aquamarine is both the color of sea and sky, and was always considered to be a traveler’s stone. Sailors in ancient times carved aquamarine into shapes honoring Neptune and slept with the gemstone beneath their pillows to see them home safely. Ancient Egyptians often put aquamarine beaded jewelry in their tombs to ensure a successful journey to the afterlife.
December Birthstone - Turquoise and Blue Topaz

December Birthstone - Turquoise and Blue Topaz

Turquoise is December's birthstone, blue as a winter sky or a Christmas forest. These cool turquoise shades have endeared December’s birthstone to cultures from antiquity to today. Even though this opaque gemstone brings to mind the native tribes of the American Southwest, historically, the largest source of turquoise beaded jewelry was the Middle East.
Information and Legends of Topaz - November Birthstone

Information and Legends of Topaz - November Birthstone

Topaz is a gorgeous gemstone found in a wide range of colors. Striking shades of red, orange, peach, pink and gold are just a few shades of interest.  However, yellow topaz is the official birthstone for the month of November.  Commonly used as the suggested anniversary gemstone for the 4th, 19th, and 23rd years of marriage, this lovely stone has actually been quite famous throughout history.
November’s Citrine and Topaz - Sunny Disposition

November’s Citrine and Topaz - Sunny Disposition

With fallen leaves swirling on chill winds, November marks our last fond farewell to warmer days. As trees turn color and people get cozy with spiced cider, the gemstones for this month are bound to bring seasonal cheer. Citrine and yellow topaz are November’s birthstones, heralding the harvest with their warm and sunny hues.
About September Sapphires from Ancient Egypt to Today

About September Sapphires from Ancient Egypt to Today

In Ancient Egypt, sapphires were associated with the wisdom of the all-seeing Eye of Horus, which makes this gemstone the perfect birthstone for the month of September. Then, as now, September was a month for celebrating learning and knowledge. During September’s autumnal equinox, when day and night are in balance, the ancient Egyptians celebrated the wisdom of Isis, who used her knowledge to resurrect her dead husband, Osiris. And since ancient sapphires were prized by the Egyptians for their eye-opening qualities, they have come down to us as the birthstone for September--the month that starts our academic year, and our own quest for wisdom.
August Birthstone “Peridot”

August Birthstone “Peridot”

The Peridot gemstone, Augusts’ birthstone is a rare and most beautiful gemstone.  Thought for centuries to have the remarkable ability to help alleviate problems, cultivate good experiences and improve one’s rapport with others.  The complex unique green color tones reveal a beauty almost indescribable in words.  As Augusts’ birthstone Peridot was a gift from Mother Nature, providing multiple colors from light yellow-green, bright green to an olive dark green.
August 20, 2012 by SWCreations Jewelry
August - Birthstone - Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone

August - Birthstone - Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone

Perhaps gemstones are one of the greatest gifts we’ve been given in this world.  For thousands of years, they have brought beauty and joy into our lives, and most have interesting folklore and legends associated with them.  The August gemstone, Peridot, is often given to celebrate the 16th wedding anniversary, and is not lacking in either beauty or folklore.

peridot gemstonePeridot is a variation of olivine, a mineral composed of magnesium and iron silicate.  It is found in many shades of yellow-green.   A gemstone of many names, it was originally called topaz.  In the 18th century, the French renamed it peridot, meaning gold, because of its often yellowish-gold color. 

The Egyptians called peridot “the gem of the sun.”  Legend says it was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone, and historians now believe that many of the “emeralds” she wore were actually peridot because Egypt and Burma were main providers of this gem during ancient times. 

Cleopatra’s peridot was not the only example from history when it was mistaken for emeralds.  The Cathedral at Cologne holds within its walls a famous shrine known as the Three Holy Kings.  It is adorned with beautiful jewels of all sorts.  For centuries, one large gemstone that was thought to have been an emerald was recently identified as peridot.   In both of these examples, it’s easy to see how it was mistaken for the emerald because they bear a strong likeness to one another, but peridot is softer in intensity.

Gem quality peridot in the United States comes from Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii.  Other sources are Norway, Burma, and islands in the Red Sea.  In 1994, a new deposit was found in Pakistan containing some of the most beautiful and highly valued peridots ever seen.  Finally, one of the most unusual sources of this stone are those found in meteorites.  They are called pallasites, and are the only gems known to come from space.

As with many gems, part of its value is based on clarity; the clearer it is, the more its worth.  A peridot of two to three carats is quite expensive, and an eight carat stone is very rare.  One of the most beautiful and famous peridots in the world is located in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC—it is 310 carats! 

Because Peridot has been around for thousands of years it is steeped in legend and folklore.  Perhaps it has been known best throughout history for its healing properties.  In ancient times, goblets made of peridot were used for curing maladies because it was thought that medicinal liquids drunk from them were more effective.  Other conditions peridot is known to cure are insomnia, digestive distress, and soothing an upset nervous system. 

Not only is peridot known to heal, but it’s also known for protection.  When worn as jewelry it was thought to protect its wearer from evil spirits and if set in gold, its powers were considered even more intense.   

Peridot is symbolic of vitality and strength, associated with stress reduction and relaxation, and is known to enhance emotional well being by bringing happiness and good cheer to those who wear it. Clearly, this gemstone is valued not only for its beauty, but also for the rich history it contains within the very facets of its existence.

July Birthstone Gemstone – Symbolic Fortune of Love

July Birthstone Gemstone – Symbolic Fortune of Love

Handcrafted jewelry adorned with Ruby gemstones, the month of July’s birthstone, has been accepted through the years as a symbolic fortune of love, passion and the ability to enrich one’s life.  Through history the Ruby gemstone is revealed as a powerful spiritual deterrent banishing sorrow and disharmony.  As well as offering protection from bad friendships and possible dangerous situations that life may throw at you. 
Ruby - July's Gemstone of Hot and Spicy Fun

Ruby - July's Gemstone of Hot and Spicy Fun

ruby gemstonesRuby is a semi-precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often found in shades of opaque or translucent red, and is widely recognized as the July Birthstone as well as the gemstone for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. But beyond its modern-day uses and associations, ruby holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong esthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall in love with your ruby jewelry – or inspire you to buy some today!

Ruby is a variety of the species Corundum, and is one of the most sought-after precious colored gems in the world. The word ruby is said to come from the Latin word "rubber" or "rubens," which means red.

In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is called "ratnaraj," or "king of precious stones." Centuries ago, people believed that if a ruby were placed in a pot of water, it would cause the water to boil. People also believed that if rubies were placed beneath the skin, they would generate a mystical force field that would protect the wearer from mishaps. Red is also the color of blood--the life force of all mankind.

Ruby gemstones look best as parts of formal evening jewelry when paired with diamonds, black onyx or dark blue sapphire. More casual combinations include softer contrasts of brilliant ruby reds with clear quartz, emerald or pearls. To see a selection of handmade artisan jewelry featuring ruby, click here. Ruby is typically considered a sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings, it works especially well to enhance the luster of green or hazel eyes.

Rubies became a popular colored stone among European royalty and other nobility because of their intense red color. Whenever a ruby was found, the emperor/royalty sent out people to see and welcome the precious stone. The ancient Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the God Krishna could be granted the life of an emperor in their next lives.

The ruby is often associated with the emotions of love, passion, majesty, power and anger. Rubies are also believed to open the heart, attract others, and overcome fear. They were also said to help predict the future if they change color or intensity. Rubies were first mined 2500 years ago. While they originated in Sri Lanka, today rubies are found in Thailand, Mynamar, and Kenya.

Mohs' Hardness score is based on a 10-point scale where 10 is the most resistant, like a diamond, and 1 is easily scratched, such as Talc. Ruby gets a score of 9, meaning that it is very scratch resistant and therefore suitable as a component of jewelry. Ruby gemstones should be regularly cleaned by a professional or with a soft rag and mild soap and water. Other methods, including ultra-sonic cleaners, are also okay as long as they are not oiled. Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can damage semi-precious and precious gemstones and pearls. 

Article: Sarah Stephens
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January Birthstone Article - Garnet and Auld Lang Syn

January Birthstone Article - Garnet and Auld Lang Syn

January’s birthstone is garnet, a stone with an inner fire that defies even the coldest winter days. And the month of January is filled with those. January is named for Janus, the two faced Roman God of beginnings, endings, gates and doors. This is because January pays tribute to the year just past and harbingers the journeys we’ll make into the New Year.
Octobers Birthstone: Spooky Tales of Pink Tourmaline

Octobers Birthstone: Spooky Tales of Pink Tourmaline

There are two October birthstones: opals and pink tourmaline. But while opals are more famous and certainly have their charm, pink tourmaline’s spooky qualities make it the perfect birthstone for the month in which we revel in ghost stories and the supernatural.

You see, pink tourmaline shares a unique quality with all tourmaline gemstones—it’s pyroelectric and piezoelectric. That means that when heated or put under pressure, tourmaline gemstones take on an electric charge and can actually pull things towards them. If you vigorously rub and warm up your pink tourmaline birthstone jewelry, it can “magically” attract nearby bits of paper and dust. It might even make the hairs on your arm stand on end!

July Birthstone Jewelry - Ruby Gemstones - Love and Passion

July Birthstone Jewelry - Ruby Gemstones - Love and Passion

Handcrafted jewelry adorned with Ruby gemstones, the month of July’s birthstone, has been accepted through the years as a symbolic fortune of love, passion and the ability to enrich one’s life. Through history the Ruby gemstone is revealed as a powerful spiritual deterrent banishing sorrow and disharmony. As well as offering protection from bad friendships and possible dangerous situations that life may throw at you. As an elegant gemstone known for promoting tranquility, centuries have passed and many people continue to wear July’s birthstone, the Ruby, never knowing its history. The antiquity and power behind this astonishing gemstone only accentuates the beauty this July birthstone has to offer. Handcrafted jewelry embellished with Rubies affirms a luxurious and opulent personality for any person wearing such elegance.