January Birthstone: Garnet

When they think of garnets, most people (unless they’re USC fans) picture a brownish-red color, but the garnet family of gems encompasses a variety of rich, intense colors.  In fact, it includes every color except blue.
Matched with a very high brilliance, vast size range and extremely reasonable prices, garnet is a fabulously fashionable stone for year-round wear.  It makes a great accessory from the vivid colors of spring to understated winter styles.
Some notable types/colors in the garnet family include:
Rhodolite – raspberry pink
Demantoid/Tsavorite – verdant greens
Spessartite – orange
Mozambique – brownish-red
Garnet’s brilliance has helped it gain a legendary reputation for magically illuminating the night and dispelling dark spirits.  Noah is said to have steered the Ark by a lantern made of garnet.
Garnet is the January birthstone and the gift for the second anniversary.

December Birthstones: Turquoise

Cultures around the world revere turquoise as a mystical and holy gemstone.  It is believed to guarantee good fortune, good health and protection from evil.

Turquoise is one of the world’s most ancient gems.  Egyptian royalty wore turquoise jewelry as early as 5,500 years ago and Chinese artisans were carving it 3,000 years ago!

Turquoise is a December birthstone, along with blue topaz.  It is also a gift for the sixth and eleventh anniversaries.

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December Birthstones: Blue Topaz

Blue topaz offers luminous color and superb clarity at a reasonable price.  From sky blue to deep ocean blue, there is a hue for everyone!  Ancients prized blue topaz as a stone of divine majesty.  Various beliefs about topaz include: that it grants long life, beauty and intelligence, that it breaks enchantments and dispels anger.

Along with turquoise, blue topaz is one of the birthstones for December.  It is also a gift for the fourth anniversary.

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