August Birthstone: Peridot

Peridot is the ideal gemstone for lovers of green, whose approachable, balanced nature is reflected in the gem’s verdant hue.  Youthful and energetic, peridot is universally flattering.

Roman’s called peridot the “evening emerald” because its brilliant color didn’t fade at night, but instead seemed to glow.  It was believed to help dreams become reality and to drive away evil spirits.

Peridot is the August birthstone and the gemstone for sixteenth anniversaries.

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July Birthstone: Ruby

Fiery and romantic with brilliant intensity, ruby is a glamorous attention-getter.
Ruby is one of the world’s oldest and most revered gemstones.  It is also one of the rarest.  Historically, rubies were worn to guarantee passion, health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.
Along with sapphires, rubies were the most common stones in engagement rings before diamonds became popular in the Victorian era.  They are still a perfect representation of love and passion.
Rubies are given as gifts for the fifteenth and fortieth anniversaries, and as the birthstone for July.
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June birthstone: Pearls

“Remarkable women of the twentieth century have proven that pearls are the perfect accessory for any occasion: Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey consider pearls in all sizes, colors, lengths, dimensions and species to be signature elements in expressing their personal style.”
The “Queen of Gems,” pearls are romantic and luxurious, an…d run the gamut from classic to casual.  A Southern staple, pearls are a MUST in every woman’s jewelry collection.  From whimsical freshwater designs, exotic Tahitian pearls, to classic Akoya saltwater strands, pearls complement every occasion.
Used as adornment for centuries, pearls have symbolic meaning across different cultures: purity, love, wealth, happiness and power, but most notably and consistently, because the require no polishing – unlike gems – they have been symbols of perfection.
Pearls are the birthstone for June, and as anniversary gifts for the third, twelfth and thirtieth wedding anniversaries.
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February Birthstone: Amethyst

A gorgeous array of purple and green amethyst

From pale lilac to ripe plum, all the drama and excitement of purple is reflected in amethyst.
The most prized member of the quartz family for centuries, the regal amethyst was a favorite of Egyptian royalty and Catherine the Great, and adorns the coronation regalia of the British royal family and the fingers of bishops.  Given its wide size range and good rating for everyday wear, there’s no reason it shouldn’t adorn you, too!
Because of its color, purple amethyst is associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, and it was believed to ward off drunkenness and keep wearers quick-witted in business and battle.
Green amethyst, though around for a long while, is gaining in popularity.  Fresh and fun, green amethyst looks rich and warm when set in yellow gold, and light and bright when set in white.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and a gift for the sixth anniversary.

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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