June's Birthstone and Zodiac

Lucky June to enjoy the luminous, fascinating and simply beautiful pearl. And the pearl is not just a pearl. There’s a large range in origin, size, color and jewelry style . (Click on image for more info.)

 

June 1 - June 20 is the Gemini zodiac, characterized by the Twins, Castor and Pollux, and is known for having two different sides they can display to the world.

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March Birthstone and Zodiac

Aquamarine is the birthstone for those lucky enough to be born in March and their choice of Zodiac signs includes both Pisces (February 19 - March 20) and Aries (March 21 - April 29).


 
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Gold Zodiac rings designed by Rhoma Young. Each ring’s center is all hand cast gold that’s recycled and made from an impression of antique French buttons. The outside is also all hand cast and hammered by an expert goldsmith.  Price Group A

Gold Zodiac rings designed by Rhoma Young. Each ring’s center is all hand cast gold that’s recycled and made from an impression of antique French buttons. The outside is also all hand cast and hammered by an expert goldsmith.

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February Birthstone and Zodiac

February’s birthday celebrants enjoy the beautiful Amethyst as their birthstone and the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces. All this in 28 days.

Amethyst derives its name from the ancient Greek word methustos, which translates roughly to intoxicated. In ancient Greece, the wearing of amethyst would protect you from getting drunk was a belief. Today it just gives the wearer a sense of pleasure and maybe a bit of the royal feeling.

December's Birthstone - Turquoise

There are three birthstones for the month of December: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise. Your zodiac signs are Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) and Capricorn (December 22-January 19).

 

All three of these stones are a deep blue color and have their own history and chemical composition. One of the more interesting of the three is tanzanite, a gem you may not have heard of before. This rare gem is only found in Tanzania and was only recently discovered in 1967. Tanzanite gets its deep blue color from trace amounts of vanadium.

Tanzanite was discoveredby Maasai herders who were tending to the Merelani Hills around Arusha, Tanzania. These herders came across blue crystals and notified a prospector who then registered the area with the government to begin mining. The name Tanzanite was coined by Tiffany and Company who became the primary distributor of the gem and wanted to showcase the rare geographical source of this stone.

November's Birthstone

The perfect colors for a late fall birthday are the found in the November birthstones of citrine and topaz.

 
 

Topaz is the more common gemstone associated with November and comes in a variety of yellow hues. The name topaz comes from the Greek name for St. John's Island located in the Red Sea, Topazios. This is because yellow gems were mined on this island, however they were likely not topaz.

Topaz picks up its bright yellow color from impurities, as with most gems. In pure form, topaz is colorless but can take on a variety of colors dependent on certain impurities.

A large chunk of the topaz in the world comes from Brazil, and it's also produced in Australia, Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and the United States. Although topaz has been used in many forms for thousands of years, the term was widely used for any light-yellow gem and hence most references to topaz in history could be other gems.

July's Birthstone - The Ruby

Those born in July have the opulent ruby as their birthstone. Your zodiac sign can be either Cancer (June 21-July 22) or Leo (July 23-August 22).

 

Ruby is a variety of corundum, which is then colored to a deep red coloring by chromium. The name of ruby comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus.

One of the most famous locations for rubies is the Mogok Valleyin Burma, known for its deep blood red colored rubies. You can also find rubies in the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.

Not surprising, the ruby is known to represent life and blood and is known to increase courage. In fact, warriors in Burma would implant rubies into their skin before battle for protection and courage on the battlefield.

May's Birthstone - The Emerald

Lucky May people. Not only do you enjoy one of spring's most fabulous months as your birth month, the emerald is your birthstone. 

An emerald is valued chiefly on its color, more so than other gemstones. That distinctive green color is unmatched in the world of gemstones, and the emerald is one of the four most precious of all gemstones. The other three are the ruby, the diamond and the sapphire.  Good company for May babies.

Interested in learning more about emeralds, click here >

The Diamond - April's Birthstone

The diamond is perfection alone, nestled among or surrounding other gemstones, or grouped into jewelry of any shape. The April birthstone, just another reason to wear diamonds.

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Isn’t this frog stunning?

What better way to leap forward into enjoying life than being ready to spring, with this diamond frog starkly set against a bright blue background.

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Delicate gold filigree...

work highlights these diamonds and so gracefully in the necklace of an earring. A pin refashioned as a single earring. 

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A Tuxedo ring for any occasion.

Originally a long bar pin, it's been recreated as a ring with added enamel on the sides, showcasing the the original centerpiece. This ring sits very well on the hand. Circa 1890s - 1900.

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March's Birthstone - Aquamarine

Known as "one of the most sophisticated and beautiful jewels in the world", the aquamarine gemstone is the birthstone for March. 

The gemstone varies from light-greenish blue hue to bright blue tone. Aquamarine’s etymology is, “Aqua” meaning “water” and “Marina” meaning “sea” which translates as “sea water”. 

 

Aquamarines that are deeply colored blue have higher values. Aquamarine derives its color from the traces of Iron on its structure. And for aquamarine to achieve its deep blue color, it undergoes a process of heating to eliminate the traces of its natural green color impurities

A lovely Victorian faceted aqua and ruby bangle bracelet from about 1860.

A lovely Victorian faceted aqua and ruby bangle bracelet from about 1860.

This gemstone is recognized as the Zodiac sign for Scorpio and the planetary sign for Pisces. It is also the assigned stone for the planet Neptune. In earlier cultures, it was thought that wearing Aquamarine would give the wearer beauty, honesty, happiness, loyalty, increased intelligence, and youthfulness.

February's Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the Aquarius zodiac sign.

Amethyst broach, framed in gold,  on a gold chain.

Amethyst broach, framed in gold,  on a gold chain.

Amethyst is a form of quartz, composed of silicon dioxide which is the primary ingredient of sand. Most quartz samples are clear, but amethyst has a beautiful purple color due to small amounts of iron impurities in the crystal lattice.