Monthly Archives: January 2017

A History of Children’s Jewelry

There are many references to children wearing jewelry both in historical writings as well as the Bible. Children have worn jewelry throughout the centuries for several different reasons. Jewelry has mostly been used for personal decoration. But children have also worn jewelry to show status and wealth. Superstitious beliefs have...

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Birthstones - An Overview

January 11, 2017
Birthstones - An Overview

A birthstone is a gem that is associated with a month of the year.  According to tradition, a birthstone brings good luck to a person born in its month.  It is thought that the belief in birthstones originated from a Bible story about Aaron, the first high priest of the...

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Birthstones - January - Garnet

January’s birthstone, the garnet, is thought to encourage sweet dreams and keep the wearer safe during travel.  Garnet is known to symbolize constancy which means firmness of mind or stability.  The garnet also signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the...

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February - Amethyst

January 11, 2017
February - Amethyst

Amethyst, the birthstone for February, was believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the god of wine and intoxication.  In fact, the word 'Amethyst' comes from the Greek word" amethystos" , meaning sober.  The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from a Greek...

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March - Aquamarine

January 11, 2017
March - Aquamarine

Derived from the Roman word "Aqua" meaning water, and "mare" meaning sea, this pale blue gem does indeed resemble the color of sea water.  The ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed...

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April - Diamond

January 11, 2017
April - Diamond

April's birthstone, the diamond, is remarkably simple in composition yet stunning in its unique ability to reflect and refract light into vivid flashes of brilliant color.  The word diamond comes from the Greek word "adamas" meaning unconquerable or invincible. The myths and facts associated with the diamond transcend cultures and...

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May - Emerald

January 11, 2017
May - Emerald

May's birthstone is the intense brilliant green emerald.  Emerald is derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek.  Within its depths are tiny fractures which the French call "jardin," or garden because of their resemblance to foliage.  The ancient Romans associated this gemstone with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated...

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June - Pearl / Alexandrite

January 11, 2017
June - Pearl / Alexandrite

The pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June.  The Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy that their goddess of love shook from her eyes as she was born from the sea.  Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons...

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July - Ruby

January 11, 2017
July - Ruby

July's birthstone is one of the most highly prized gems in history.  The word Ruby comes from the Latin word "ruber" meaning red.  In the ancient language of Sanskrit the Ruby is called "ratnaraj" meaning "king of precious stones".  In Greek mythology Heraclea's kindness to a female stork was rewarded...

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August - Peridot

January 11, 2017
August - Peridot

The name Peridot comes from the Arabic work "feridat," meaning gem.  When natives discovered Peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii, they explained their presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess.  Early Egyptian priests drank a stimulating beverage called Soma from cups made of Peridot, believing this...

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September - Sapphire

January 11, 2017
September - Sapphire

Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous Sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.  Named after the Greek word "sapphirus," meaning blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite amongst priests and kings, who considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity. In ancient times...

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October - Opal / Pink Tourmaline

The opal derives its name from the Latin word "opalus" meaning precious jewel.  The opal is prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect light.  The opal was call "Cupid Paederos" by the Romans meaning a child as beautiful as love.  One legend states that the origin of the...

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