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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November -  Yellow Topaz / Citrine

The name topaz comes from Sanskrit, meaning fire.  The golden color of the yellow topaz was believed by the Egyptians to be the glow cast by the sun god Ra.  They wore yellow topaz as an amulet to protect them from injury.  The Greeks believed that the stone could make...

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December - Blue Zircon / Turquoise

The name Zircon comes from the Persian word "zargun" which means gold colored, although Zircon comes in a wide range of different colors.  The most popular Zircon color is blue.  Hindu poets wrote of the Kalpa Tree, the ultimate gift of the gods which was a glowing tree covered in...

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