Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. This stone ranges in color from a pale translucent blue, to blue green, and teal. The most prized coloring is that of a Deep-Blue Aqua. The Aquamarine is derived from Latin, and was said to calm the waves, and ensure safe passage for sailors across the seas. Certain cultures believe that the Mineral Beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle, in litigation, quicken ones intellect, and endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness.
Update your jewelry documentation. For the month of January if you have 10 pieces appraised, the 11th appraisal is free! (Appraisals are $75 each.)
The garnet is January's birthstone. Red garnets are used most often in jewelry, but they come in many colors from pink to green and even blue.
Garnets have been used in jewelry making since the days of ancient Egypt. In Roman times garnets were set in rings and used to stamp wax seals on letters.
In Jewish history, the garnet is said to be one of the four precious stones that Solomon was given by God.
Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones used to make jewelry. The ancient Egyptians used turquoise over 6000 years ago! They called it "mefkat" which means joy or delight.
In North American history many natives used turquoise in trade. The Apaches attached turquoise to bows or other firearms, believing it would guarantee accuracy.
Today turquoise is the national gem of Tibet. Tibetans believe turquoise may grant good health and fortune.
November has two birthstones - topaz and citrine. Topaz is usually thought of as a blue stone, but it also comes in yellow, orange, pink, and green. Topaz is a relatively durable semi-precious stone, scoring an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Extreme heat or pressure can crack topaz stones, but it is not very sensitive to light or chemicals. Still, it's best to use regular soap and water to clean topaz.
Citrine is a type of quartz. It actually starts as an amethyst and turns yellow when treated with heat. It is also pretty durable, with a score of 7 on the Mohs scale. Extreme heat or cold can fracture citrine and should be avoided. To clean citrine, it's best to use soap and water.
Both citrine and topaz are lovely in a variety of settings and can add color to your collection.
The birthstone for October is the opal. Opals are known for the beautiful play of colors they contain. Because they show off every color of the rainbow, opals have been considered magical since ancient times. Arabic lore says that opals come from lightening!
The fiery colors within the opal are created by light refracting off microscopic spheres that make up an opal. The light is refracted at many different frequencies, each frequency resulting in a different color.
Our job is to interpret your ideas into a work of art that is both beautiful and wearable. We do this with our extensive experience and expertise.
The first step is to get to know you. Do you have an earthy, organic style? Do you prefer simple and geometric? Are you trendy? Once we get a feel for your personality and tastes the designing begins.
It starts with a rough sketch. Once the basic design is agreed upon, we create a model.
At this point we can establish the price for creating the piece. The best surprise is no surprise when it comes to cost!
Next we cast your piece of jewelry in the precious metal of choice, setting any chosen gemstones.
At last we have a finished work of art just for you!
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Peridot is the birthstone for August. Which is fitting since the gem has been associated with the sun and light. The Egyptians believed peridot could protect against night terrors.