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August is for Peridot

The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Today this gem is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Large strongly-colored, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewelry at all price points.
Peridot crystals are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones.
Most gems are colored by impurities such as iron. Peridot’s color is intrinsically yellow-green. Higher-quality stones have an intense color.
Peridot has extremely high double refraction: when you look closely through the gem, you can see two of each pavilion facet.

Stop by Gemstone Jewelers today to see our most beautiful peridot birthstones and celebrate your August birthday!

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July’s Birthstone is Ruby

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Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion. This fiery red gemstone-the color of the heart-has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, the ruby signifies great courage.

Ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Historically, ruby was believed to attract and maintain love. Ruby is a popular gemstone choice for brides who want to express their individuality.

Ruby is recognized as a talisman to ensure harmony, guard against sorrow, inspire confidence, and bring success. The gem of gusto, ruby brings to light the electrifying personality of those who wear it.

The shades of red in which the ruby comes vary from purplish and bluish red to orangey red in medium to dark tones. Color is key when considering value. Prized colors are pure red with no overtones of brown or blue. Better qualities are usually free of inclusions. Ruby in sizes over 2 carats is rare. In its finest quality, any size is rare.

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Have a Happy 4th of July from Gemstone Jewelers!

HOW DOES LADY LIBERTY CELEBRATE AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY?  BY WEARING HER GORGEOUS DIAMOND CLUSTER EARRINGS FROM GEMSTONE JEWELERS, COME GET YOURS TODAY!  HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM ALL OF US HERE AT GEMSTONE JEWELERS!

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Happy Father’s Day from Gemstone Jewelers!

Happy Father’s Day from Gemstone Jewelers! Is he the myth, the man, or the legend? Mine is all three! Come on in to Gemstone Jewelers and check out our significant men’s collection. Pictured is our men’s 14kt nugget ring with amethyst and diamonds, our 14kt rope chain, and 14kt bracelet!

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Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite – Our June Birthstones

Those born in June are lucky to choose from three birthstones: pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite!

One of three birthstones for June is the pearl. Historically, pearl was believed to possess mystical and healing powers. Roman women slept with them under pillows to sweeten their dreams and ancient Asian cultures used pearls in medicinal ways. A June birthstone, pearl is a recognized gift for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Pearls come in many shapes and colors, and are available in both saltwater and freshwater varieties. Five factors determine value: luster, orient, surface-cleanliness, shape, and size.

A second birthstone for June is the moonstone. Moonstones are believed to be captured moonbeams that reached earth, moonstone is considered a good luck gem, especially for lovers. A gift of moonstones is said to arouse love and passion. Moonstone also is credited for calming nerves, strengthening resolve and guarding against recklessness.

The third birthstone for June is alexandrite and is named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia. Alexandrite was discovered on his birthday in the early 1830’s. Because of this, alexandrite was considered a stroke of luck and worn as an amulet of good fortune. It is also the recognized gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. A rare form of the gem chrysoberyl, alexandrite changes color in different lighting. In daylight it is emerald green, blue-green, or pastel green. In incandescent light, it is violet, ruby red, or purple.

Pictured here is the very beautiful, eye-catching emerald cut lab alexandrite and diamonds set in 14kt yellow gold. Come visit us at Gemstone Jewelers to see this beauty in person!

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Emerald – Our May Birthstone

Emerald is the bluish green to green variety of beryl, a mineral that includes aquamarine. The most important quality factor for an emerald is the color, with bluish green to pure green being the most desirable. .
The emerald stone has always been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love, so it’s perfect for mothers! Emeralds represent wisdom, growth, and patience and are known for their many healing properties such as being an antidote to panic attacks, poison, and cures fever.

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Diamond – Our April Birthstone

The diamond has maintained its position throughout history as a perfect icon for love and marriage. Although colorless is the most common, diamond actually comes in a variety of colorful hues including yellow, pink, blue, green, brown and black.
April’s birthstone, diamond, is the favored gift for the 10th and 60th wedding anniversaries. Symbolizing lasting love and friendship, diamond was believed to inspire loyalty, rouse romance and encourage a joyful life. The gem of character and spirit, diamond radiates the dazzling personality of those who wear it.

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Aquamarine – Our March Birthstone

A long time favorite of jewelry designers is the March birthstone, Aquamarine.  It was believed to keep sailors safe and guard against storms, as well as bring hope, health, harmony, and happiness!  March’s birthstone is also the recognized gift for the 19th wedding anniversary, believed to reawaken love, kindle friendships, and elevate the spirit.  Aquamarine glints the fresh, young-at-heart qualities of those who wear it.  Sister to emerald and a member of the beryl family, aquamarine can be quite intense in larger sizes, while it is often less vivid in smaller ones.  Differences in shade and depth of color have an effect on its value.  A gemstone that is a deep blue and void of internal birthmarks is considered most valuable. Come to Gemstone Jewelers and pick out a unique gift for that special somebody!  Pictured is our stunning aquamarine with diamond halo ring.

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Citrine and Topaz for November

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Revered as a gift of the sun by the ancients, Citrine was believed to inspire optimism and good spirit.  Sister to Amethyst, this golden quartz-family gem is a symbol of warmth and affection.

A November birthstone, Citrine is the recommended gift for the 13th wedding anniversary, signifying fidelity and bliss.  The gemstone of joy and contentment, Citrine illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.

Derived from the French word citron, meaning lemon, Citrine can vary in color from pure yellow to golden honey to smoky brown.  Of all the earth-toned gemstones, Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable.  Known for having good luster, Citrine is available in all sizes.  Generally, intense orange colors are most valuable.

Heating various types of quartz produces Citrine.  Heat enhancement is also routinely performed to lighten Citrine’s color.  To clean Citrine, use warm soapy water and a soft brush.  An ultrasonic cleaner is generally safe, but a steamer is risky.  Avoid contact with harsh chemicals.

 

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The name Topaz derives from the ancient Sanskrit word topas, meaning fire.  Topaz was thought to fuel matters of the heart, inspire courage, increase intuition and sharpen wit.

A November birthstone, Topaz is recognized as a gift for the 23rd wedding anniversary, symbolizing love, truth and devotion.  Topaz was believed to sweeten dreams and dispositions.  The gemstone of friendship, Topaz reveals the gracious and charismatic qualities of those who wear it.

Topaz comes in a variety of colors with the rarest being natural pink, red and fine golden orange.  Intense fiery-golden imperial Topaz, particularly in medium to large sizes, is considered among the most valuable.  The abundance of blue Topaz makes it the most affordable.

Colorless Topaz is routinely heated and irradiated to produce blue, red or green colors.  Topaz in yellow and orange is occasionally irradiated to intensify color.  Brown Topaz is not commonly enhanced.  To clean Topaz, use warm water, a soft damp cloth and a soft brush.  Although Topaz is hard, it cleaves and a sudden impact can cause a break.

 

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October is Opal Month

In the Middle Ages, Opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the Opal.

If Opal is not what your looking for we suggest the beautiful alternative…Tourmaline.

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