January 17, 2020

January’s Gleaming Birthstone: Garnet Gemstone Rings

January’s birthstone is the gorgeous, gleaming garnet. January babies are lucky to have the garnet as their birthstone, since this gem is as versatile as it is beautiful. Though red is the most common (and well-known) shade of garnet, garnet can be found in an array of lovely colors, such as orange, yellow, purple, and green. Another major advantage of having garnet as your birthstone is its more affordable price. Garnets tend to be considerably more affordable than other gemstones, thanks to their abundance. So if you’re searching for birthstone jewelry and you were born in January, you can go big and bold with your birthstone– without breaking the bank.

To celebrate the vibrant and stunning January birthstone, below we’re talking a closer look at the gorgeous garnet. Read on to see some of our favorite garnet birthstone rings, to learn more about the history and meaning of garnet, and to get some practical tips on how to wear and care for garnet.

The History of the Garnet

Garnet jewelry, such as this mesmerizing Oval Garnet Ring, has been loved since the time of the Pharaohs.

Garnets are an ancient gemstone that has been worn by humans as far back as 3,000 B.C. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were known to love red garnet necklaces and ancient Roman officials used garnet signet rings to stamp seals on important documents. In the Middle Ages, nobles and the clergy were known to love adorning themselves in garnets. Garnets have been loved throughout every era of history, including in the modern era. Some more recent examples of famous fans of garnets include Jackie Onassis, who owned an intricate garnet and diamond brooch, and Kate Middleton, who often wears a pearl and garnet ring that Prince William gifted her.

The Meaning of Garnets

The 5.20 carat garnet in this lovely Cushion Cut Garnet Ring is thought to attract health, wealth, and happiness.

Like most gemstones, garnet has had many meanings throughout the ages. The people of Ancient Greece believed that garnets could soothe angry hearts and reconcile feuding lovers. Warriors in ancient China believed that adorning a sling bow with a garnet would aid them in battle. During the Crusades, garnets were used as talismans to protect against wounds.

Today, garnets are commonly thought to be a gemstone that attracts health, wealth, and happiness to the wearer. They’re also thought to be especially lucky when worn by those born in January, since garnets are the January birthstone. In addition to being associated with January babies, garnets are associated with the second wedding anniversary, as they are the traditional second wedding anniversary gift.

How to Wear January’s Birthstone: Garnet Jewelry Options and Care Tips

Garnet looks spectacular when surrounded by white diamonds, as seen here in our Halo Garnet Diamond Ring.

There are many types of garnet jewelry for you to choose from, such as garnet rings, garnet earrings, and garnet necklaces. Garnets look lovely in a solitaire setting that lets their beauty take full focus. Then, they also look lovely when accented by other gemstones, such as diamonds. Diamonds look particularly beautiful with garnets, since their bright white shimmer makes the rich depth of a garnet truly pop.

When it comes to caring for garnet jewelry, you should generally care for it like you would other fine jewelry. Keep it stored in a safe place and, if it gets dirty, clean it gently with soap and water. However, one thing you should note about garnet is its unique hardness, which can affect how it should be stored in your jewelry box.

Garnet ranges from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This is a fairly high ranking and it means that garnet is great for everyday wear. However, garnet isn’t quite as hard as some other gemstones, like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Because diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are harder than garnets, they can scratch garnets, should these gems rub up against one another. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, garnets, with their mid-range hardness, are harder than some other gemstones. For example, a garnet could scratch an opal or a pearl. So if you have other gemstone jewelry, be mindful of where and how you store your garnet jewelry.

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November 25, 2019

November’s Warm Birthstone: The Citrine Gemstone

November babies are blessed with one of the most beautiful birthstones: the gorgeous, sunny citrine! Citrine is a warm yellow orange gemstone that’s not only stunning, but also more affordable than many other gemstones. So if you’re looking for some November birthstone jewelry, you may find that you’re able to go big and bold with your beautiful citrine jewelry and still stay within your budget!

In this post, we’re celebrating November’s warm birthstone, the citrine gemstone, by taking a closer look at its makeup and meaning. Throughout this post, we’ll also be highlighting some of our favorite citrine birthstone pieces to show you just how gorgeous the November gem can be!

The Makeup of November’s Birthstone Citrine

citrine engagement ring

Citrine is both beautiful and durable, so it’s a great gemstone for jewelry that gets regular wear, like an engagement ring.

Citrine is a pale yellow to orange variety of the mineral quartz. This gem gets its sunny color from traces of iron within its crystal structure. In the past, citrine was often confused with topaz (another November birthstone), which occurs in a similar yellow-orange color.

Like other types of quartz, citrine is quite durable, which makes it great for everyday wear in pieces like earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and even rings. While some other birthstones are too soft to be practical for an everyday ring, citrine ranks in at an 8 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it’s a great option for fashion rings and engagement rings.

The Meaning and Symbolism of November’s Birthstone Citrine

Citrine jewelry, such as the breathtaking halo set citrine ring pictured above, is associated with health, wealth, and imagination.

Like many other gemstones, citrine has been associated with powerful meanings and symbolism throughout the ages. Since ancient times, this vibrant gemstone has been associated with the sun, thanks to its cheery yellow-orange hue.

In addition to being associated with the sun, citrine is associated with good health. Many people believe that wearing citrine can help to add vibrance to the body and aid in physical healing. Citrine is also associated with wealth. Citrine has been nicknamed “the success stone” and “the Merchant’s Stone.” since many people believe that citrine radiates positive energy and that it can attract money to the wearer.

In modern crystal healing, citrine is associated with imagination, personal will, and manifestation. Crystal healers believe that citrine stimulates the solar plexus chakra, the power chakra. It’s believed that wearing citrine can awaken creativity, stir the soul into action, and help the wearer make their dreams a reality.

When worn as a birthstone, citrine is also thought to bring good luck to the wearer. Many people believe that wearing your birthstone will bring good luck and ward off negative energy.

Final Thoughts on November’s Warm Birthstone Citrine

Citrine is a beautiful, meaningful option for birthstone jewelry or an engagement ring

Whether you wear citrine because you love its many positive associations or just because you find it beautiful, wearing citrine jewelry is a great way to add a bit more vibrant beauty to your day. Citrine jewelry is also a stunning, personal, and thoughtful gift to give for a November birthday present!

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August 22, 2019

What is Your Gemstone Personality? Find Out Your Birthstone Traits

Are you curious to know what your gemstone personality is? In this post, we’ll cover the birthstone of each month, what they symbolize, and the character traits of those who possess this birthstone. Continue reading to find out your birthstone traits.

January: Garnet

Wearing this garnet gem symbolizes love, consistency, faith, and loyalty all the while boosting energy levels and self image. Those born in the month of January value friendship. You are very protective and supportive of those you truly care about.

February: Amethyst

This stunning amethyst purple stone is a symbol of serenity, peace, and even royalty. Bringing balance, calmness, wisdom and a high level of self restraint. If you possess this birthstone you are multi-talented, courageous, and adored for your honesty.

March: Aquamarine

This soft blue colored gem symbolizes youth, love, adventure and hope. It provides a level of calmness and protection for those that wear it. If this light blue aqua gemstone is your birthstone, you are protective and find that you are at your happiest when with family.

April: Diamond

The diamond showcases strength, everlasting love, and unaltered determination. If the diamond is your gemstone, you tend to wear your heart on your sleeve. You’re transparent with your love and embrace the fact that you’re a hopeless romantic.

May: Green Emerald

This mesmerizing green emerald gem speaks of health, faithfulness, fertility, and a comforting spirit. When wearing this stone you may experience improved memory and higher levels of intelligence with your intuitive nature.

June: Alexandrite and Moonstone

These flaunt luck, good fortune, love and a highly creative, imaginative spirit. Bringing good omens to those around you. If these gemstones are your birthstone you exhibit a nurturing and motherly nature to those you care about. Alexandrite changes color in the light. Similarly, you adapt well to any environment you’re put in.

July: Ruby

This bold fiery red ruby gem helps you exude charisma and passion. You have a harmonious, hardworking nature with an excitement for life. Ruby rings are often worn as a provider of energy, strength, and life force with a strong sense of yourself.

August: Peridot

This tantalizing green peridot stone is a symbol of strength, creativity, vibrance, energy, and a naturally curious nature. You may find yourself as a joyful and radiant guiding light to those closest to you with your extra zest and problem-solving capabilities.

September: Sapphire

This beautiful blue sapphire gem represents dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, wisdom, and purity. These wearers showcase leadership and are industrious, honest, mentally strong, highly motivated, and tend to shy away from showing their emotions to the world.

October: Pink Tourmaline

The soft pink gemstone is a showcase of hope, innocence and creativity. People who flaunt these gemstone have a sincere heart, compassionate spirit, and optimistic outlook. Naturally you showcase a high enthusiasm and creativity towards life.

November: Citrine

The citrine gemstone is said to bring mental clarity with strength and healing for both the body and mind. Those born in the month of November  are fair-minded, friendly, exhibit a flexible nature, as well as mental strength.

December: Blue Topaz

You can see an array of blue hues in the blue topaz gemstone. Those that possess this gemstone showcase a high level of calmness.You’re perceptive and cherish the quite moments in life. You also pursue your dreams without worrying about what others think. This gemstone can help increase deep sleep while providing aid to ailing health.




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August 19, 2019

Celebrate August’s Birthstone – The Meaningful Peridot

Peridot, a glittering green gemstone, is August’s birthstone. While most gemstones come in many colors, peridot is comes in only one: a vibrant shade of yellow-olive green. Peridot has been loved throughout the ages for its spectacular color, as well as for its unique meaning. Today, peridots are known as a symbol of opportunity and prosperity. Throughout time, however, this gemstone has had many meanings, which we’ll share with you in this post! Read on to learn all about the many meaning’s of the August birthstone, as well as a bit about its history and formation.

Peridot Formation and Composition

The breathtaking peridot in this halo peridot diamond ring was formed by magma, deep in the earth.

Like diamonds, peridots form in the earth’s mantle, miles into the earth. Peridots form in magma, then are usually brought to the earth’s surface by volcanic eruptions. Peridots also sometimes arrive on earth via a flaming meteorite, though these celestial peridots are quite rare.

Peridots are technically a gemstone-quality variety of the mineral olivine. Like all other types of olivine, peridots get their color from their composition. The unique combination of magnesium and iron present in peridot creates its distinctive yellow green to olive green color.

The Meaning of Peridot: Throughout History

According to ancient Egyptians, the peridot in this halo peridot diamond ring will bring its wearer good luck, power, and confidence.

Peridot’s many meanings are intertwined with how it’s been loved throughout history. One of the first historical records we have of peridot comes from the writings of Pliny the Elder, an ancient natural historian. In his works, Pliny the Elder describes the color and appearance of Peridot, detailing its vibrant color and stating that it glows like a hot coal at night. He also states that, in his time (the first century), much peridot was sourced from an island called Topazios. Pliny the Elder states that this island was heavily protected by the ancient Egyptians, who believed it to be a source of priceless treasures.

We know from Pliny’s works, as well as from numerous other texts, that the ancient Egyptians adored peridots. Egyptians referred to peridots as the “gem of the sun” and believed that they had many magical properties. Egyptians believed that peridots protected the wearer from nightmares and brought the wearer good luck, power, good health, and confidence. Many ancient Egyptians also wore peridots around their left arms to ward off evil spirits. Cleopatra is thought to have worn numerous peridots. Cleopatra was famously fanatic about emeralds and many historians believe that a large portion of the “emeralds” in her collection were actually peridots.

Peridots have also been celebrated in Hawaiian culture throughout the ages. Since ancient times, Hawaiians have associated peridots with Pele, the volcano goddess. This association makes perfect sense, since peridot is formed in magma. Hawaii, which is home to numerous volcanoes, boasts a large amount of olivine, the non-gem variety of peridot. There’s even a green sand beach on the Big Island, Papakolea Beach, which is green due to large amounts of crushed olivine.

Since peridots have been associated with magical properties since ancient times, the myths about peridots have continued over the centuries. Peridots have also been associated with bringing happiness, strengthening the eyes, and aiding friendship. Due to their yellow-green color, they’ve also been associated with healing issues caused by the liver.

The Meaning of Peridot: Today

This beautiful peridot diamond ring features the August birthstone and six dazzling diamond side stones.

Peridot is still associated with many of the magical properties it has been tied to throughout the ages. However, today, it’s much more commonly known as the August birthstone. As the August birthstone, peridot is primarily associated with strength, opportunity, and prosperity.

Can’t get enough of the gorgeous, meaningful peridot? View more peridot jewelry by clicking here!

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June 25, 2019

July’s Birthstone History: The Ruby

The Charleston Ring showcases a beautiful ruby in a unique, antique-style halo setting that’s fit for a queen.

If you’re a July baby, you’re lucky to have the regal ruby as your birthstone. Throughout the ages, rubies been prized for their incredible red color and their powerful meaning. In various cultures, rubies have been thought to bring their wearer passion, love, energy, health, and power. Want to know more about July’s birthstone history? In this post, we’re telling you the history of the ruby and highlighting some of our favorite ruby engagement rings along the way!

The History of The Ruby

Rubies Before Human Discovery

Rubies take between 2 and 3 million years to form in the earth’s crust, so they’ve been around since before the dawn of humanity. Rubies actually have the same development time as sapphires since, technically, they’re the made of the same mineral as sapphires. Rubies and sapphires are both made of corundum. So what’s the difference between the two? When rubies form, they’re exposed to chromium, which gives them their unique, breathtaking red color.

Ruby deposits have been found in many places in the world, including Myanmar, Thailand, Srilanka, Cambodia, Pakistan, Madagascar, Kenya, Maloui, and Tanzania.

Rubies in Ancient Times

Rubies have been loved by people since they were first discovered in ancient times. We know this because rubies were mentioned in many ancient historical texts, including in the Bible (there are actually four mentions of rubies in the Bible) and in the Roman scholar Pliny’s Natural History.

Rubies have been valued in both Eastern and Western Culture. The ancient Sanskrit word for ruby is “ratnaraj,” which means “king of precious stones.” In ancient India, it was thought that rubies allowed their wearer to live in peace with their enemies. In the western world, European royalty has always favorited rubies. Medieval Europeans believed that rubies brought their wearer wisdom, good health, money, and love.

Rubies in Antique and Vintage Eras

The Elise Ring has a retro-era vintage style, thanks to its twisted rose gold band and glamorous emerald cut center ruby.

Rubies look at-home in antique and vintage designs, as the richly red ruby was very popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll find that many vintage and antique era engagement rings feature gemstones such as rubies, as diamonds only became the most popular choice for engagement rings in the mid 20th century.

Rubies Today

An oval cut ruby stars in this unique engagement ring, the Skylar Ring. Here, the featured ruby rests modern-style halo setting.

Rubies are just as valuable in modern times as they have been throughout history. Today, rubies are a popular choice for luxurious fashion jewelry and unique engagement rings. The high durability of rubies makes them an excellent choice for an engagement ring. Rubies rank at a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of harness, which means that only a diamond is harder than a ruby. The lovely meaning of rubies (which are thought to bring their wearer love, passion, and protection) also makes them particularly appropriate for engagement rings.

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