March 27, 2020

Diamond: The Unsurpassed April Birthstone

People who were born in the month of April are lucky to have the gorgeous, exquisitely brilliant diamond as their birthstone. Diamonds are perhaps the most desired of all the precious gems, thanks to their beauty, durability, versatility, and lovely meaning. Since diamonds are so highly desired, diamond jewelry makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. But diamond jewelry is a particularly thoughtful gift for someone with an April birthday, as it’s both beautiful and personalized.

Thinking of picking up a diamond piece for a loved one with an April birthday? Or do you want to get yourself something special for your April birthday? Read on to learn more about the history and meaning of April’s birthstone, the diamond, and to see some of our top recommendations for April birthstone jewelry gifts!

The History Of April’s Birthstone

It takes between one and three billion years for a diamond to form within the earth, so every natural diamond in existence is at least one billion years old. This ancient gemstone has been loved and desired by humans throughout the ages, since at least as far back as the fourth century BC. Some of the earliest records of humans trading diamonds come from the fourth century BC in ancient India, where diamonds were sometimes found in India’s rivers and streams. These diamonds were very limited in quantity so, initially, they were sold only to the wealthiest classes in India. This changed over time, however, as world trade expanded. In the Middle Ages, Indian traders traveled with caravans to markets in Venice, where they sold their diamonds to wealthy Europeans. By the 1400s, diamonds had become incredibly fashionable among European nobles.

India was the world’s first source of diamonds, and they remained the primary source for hundreds of years. In the early 1700s, however, India’s diamond supplies began to dwindle, while other countries were discovering their own supplies. In the 1700s, Brazil became the world’s dominant source of diamonds, followed by South Africa in the 1800s. Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world, including Canada, Botswana, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, and Angola.

The Meaning of April’s Birthstone

Diamonds have been associated with love since the time of Ancient Rome, when Ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds. Ancient people also strongly associated diamonds with strength, as diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. The ancient Greek word for diamond was “adamas,” which means “invincible.” Ancient Greek warriors often wore diamonds into battle, as they believed they would strengthen their muscles and make their wearer invincible in battle.

Today, diamonds are still associated with love for oneself and others, and inner strength. Then, in the modern era, diamonds are also associated with purity, innocence, and eternity. The beautiful meaning of the diamond has made it the most popular gemstone for engagement rings.

April Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

With their extraordinarily high brilliance, diamonds look absolutely gorgeous in every type of fine jewelry. Then, the immense strength and hardness of diamonds also means that they’re quite a practical choice for any type of jewelry, and they’re every jeweler’s top recommendation for everyday rings. Diamond birthstone jewelry is simply a can’t-go-wrong gift option, no matter which type or style you choose. However, to help give you some inspiration, here are some of our current favorite diamond jewelry pieces!

Alena Diamond Ring With Diamond Band

A classic diamond ring with a pave diamond band is a timeless gift your loved one will treasure forever. Pictured above is the Alena Ring, a lovely, timeless engagement ring option. But if you’re looking for another style, we do have a custom diamond ring designer tool, which allows you to easily create the diamond engagement ring or fashion diamond ring of your dreams.

Solitaire Diamond Pendant Necklace

A solitaire diamond pendant necklace is beautiful, classic, and quite versatile. A diamond pendant necklace looks as at-home with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a black tie ensemble. A diamond pendant necklace is a can’t-fail gift option that they’ll be able to enjoy wearing for decades to come.

Elise Twisted Band Solitaire Diamond Ring

The Elise Diamond Ring is one of our current favorite solitaire styles. This utterly elegant ring setting features a slim, twisted band and a chic, timeless four prong solitaire setting. The Elise Ring is a lovely style that works beautifully as a classic engagement ring or as a beautiful promise ring.

Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Going for glamour? The Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring is the ideal choice. This gorgeous engagement ring, which could also double as a show-stopping cocktail ring, features an emerald cut halo setting adorned with shimmering pave diamonds. Additional diamonds accent this ring’s slim band, ensuring it will dazzle from every angle.

Shopping for a traditional birthstone birthday gift for a different month of the year? View our Gemstone Jewelry Collection, which features amethyst jewelry, aquamarine jewelry, topaz jewelry, citrine jewelry, and much more.

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February 28, 2020

February’s Birthstone – The Alluring Amethyst Gemstone

February’s birthstone is the alluring amethyst, a glittering purple gemstone. Amethyst jewelry is a popular gift choice for February birthdays, since wearing an amethyst is thought to bring good luck to those born in February. However, amethyst jewelry makes an excellent gift no matter which month the recipient was born in. This stunning gemstone is loved by many, thanks to its rich color, history, and meaning. Amethyst is a very popular choice for fashion and special occasion jewelry, and it’s also quite popular for unique engagement rings.

Are you thinking of picking up an amethyst piece for yourself or a loved one? Read on to discover more about February’s enchanting birthstone. Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the alluring amethyst, including its history, meaning, and characteristics.

Amethyst History and Meaning

Cushion Cut Purple Amethyst Gemstone Engagement Ring

Ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethyst jewelry, like this mesmerizing diamond and amethyst ring, could help you keep a clear head.

Amethysts have been loved for thousands of years, since the time of the ancient Greeks. The word “amethyst” comes from the ancient Greek word “amethystos,” which means “not drunk.” Ancient Greeks adored purple amethysts and, due to the amethyst’s grape-like color, Greeks associated them with Bacchus, the god of wine. The people of ancient Greece believed that wearing an amethyst (or drinking from an amethyst goblet) would help protect you from drunkenness. In addition to believing that amethysts warded off intoxication, ancient Greeks believed these purple gems could help you keep a clear head in many situations. For example, Greek businessmen often carried amethysts when they went to negotiate business agreements.

Even after the time of ancient Greece, amethysts have been associated with a clear mind. Leonardo da Vinci famously wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect the mind from evil. Then, many Buddhists throughout the ages have believed that amethysts aid in meditation. Today, amethysts are still associated with peace and a clear mind. Many modern crystal healers believe that amethysts provide clarity, enhanced intuition, and protection from negative thoughts and energy.

Amethyst’s Characteristics and Color

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, so it’s quite durable like all quartz gemstones. Amethyst gets its regal violet hue from exposure to iron and natural irradiation. While amethyst is always purple, it can come in a variety of hues. Amethyst can range from a pale pinkish purple to a rich and deep royal purple.

Amethyst in Jewelry

Amethyst is a breathtaking gemstone that looks lovely in many types of jewelry. If you’re shopping for an amethyst piece, you can choose from gorgeous amethyst rings, amethyst earrings, and amethyst necklaces. One of our favorite ways to wear amethyst is in a glamorous amethyst cocktail ring or in a unique purple amethyst engagement ring. With their deep purple color, amethysts look particularly beautiful in rings that are accented with white diamonds. White diamonds add a bright, brilliant contrast that makes the rich violet color of an amethyst look even more luxe.

Caring for Amethyst Rings and Other Amethyst Jewelry

Since it’s both durable and beautiful, amethyst is an excellent choice for an eye-catching ring, like the Halo Purple Amethyst Ring pictured above.

Amethyst is a strong gemstone, coming in at a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Since amethyst is fairly durable, it’s excellent for everyday wear in rings, earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. However, while amethyst is relatively rugged, you should still take care to keep it away from abrasive materials, since it can still get scratched. You should also avoid exposing amethyst to harsh chemicals (including household cleaners), since they can sometimes damage an amethyst gemstone. If you want to clean your amethyst jewelry at home, know that you don’t need any harsh cleaners to keep your amethyst jewelry sparkling. You can simply clean your amethyst jewelry with warm water, mild soap, and a soft cloth or a soft toothbrush.

Final Thoughts

There you have it: everything you need to know about the alluring amethyst! Can’t get enough of this enchanting gemstone? View our full collection of purple amethyst engagement rings.

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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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