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

Tips to Select This Unique Gemstone: The Stunning Sapphire Ring

Sapphire engagement rings are rapidly rising in popularity. While the rich blue sapphire has always been a classic choice for an engagement ring, the unique engagement ring trend has brought sapphires back to the forefront. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that many of today’s most famous figures (like Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, and Victoria Beckham) sport sapphire engagement rings.

There’s a lot to love about the sapphire. Sapphires have a rich, mesmerizing color and a lovely meaning. (Sapphires are thought to symbolize faithfulness, sincerity, and good fortune.) Plus, sapphires tend to be more affordable than diamonds, which can help you maximize your engagement ring budget. 

Sapphires are a lovely, eye-catching choice for your engagement ring— but how do you choose a sapphire engagement ring? In this post, we’re giving you all our top tips on how to select the ideal sapphire engagement ring for you! We’ll cover what you need to know about sapphire quality, how to pick the best sapphire shape for you, and how to pick a sapphire engagement ring setting you’ll adore.

Color is Key

Like diamonds, sapphires are graded by their 4Cs (color, cut, clarity, and carat). But color is the top priority for sapphires, since they are a colored gemstone. So when selecting a sapphire, you’ll want to pay special attention to its color.

Sapphires actually come in many different colors, like pink, yellow, orange, purple, and blue. No matter which color of sapphire you’re shopping for, you will want to make sure that its color is rich and evenly spread across the gemstone. Among blue sapphires, the most popular hue of sapphire, look for a gemstone that is medium to medium dark in color, with even color saturation.

You can see an example of a beautifully colored blue sapphire in the Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above. The round blue sapphire in this ring is medium dark, with beautifully dispersed color.

Shape Rules Style

Shape is another important thing to consider when you shop for a sapphire engagement ring. The shape of your center gemstone tends to dictate the overall style of your engagement ring, so it’s important to pick a shape with a style you love.

Like diamonds, sapphires come in many different shapes, such as round, cushion cut, and princess. Each of these shapes has its own style. For example, round is a classic shape, cushion cut is a vintage-style shape, and princess is a highly modern shape. When you shop for a sapphire, do a bit of browsing and see which shape’s style you’re drawn to.

Sapphires are beautiful in every shape, so we would say that there is no “best” shape for a sapphire. And we would recommend that you simply choose the shape you love the most.  However, if you’re wondering which shapes are most popular for sapphires, we have an answer: oval, round, cushion, and emerald. The cushion cut is particularly popular for sapphires, as this cut tends to show color very well. This can enhance the beautiful hue of a sapphire. Plus, the cushion cut has an inherently vintage style, which many people love for a sapphire engagement ring.

The Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring, pictured above, shows off just how stunning a cushion cut sapphire can look in your engagement ring. The cushion cut sapphire used in this ring gives adds a soft, romantic look to this ring’s brilliant, glamorous setting.

Sapphires and Engagement Ring Settings

Lastly, let’s talk about picking a setting for your sapphire engagement ring. Sapphires look beautiful in so many different styles of settings. Though, we will say, diamond halo settings are extremely popular for sapphire engagement rings. This is because sapphires look absolutely stunning when paired with white diamonds. The bright white brilliance of white diamonds enhances the rich depth of a sapphire, creating a contrast that is nothing short of breathtaking. A diamond halo— or a double diamond halo, as seen in the Alyssa Ring above— simply makes a sapphire “pop.”

Halo settings are an excellent choice for sapphire engagement rings. Depending on the design of the halo, this setting can provide either a soft vintage look or an ultra glamorous look. But halo settings are not the only beautiful option for sapphire engagement rings. Prong solitaire settings are also lovely, as they let the beauty of the sapphire take full focus. Then, bezel settings add a sleek, modern touch to a sapphire engagement ring. There are also many sapphire engagement rings with beautifully detailed bands, which can add a gorgeous, ornate  look to a ring.

Alongside choosing the style of your sapphire engagement ring’s setting, you’ll need to choose a precious metal. White gold and platinum are quite popular for sapphire engagement rings, especially those that feature accent diamonds. However, rose gold and yellow gold are also beautiful options. Rose gold and yellow gold can add warmth to a sapphire engagement ring, giving it a more romantic look.

 

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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.

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July 25, 2019

Top Gemstone Engagement Ring Trends of 2019

Gemstones are a beautiful and unique choice for your engagement ring. They can add color, distinctive style, and lovely meaning to your ring. Though diamond engagement rings are still the most popular option, gemstone engagement rings have been rapidly rising in popularity. As this trend has continued, we’ve seen many unique and exciting trends pop up within the gemstone engagement ring category. To celebrate the best of these trends (and to give you some gemstone engagement ring inspiration!), here’s our list of the top gemstone engagement ring trends of 2019.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby engagement rings are one of the hottest engagement ring trends of 2019. Rubies are a gemstone classic. They’re one of the four gemstones that have have been popular since ancient times, alongside sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. The rise in the popularity of ruby engagements is likely due to the rise in another trend: antique-style engagement rings. Rubies are the perfect choice for an antique-style engagement ring, as they were one of the most popular stones for jewelry in the antique era.

Since ancient times, rubies have been prized for their gorgeous red color and powerful meaning. Due to their deep red hue, rubies are associated with passion, love, and the heart. This deep meaning makes a ruby a lovely choice for your engagement ring’s center stone.

The ruby engagement ring set pictured above is the perfect example of an antique-inspired ruby engagement ring pairing. In the pictured engagement ring, a round ruby rests in a rose gold solitaire setting. This ring has been paired with a delicately detailed wedding band. This wedding band features vintage details like a scalloped silhouette and ornate engraving that enhance the set’s antique look.

Gemstone Engagement Rings With Unique Halos

It’s very popular to choose a diamond halo setting when selecting a setting for a gemstone engagement ring. A diamond halo always adds impact and glamour to an engagement ring. Then, they also add brilliance, which can make a gemstone engagement ring more appealing. Gemstones have beautiful color and depth. However, they’re usually lacking in brilliance when compared to diamonds. A diamond halo can amp up the sparkle of a gemstone ring. It also provides a bright white backdrop that makes a deeper gemstone “pop.”

A big trend within the halo set gemstone ring category is unique halo settings. A traditional diamond halo setting surrounds the ring’s center stone, echoing its shape. However, there are many types of halo settings that can add unique style to your engagement ring.

One of our favorite unique halo settings is the Charleston setting, pictured above with a center emerald. The Charleston setting is romantic, geometric dream. This setting features one traditional halo that is echoed by second halo comprised of diamonds in varying shapes. Larger round diamonds and tapered baguette diamonds spring from the inner halo to create an eye-catching starburst effect. Unique halo settings like the Charleston setting are perfect for those looking to add even more distinctive beauty to their gemstone engagement ring.

Crystal Vibes

In years past, those who chose gemstone engagement rings often stuck to traditional gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Today, however, brides-to-be seem to be looking for much more variety. This has led to our next big trend: semi-precious gemstone engagement rings.

Semi-precious gemstones have been used in jewelry for thousands of years. They come in so many different colors and textures, which makes them extremely versatile. Semi-precious gemstones are also popularly used in crystal healing, which is perhaps another reason they’ve become more commonly used in engagement rings. Every crystal is associated with different properties. So, selecting a crystal gemstone for your engagement ring gives you an opportunity to add unique meaning to your engagement ring.

Beyond adding beauty and meaning to an engagement ring, semi-precious gemstones have another benefit: their price. Semi-precious gemstones tend to be much more affordable than precious gemstones, which makes them great for those shopping on a budget. Or, just for those who would prefer to spend less on their engagement ring. Semi-precious gemstones are still beautiful and durable, yet offer a big price advantage.

One of our favorite semi-precious stones for engagement rings is aquamarine. Aquamarine is a crystal-clear, light blue gemstone. This gorgeous gemstone is associated with good luck, trust, and truth. It’s also associated with the sea, so it’s a popular choice for those with a connection to the ocean.

The Skylar Aquamarine Engagement Ring, pictured above, shows how glamorous a unique semi-precious gemstone ring can be. In this design, a soft blue emerald cut aquamarine is surrounded by a glittering diamond halo. More diamonds rest along this ring’s slim yellow gold band, adding to the brilliance of the engagement ring.

Morganite and Rose Gold

Our list of the top gemstone engagement ring trends of 2019 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning morganite. This millennial pink gemstone has been incredibly popular in recent years, due to its lovely color and attractive price. Morganite is particularly popular when paired with rose gold, a blush pink precious metal that perfectly complements the color of morganite.

You can see just how beautiful morganite looks with rose gold in the ring pictured above. In the Melanie Morganite Engagement Ring, a cushion cut morganite rests in a unique halo setting. This halo setting is comprised of rose gold petals set with pave diamonds, which together create a floating diamond shape. This beautifully detailed halo rests atop a delicately detailed band. This ring’s rose gold band features engraving and is set with sparkling white diamonds that add brilliance to this enchanting ring.

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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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