WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING COLORED GEMSTONES
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet refers to a group of minerals including pyrope, almandine, spessartine, andradite and grossular. Pyrope and Almandine range in color from orange with hints of red to a vivid purple.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Amethyst is the name given to crystalline quartz in shades of purple. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means “not intoxicate”; this gave rise to a common
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl (green beryl is emerald, pink beryl is morganite). Aquamarines come in a range of colors including dark blue, sky blue, blue-green, and blueish-grey.
April Birthstone: Diamonds
April’s birthstone is the diamond. Diamonds have been revered as a symbol of the richness of the Self, inspiring creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, endurance and abundance in all areas…
May Birthstone: Emerald
Emerald is the green variety of beryl (blue beryl is aquamarine, pink beryl is morganite). The most desirable color is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong to vivid saturation.
June Birthstone: Alexandrite and Pearl
June is one of only two months in the year where there are two exceptional choices for a birthstone: Alexandrite or Pearl. Did you know Alexandrite was added as a June birthstone relatively..
July Birthstone: Ruby
Ruby is the name given to the corundum mineral species when it appears in shades of red. Blue and pink shades of corundum are classified as sapphire. Rubies can command the highest…
August Birthstone: Peridot
September Birthstone: Sapphire
September’s birthstone is the Sapphire. Did you know sapphire is the name given to the corundum mineral species when it appears (primarily) in shades of blue? Red corundum is …
October Birthstone: Tourmaline and Opal
Tourmaline is a fascinating gemstone that can come in almost any color — or mixture of colors! Strong pink-to-red tourmaline (also known as Rubellite) is the traditional present for October…
November Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine
Topaz, aka ‘Imperial Topaz’ or ‘Precious Topaz’, ranges in color from pink to a rich golden brown. Topaz was given the name ‘Imperial’ in the 19th century when the Tsars of Russia claimed…
December Birthstone: Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise
December has a whopping three birthstones, all in soothing shades of blue: the brilliant teal of blue zircon, the perfect violet of tanzanite or the blue-green of turquoise.