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King of Gemstones

Is your birthday in July? If so, you are lucky! July’s birthstone is one of the oldest most prized gemstones, Ruby. In Sanskrit the word for ruby is ‘ratnaraj’ which translates to “king of gemstones”.

The name Ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red, the color of our most intense emotions- love and anger, passion and fury. This stunning red stone was found in India approximately 2000 years ago, and now the most famous ruby mines are found in Myanmar. Since the first discovery of ruby mines, they have found many more! They can also be found in Greenland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya, etc..

Legend has it that those who wear Rubies are protected from evil and attract good luck, which is why ancient warriors would wear Rubies on the battlefield, to keep them safe. This gem is also a symbol of obvious beauty, as well as wealth, nobility, good fortune and loyalty.

This attractive stone is also the stone of royalty and courage, which is why they are sought-after by European royalty and the upper class. In England, Ruby was used for coronation rings and to this day enjoys popularity among royalty. In ancient Hinduism, Ruby was believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna could be reborn as emperors.

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Spirit of the moon.

The Hindu legend says that moonstone was moonlight that had been solidified, due the glow of the stone, also known as sheen or billowy effect. Just like pearls moonstone comes in several different colors. Moonstone can be found in many countries around the world, but was originally discovered in Sri Lanka. Moonstone has many different meanings in many cultures. For instance, Arabic countries women would sew moonstone inside their garments because in their cultures, moonstone is a symbol of fertility. This shimmering gem is sacred to Indian culture. It is believed to arouse passion, making it an ideal gift for lovers. One legend says if a moonstone is held in ones mouth on a full moon, he/she would have a vision of the future. Another legend says that the effects of moonstone resemble the moonlight and those refractions were once believed to be benevolent spirits!

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“Emerald by day, ruby by night”.


Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 by miners in the Ural Mountains of Russia; and now is also found in Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. This gorgeous stone is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl, and it changes color in different lighting. What makes Alexandrite unique is the presence of titanium and iron, as well as chromium, as significant impurities. In the daylight, and fluorescent lighting alexandrite is a vivid green to bluish green, and a deep red to purplish red in incandescent lighting. This is where the phrase “emerald by day, ruby by night” came from. Alexandrite was named after the Emperor Alexander II, due to it resembling the colors of Imperial Russia’s national military. The color change of this stone is a reminder that life is filled with changes and challenges, and that life is not always what it seems to be. It’s a stone of prosperity, luck and longevity. It will balance your thoughts and emotions, as well as pacify your soul to encourage spiritual growth.

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The stone of purity

Pearls have been known and loved for thousands of years. The oldest mention of natural pearls, was written by a Chinese historian in 2206 BCE (before the common era). This precious stone can be found inside mollusks in large bodies of water, around the United States, China, Australia, and more. There are different types of mollusks that form pearls; the size and colors of pearls depend on which type of mollusk they are formed in. The most common type of pearls are called Akoya pearls and have various colors, white, cream, light grey, and more. Akoya pearls are found in a type of oyster called Pincada fucata. These oysters are native to shallow saltwater in the Indo-Pacific region. Japan and Australia are the largest producers of cultured pearls.

The pearl symbolizes purity and innocence, this is the main reason why it is a tradition for brides to wear pearls on their wedding day. Not only is it June’s popular birthstone, but it is also common to gift your partner pearls on the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. In ancient China, pearls were believed to protect the wearer from fire-breathing dragons. The spherical shape and the brilliance of this gem, led many cultures to associate pearls with the moon.

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June Birthstone

June is one of the three lucky months to have three birthstones the other two months are August and December. June’s three birthstones are pearls, alexandrite, and moonstone. These three precious gemstones are such beautiful and interesting stones.

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Pearls are simple yet elegant and they come in many different colors and sizes. This stone can be found inside different types of mollusks in large bodies of water around the world. In Europe pearls are a symbol of modesty chastity and purity; and in ancient China, this stone was believed to guarantee protection from fire and fire-breathing dragons.

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Alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. It changes colors in different lighting, and symbolizes prosperity and longevity. In the daylight alexandrite is a bluish green to yellowish green, and in incandescent light it turns to a purplish red to a purplish brown. The color change of this beautiful stone created the phrase “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 in the Ural Mountains of Russia, and the two colors resembled the colors of Imperial Russia’s national military. This stone was named after the Emperor Alexander II.

The Hindu legend says that moonstone was moonlight that had been solidified, due the glow of the stone, also known as sheen or billowy effect. Just like pearls moonstone comes in several different colors. In Arabic countries women would sew moonstone inside their garments because in their cultures, moonstone is a symbol of fertility. Moonstone can be found in many countries around the world, including North America, but was originally discovered in Sri Lanka.

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Facts about Emeralds

  1. Emerald is the birthstone of May and is the traditional gift for the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversary in the US. 
  2. Emerald is made from beryl just like the gemstone aquamarine.
  3. Emerald measures between 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Though they are durable stones, emeralds are susceptible to chipping and cracking.
  4. Colombia yields the largest amount of emeralds, contributing to more than 50 percent of all emerald production worldwide.
  5. The oldest emeralds are about 2.97 billion years old.
  6. The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt around 1500 BC.
  7. Emeralds were first discovered in North America in the Yukon Territory in 1997, though large emerald deposits in the United States and further north are very rare. 
  8. Emeralds were thought to guard against memory loss and enhance intuition.
  9. The soft, calming color of the emerald helped early lapidaries rest their eyes after an extended period of concentration.
  10. Top-quality emeralds can be worth more than diamonds on a per-carat basis.
  11. Most emeralds have some type of inclusion or imperfection, and emeralds without imperfections or inclusions are very rare.
  12. The best color is vivid green or blueish-green with even saturation and no color zoning. 
  13. An emerald pendant necklace owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $6.5 million in 2011, breaking down to about $280,000 paid per carat.
  14. Clean gently by hand using warm water. 
  15.  You can coat emeralds with baby oil as an extra care precaution to help the stone from becoming overly brittle. 

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Facts about Diamonds

1. The term “diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas”, which means invincible or indestructible.

2. Since the diamonds are pretty hard, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.

3. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that diamonds came from the tears of the gods

4. Most diamonds have ages between 1 billion and 3.5 billion years. Furthermore, the youngest diamond is around 900 million years old.

5. Diamonds form about 160 km below ground. With this in mind, the diamonds and have been carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions.

6. Diamonds are formed through extreme heat and pressure.

7. Most common way diamonds are formed is through volcano pipe eruptions shooting upward from the mantle.

8. India is the only source of diamonds during ancient times. This is why India was the world’s leading source of diamonds, from ancient times until the year 1726. 

9.  Russia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Angola, South Africa, and Lesotho are the leading countries that produce diamonds.

10. Not all diamonds are colorless.

11. Rare diamonds come in different shades of red, green, orange, yellow, brown, black, pink and blue.

12. Diamonds can lose up to 50% of its weight in the process of polishing and cutting.

13. Lab-grown diamonds are considered by some sources a real diamond.

14. Around 250 tons of the earth’s land is mined just to produced 1 carat of diamond.

15.Scientists spotted that there are white dwarf stars that contain diamonds.

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The Softer Side of Blue


The Softer Side of Blue for Aquamarine, the Birthstone for March. Aquamarine holds its place securely among the world’s most desirable gems. Ranging in tones from a very light to medium blue, many aquamarine will exhibit a slight tint of green in their body color. Generally the darker shades are more valued, but many people prefer the lively brightness of lighter hues. Aquamarine is readily available in larger sizes over 5 carats. In fact, gem quality Aquamarine crystals weighing several hundred pounds have been discovered.

The Greeks proclaimed this highly prized, light blue gem aquamarine, because it sparkles like the sea touched by the sun. Found in an array of pastel tones from very light to medium blue, aquamarine  is often tinted by a splash of green.  The delicate greenish blue of a fine aquamarine conjures up images of dancing light on the purest of tropical waters.

Brazil has been the main source of gem-quality aquamarine since 1811. Most aquamarine mines are located in northeast Minas Gerais Brazil. The largest aquamarine found in that region was discovered in 1910 and it weighed 244 pounds. Another significant producer of aquamarine is Pakistan.

Aquamarine should never be cleaned with a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Aquamarine can be cleaned with most any commercial jewelry cleaner or mild soap and lukewarm water using a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

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Believed to quicken intelligence and dispel evil thoughts.

“Amethystos” means “not junk” in ancient Greek, because of its wine like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. it was believed that wearing amethyst, a quartz, prevented drunkenness.

A member of the quartz family, amethyst comes in a variety of purple shades of varying intensity, from pale lilac to reddish or bluish violet to deep purple with red highlights. Amethyst is considered the most prized variety of quartz and it very affordable.

Russia was the major amethyst source until the 19th century, when a huge amethyst deposit was found in Brazil. The once scarce purple gem was suddenly in abundance. Today, the two major source for amethyst are South America and Africa. African mines provide most of the fine color amethyst on the market today.

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Deep Brilliant Heart-Felt

The gem of plenty, garnets is one of the few gemstone varieties that spans a broad spectrum of color. Named for its likeness to pomegranate seeds, garnets is best known for its shades of red, but most are surprised to learn that garnet is found in multiply hues of pink, purple green, yellow and brown

The name garnet comes from the medieval Latin “grantus,” meaning pomegranate, in reference to the similarity in color. Thousands of years ago, red Garnet necklace’s adorned the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs, and were entombed with their mummies as prized possessions for the afterlife.

With many different garnets species, the sources for this gem vary. Most tsavorite garnets come from East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar. Russia is recognized as the source for high- quality demantoid garnets.

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