A Guide to the May Birthstone: Emerald

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The most desirable emerald color is a pure green with a deep color saturation that is even across the stone. The geographic location of the different mines and the amount of the trace elements found there, chromium, vanadiam and iron, determine the quality of the color in the emerald crystal. Think of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz … Read More

The March Birthstone: Aquamarine

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Most March babies know their birthstone is aquamarine, a serene blue gemstone that can range from nearly clear to a strong dark blue. What you might not have known is aquamarine, emerald and morganite are all the same stone. Their mineral source is beryl, which grows in large, six sided crystals that can be up to a foot long. It’s … Read More

The September Birthstone: Sapphire

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Prized as one of the most precious gems, Sapphires are one of the most beautiful and elegant stones in the world. Sapphire is associated with love and commitment which, along with its exceptional beauty, make it perfect for engagement rings. Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Hurley and Princess Diana all wore Sapphire engagement rings. Kate Middleton now wears the beautiful sapphire engagement … Read More

August Birthstone: The Peridot

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Happy Birthday August babies, and their friends and loved ones! Your birthstone is the beautiful peridot. This is one of the few gemstones that can fall from the sky, encased in meteorites, specifically known as pallasite. When not falling from the sky, peridot is formed deep within the earth and delivered to the surface through volcanic eruptions. It has been … Read More