|Traditional Genuine Birthday Gemstones|
The garnet has been the gem of faith and truth for centuries, bestowing upon the
wearer the quality of constancy and the ability to make deep and lasting friendships.
Brilliant, colorful and durable.
Believed by the ancient Greeks to have been stained with the wine of Bacchus, this
stone was thought to be an amulet against intoxication and so named "amethustos" or
"not drunken". It can also calm anger and make one shrewd in business matters. It
has been prized ever since, particularly by nobility, for its rich purple hues.
The name aquamarine literally means "seawater", a tribute to its beautiful blue colors
and associated with tranquility and happiness. It is thought to instill courage, cure
laziness and sharpen the intellect. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family.
The diamond has been a symbol of eternal love since the 15th century, when
Archduke Maximillian of Austria sealed his engagement to Mary of Burgundy with a
diamond ring. It is worthy of its precious stone category for all the virtues implied in
that term: brilliance, hardness, rarity, antiquity, purity and permanence. Of all
diamonds mined, only a quarter are of gem quality.
The emerald historically has been a most valued gem. Attributed to great healing
power it was thought to make its owner eloquent and persuasive, bring joy, give the
ability to foretell the future and improve memory. A member of the beryl family an
intense green is most desired. Stones tend to contain slight faults or flaws and good
sized perfect stones are extremely rare and costly.
Alexandrite was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia and it is known for its
hypnotic beauty. Its ability to change dramatically under light has associated it with
balance in life and self-esteem. Said to impart joy to the wearer it attracts all ages. Its
shifting colors make it a great accessory for your wardrobe.
Even rarer than diamonds rubies are passionately admired and thought to
have innumerable powers. Even the Bible compares the price of wisdom
to the price of rubies. Rubies were also said to protect their owners from
misfortune and to reconcile disputes. A member of the corundum family,
like sapphire, the hardness of a ruby is only surpassed by that of a
diamond. Colors range from a pink-red to a purple-red, the most dramatic
stones are a bright, intense red and the finest deep red (pigeon blood).
A French word from Arabic for green, peridot legend is surrounded by
complex superstitions. Its thought to inhibit enchantments, protect wearer
from evil spirits and to glow in the dark. Its color ranges from a springtime
green to a warm olive green and has a soft, velvety appearance. The
greener the peridot, the higher its value. Most peridots are found in
Arizona and the southwestern United States.
Ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire whose
reflection gave the sky its color. Considered pure and sacred it brings
peace and wisdom to its owner. Sapphire is said to refuse to shine if
worn by the wicked. Contemplation of a sapphire was also said to
cleanse the soul. It is a member of the corundum family and while red
corundum is known as ruby, all other colors are known as sapphire.
This stone is a tribute to feeling in "the pink". It is said to enhance the
energy of its wearer and attracts the attention and energy of others. The
color reflects a bold, confident and self assured wearer. Tourmaline
expresses feminine charm and hues range from pink to crimson.
Topaz is revered for its color, clarity and hardness and in the Middle Ages
thought to drive away sadness, bring wisdom, bestow courage, and cure
insomnia for those who believed. A common misconception is that all
topaz is yellow. True golden topaz is labeled "Imperial". "Precious" topaz
may be yellow, golden-brown, blue, green, pink or sherry colored.
From Egypt and Persia (Iran) to Tibet and the Americas, turquoise has
been treasured for its beauty since prehistoric times. Hindus and Persians
believed that one who observed the reflection of the moon on a turquoise
was assured good luck, protection from evil and great wealth. Found in
the southwestern United States and Mexico, the richest blue specimens
are from Iran.
Blue Zircon is aqua-blue in brightness and often tinged with shimmering
teal and causes a beautiful sparkle. It is thought to give energy and
renewal to those who discover this gem. The rich color and sparkle
makes this stone a favorite of both men and women.
Tanzanite is rare, exotic and fascinating and unknown until 1967 when
Massai herds men in eastern Africa noticed blue crystals sparkling in the
sun. Deep, vivid blue with purplish tinges make it both warm and cool.
Its colors dance with intensity. Tanzania is the only place it is mined.
Colors May Vary due to Natural and Processing Properties of Gemstones. If stone type not available we can substitute by color matching.
|Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gemstones|
|3rd||Blue Zircon, Topaz, Amethyst|
|4th||Pink Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire, Pink CZ|
|16th||Rhodolite Garnet, Ruby|
|17th||Red Spinel, Peridot, Aquamarine|
|19th||Garnet, Topaz, Aquamarine|
|20th||Yellow Diamond, Emerald|