Blue Topaz, the December birthstone

As cool and inviting as a blue lake on a blistering summer day, Decembers birthstone is derived from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” meaning fire.  This is because Blue Topaz was considered by ancient civilizations to have cooling properties.  Not only was it believed to cool boiling water when thrown into the pot, but to calm hot…

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October Birthstone: opal and pink tourmaline

October’s birthstone treats the eye to an explosion of shimmering colors, not unlike those of a magnificent rainbow following a summer rain.  The Opal derives its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel.  Prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called “Cupid Paederos” by…

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Sapphire: September’s Birthstone

The striking deep blue of a quality sapphire is reminiscent of a cloudless night sky.  Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.  This legend, as well as the belief that the ten commandments were inscribed upon tablets made of sapphire, gives September’s…

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Peridot: Gem of the Sun

If fire appears to leap from the vibrant green surface of the Peridot, this may be because this gem is formed as a result of volcanic activity.  Many years ago, natives discovered Peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii, explaining their presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess.  Throughout history, August’s birthstone…

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