Septembers Birthstone: Sapphire

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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August Birthstone: The Vibrant Peridot

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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15.97ct. Burmese Ruby

This magnificent 15.97-carat Burmese ruby sold for $3,630,000 at the October 1988 Sotheby’s auction. At the time, it was the highest auction price paid for a colored stone. – © GIA & Tino Hammid Chromium causes ruby’s red. Gemologists consider it the “rock star” of trace elements. Pigeon’s blood is the traditional descriptive term for…

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July’s Birthstone, The Ruby

Like a perfect red rose, the Ruby’s rich color speaks of love and passion.  Called the “Rajnapura” or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil.  It…

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Pearl~ a gem of beauty and elegance

From one of the humblest of life forms, the mollusk, comes the pearl — a gem of unsurpassed beauty and elegance.  Ancient civilizations had many stories to explain the origin of June’s birthstone, such as the Greek belief that pearls were the hardened tears of joy that the goddess of love shook from her eyes…

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