Garnet, a stone for any season!

One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate fruit explains why the word “garnet” comes from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “grain” or “seed.”  This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed.  But don’t bite into a garnet, because at Moh’s hardness…

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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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