Amethyst is the birthstone for February

If gazing into the sparkling purple depths of an Amethyst suffuses you with a sense of powerful well being, this is only to be expected.  The ancient Greeks believed that this gemstone held many powers, among them protection against intoxication.  In fact, the word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober.   In ancient…

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Blue Topaz, Decembers Birthstone

As cool and inviting as a blue lake on a blistering summer day, December’s 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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November’s Birthstone: Citrine

November’s gemstone, Citrine, is as warm as a Van Gogh painting of sunflowers.  The name Citrine comes from an old French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon.  One of the more rare forms of quartz, this gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber named Madeira because of its resemblance to the red…

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October’s Birthstone: Opal

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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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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