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Fun Birthstone Information by Marcy Doherty

Fun Birthstone Facts

January - Garnet

January's birthstone, the Garnet is known as the gem of "faith and truth". The garnet is a wonderful stone with great properties and a variety is uses. No matter what kind or what color of garnet we might prefer, one's thing for sure; garnet stones are definitely versatile and beautiful. Visit our website for more information on garnets or to take advantage of our January birthstone specials.

February - Amethyst

Amethyst, the lovely violet-purple variety of quartz, has a deep religious significance. Through the ages Amethyst has been known as s royal gem. Ancient Hebrews thought Amethyst had the power to prevent nightmares and unpleasant dreams. A legend about Bacchus, God of Wine, led to the belief that Amethyst was a protection against intoxication. It is also the lucky gemstone for those born in February.

March - Aquamarine and Bloodstone

March's birthstones, the Aquamarine and Bloodstone are known as the gems of "courage and wisdom". Once used to correct vision, the durability of aquamarine makes it an excellent choice for use in jewelry. The Bloodstones are commonly mined in India and are used in carving Cameos.

April - Diamond

April's birthstone, the Diamond is known as the gem of "marital happiness". This gemstone is the hardest substance found in nature. Not only is it beautiful, but it can also withstand harsher everyday treatment many other gemstones. The diamonds durability coupled with its wide range of colors make it a magnificent choice in jewelry.

May - Emerald

Still one of the most valuable gems in the world is the vibrant green emerald. The ancients believed that it held the key to happiness in love and marriage. Roman wives wore it to ensure their husband's fidelity and as a protection in childbirth. Cleopatra loved and wore excellent emeralds from her own mines. The emerald's value increases with dept of color and freedom from flaws.

June - Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

Cultured Pearls, developed by man and nurtured in the sea, are a most important organic gem. Natural Pearls from the Persian Gulf are seldom seen today. Wearing a Pearl is symbolic of innocence. The rare gem Alexandrite, green by day and raspberry red under artificial light is found in Siberia and Ceylon. Hindus always display moonstone, a shimery white gem from Ceylon, on yellow cloth. All are June birthstones.

July - Ruby

Early Christians believed that the Ruby contained the spark of life. When worn as an amulet, the fortunate Ruby owner was said to live in peace and concord with all men. As the birthstone for July, it symbolizes charity, dignity and divine power. Ruby is the sister stone to the sapphire. Rubies in large sizes are quite rare, and star rubies are especially prized. Their ideal color is a deep, pure red.

August - Peridot and Sardonyx

Two gems are significant for the August-born. The Peridot (pear-uh-doe), a brilliant gem of clear olive-green hue, was discovered by Roman sailors on an island in the Red Sea. It is one of the few gems that occur in only one color. Sardonyx, the red-brown variety of chalcedony, is considered the emblem of warmest friendship. It is also said to encourage orators and bashful lovers. A common use for Sardonyx was to use it for carving cameos.

September - Sapphire

The sapphire - a gem of many colors, symbolizes calm and true affection. As the September birthstone, it insures faith, truth and sincerity. Persians believed the earth rested on a large sapphire, which gave color to the sky. Actors consider the six-rayed Star Sapphire a good luck talisman. The calming influence of blue makes sapphire an enduring symbol of loyalty and trust.

October - Opal

All of the glorious autumn colors are found in the Opal, one of the two gems designated as October birthstones. In Greek and Roman time it was considered the symbol of hope and purity. As an amulet, it was used to protect it wearer against disease. Tourmaline, a clear translucent gem, is said to exhilarate the spirit. It occurs in deep green, pink, red, blue, brown and yellow.

November - Citrine

The beautiful yellow of Citrine draws us in and brightens our mood. The name Citrine comes from the French work for "lemon." This warm yellow gem was once thought to protect the wearer from evils, such as snake venom to wicked thoughts. Brighten up your life with a beautiful Citrine from Reid and Todd Jewelers, www.reidandtodd.com.

December - Turquoise

December's birthstones, Turquoise and Blue Zircon are known as the "Gems of Prosperity". Birthstone's are loved and cherished by many and make truly magnificent gifts. We are pleased to introduce December's Birthstones, Turquoise and Blue Zircon, as have included fascinating information on these unique stones. Visit our website for more information on turquoise and blue zircon or to take advantage of our December birthstone specials.



This article was published on Tuesday 29 September, 2009.
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