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  1. How Birthstones Came to Be

    Have you ever wondered how birthstones came to be? Full of history and folklore, birthstones are designated to mark birthdays in each month. It's common to give and receive birthstone gifts for birthdays, and many couples even include birthstones in their bridal set or anniversary jewelry.

    Birthstones, gemstones assigned to each month of the year, have been traced back to ancient times. The Breastplate of Aaron that was described in the book of Exodus in the Bible was a religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. The gems were arranged on the breastplate in four rows of three: Sardius, topaz and carbuncle; emerald, sapphire and diamond; ligure, agate and amethyst; and beryl, onyx and jasper.

    The writings of Flavius Josephus (1st century AD) and St. Jerome (5th century AD) made the connection between the 12 stones in the Breastplate and the 12 signs of the zodiac. It was proposed that each of the gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel had special powers associated with the corresponding astrological sign, and that wearing these stones at the right time would have therapeutic or magical benefits. Thus, the idea of birthstones were born.

    Birthstones still weren't popular until 1912 when the National Association of Jewelers (also known as Jewelers of America) set a modern list of birthstones and began to set the trend that people wear a specific gemstone that corresponded to the month of their birth.

    The list of birthstones set by the National Association of Jewelers has not been changed since 1912— with one exception. In 2002 the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that they had added tanzanite as a third birthstone for December, though December already had two birthstones, turquoise and zircon). The Jewelers of America recognized the move, though the addition misses the mark of the purported magical powers of the original astrological gemstones.

     

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  2. Our Favorite Jewelry Under $549

    Gold and Diamond Source is proud to be America's leading online jewelry store with a local reputation since 1984. We are proud to have Clearwater's largest selections of fine diamonds, diamond semi-mounts, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, fine watches and colored gemstone jewelry that you will see anywhere!

    We are also proud to offer a wide selection of jewelry with collections in every price range. Today we are spotlighting some of our favorite jewelry under $549— perfect for celebrating a big moment or finding the perfect gift for a loved one.

    14 Karat Yellow Gold 0.16 Carat Total Weight 4 Round Bezel Set Diamond Clover Ring
    4 Karat White Gold 2.10 Carat Total Weight Round Blue Topaz & 0.13 Carat Halo Round Diamond Earrings

     

    14 Karat Yellow Gold 0.56 Carat Total Weight 5 Millimeter Round White Topaz Solitaire Necklace With 18" Chain
    10 Karat Yellow Gold Synthetic Marquise & Round Sapphire Ring With 0.01 Carat Round Diamonds
    Sterling Silver 7mm Lab-Grown Emerald and .015 CTW Diamond 18" Necklace
    14 Karat Yellow Gold 6x6 Millimeter Trillion Cut Cubic Zirconia Earrings With Backs
    Open T-Bar Cuff Style Crafted In 14 Karat Gold
    14 Karat Gold .07 Carat Total Weight Petite Diamond Bar with 16-18" Cable Link Necklace
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Criss-Cross Ring

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection, or shop jewelry under $549 online HERE.

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  3. Designer Pins, Brooches, and Money Clips at GDS

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we are proud to be America's Leading Online Jewelry Store known for our engagement rings, and diamond and gemstone jewelry. We are also proud to offer our customers designer pins, brooches, and money clips. These one-size-fits-all, beautiful pieces are ideal choices to celebrate important milestones in your life as well as gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. For an even more special gift, we recommend engraving your money clip with a meaningful date or few words.

     

    Platinum Brooch Featuring 5.24 Carat Total Weight Euro Round Diamonds
    18 Karat Yellow Gold and Platinum Flower Basket Pin
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Angel Pin

     

    Sterling Silver Money Clip
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Money Clip

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection of designer pins, brooches, and money clips.

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  4. Why You Should Choose GDS for Your Holiday Proposal

    Juleve Double Round Halo Split Shank Ring Featuring a .40 Carat Round Center Diamond and .60 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamond Accents Along The Halo and Shank

    Right now is the perfect time to start planning your holiday proposal. By starting early, you have plenty of time to find her engagement ring style (and ring size!), find or custom design the perfect engagement ring, and pick the time and place to pop the question!

    From online shopping to the jewelry stores on every corner, we know you have a lot of options when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring. We wanted to share a little more about Gold and Diamond Source and invite you to begin your engagement ring search with us!

    AMERICA'S LEADING ONLINE JEWELRY STORE

    Gold and Diamond Source has been in business since 1984 and has the area's largest selections of fine diamonds, diamond semi-mounts, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, fine watches and colored gemstone jewelry that you will see anywhere!

    We have the latest equipment and computer imaging to make any custom ring you envision possible. This enables us to offer incredible pricing to our customers. So whether you want to create a one of a kind masterpiece or pick out something unique from our vast selection, we are here to make your dreams come true!

    We have a beautiful 10,000 sq ft showroom designed to have the look and feel of home complete with a saltwater fish tank and grand piano. Our knowledgeable staff will take the stress out of buying fine jewelry or selling your fine jewelry, diamonds, or watches. You can be assured that while buying or selling your fine jewelry you will be in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere dealing with a professional and a company Tampa Bay has known and trusted for over 3 decades.

    With our unique 100% diamond trade-in policy, you may trade in your diamond at any time toward another diamond(s) of equal or greater value. Your trade in value is the original purchase price, excluding tax. The lifetime trade-in policy is valid for in-store and online purchases. Items that qualify for trade in are diamond solitaire rings, diamond solitaire pendants, and diamond solitaire earrings.

    We invite you to take a look online before stopping in.

    • Explore a selection of our engagement rings online HERE.
    • Learn more about custom design HERE.
    • Learn more about financing HERE.

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  5. Spotlight on Sapphires - Birthstone, Folklore, Jewelry

    Happy birthday, September born-babies!

    Popular all year long, sapphire is the birthstone for those born in the month of September. But did you also know it is a traditional anniversary gift for four wedding anniversaries? Learn more about this beloved, royal blue stone below.

    Popular since the Middle Ages, the sapphire is a classic favorite of royalty, clergy, celebrities and fine jewelry collectors. September's blue birthstone ranges in color, but medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
    Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings were worn by Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Elizabeth Hurley.

    Sapphire Folklore
    Folklore tells that sapphires will protect loved ones from envy and harm and grant the wearer spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. They are believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness. Sapphires are also considered an antidepressant.

    Sapphires as Anniversary Gifts
    For couples looking for a traditional anniversary gift, sapphires are given for the 5th, 23rd, 45th and 65th wedding anniversaries. Couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries might consider a sapphire anniversary band that can be worn with the bridal set.

    Sapphire Birthstone Jewelry
    Sapphire jewelry is a meaningful gift for those who celebrate a September birthday— and anyone who loves this gorgeous gemstone!
    Evil Eye Ring Features a Beautiful 0.17 Carat Round Sapphire that is Accented with 0.25 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Juleve 18 Karat Two-Tone Gold Halo Drop Earrings Featuring 4.49 Carat Total Weight Oval Sapphires and 3.35 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold Milgrain Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Baguette Sapphires and .10 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold Vintage 3 Stone Setting Featuring .625 Carat Total Weight Baguette Sapphires and .16 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold Flex Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Sapphires
    Juleve 18 Karat White Gold Double Heart Halo Ring Featuring a 2.13 Carat Heart Shaped Sapphire and 1.09 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

     

    Want to see more sapphire jewelry? We invite you to visit our Clearwater showroom to view our full selection, or explore sapphire jewelry online HERE.

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