Birthstone Facts and Folklore

  1. Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry She Will Love

    Amethyst, the birthstone for February, is marked by a deep and alluring purple hue. This bright and light gemstone is the perfect color to savor the end of winter while looking ahead to spring.

    Amethyst Folklore

    Amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication so much so that amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”

    Amethyst Sources

    Amethyst grows in cavernous depths, extracted from the earth raw in beautiful crystalline formations. It calls to mind the soft elegance of lavender blooms, but brilliantly displays the color of powerful nobility.

    Amethyst is a derivative of the mineral quartz and it's name is derived from the Greek word amethystos, which means "not intoxicated". It has been hailed through the ages to be a stone that promotes a clear and stable mind.

    Amethyst has been found in large reserves around the world, including massive deposits discovered in Brazil in the early 19th century. Because of it's availability and affordability, it remains a widely sought after gem.

    Amethyst Anniversaries

    In addition to being the February birthstone, it is also the gemstone associated with the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

    Amethyst Jewelry

    Amethyst rings, pendants, bangles, and earrings are beautiful ways to celebrate a special February birthday. Here are just a few of our favorite pieces of amethyst birthstone jewelry.

     

    Yellow Gold Amethyst and Diamond Flex Bangle
    Yellow Gold Amethyst Heart Bow Ring
    Sterling Silver and Yellow Gold Amethyst Bangle
    Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Amethyst Leverback Earrings
    White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Round Halo Ring

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of amethyst birthstone jewelry online HERE.

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  2. The Two Birthstones of November: Facts, Folklore, and Jewels

    Happy birthday to all those celebrating their special day in November! The month of November has two beautiful gems that represent the birthstones: citrine and topaz. While they are often confused for one another, topaz is actually found in a wide spectrum of colors. Both November birthstones are known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

    Fun facts: Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Toni Collette, Sean Combs, Sinbad, and Ellen Pompeo are just a few of the celebrities celebrating a November birthday!

     

    November's Birthstone: Citrine

    14 Karat Yellow Gold Pendant with ~17 Carat Checkerboard Citrine Quartz and 0.90 Carat Total Weight HI.SI1-I1 Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Juleve 4.26 Carat Round Brilliant Citrine Ring set with 1.15 carat total weight round diamonds.
    14 Karat Yellow Gold 1.10 Carat Total Weight 6 Millimeter Trillion Cut Citrine Solitaire Necklace
    14 Karat Yellow Gold 1.60 Carat Total Weight 9x7 Millimeter Oval Citrine Solitaire Necklace

    Citrine is November’s second birthstone, a variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. It is named after the citron fruit because of its lemon-inspired shades. Citrine has been referred to as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It is believed to release negative feelings, spark imagination, and even attract wealth and prosperity. The largest supplier of citrine is Brazil.

     

    November's Birthstone: Topaz

    Topaz is one of November's birthstones. It is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares. While the gemstone is found in many colors, the most prized color is Imperial topaz, which features a vibrant orange hue with pink undertones. Brazil is the largest producer of quality topaz.

    14K White Gold Emerald Cut Gemstone and Diamond Necklace
    14 Karat White Gold Square Cut Blue Topaz Fashion Solitaire Necklace
    14K Yellow Gold 11.4 CTW Blue Topaz Bracelet
    14 Karat White and Yellow Gold Princess Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Halo Ring

     

    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view complete selection of November birthstone jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE and HERE.

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  3. Tourmaline and Opal: October's Birthstones

    October, a turning point of seasons, marks the arrival of two birthstones, tourmaline and opal. Both unique gems offer an incredible array of color and diversity. Tourmaline features a rainbow of colors, and opal has limitless fire offer to indulge in. Both accentuate the beautiful colors of fall and add a glow and beauty unlike any other.

    Tourmaline

    Juleve 2.95 Carat Emerald Cut Pink Tourmaline Surrounded A Halo Of Round Diamonds

    Tourmaline is a powerful gem. Representing love and humanity for centuries, the history behind these incredible jewels is limitless. Legend says that the tourmaline ran along a rainbow collecting all the colors, allowing it to be any color it desires. Incredibly durable, tourmaline figurines made by ancient Chinese, and Indians as ceremonial artifacts are on display around the world. Anyone wearing tourmaline will feel the history emanating from this established and beautiful gem.

    Perfect in almost any setting, tourmaline excels on necklaces and rings. There are even Russian crowns that bear tourmaline gems. Not too showy, this gem is a perfect addition to any outfit. Coming in many colors, and even having the possibility to have a multitude of colors in one gem, tourmaline is a very diverse stone that has the ability to fit any person.

    Opal

    Opal is another adaptable gem. It is known as the Queen of Gems because of it has every other gem color hidden in its depths. Like your fingerprint, no two opals are the same. Each one has designs differing in colors, shape, and pattern. there is an opal for every person. Ranging from bright reds and yellows to soft greens and blues or even having the rainbow in one gem, opal is easily the most diverse gem.

    When placed in rings, an opal's true potential can be unlocked on the finger. You can turn and move the opal to get a wide variety of colors and visual effects. Coveted by many, the opal is a must for your autumn and winter apparel. By far the most individual gem, be sure to choose an opal that accentuates and works with you.

     

    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view complete selection of tourmaline and open jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE and HERE.

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  4. March Birthstone: Aquamarine

    What’s in a name? Sometimes the name says it all. Such is the case with the birthstone for the month of March. This tranquil stone is called Aquamarine and it’s name is derived from the Latin word for seawater, which makes a lot of sense when you take into account the serene light blue of this precious gem.

    JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece) JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece)

    Aquamarine usually forms in various shades of light blue, a color that effortlessly compliments most skin types, eye colors, and clothing choices, adding to its versatility. Aquamarine often forms sizable crystals that make it perfect for being polished and fashioned into beautiful jewelry.

    JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece) JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece)

    This precious gem is a variation of the mineral beryl, which also forms as other gem types, such as morganite and emerald. The blue hues of Aquamarine are beautifully reminiscent of crystal clear seas, radiant blue skies, or the delicate petals of the blue hydrangea. According to ancient lore, Aquamarine was the jewel of mermaids and was carried by sailors to ward off rough seas and promote safe passage across the ocean.

    JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece) JULEVE EMERALD CUT AQUAMARINE (Click Image to Shop This Piece)

    In addition to being the birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine is also the commemorative gem of the 19th wedding anniversary. Visit the Gold and Diamond Source website HERE to see all of the stunning Aquamarine pieces.


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  5. Birthstone Facts and Folklore: Peridot

    Peridot Ring at Gold & Diamond Source Peridot Ring at Gold & Diamond Source

    August is the last full month of summer, the start of back-to-school season and the month of the peridot! The Leo and Virgo Zodiac signs who celebrate a birthday in August can celebrate with the peridot birthstone, a gorgeous green gem thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success.

    Peridot Birthstone Ring Peridot Birthstone Ring

    Peridot's powers are believed to include health, protection and sleep. Folklore says the gemstone attracts love and calms anger while soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.

    The name topaz likely derives from the ancient Sanskrit word `tapas,’ which means fire. The name is fitting for this fiery stone that showcases various shades of green.

    Peridot Birthstone Ring Peridot Birthstone Ring

    Couples who celebrate their wedding anniversaries with traditional gifts may give peridot for their 16th wedding anniversary.

    Peridot Birthstone Ring Peridot Birthstone Ring

    Celebrate the August-born love in your life with beautiful peridot. Gold & Diamond Source has peridot birthstone jewelry options fit for all styles. View a selection of peridot favorites here.

    The show-stopping ring featured in this post is a Burmese peridot with the most brilliant of greens. This perfect 4.89 cushion cut peridot is surrounded by a halo with .66tw round brilliant diamonds on an 18k white gold band. This ring is most definitely a head turner and perfect complement to any outfit. Shop this ring here.

     

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