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  1. Celebrate September with Sapphires

    Celebrate September with Sapphires

    We never need a reason to celebrate the gorgeous sapphire birthstone, but we pull out all the stops every September 1st. Though popular all year long, sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in the month of September. Did you know it is also 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. People have prized sapphires for their celestial blues and violets. Did you know you can actually find the beautiful September birthstone in any color, except red? Medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
    Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings have been worn by Mary-Kate Olsen, Emma Slater, Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton.

    Sapphire Folklore
    Folklore tells that sapphires will protect loved ones from envy and harm and grant the wearer spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. In differing zodiacal systems, sapphire covers both Taurus and Gemini. The Ancient Greeks associated sapphire with Apollo. Violet sapphires represent the number three as well as old age. 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!

     

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  2. Spotlight: August's Peridot Birthstone Jewelry

    Happy birthday to all celebrating a birthday in August! Those marking the end of a trip around the sun this month can celebrate with the peridot, an elegant, bright green birthstone. Bold, stable and strong, there are so many reasons to love this gorgeous green gemstone.

    A Fresh Look at August's Green Birthstone

    While emeralds might be the most popular green gemstone, peridot deserves a second look even if you don't celebrate a birthday in August.

    Peridots are beautiful olive-green stones made from gem-quality olivine. Olivine is a fairly common silicate mineral but gem quality olivine is rare. The rarest peridots of the highest quality and clarity come from Burma. Burmese Peridot is now very scarce because of the communist rule over the country. These stones are highly sought after among collectors.

    Many of the finest gem-quality peridots used in today’s jewelry are mined in the United States. Peridot Mesa, on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation east of Globe in Gila County produces at least 80% of the world’s gem quality peridots. The most productive veins of peridot are found on the reservation where only Native Americans affiliated with the San Carlos Reservation are allowed to mine the stones.

    Gem quality peridots are also found in New Mexico, Arkansas and Hawaii and in other places in the world. Deep olive green Peridots can be very expensive depending on the the clarity of the stone and how much fire the stone has. The deepness of the green color is dependent upon the quantity of iron in the stone.

    Peridot Birthstone Folklore

    Peridots are believed to bring the wearer luck, success and peace! The Hawaiian people treasured peridot, believing the gem to be the tears of the goddess Pele. The romans named the gem "Evening Emerald" because its brilliant color did nor fade in lamplight, but instead seemed to glow in the evening hours. Partly for this reason, peridot was believed to help dreams become a reality and to drive away the evil spirits of night. It is also thought to aid in the success of marriage and other relationships. This may be because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy.

     

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

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    "I have visited GDS a few times since I got engaged and the customer service has been consistently great! Someone is always at the front door to greet you and show you in the right direction. The sales people I have been paired up with always seem happy and eager to please!

    Besides the customer service, who wouldn't enjoy themselves while looking at all the shiny diamonds?

    I had the pleasure to work to Alexis (the brunette) about what kind of wedding band would match my uniquely shaped engagement ring. She gave me so many options and went above and beyond by requesting a price quote from the designer who made my engagement ring for a matching wedding band. She emailed me on her days off to keep me in the loop!!

    Alexis was with another customer when my fiancé and I came back in to buy, but Veronica took care of us as if we'd been working with her all along. She made the check out experience painless and quick.

    I will always recommend GDS when a friend is getting engaged. We've already sent two happy couples their way!" — Nina M. on Yelp

  3. May's Emerald Birthstone

    Happy birthday to all celebrating another year in the month of May! Those with May birthdays can celebrate with the gorgeous green emerald birthstone.

    Popular throughout the ages, emeralds are known for their rich, vivid color and radiating beauty. This gemstone has been celebrated and used in jewelry for centuries.

    Facts about May's emerald birthstone:

    • Emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones. An emerald is even harder to find than a diamond!
    • Emeralds come in a range of color from faint, opaque green to deep green.
    • The deeper the green, the more valuable the emerald.
    • Unlike diamonds—imperfections in emeralds can improve the stone’s value. Emeralds contain internal fractures called inclusions, which create an appealing pattern that generally increases the stone’s value instead of detracting from it!
    • Emeralds are larger than diamonds. Compared carat to carat, a 1ct emerald is larger than a 1ct diamond, due to the emerald’s less dense composition.
    • Unlike diamond clarity, which must be evaluated at 10x magnification, an emerald’s clarity can be evaluated with the naked eye.
    • Emeralds are an ancient symbol of eternal youth— so much so that mummies in Ancient Egypt were often buried with an emerald around their neck, as they believe the gemstone was a symbol of eternal youth.
    • In ancient times, emeralds were believed to posses mystical power that could give the wearer the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It was also believed that emeralds would protect the wearer against evil and even cure diseases like malaria and cholera.

     

     

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

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  4. April's Diamond Birthstone

    14 Karat Yellow Gold Round Diamond Earrings

    Happy birthday to all marking another year in April! Those with April birthdays can celebrate with the most prized gemstone of all. The diamond is the birthstone for April. For April-born ladies, diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend.

    The Diamond Birthstone

    Diamonds are tough. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

    Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value. Diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

    Its unique physical properties mean it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.

     

    History and Folklore of Diamonds

    The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

    Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

    But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

    Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.

     

     

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  5. March Aquamarine Birthstone: Fast Facts

    Happy birthday, Match babies! Those celebrating a birthday in March can do so with the beautiful blue aquamarine birthstone. We're diving into fast facts about this magical birthstone for March below.

    It's all in a name

    March's tranquil birthstone is called Aquamarine and its 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.

    Known for its color

    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.

     

    What about the folklore?

    Throughout history, Romans believed that if a frog figure was carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Romans also believed that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also the popular gift for grooms to give their bride following the consummation of their marriage. Aquamarine is known as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.

     

    Dual meaning

    In addition to being the birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine is also the commemorative gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.

     

    Birthstone jewelry

    Here are just a few of our aquamarine birthstone favorites:

    Aquamarine & Diamond Oval Halo Ring Featuring a 2.10 Carat Oval Aquamarine and .37 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Pendant Featuring a .75 Carat Round Aquamarine and .08 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Aquamarine & Diamond Accent Ring Featuring a 1.10 Carat Oval Aquamarine and .16 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Aquamarine Infinity Ring Featuring .35 Carat Total Weight Round Aquamarines
    Aquamarine and Diamond Pear Shape Halo Necklace
    Emerald Cut Aquamarine Scroll Ring

     

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source showroom or browse aquamarine birthstone jewelry on our website HERE.

     

    "We bought our engagement ring here and it is now the only place I'd ever go for jewelry. My fiance was with me as she wanted to pick out something unique and specific. They helped us pick out the perfect ring, ordered the correct stone (pretty quickly) and never tried to upsell me- which may not have been too hard considered my fiance was right next to me.

    Troy was our main salesman and he was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and just a down-to-earth guy. 10/10 experience." — Vincent M. on Yelp

     

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