birthstone gift ideas

  1. 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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  2. February's Amethyst Birthstone

    Happy birthday to all marking the close of another year this February! Lucky for you, Amethyst is the beautiful birthstone for February. This popular gemstone is marked by a deep and alluring purple hue— a bright and light gemstone that is the perfect color to savor while looking ahead to spring!

    What is Amethyst's 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.”

    Where is Amethyst Sourced?

    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 and Anniversaries

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

    Our Favorite 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.

    White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Flex Bangle Featuring .80 Carat Total Weight Round Amethysts and .12 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Yellow Gold Heart Engraved Ring Featuring a .40 Carat Heart Amethyst
    Yellow Gold 2.30 Carat Total Weight Heart Amethyst Stud Earrings
    White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Accent Halo Ring
    White Gold Pear Halo Drop Earrings Featuring 3.60 Carat Total Weight Pear Shape Amethysts and .63 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    1/2 Carat Oval Amethyst & 1/8 Carat Total Weight Diamond Bypass Ring
    Emerald-Shape Amethyst and Diamond Halo Necklace

     

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    Are you ready to find the perfect February birthstone gift? 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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  3. December's Three Birthstones: Jewelry and Facts

    Those celebrating a December birthday can mark the event with three stunning blue gemstones. Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise are all respected as birthstones for the month of December. Each of blue December gemstone carries a unique blue tone, so there is truly a December birthstone for every taste and style.

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we love birthstone jewelry as the perfect gift to celebrate a birthday. Each birthstone brings its own meaning and folklore to truly welcome the year ahead.

    Here is a closer look at December's three blue birthstones— plus some of our favorite birthstone jewelry to match:

     

    ZIRCON

    These Glamorous One Of A Kind Juleve Earrings Feature Breathtaking 9.66 Carats Total Weight Of Cushion Cut Blue Zircon & 3.32 Carat Total Weight White Round & Emerald Cut Diamonds


    Zircon is best known as a bright blue gemstone, but it is also available in beautiful earth tones of green, dark red, yellow, brown, and orange. Popular in the Middle Ages, Zircon was said to aid in resting, bring prosperity and promote honor and wisdom in its owner. Other special properties include fighting evil and avoiding jealousy, protecting from insomnia and promoting happiness and self-satisfaction. Shop zircon jewelry here.

     

    TANZANITE

    A Exquisite Juleve Piece. This 5.74 Carat Emerald Cut Tanzanite Is Accompanied By 0.69 Carats Of Side Round Diamonds With A Split Shank


    A one-of-a-kind gemstone, Tanzanite is known for its exotic deep blue color with a rich overtone of purple. This popular blue gemstones comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and striking assortments of blue tones. Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, East Africa, and was added to the official birthstone list by the American Gem Trade Association in 2002. Tanzanite is also the suggested gemstone for the 24th wedding anniversary. Shop tanzanite jewelry here.

     

    TURQUOISE

    14 Karat Yellow Gold Turquoise & Diamond Heart Halo Necklace Featuring a 1.80 Carat Composite Turquoise and .13 Carat Total Weight Round Diamonds


    Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones has enjoyed worldwide popularity for centuries. A favorite of Egyptian Pharaohs and early Native Americans, this beautiful blue gemstone is believed to offer healing powers, promoting the wearer’s status and wealth, protecting from evil and bringing good luck. Shop turquoise jewelry here.

     

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  4. Aquamarine: Stone of Eternal Youth and Happiness

    The magical blue aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. It's calming, soothing, and cleaning, and it inspires turth, trust and letting go. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids, aquamarine is also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Take a deeper dive into this beautiful birthstone with everything you could want to know about aquamarines.

    It's all in a name.

    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.

    Shades of blue.

    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.

     

    Folklore says...

    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.

     

    Also for love birds.

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

     

    Wear it and love it.

    Here are just a few of our aquamarine birthstone jewelry favorites:

     

    Sterling Silver Bezel Set Aquamarine Ring
    Juleve Inspired Natural & Non Heat Treated Aquamarine & Diamond Earrings
    White Gold Aquamarine and Diamond Slide Pendant
    Aquamarine Beaded Stackable Ring
    Rose Gold Cushion Halo Ring Featuring a 6.56 Carat Cabochon Aquamarine
    Aquamarine & Diamond Round Halo Necklace

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

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  5. 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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