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  1. All About June's Pearl Birthstone

    Happy birthday to all who celebrate in June! June birthdays celebrate with three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Read on to read all about the pearl birthstone and explore some of our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry.

    Meaning and History Behind the Pearl Birthstone

    Timeless and loved by women of all ages and styles, pearl is the coveted birthstone for June. Originating from oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, pearls are organic gems that grow inside the tissue of a living saltwater or freshwater mollusk (either an oyster or a mussel). Natural pearls form when the mollusk secretes a substance called nacre around an irritant such as a piece of sand or a parasite that has invaded its shell. Cultured pearls are a product of human intervention. Thousands of years of pearl fishing have decimated the natural pearl beds, so cultured pearls account for the vast majority of pearl sales today.

    Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven. The Chinese believed that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries thought that mollusks formed pearls from dew drops.

    Pearls have long been associated with purity, humility and innocence, which might have something to do with why pearls have traditionally been given as a wedding gift.


    Care and Cleaning of the Pearl Birthstone

    Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, which means they are a softer gem and require special care. Store them separately from other gemstones and metal jewelry to prevent scratching. Never store your pearl birthstones in a plastic bag, as plastic can emit a chemical that will damage their surface. Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewelry. Use a soft, damp cloth, ideally after each time the pearls are worn.


    Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

    Birthstone jewelry is a special way to celebrate a birthday, and for those born in June, pearl jewelry is a perfect fit! Here are a few of our favorite pieces of pearl birthstone jewelry.

    14KT White Round Pearl and Diamond Leverback Earrings. The Earrings Feature 8-9 Millimeter White Round Pearls that are Accented With 0.05 Carats of Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    14 Karat White Gold Pearl & Diamond Accent Halo Ring Featuring a Freshwater Cultured Pearl and .20 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    14KT White Gold 6-7mm White Round Freshwater Cultured Pearl 12-Station Necklace. The Necklace Features 12 Round 6-7mm Pearls that are Set Throughout the 16 Inch Necklace.
    14KT Gold Pearl and Diamond Criss Cross Ring. The Ring Features A 6.00-6.50 mm Center Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Diamond Ring. There is 0.33 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds Prong Set Throughout the Criss Cross Ring.



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

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  2. January's Garnet Birthstone

    Calling all January birthstones! Garnet, January's birthstone, represents eternal friendship and trust, and is mined in a rainbow of colors. The name Garnet was derived from the word granatum, meaning seed, after the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. Garnets have been popular since as far back as 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used Garnets as inlays jewelry.Garnets are seen in an assortment of beautiful colors from deep red to vibrant green, along with shades of pink, orange and brown.
    Today, the most important sources for Garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.Folklore tells of Garnets protecting their owners from nightmares throughout the night and protecting travelers against accidents. Believed to have mystical powers, the stone has been worn to relieve skin inflammations, regulate the heart and blood flow, and aid in curing depression.

    Garnets are a popular gift to symbolize friendship and trust. They are also the traditional gemstone for the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversaries.

    Here are a few pieces of our favorite garnet birthstone jewelry:

    White Gold Vine Ring Featuring .72 Carat Total Weight Pear Shape Garnets and .21 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Sterling Silver 1.40 Carat Total Weight Emerald Garnet & 0.96 Carat Total Weight White Topaz Earrings With Backs
    White Gold Garnet and Diamond Halo Ring Featuring a 2.80 Carat Oval Garnet and .28 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold 18 Inch Cable Link Halo Necklace Featuring .60 Carat Garnet and .10 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Sterling Silver and 14 Karat Yellow Gold Bracelet Featuring .95 Carat Total Weight Oval Garnets
    White Gold Diamond Accent Garnet Ring Featuring a 1.25 Carat Emerald Cut Garnet and .04 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold 2 Stone 7" Flex Bangle Halo Bracelet Featuring .90 Carat Total Weight Round Garnets and .12 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    Are you ready to find the perfect January 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 garnet birthstone jewelry online HERE.

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  3. November Birthstones: Falling for Topaz and Citrine

    Oval Palmeria Citrine Pendant> Oval Palmeria Citrine Pendant>

    Blow out the candles, slip on your gems and celebrate another birthday, November-born ladies!

    November is another double birthstone month. The influential and optimistic Scorpio and Sagittarius ladies celebrate with both topaz and citrine.



    Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring> Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring>

    The topaz gemstone is available in a rich rainbow of colors, from yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. Often misidentified as yellow citrine quartz and brown smoky quartz, quartz and topaz are actually separate and unrelated mineral species.

    Topaz is believed to increase understanding, strengthen breathing, prevent colds, enhance creativity, bring relaxation, control angry passions, restore energy, and aid in tissue regeneration. Citrines were thought to protect against the venom of evil words and thoughts.

    Blue topaz is also the fourth anniversary gemstone, and Imperial topaz is the gemstone for 23rd wedding anniversaries.

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    Juleve 4.26ct Citrine and Diamond Ring Juleve 4.26ct Citrine and Diamond Ring>

    Citrine is the alternative November birthstone and is known as the "healing quartz". A golden tone reminiscent of fall foliage, the gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrine ranges in shades from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is plentiful in nature, which makes it an affordable gemstone.

    Oval Citrine Necklace> Oval Citrine Necklace>

    Citrine is also recognized as the gem that commemorates the 13th anniversary.

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