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  • The Origin of Birthstones

    The Origin of Birthstones

    It’s uncertain how the specific months became connected with the various stones. However, some speculate that their origins date back to biblical times when the breastplate belonging to a priest was decorated with 12 assorted colored gems. As time wore on, the 12 gems became associated with the zodiac and the months connected to it.

    This started the tradition of wearing a colored stone each month as a sort of good luck charm. Initially people wore all twelve stones, rotating according to the month of the year to derive the greatest benefit of each stone. Believing that the various gems held magical powers for the individual born within a given month, people started to wear the stone associated with their birth month for the entire year. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers designed a list dedicating different gems to various months. What was once thought to be controversial based on its commercialism is now widely accepted as the official birthstone list.

    Learn more about the individual birthday gemstones below:






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  • November Birthstones

    Individuals born in November can choose between two joyous gemstones to brighten up the chill of the month. Both of November’s birthstones, Topaz and Citrine, are known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

    Often times mistaken for one another throughout history, the two stones are actually unrelated minerals. Topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colours far beyond the yellow of citrine.

    Both birthstones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit Topaz and Citrine into their budget.

    Citrine is known as the "healing quartz". This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrine can be found in a variety of shades ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature. Citrine is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.

    Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colours. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized colour of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body colour with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones.

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  • October Birthstones

    October Birthstones
    October-born individuals get to choose between two birthstones—Tourmaline and Opal. Each of which presents almost endless possibilities, as they each come in a vast spectrum of shades and colour combinations.

    Opals range in colour from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its colour play and its background. Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature's heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals.

    Opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance. The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of colour)." 

    Tourmaline has become a favourite gemstone between jewellery designer, and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colours, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colours in the same gemstone.

    These bi-colour or tri-colour gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear colour distinctions are highly prized. One multi-colour variety is known as watermelon tourmaline, and features green, pink, and white colours bands; to resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink centre, white ring, and green edge. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA. 

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  • September Birthstones

    Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, was believed to protect those close to you from harm.  Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.
    Sapphires symbolize loyalty, nobility, sincerity and integrity. They are associated with focusing the mind, maintaining self-discipline and channelling higher powers. Sapphires are most desired in its pure, rich blue colour but is present in almost every colour including pink, yellow and green.

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