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AUGUST BIRTHSTONES.....such a variety!

AUGUST BIRTHSTONES                        In 2016, August joined June and December as the one of the three birth months represented by three gems.The original birthstone for August was Sardonyx, and then Peridot was added, becoming August’s primary gem. The addition of Spinel, which can be found in a variety of colors, gives August babies a plethora of options! Though peridot is widely recognized by its brilliant lime green glow, the origin of this gem’s name is unclear. Most scholars agree that the word “peridot” is derived from the Arabic faridat which means...


JULY Birthstone....the RUBY!

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. All other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire, which means color is key for this royal stone. Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality. The chromium that gives ruby its red color also causes fluorescence, which makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Paradoxically, chromium is also what makes this gem scarce because it can...


Did You Know the Rare Alexandrite is the Alternative Birthstone for June?

Did You Know the Rare Alexandrite is the Alternative Birthstone for June?

  Did You Know the Rare Alexandrite is the Alternative Birthstone for June? Some months have more than one birthstone and if you were born in June, you're in luck! Besides the different shapes, sizes and colors of pearls which are this month's traditional birthstone you can add the colorful alexandrite to your list of birthday wishes! I know it has been a while since I blogged. But I have been busy! The website is completely finished....hopefully not a glitch in site! Now I am frantically adding merchandise, of which I have thousands of pieces! Check back daily for more! Debbie <3


Telling the difference between Antique, Vintage and Estate jewelry?

What are the differences between Antique, Vintage and Estate jewelry?   Antique jewelry is customarily defined as jewelry crafted more than 100 years ago. Vintage jewelry is usually identified with a particular era and includes the historic Georgian and Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian design periods as well as the Art Deco, Retro, Mid-Century, Modern and Contemporary periods. The term “Estate jewelry” simply refers to jewelry that has been owned previously and is from any era. The beauty of antique, vintage and estate jewelry is that unlike contemporary styles, it is not available in vast multiples or quantities. It possesses distinctive...