tourmaline gemstone of the month blog post by peacock & lime

birthstones of the month – October, November & December

What’s October’s Birthstone? – Tourmaline or Opal What’s Tourmaline’s meaning? – Healing Color – Multi color often with pink and green or multi-color “Tourmaline is the technicolored dream coat of gems, there isn’t another stone with a greater range of colors found in nature. Because no two tourmaline’s look alike, they were mistaken for other gems until the 1800’s when they were reclassified as a … Continue reading birthstones of the month – October, November & December

ruby - gemstone of the month blog post by peacock & lime

birthstones of the month – July, August & September

What’s July’s Birthstone? – Ruby What’s Ruby’s meaning – Vitality Color – Red “Rubies are a special form of the mineral corundum that would be considered a sapphire if it weren’t for their characteristic dark red color. This red color comes from the chromium present in the ruby. Rubies with an insufficient amount of chromium are labelled ‘pink sapphires’ and aren’t allowed to play in … Continue reading birthstones of the month – July, August & September

quartz - gemstone of the month blog post by peacock & lime

birthstones of the month – April, May & June

What’s April’s Birthstone? – Quartz What’s Quartz’s meaning? – Strength Color – Clear “Quartz is the second most common family of gemstones on the planet and are found in a variety of colors due to impurities (similar to the Beryl family). Quartz’s natural color is clear. Quartz is found all over the world in every kind of rock formation. Frequently they can be found inside … Continue reading birthstones of the month – April, May & June

garnet - gemstone of the month blog post by peacock & lime

birthstones of the month – January, February & March

What’s January’s Birthstone – Garnet What’s the meaning of garnets? – Protection Color: Dark Red  “Red garnets were the most popular gemstone in the later years of the Roman Empire. The word ‘garnet’ comes from the Latin word for seedlike, ‘granatus.’ This was a reference to their similar appearance to pomegranate seeds. Another characteristic of garnets is their high refractive index which gives onlookers the … Continue reading birthstones of the month – January, February & March

Birthstone of the Month – December

For those born in the month of December …  you have three different birthstones to choose from!  According to the American Gem Society – Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite are all associated with December. the story behind turquoise …  “Turquoise is considered by some to be a symbol of good fortune and success, believed to bring prosperity to its wearer. In the language of chemists and … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – December

Birthstone of the Month – November

For those born in the month of November, lucky you! … Topaz is the official birthstone, but Citrine is also a birthstone for November. the story behind topaz … “The word ‘topaz’ comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – November

Birthstone of the Month – October

For those born in the month of October … Opal is the official birthstone. the story behind opal … “The name “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word for “upala,” meaning precious stone. In Indian mythology, the virgin Goddess of the Rainbow was turned into an opal by the Mother Goddess because she was being chased by suitors Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. During Roman times, the … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – October

Birthstone of the Month – September

For those born in the month of September … Sapphire is the official birthstone. the story behind sapphire … “Since medieval times, sapphire has been associated with the majesty and tranquility of the heavens. It was thought to dispel evil thoughts and to bring peace and amiability to its wearer. The stone is associated with Abraham in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The name sapphire comes from … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – September

Birthstone of the Month – August

For those born in the month of August … Peridot is the official birthstone.  The story behind peridot … “Shimmering, pale green peridot, often called the evening emerald, is a gemstone commonly associated with spirituality and expression. The word “peridot” is pronounced as pear-ah-dough by some and as pear-ah-dote by others. While both pronunciations are found in the dictionary, the actual word of origin for … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – August

Birthstone of the Month – July

“The gleaming Ruby should adorn, All those who in July are born, For thus they’ll be exempt and free, From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”         For those born in the month of July … Ruby is the official birthstone, which, “along with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, are considered one of the four precious gemstones.  Ruby is a hard, durable and rare stone … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – July