IMG_0088 pile of stonesA birthstone is the “gemstone associated with the date of one’s birth, the wearing of which is commonly thought to bring good luck or health. Supernatural powers have long been attributed by astrologers to certain gemstones.”

– from Encyclopedia Britannica

Birthstones come in a colorful array of sparkling jewels and glowing gemstones, each one with its own place in history and myth. From folklore tales, Biblical texts, and the annals of history, these gems have had a special place in both the hearts and minds of humanity.   

The July birthstone is Ruby.

 r832 ruby .82 ct dia = .56 ct $2995The vibrant and luminescent Ruby is known as the ‘King of Gemstones’, both for its rarity, as well as beauty. Due to its bright red color, it is held in high esteem as a symbol of love, strength, power, and luck. Ruby has been the gem of the brave and the royal throughout the ages. It was worn by kings to give them power and to protect them from evil. Rubies also have the property to turn deeper in color,  and this was believed by some to indicate danger or misfortune.

The August birthstone is Peridot.

42360-3 peridot = 13.78 ct marq & rnd dia =1.80 ct tw $5995Said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.  As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.  This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens.  Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets.

We can design jewelry with all of Mom’s children’s birthstones in mind, or the whole family.  This works well for birthday as well as Mother’s Day gift ideas.