American Gem Society

December birthstones are Turquoise and Zircon

How appropriate that Turquoise is one of the December birthstones. From earliest times, Turquoise has been the symbol of friendship and peace in the home. So it’s the perfect stone to represent the holiday season. But it gets better. When given by a loving friend it’s believed the stone will bring good fortune and protect […]

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October Birthstones are Opal and Tourmaline

Mike and I have a theory about the October birthstones. Opal and Tourmaline are two of the most unique gems man has ever dug up. Their properties are honest-to-goodness freaky. So we speculate that sometime in our distant past, a hairy guy with a sharp stick discovered an opal, while over on another savanah another […]

Categories: American Gem Society, Birthstones, Opal, This month's birth stone, Tourmaline

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September Birthstone is Sapphire

Sapphire, the birthstone for September, may just be the greediest of all the gems. Over the centuries, it has attracted to itself just about every positive human and heavenly virtue, leaving crumbs for the rest of the gemological lineup. At one time or another, Sapphire has claimed for itself wisdom, power and faith. Truth and […]

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August Birthstone is Peridot

Never heard of August’s birthstone, peridot? Neither had most of the world until about 1995. Which is too bad since its wonderful green color is the perfect compliment to late summer tans and light flowing summer wardrobes. It’s odd, too, since peridot is a very ancient gemstone, a favorite of the Egyptians and Romans. Cleopatra […]

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July Birthstone

My brother has always been a ruby man. Mike loves rubies. You can’t blame him. After all, rubies are red! The color of love and passion and power. Over the centuries, they have captured the imaginations not just of lovers but of mighty rulers as well. In fact, in ancient India where rubies were said […]

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June Birthstone is Pearls, Alexandrite or Moonstone

Yes, June has more than one birthstone. In fact, it has three! Why? No idea. Anyway it’s a nice problem for those born in June: you have your choice of Pearls, Alexandrite or Moonstone. Pearls Pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries. They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman […]

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Report from New Orleans

You’d think that after a lifetime in the industry, Matt and I would know all there is to know about jewelry. But, honestly, we both feel there’s so much we don’t know! Our industry is so vibrant, and so endlessly interesting, we have to work hard to keep up with it all. Which is why […]

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