This month’s birth stone

April Birthstone is Diamond

Celebrate an April Birthday With Brilliance… ThE DIAMOND! Over the years we’ve noticed a pattern. Of all our clients who feel a particularly strong bond with their birthstone, it is overwhelmingly those born in April. You may not be surprised to learn that April’s birthstone is none other than the “King of All Birthstones,” otherwise […]

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March Birthstone is Aquamarine

Spring is a time of renewals. It’s a time to brush off the cobwebs of winter and look forward to bright and beautiful new beginnings. Aquamarine, the stunning blue gem that represents the March birthstone, is the perfect embodiment of this wondrous time of year. It’s no surprise that the name aquamarine is derived from the […]

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The Super Powers of Amethyst

When I think about amethyst, that beautiful, vibrant February birthstone, I am reminded that not much has changed over the past thousands of years. Well, okay, a lot has changed – but let me explain what I mean. In the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, amethyst was thought to hold special powers for […]

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January Birthstone is Garnet

If it were up to us, every child would be graced early on with a garnet, no matter what month they were born in.  After all, what more could we wish for our children as they start out on life’s journey than the gifts bestowed by the legendary “Gem of Faith”—eternal happiness, health and wealth? […]

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November Birthstone is Topaz

When Mike and I were little guys, we got along pretty well. But every once in awhile something would happen and we’d go at it. This was always the result of Mike picking on me as the younger brother (as I remember it) and me responding the way little brothers will. Unfortunately, it always seemed […]

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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 […]

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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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May Birthstone is Emerald

They say the birthstone for May—emerald—derives from the Greek word smaragdus, which means green. How you get EMERALD from SMARAGDUS is a mystery to us. On the other hand, emeralds are a symbol of rebirth, hence the tie-in to May and Spring and birds bursting into song, which makes perfect sense. Emeralds’ lush green has […]

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