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Birthstone for December: Turquoise

Birthstone for December: Turquoise

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye. Birthstone Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December. Properties of Turquoise The colour Turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, serenity, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty. Sources of Turquoise Turquoise is a mineral usually found in association with copper deposits and is sometimes mined as a by-product of copper mining. The ancient mines of Meshed (Iran) are considered to...

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Birthstone for November: Citrine

Birthstone for November: Citrine

Happiness • Positivity • Abundance The name Citrine is derived from the French word citron, meaning lemon. It's a pale yellow quartz, which has long been remarked for its subtle, honeyed beauty. The natural abundance and infinite variety of quartz have made it the most widely used of all gem minerals. Birthstone Citrine is the traditional birthstone for November. Properties of Citrine Citrine brings sunshine into your life. Its radiant energy cultivates positivity, growth and abundance. It infuses your soul with happiness and light to open you up to the new opportunities and positive possibilities that already surround you. Citrine is known as the...

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Birthstone for September: Sapphire or Iolite

Birthstone for September: Sapphire or Iolite

The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly be translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn” in many different languages. Birthstone Sapphire is the traditional birthstone for September. Iolite is an alternative birthstone. Properties of Sapphire The sapphire has, for centuries, been seen as a symbol of the heavens, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and...

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Birthstone for August: Peridot

Birthstone for August: Peridot

Peridot, in shades of olive, is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one colour. It is formed in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. Peridot in its basic form, Olivine, was also found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe in 2006, has been discovered on the moon, and detected by instrument on Mars by NASA’s Global Surveyor.  Birthstone Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August.  Properties of Peridot Peridot is particularly beneficial for overcoming fear and depression, as well as releasing jealously, resentment, and spite...

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Birthstone for July: Ruby

Birthstone for July: Ruby

Ruby is a precious stone consisting of corundum in colour varieties varying from deep crimson or purple to pale rose. Birthstone Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July. An alternate birthstone for July is Red Onyx or Carnelian. Properties of Ruby Revered in many cultures throughout history, Ruby has always been a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. It symbolizes the sun, and its glowing hue suggests an inextinguishable flame within the stone. It was worn as an amulet or charm to ward off plague and pestilence, warned its wearer of impending danger, kept the body safe, and banished sadness and...

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