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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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Birthstone for June: Pearl

Birthstone for June: Pearl

The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. However, unlike other gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks.  Birthstone Pearl is the traditional birthstone for June. An alternate birthstones for June is Moonstone. Properties of Pearl Pearl symbolizes the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer, and is believed to attract wealth and luck as well as offer protection.  Sources of Pearl Today Pearls predominately come from Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, India, Philippines, and Tahiti. The South Sea waters around Australia, Indonesia, and Myanmar...

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Birthstone for March: Aquamarine

Birthstone for March: Aquamarine

Tranquility • Reduces Stress • Balance The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color. The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color, sometimes bluish green, is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone.  Birthstone Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. Properties of Aquamarine Resonating with the calming energy of the ocean, Aquamarine helps you to connect with the natural energy and spirit of the element of water. Aquamarine reduces the influence of doubt and negativity from both yourself...

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