Birthstones, Part III

September – Sapphire

Radiant cut sapphire

The word “sapphire” is Greek for blue, and when people envision sapphires they immediately think of a stunning violet-blue gemstone. Blue sapphires, ranging from very light to very dark greenish or violet-blue, represent a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. Sapphires are not only blue, however, as they can be found in pink, purple, green, orange or yellow. Sapphires are found in many parts of the world, but the most prized stones are from Myanmar.

Birthstones, Part II

May – Emerald

Cut emeralds.

The emerald is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. This stone was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Cleopatra was known for wearing emeralds, and carved emeralds were often buried with the Egyptian mummies, symbolizing eternal youth. The deeper the green of this stone, the more it’s value increases. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.

Birthstones, Part I

I do not often use gemstones as I love to simply use the interplay between gold and silver, but sometimes certain pieces call out for gemstones. In these pieces, I use only the best quality, and as close to natural (heat-treatment is not unusual as a color enhancement, but I will not use dyed stones), stones I can find. All of the birthstones I list in this series of articles are available and can be requested in any pieces containing gemstones.