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.



June – Moonstone

Moonstone

Ancient Romans believed that moonstone was formed from the frozen moonlight, giving this beautiful, shimmering stone its name. Moonstones show a floating play of light, called adularescence, and come in a variety of colors including green, blue, peach and champagne, with clarity that ranges from transparent to translucent. The sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat’s eye. Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstone is said to bring good fortune. The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar are also sources.


July – Ruby

Ruby
Rubies, long considered the king of all gems, have been prized possessions of emperors and kings throughout the ages and are said to bestow good fortune on its owner, as well as health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. The color of the stone is important in determining its worth, and the most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire. While found throughout the world, the most highly prized stones are found in Myanmar.

August – Peridot

Peridot

Peridot is a unique gemstone in that it mostly exists in one color, a distinctive lime green. In ancient times it was believed that this stone was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world. It is said to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.

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