Did you know that the human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour? Green has long been associated with abundance, comfort and security, so this coupled with the fact our eyes can appreciate all the subtle shade variations that emeralds offer is perhaps why they have maintained their popularity for centuries.
Given that Aquamarine is known for it’s peaceful light blue colour, it may not surprise you to learn that the origin for it’s name is from the Latin words aqua meaning water and marina meaning the sea.
A gem that is a “remedy against drunkenness”? That’s just one benefit attributed to Amethyst, the birthstone for February. It was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed, focused and quick witted in battle or business affairs, or calm lovers overrun by passion. Read on for more about amethyst.
Kicking the year off with January’s birthstone – the garnet. Garnets are commonly red but you may not know that they also come in different colours, ranging from yellows, oranges, purples, vibrant green and even (rarely), blue to purple colour changing.
Blue is the theme of this month’s birthstones and those born in December are lucky enough to choose from three different gemstones – turquoise, tanzanite or zircon. Read on for a little run down on each.
Like October babies, those born in November have a choice of birthstones: Topaz or Citrine. Both are relatively affordable and durable and topaz also comes in many different colours so you are sure to find something you like.
Those born in October get to enjoy a choice of birthstone. Opals have traditionally been the birthstone for this month, but recently Tourmalines have been added meaning October babies get a spectacular colour range of gemstones to choose from. We’re going to explore a little of both in this article.
Sapphires are one of the big 3 of jewellery gemstones (the other two being ruby and emeralds). They come in a variety of colours with blue being the most recognizable however other colours have been gaining popularity in recent years.
Easily identified by it’s iconic yellowy-grass green, the Peridot is an extreme gem. Found deep within the Earth’s mantle, formed in high temperatures and brought to the surface by volcanic activity, it’s known as the stone of compassion and is associated with harmony, good health and peacefulness.
In Sanskrit, rubies were called ratnaraj which translates to “king of precious gems”. This stone is rich in history and folklore, and remains a very popular choice today thanks to its rarity, hardness and of course, colour.