If you were born in June, you actually have not one but two birthstones to choose from – the classic Pearl and the very extraordinary gemstone, Alexandrite. We’ve written a post on the timeless beauty of pearls previously, so in today’s post, we’re exploring Alexandrite in detail. Alexandrite composition and origin Alexandrite...
The emerald is the birthstone for May and one of four well-known precious gemstones – the others are diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Emeralds, with their luscious green hues, are highly prized gems and in some cases can even be worth more than diamonds. In this post, we explore the history...
If you’re lucky enough to have been born in April, your birthstone is the magnificent and highly valuable diamond! In this post, we explore some interesting facts about diamonds, including where they first originated, how to value them and the mystical meanings surrounding them. Composition of diamonds Diamonds are the hardest known...
The birthstone for January is the garnet, a beautiful semi-precious stone that has been around since Egyptian times. The garnet belongs to a group of rock-forming silicate minerals and is commonly known as a red gemstone. It can in fact, appear in many different colors. It’s found in many...

 

December has been blessed with not one or two, but three beautiful birthstones! Turquoise is probably the most widely available of the three gemstones, while Zircon and Tanzanite in particular are considered rarer and subsequently more expensive in comparison. Composition and mineral makeup of the December birthstones Turquoise is an opaque,...
November is another month that hosts two stunning birthstones that are quite opposite in character - the fiery Topaz and the gentle Citrine. Topaz is made from a very hard silicate mineral, a form of aluminium and fluorine. It looks almost diamond-like when cut and is almost as hard as...
October has two birthstones to choose from, Opal and Tourmaline. Both gemstones are popular around the world, not least because they exhibit a beautiful array of colors. Tourmaline is a relatively recent discovery but Opal has been around since ancient times and has an interesting history. Opal and Tourmaline Composition...
Sapphires are truly beautiful gemstones, well known for their amazing blue color, which can range from pale blue right through to deep violet. Sapphires can also appear as colorless, yellow, pink and gray but the most sought after color of sapphire is a rich and deep blue. The sapphire gemstone...
The Peridot gemstone comes from a variety of Olivine - a mineral found in volcanic rock and lavas. It’s also known as Chrysolite. The Peridot’s beautiful green color ranges from lime green or pale green right through to dark olive shades with yellowish hues. This gemstone has been named the...
Rubies are the birthstone for anyone born in July, under the Cancer zodiac sign. Rubies have been around for centuries and are famous for their powerful and vivid red color. This precious gemstone is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. All other Corundum colors such as blue, green,...
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