Gem Shopping Anyone?

Ever been to the gem show?? Several times a year Intergem holds their multi-vendor shows at different convention center locations across the US - if you love gems and jewelry - this needs to go on your to-do list right now! These shows have…

August Birthstones

Hello – the August birthstone post is here!   Peridot is the birthstone for those born in August (Carnelian is an alternative natal stone), and the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Virgo. And, there are…

The Folklore of Ruby

Happy birthday to all those born in July - off to the rubies!!!!! Composed of aluminum oxide, rubies come from the corundum family of minerals. We all know diamonds are the hardest stone, but did you know rubies also carry that hardness…
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Gold & Glamorous

Scene: Spice market, Marrakech, Morocco. Springtime. Ten o’clock on Thursday morning. You hold up your right hand to catch the spice vendor’s attention. The bright, Moroccan sun shines on your ring finger, where you wear a single gold…
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The Birthstones of June

As I mentioned last month, we have four birthstones associated with this month - pearl, alexandrite, moonstone, and agate. Before we get into the 4 gemstones for month of June, let's start with the other basics. The astrological birthstone…

Go Green With Emeralds

Emerald is the birthstone for those born in May, and the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Gemini.  There are also flowers associated with birth months - the flower for May is hawthorn. The name emerald…