Birthstone History

The Birthstone of June

The Birthstone of June

JUNE BIRTHSTONE The month of June has three birthstones associated with it, which are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. The most common birthstone is the pearl, which make white the official June birthstone color. Unlike the majority of gemstones that are found on earth, pearls originate organically. They are made inside shells of certain types of clams and oysters. There are some pearls that are found naturally in mollusks that live in freshwater settings like rivers and in the sea. However, a lot of the pearls of today are from oyster farms. Pearls are made up of aragonite, which is...

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The Birthstone of May

The Birthstone of May

HISTORICAL MAY BIRTHSTONE The historical relevance of emeralds can be traced back to bygone days. They were surely the part of the treasures of royalty in Egypt and Babylon. As far as birthstones are considered, historically from 15th to 20th-century emerald and agate were both seen as a May birthstone.From the two companions, agate is known for its beautiful patterns and is a variety of banded chalcedony belonging to the quartz family. Historically, they are found in artifacts and ornaments. Agate is available in hundreds of types and is available around the world.The second historical birthstone, emerald, needs no introduction. One of...

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April Birthstone

April Birthstone

The birthstone for the month of April is the Diamond, which makes the commonly accepted April birthstone color white or clear. There are various types of diamonds that include opaque, translucent, and transparent. Diamonds can be colorless, sooty black, or several other colors in between these two. For jewelry, tinted, colorless, and transparent diamonds are the ones used the most. Industry, however, uses other types of diamonds. The color of a diamond will depend on what has been embedded inside it. For example, a yellow diamond will have small amounts of nitrogen while a bluish hued diamond will have boron....

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Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebrated on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), known as the Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day became the official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglicon Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, as well as the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and its arrival of Christianity in Ireland, celebrating the heritage and the culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations are generally done with public parades and festivals, ceilidhs, and the wearing of green...

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March Birthstone

March Birthstone

The Birthstone for March is the Aquamarine, which makes the commonly accepted March birthstone the color of light blue. These stones come in colors from deep blues to bluish/greenish, all with different intensities. The difference in colors is caused by traces of iron that are found in a beryl crystal. The most prized stones are those that are deep blue because they are very rare and are quite expensive. A yellow beryl stone can be heated up to change the color to blue. Aquamarines are often referred to as being the poor man’s diamond. These stones are a form of...

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