Peridot, also known as chrysolite, is a green gem found in the upper mantle, making it one of only two gems not found in Earth’s crust. Not only is it one of the only gems not found in the crust, but it is also one of the oldest known gemstones, dating back to 1500 B.C.,
June babies are lucky to honor their birth month with not one gemstone, but three! Moonstone, Pearl and Alexandrite. Moonstone was the first June birthstone, followed by pearl and in 1952 Alexandrite was added to the list. All three have unique qualities, and intriguing folklore. Moonstone Moonstone is part of the Feldspar family of stones.
Aquamarine is the March birthstone and the gem for a 19th wedding anniversary. Named after the Latin words aqua, translated as “blue,” and marina, meaning “of the sea,” the aquamarine comes in a variety of cool tones, from watery blues to pastel teals. Aquamarine and emeralds are in the same family of stones, beryl. Also
Those born in February are lucky to have the amethyst as their birthstone. The amethyst crystal comes in variety of purple shades, from rich indigo, to pale violet, to dark raspberry. Amethyst pairs well with both warm and cool colors, so it truly makes any outfit pop. Amethyst is available in a wide range of
The arrival of January marks the introduction of a new birthstone: the garnet. Garnets are known for their rich history, vibrant colors, and durability, making them the perfect stone to celebrate the New Year! The word garnet is derived from the Latin word garanatus, which means seedlike. It is believed the garnet received this name
People born in December have the opportunity to choose between two birthstones: blue zircon and tanzanite. Both of these cool, bluish colored gemstones are beautiful in their own ways, as each have a set of unique properties. Zircon is the oldest gemstone on earth. Pieces of zircon have been found in Australia from almost 4.4
The November birthstone is topaz, a lustrous gem that spans from fiery orange to icy blue, with many magnificent shades in between. It is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine with the chemical formula Al2SiO4(F, OH)2. The name topaz comes from Topazios, the old name for an island in the Red Sea. However, no topaz was ever produced on Topazios!
Did you know that October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline? Each of them has an interesting history as well as an inherent historic spirituality. The opal’s iridescence and the rich spectrum of tourmaline’s colors give a variety of beautiful choices to October babies. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers established an official list
At Jonathan’s Jewelers, we offer many options to fit your budget! When making a custom piece, we will work with you to make a design that you love but also fits your budget. There are many ways to ensure we can stick within a lower budget: Stone selection. By choosing a lower priced stone in
Birthstones combine beauty with durability in spectacular – and often valuable – displays of color. They capture the imagination with their history and lore. Of the countless varieties of colored gemstones, the traditional birthstones below are most popular. Durability is measured on the “Mohs Hardness scale” – which refers to a stone’s resistance to scratching.