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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Gemstones and birthstones

Gemstones and birthstones represent celebrations of life events.

The terms "gemstone" and "gem" mean any mineral or organic material (e.g., pearl and petrified wood) used for personal adornment, display, or object of art because it possesses beauty, rarity, and durability. Of the 2,700 mineral species, only about 100 possess all these attributes. Many people use gemstone jewelry to symbolize a birth month or to celebrate a significant event during a specific month, like an anniversary. Birthstones are very popular gifts. You can choose a gemstone/birthstone that symbolizes what you want to say with your gift - gemstones can speak louder than words!

Gemstones are minerals that are treasured for their beauty and durability. Their value generally depends on four elements: the beauty of the stone itself; its rarity; its toughness; and the skill with which it has been cut and polished. Stones such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds represent one of the greatest concentrations of money value. During times of war or economic disturbance many people convert their wealth into precious stones, which are transportable and more easily sold.

Remember - just because a certain gem represents a certain birthstone doesn't mean you have to use it that way. Step out of the box and purchase a piece of gemstone jewelry as a gift to celebrate a graduation or special event.

The following is a list of Birthstones and their respective month.
Birthstone-Gemstone Chart

Birth Month Modern Birthstones Traditional Birthstones
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond
May Emerald Emerald
June Pearl, Moonstone Alexandrite
July Ruby Ruby
August Peridot Sardonyx
September Sapphire Sapphire
October Opal, Tourmaline Tourmaline
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine Citrine
December Turquoise, Blue Topaz Zircon, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli


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