May does not disappoint the senses. You don’t have to look very far, not only to see, but to smell the beauty that May flowers produce. Even a hillside filled with dandelions is enough to lighten up your day. Take a minute to unwind on a calm evening and listen for the buzzing of the bumble bees in the nearest flower garden. Spring is a refreshing time filled with new life and long overdue outdoor time. Emerald, the gemstone for the month of May, certainly follows suit. (more…)
When we think of a gem our minds jump towards a particular stone, maybe it’s the month you were born that comes to mind, or the one that is your favorite color. A cut and polished precious stone is the first definition in the dictionary but just beyond that is the deeper meaning. Something likened to or prized because of its beauty and worth. Now that really opens it up when we think about the gems in our life! (more…)
The one time of year when the spotlight turns towards you, and all the love you bring to the world gets recognized. Birthstones are great gifts that highlight the importance and unique qualities in someone’s life. There are many legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and therapeutic influence. All that aside, birthstones are the perfect way to celebrate year round with a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Let’s take a look at November’s birthstones.
What do airbags, smoke alarms, fire-escape plans, and sapphires have in common? They’re all meant to protect your loved ones. Granted, only the first three are proven to work. But it’s been said since the Middle Ages that the sapphire—September’s birthstone—has protective powers. From clergy to commoners, sapphires have been worn for centuries with the intent of warding off evil. We just think they’re pretty, the kind of “blues” anyone would gladly have. (more…)
On the breast plates of high priests, as the spoils of war, atop the heads of royalty, and even circling the nipped-and-tucked neck of Joan Rivers, the birthstone for August has quite a storied past. You might call her the “wild child” of semiprecious gemstones. She even has a stage name, “the evening emerald.” As the light dims at dusk, peridot actually appears to glow. (more…)
The hum of lawn mowers and budding of leaves and flowers are here! We made it! Finally green is everywhere. It’s even the color of the birthstone for May, emerald. With the many celebrations that happen during May, including Mother’s Day, graduations, and of course those May birthdays, we want to talk a bit about why emeralds are a great choice for celebration gifts: (more…)
Did you know that the Pantone Corporation has a tribe of color gurus who decide every year what the Color of the Year should be? And the color isn’t arbitrarily chosen at their whimsy? These specialists comb the world for color influences to guide their predictions, looking at everything from current technology to traveling art collections to major sporting events. This year the Pantone Color of the Year is a pinkish-mauve purple named Radiant Orchid. We think it looks a lot like amethyst: (more…)