April 5, 2018

Diamonds now known to most people only became popular in the 1400s.  Diamonds were first discovered as early as 4 BC and originated from India.  India had the greatest amount of diamond deposits until in the 18th Century Brazil took over as the main diamond producer an...

March 5, 2018

Aquamarine is the blue to greenish blue variety of the mineral beryl. Its name is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.” It is believed to represent unity. This gemstone was also believed to protect sailors, as well as to...

March 1, 2018

Amethyst is February's birthstone.  It is the purple variety of quartz.  Amethyst was associated with Bacchus, the god of wine.  Wearing amethyst would keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Many wearers of amethyst throughout history and eve...

January 25, 2018

January is the month where many resolve to start the year with ambitious New Year's resolution, so it is only apt that its birthstone is said to bring the wearer increased willpower, self-esteem and stimulation of the metabolism.  A birthstone that heals and regenerate...

December 30, 2017

Turquoise contains copper which is the source of its blue or greenish blue color. Turquoise imparts peace upon the wearer.

Tanzanite (a variety of the mineral zoisite) was discovered in 1967 in northern Tanzania, which remains the world’s only known source....

November 25, 2017

If your birthday is in November, lucky you, then here you have the choice of two birthstones - Citrine or Topaz.  November’s birthstones are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Topaz occurs in a wide spectrum...

October 15, 2017

Individuals born in October get to choose between two birthstones—tourmaline and opal. Each gem then unveils nearly limitless possibilities, as each one comes in a rainbow of shades and color combinations.

Opal may exhibit a spectrum of colors called play-of-color. When...

September 14, 2017

Sapphire is one of the most popular coloured stones because of its beautiful blues.  Sapphires do not only come in the colour blue but in a rainbow of other colours.

The September birthstone has traditionally symbolized sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility. For c...

August 24, 2017

Did you know that peridot has also been recovered in meteorites ?  Peridot is believed to bring purity when worn.  Another stone which shares august's birthstone is spinel.  Spinel come in a variety of colours.  Fine specimen became the property of kings and emperors....

July 19, 2017

The History of Ruby Slippers
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the House of Winston made a $3 million pair of the famed ruby slippers. The shoes feature 4,600 rubies, with an estimated total weight of 1,350 carats, accented by 50 carats of diamon...

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