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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gemstones, Precious Metals and Jewelry

That will blow your mind.

1. The average age of diamonds varies from one to three million years old.

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

2. In Asia, the people swallow pearls whole and powdered for medicinal purposes

To this day, pearls are eaten for medicinal reasons. Don't try this at home for obvious reasons.

To this day, pearls are ingested! Invest don’t ingest!

3. Pure gold is always yellow in color, but it is much too soft to wear.

Melts in your hand, not your mouth. Oops, that M&Ms.

You’ll be golden with a few of these nuggets.

4. Lapis Lazuli was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the form of powder as eye shadow.

Talk about expensive makeup!

Talk about expensive makeup!

5. The only black gemstone that exists is the jet, composed of carbonized wood and coal, and usually comes from fossilized trees.

Don't jet, have a jet!

Don’t fret, have a jet!

6. Garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, which also means pomegranate.

These look good enough to eat!

These look good enough to eat!

7. Blonde-haired women used to don opals to protect the blonde color of their hair.

Give an opal to your Opal, oppa!

Having an opal is probably better than sunbathing.

8. Sapphires and rubies are mined together; both are a type of corundum mineral. Rubies are red due to chromium impurities, while sapphires get their color from iron, titanium, and chromium impurities. They are virtually indistinguishable other than color.

They're basically twins with different dye jobs.

They’re basically twins with different dye jobs.

9. Men wore jewelry before women did; they even wore heels before women.

Rock those pearls, sir!

Rock those pearls, dude!

10. The ocean actually contains gold; it is assumed there is nearly 20 million tons of gold under the mysterious surface.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

11. Emeralds were Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

Ours too, Cleo!

Ours too, Cleo!

Why Choose Birthstone Jewelry?

Astrology, Chinese Zodiac, birthstones having meaningful properties, these aren’t new concepts in the least but their timelessness should be demonstrative of how incredibly popular and unwavering these stones are. When birthstone earrings have meaning, the meaningful thing is tenfold more attractive. It’s one thing to like to sparkle; it’s another to attach meaning to a thing like the meaning behind engagement ring makes it infinitely more important than another piece of jewelry a woman could wear. With that being said the appeal of birthstone earrings lies in not only the beauty but the connotation.

January – Garnet: This stone is best for businesses, helpful in creating a successful business environment. Stone of purity and truth.
Healing Properties:
Good for spleen and thyroid.

February – Amethyst: Helps reduce negative emotions like anger, jealousy, hatred, guilt. Overcoming addition especially alcohol addition. Good for stress, protection, and spirituality.
Healing Properties: Boosting hormones, balances moods, good for metabolism and general body balance.

 March – Aquamarine: The stone is for safe travel so it may be an excellent gift for someone who boats. Releases anxiety, restlessness and combats depression.
Healing Properties: The thymus gland is associated with this stone, which helps reduce fluid retention.

 April – Diamond: The meaning of diamonds outside of being symbolic of marriage is generally unknown. Diamonds are good for keeping a positive attitude, increase energy, slow down the aging process (albeit not a large amount).
Healing Properties: Diamonds are good for stomach ailments and memory loss. It also reduces physical tiredness.

May – Emerald:  Good for a troubled mind, Emerald is a great ‘wisdom’ stone and faithfulness in love.
Healing Properties: Best for the heart.

June – Pearl: The oldest and formerly the most valuable birthstone, this ‘teardrop of the moon’ is the symbol of innocence and purity, often sewn onto garments worn by brides.
Healing Properties: Good to wear when having digestive issues. Relieves bloating and biliousness; also good for easing childbirth and increasing fertility.

July – Ruby: Apparently one of the most powerful gemstones in the universe, owners of rubies have a lot of contentment and peace.
Healing Properties: Blood circulations and removal of infections from bugs.

August – Peridot: Also known as chrysolite in the bible, Catholic Bishops in particular don this kind of crystal. Peridot is considered a gift from Mother Nature
Healing Properties: Good for the gall bladder and liver

September – Sapphire: Is symbolic of sincerity, truth, and faithfulness. Sapphire used to be the gemstone that was used in engagement rings.
Healing Properties: Thyroid and throat, good with the nervous system

October – Opal: Enhances ability to communicate your heart with words, overcoming harmful things, and maintaining a strong connection with the animals of the sea.
Healing Properties
: Linked to the heart and stimulates the glands as well as regulates metabolism.

November – Topaz: White topaz is said to increase awareness of karmic deeds and thoughts, purify emotion, and remove stagnant energy.
Healing Properties
: Ideal for those suffering from bulimia or anorexia.

December – Turquoise: One of the oldest types of protection amulets used, it protects against negative energy and brings good fortune. It’s also symbolic of friendship and peace in the home.
Healing Properties: Good for the immune system and regeneration of tissue. Anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

The Claddagh is not just for the Irish Anymore

Claddagh jewelry design originated in Ireland.   It is named for a small fishing village in Galway with the same name.  Legend tells that a young fisherman by the name of Richard Joyce crafted the ring as a token of his affection for his true love.  The story goes that the young sailor was

Galway

Galway

bound for the West Indies but kidnapped and sold into slavery.  His new master was a wealthy Moorish goldsmith.  Though a slave, Joyce learned the art of goldsmithing from his master and it seems an understanding had grown between the two men.

In fact, when King William III ordered the slaves to be released, Joyce’ master invited him to stay on.  Not as a slave or worker, but as a son in law.  He offered Joyce his daughter’s hand in marriage and half of his estate as a dowry, but the sailor could not accept for his heart belonged to another.

Painting of Galway by Daniel Fishback

Painting of Galway by Daniel Fishback

While in exile, he never stopped yearning for his one true love.  Upon returning to Galway, the ever faithful Joyce presented his lovely lady with a golden ring.  The ring featured two hands securely cradling a heart topped with a crown.  It was the first Royal Claddagh ring.

Though he had been away for fourteen years, the woman he loved remained as steadfast as Penelope from Homer’s Iliad.  She remained faithful.  They married and Joyce continued creating beautiful jewelry, but the design created out of love and longing became his legacy.

Today, the ring symbolizes the same as it did in the 17th century:  Love, friendship, fidelity, and loyalty. The two hands represent friendship as each delicately cradles the heart as though protecting it from harm.  The crown symbolizes royalty and fidelity and the heart everlasting love.  The claddagh design is a beautiful representation of both love and friendship.

For this reason, it is no longer considered simply an Irish treasure.  The distinctive design has  spread to all parts of the world and is given by anyone who wants to show their attachment to another.

Agate Celtic Earrings

Claddagh earrings or necklaces are popular styles given as gifts from one friend to another to symbolize an everlasting friendship.  Earrings, like the ones at the left, are a beautiful representation of one’s  true affection for another.  Claddagh rings are also extremely popular and actually have an additional meaning all their own.

If a claddagh ring is worn on the right hand and the tip of the heart points ourward, it means the wearer is single as their heart is open for another to receive. If the heart points inward, it means the wearer may be off the market soon. If the ring is on the left hand and the heart points inward, the wearer’s heart completely belongs to someone.  This, in addition to the qualities the ring represents in friendship, love, loyalty and fidelity,  makes it a popular choice for engagement, wedding and promise rings.

Whether you choose gold or silver, Claddagh jewelry is a great way to show love and affection for a friend, family member or significant other. It tells the story of two lovers torn apart by fate and returned to one another through chance.  Their love, friendship and faithfulness are as lasting as the style itself.

The hands are there for friendship, the heart is there for love. For loyalty throughout the year, the crown is raised above.

Celtic Jewelry Design

The Celts- barbarians or master jewelers? Well, both. They were feared by their enemies because of the violence thega_celticbracelety let loose on the battlefield culminating in the beheading of their conquests. By the Bronze Age, the world was more civilized and the Celts were busy learning and developing their metal-working skills. With this, came the well-known designs known as Celtic jewelry.

Celtic silver jewelry is probably the most common, but designs are also crafted in gold. No matter the metal, each design begins with the swirls, spirals and flowing lines that have come to define Irish Celtic jewelry. Their pagan belief that everything on earth was connected was the inspiration for these designs. Using these flowing lines, they create intricate designs, knots and even animals are incorporated into jewelry design.

To clean sterling silver Celtic jewelry, use silver cleaner. For gold, simply soak in warm soapy water or jewelry cleaner. Be careful if there is antiquing as it may come off if soaked too long or scrubbed to hard.

Celtic jewelry makes for a unique gift. Pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets, tie pins and cuff links can all be found in these intricate lovely patterns so women and men can enjoy a bit of Ireland. The wonderful thing is that these pieces go with everything- casual or formal, gold or silver. Wearing Celtic jewelry is like wearing a piece of art.