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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.

Opals on Fire

One of the most unusual gemstones around is the opal with its opulent iridescence and flash of colors. Because of how they form, each stone is completely unique. Play of color- the flash- is a determining factor for quality in most varieties. However, the fire opal is more desired simply for its reds, oranges and yellows. The name itself comes from these colors as opposed to the fire and flash from play of color. A fire opal pendant may or many not have play of color, but if the colors are bright and hot, it is a desired stone.

Significant deposits of this stone come from Mexico. Because it has long been an important part of the Mexican culture, it is the national gemstone for the country. Another special designation is the birthstone for October. A fire opal can heat up any birthday celebration. But, it is also a sexy and exciting gift to celebrate a 14th wedding anniversary.

It is important to take care of these delicate stones by cleaning with care and storing them separate from harder pieces of jewelry. If a fire opal bracelet is reserved for special occasions, it will hold up over the years so it can be passed down for generations to come.

Seven Pieces of Jewelry Every Girl Needs

Whether you’re sporty, classic or contemporary – there are some items every girl needs in a well-rounded jewelry box for a simple yet effective way to enhance any look. The pieces selected are both classic and versatile ensuring they’ll stay in style and go with multiple different ensembles and work for a variety of different functions.

Studs:
Every girl needs studs, but pick a size that’s right for you. If classic diamonds aren’t your thing, go with something more vibrant.

  • Why studs? They’re classic. They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They’re good for day and night.

  • Hoops:
    Hoops are quintessential in the fashion world, but choose a size that’s right for you. If you’re more at home on the basketball court than on 5th Avenue, don’t go for massive hoops. Pick something that flatters your personality.

  • Why hoops? They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They work anytime of the day.

  • Pearl Necklace:
    Pearl necklaces are the easiest way to add some sophistication to anything you’re wearing. Who says you can’t throw on a string of pearls with a plain white tee? Wear them in a way that shows people who you are. Wear them during the day to add an eccentric twist to casual. Wear them at night for a romantic evening. Wear them to the interview to show off your sophisticated, smart fashion sense. Or wear them to channel style icon Grace Kelly.

  • Why pearls? I think I’ve clearly outlined why. Pearls are a true necessity. They’re timeless. They’re sophisticated. They’re feminine. They’re romantic. They’re versatile. They’re elegant.
  • Dangle Earrings:
    Dangle earrings, whatever type you choose, be it short and dainty dangles or a pair of shoulder dusters, are a must in every woman’s jewelry arsenal. They just make you feel fashionable. I would go as far to say that chain dangles are a must as are at least one pair with gemstone accents for more dressy events. Choose a pair that makes you feel invincible. It may sound weird, but they exist. Once you’ve found them… get them. They’ll be one of your favorite items.

  • Why dangle earrings? They’ve got power. They’ve got movement. They’ve got style. But a word to the wise, if you’re getting the really long ones, don’t turn too quickly. They will hit you in the face. I know from experience.
  • Bangle Bracelets

    Bangle bracelets – plural – are a must. Grab a few in the metal of your choice that match one another. They don’t have to be from a set, just as long as you can throw a few on at a time or wear one alone. That way you have several looks in one and can play your outfit down or up accordingly. The ancient Egyptians can’t be wrong.

  • Why bangles? They’re stylish. They’re versatile. They’re timeless. They’re spectacular. They’ve movement.
  • Locket:
    Every girl needs a locket. Lockets are excellent. They’re young yet mature. Timeless yet have a vintage appeal. Go with everything anywhere. And are easily the most customizable piece one can own. Instead of adding a picture of your beau or best bud, put something inside that makes sense to you. Add a tiny shell from your trip to the shore. Put in a lock of your child’s hair. Roll up your best fortune cookie fortune and slip it in. A locket won’t just accent your outfit, it can accent your day. Each time you catch a glimpse in the mirror, you’ll think about what’s inside.

    Why a locket? They’re feminine. They’re timeless. They’re versatile. They’re customizable. They’ll lift your spirits. They’ll make your day


    Signature Piece:

    Be bold. Be yourself. Pick something – even if it’s crazy colorful and vibrant – to wear as often as possible. Pick something that reflects who you are. Make it unique. Make it special. Give it meaning. You can choose a family heirloom and flaunt your family’s history or you can choose something that says, “This is me.” It’s your choice. Choose a ring, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, an anklet, a pendant or necklace. It’s signature, because it’s you.

  • Why a signature piece? Why else?
  • You don’t have to have a lot of jewelry to have a very fashion centric collection that not only compliments your clothes but also your personality.  Buying jewelry doesn’t have to be difficult. It should be a simple, fun way to show off who you are while adding a bit of style to your day.