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Sapphire – September Birthstone

Chloe is a September baby, so sapphire is a fan favorite around here. The beautiful deep blue of a sapphire attracts more than just those born in September, and it is certainly deserving. Made of the same mineral as July's ruby, sapphire not only refers to the gorgeous blues, but also a whole rainbow of colors that corundum comes in. Corundum gemstones that are neither ruby red nor the traditional sapphire blue are known as "fancy-colored sapphires." Sapphires are incredibly stable and have a hardness of 9. This makes them a great...

Peridot and Spinel – August Birthstones

Did you know that in 2016, spinel was added as an August birthstone? Now August babies and their loved ones have two beautiful choices when it comes to birthstone jewelry. Peridot The original August birthstone, peridot has a beautiful grassy-green color. In fact, it very closely matches the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year - Greenery. It has been found all over the world, on every continent except Antarctica. Peridot has a hardness between 6.5 and 7, so it will be scratched by stones like sapphires and diamonds. It is great for earrings...

Ruby – July Birthstone

Did you know that July and September have very similar birthstones? In fact, they have the exact same chemical structure! Ruby and sapphire are both made up of the mineral corundum. The difference is in trace elements that give ruby its rich red and sapphire its deep blue. July's birthstone, ruby, gets its color from the element chromium. Rubies are incredibly stable and have a hardness of 9. This makes them a great choice for rings that will be worn every day. Ruby jewelry can be cleaned at home with...

Pearl and Alexandrite – June Birthstones

It's June, and that means June birthdays! Those lucky people have two beautiful and unique June birthstones to choose between. Which one is your favorite? Pearls The first of the June birthstones we'll look at is pearl. There are a variety of types and sources of pearl, all beautiful in their own right. Most pearls that are commercially available are cultured (that is, they are farmed). Naturally occurring pearls are extremely rare. The main markers of quality are the smoothness of the shape and the quality of the nacre:...