May birthstone: Emerald

The emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant its wearer foresight, good fortune, and youth. The green gemstone has enchanted royalty for millennia, from Egyptian pharaohs to Incan emperors.   Nothing greens greener Emerald’s name is derived from the word “smaragdus” which means “green” in Greek. Famed Roman author, Pliny the Elder, wrote [...]

April birthstone: Diamond

Many consider diamond the most popular gemstone on earth. The scintillating April birthstone is a symbol of strength and wealth, and has been cherished for millennia. Classic white The most popular diamonds are white and colourless. The April birthstone is traditionally this type of diamond. However, diamonds come in a range of colours including green, [...]

March birthstone: Aquamarine

The cool and pale blue birthstone of those born in March, aquamarine, brings to mind fresh seawater. The serene gem has become a symbol for purity, protection, and foresight. Purifying as the sea Aquamarine has long invoked the tranquillity of its namesake, the sea. Of course, the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word [...]

February birthstone: Amethyst

February’s birthstone, amethyst, comes in lilac to deep purple hues and can be cut into many shapes and sizes. Found in the collections of royal families throughout Europe and Asia, amethyst is also within reach of most modern consumers. Drunk in love “Amethyst’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek a- (not) and methustos, meaning [...]

January birthstone: Garnet

Many people think of a red gem when they think of garnet, the birthstone of January, but it is actually available in a rainbow of colours. From the scorching oranges and lush greens of Tsavorite Garnet, to the most widely recognised deep red ‘pyrope’, garnet is considered a symbol of friendship and trust. Fiery-eyed pomegranates [...]

December birthstone: Turquoise

Brilliant blue-green turquoise is one of three birthstones for December (the others are zircon and tanzanite) and has been cherished for millennia. It is said to represent happiness, honesty, serenity, and creativity. A unique beauty This gemstone’s name was derived from the French expression “pierre tourques,” which translates to “Turkish stone,” because it was first [...]

November birthstone: Topaz

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. In this post we’ll focus on the vibrant topaz. Yellow and more The name topaz has two possible origins. One suggestion is that it comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name [...]

November birthstone: Citrine

Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Wonder why November has two birthstones? Read about it here. Here, we’re looking at citrine, which for hundreds of years, has been thought to remove negativity - the perfect gemstone for those seeking good vibes only! When life gives you lemons [...]

The origin of birthstones

The concept of birthstones, gemstones that correspond to a person’s birth month, is a modern creation, with biblical origins. Historians trace its origin back to the Breastplate of Aaron, as described in the Bible. According to the Book of Exodus, the breastplate was a religious garment which boasted 12 unique gemstones representing the 12 tribes [...]

October birthstone: Tourmaline

If you were born in the month of October, then one of your birthstones is the intriguing gemstone tourmaline (the other is opal). Tourmalines symbolise a raw and strong connection with nature, encouraging peace, compassion and friendship. Tourmaline’s many colours Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali meaning stone of mixed colours. It comes [...]

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