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Your birthstone,
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Among the numerous stories about the therapeutic influence of gemstones, it is generally agreed that wearing a gemstone during the month it is the birthstone heightens its healing powers. Birthstones and their vivid colors have long been a way to connect your birth month with rare and unique gemstones. They are a meaningful gift for mom, a friend, spouse, or family member during a special occasion. But they mean much more than that as you’ll find out here.

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JANUARY

Garnet

Garnet
Hardness 6.5-7.5 Moh’s Scale
Colours Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Purple,Green, Brown
Found Russia,Wyoming, Czech Republic, Greece, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India
Folklore Gives the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth. A symbol of friendship and trust.

Fun To Know

The January baby should be happy to know that their birthstone is supposed to bestow upon those who wear it, eternal happiness, health & wealth.

Truly blessings that accompany the fact it is a hardy gem, 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale and available in a range of colours from fuchsia pink to fiery orange to envious green. The rarest garnets include the diamond like Demantoid from Russia and the Tsavorite from Tanzania, which by the way is a 1,000 times rarer than diamonds.

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FEBRUARY

Amethyst

Amethyst
Hardness 7 on the Mohs scale
Colours From a light pinkish violet to a deep purple
Found United States, Canada, Brazil and Zambia
Folklore Keeps their wearers clear headed and quick witted. Celebrates the 6th & 17th year of marriage.

Fun To Know

Which other Birthstone can boast that it was featured in Leonardo Da Vinci’s writings? Well, the Amethyst can, for the genius wrote that this gem can quicken the mind.

For February babies, they can take pride that their gemstone is featured in many Royal collections across Asia & Europe, as for centuries, it was the symbol of Royalty & Divinity.

7 on the Moh’s scale, and found abundantly in the earth’s crust, you may not need to pay an arm or a leg to own it but take a leaf from the Duchess of Windsor who asked Cartier to design with it and if you do it to much aplomb, you will surely be remembered for your fine taste.

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MARCH

Aquamarine

Aquamarine
Hardness 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale
Colours Greenish blue to blue green Santa Maria intense Blue is most prized
Found Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique.
Folklore The aquamarine symbolizes lasting unity and love.

Fun To Know

March Babies would be pleased to know that Queen Elizabeth the II has been seen wearing her Aquamarine suite of jewellery more than any others in all her years of attending royal galas.

And rightly so because this Beryl which is in the same family as the Emerald is able to match just about any colour.

Being 7.5 to 8 on the Moh’s scale, it is wonderfully hardy and can also be any clever husband’s gift to his wife for their 19th wedding anniversary.

Though lighter coloured ones can be cheap, the rare intense, darker coloured ones are only the reserve of the wealthy.

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APRIL

Diamond

Diamond
Hardness 10 on the Mohs scale – the hardest known material
Colours Colourless, red, pink, green, yellow, blue, grey, black. Reds are the rarest.
Found Russia, Australia, South Africa, Canada
Folklore Symbolize eternal and everlasting love

Fun To Know

Those born in April have the Diamond.  Coveted since the 4th century by royals & the super elite, it has the most brilliance amongst the transparent gemstones.

Their recognized value, coupled with the fact that they are the hardest substance on earth, really means that a “Diamond is Forever” and the perfect symbol of everlasting Love.

In fact, the earliest record of a diamond engagement ring belonged to Mary of Burgundy, who received it from the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477, a befitting symbol of her status as she was also known as Mary the Rich because of her great wealth.

Thus, as Rihanna sang it “Shine bright like a diamond”, when given for love, this is truly a gem that withstands the test of time.

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MAY

Emerald

Emerald
Hardness 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale
Colours Range from light green to a deep, rich green
Found Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, Afghanistan, United States, Russia
Rarity Factor Eye-clean Emeralds in pure grass green
Folklore The emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security

Fun To Know

May babies have the Emerald which is loved by world famous beauties. First, it was Cleopatra, who claimed ownership of all the mines in Egypt.  We conjecture she did it so, so she would not have to share them with anyone else.

Then it was Elizabeth Taylor, who owned a stunning set that made auction records in 2011.

A symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security, the Spanish conquistadors were clearly besotted by the Emerald.  They spent 20 years searching for the most famous Colombian Emerald mines. We love the Emerald and encourage those who do to make others “Green with Envy” by collecting their very own.

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JUNE

Pearl

Pearl
Hardness 7 on the Mohs scale
Colours Iridescent sheen
Found Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and French Polynesia
Rarity Factor As oceans get more polluted, these will get more rare
Folklore Pearls symbolize purity and innocence

Alexandrite

Alexandrite
Hardness 8.5 on the Mohs scale
Colours The best Alexandrite changes color from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light
Found Sri Lanka, Brazil and East Africa
Rarity Factor Natural Alexandrite are rarer than diamonds
Folklore Alexandrite is believed to strengthen intuition, aid creativity and inspire imagination

Moonstone

Moonstone
Hardness 6 on the Mohs scale
Colours Many colours spanning yellow, gray, green, blue, peach and pink - sometimes displaying a star or cat’s eye
Found Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Myanmar, Madagascar and the United States
Rarity Factor The finest classical moonstones- colourlessly transparent with a blue shimmer
Folklore Moonstone acts as the ultimate fertility crystal by sparking passion in new lovers and reuniting old ones

Fun To Know

Coco Chanel famously said: “A woman needs ropes and ropes of Pearls.” No doubt a wisdom shared by Jacqueline Kennedy & Audrey Hepburn.

Prized by Emperors in China and Julius Caesar himself, this is the world’s oldest gem having been discovered on the remains of a Persian princess dated 420 BC.

Besides being the only gemstone to be produced by a living organism, it also marked the most expensive dinner in history when Cleopatra crushed a pearl into a glass of wine just to show Marc Anthony the extent of her wealth.

Oh, but why stop there? You lucky June babies also have the extremely mesmerizing moonstone and the supremely rare colour changing Alexandrite to choose from.

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JULY

Ruby

Ruby
Hardness 9 on the Mohs scale
Colours Red
Found Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, East Africa, United States & parts of the Middle East
Rarity Factor Burmese Rubies with a Pigeon Blood red hue
Folklore Many cultures admire the ruby as a symbol of love and passion. It is also known as the gem of Kings.

Fun To Know

For those born in July, you have a lovely excuse to wear your birthstone, the Ruby daily. After all, folklore states that it restores youth to one’s skin.

If that isn’t enough reason, the belief is also that it enhances a wearer’s wisdom and bestows health upon them.

Gentlemen, pay attention that the Ruby has for centuries also represented Love and is the Gem of Kings. So, go on, be noble and give the lady you love this Gem that is the colour of passion.

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AUGUST

Peridot

Peridot
Hardness 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale
Colours Yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green
Found Myanmar, Pakistan, Africa, United States, China
Rarity Factor Best ones are from Myanmar.
Folklore Peridots are associated with prosperity and good fortune

Spinel

Spinel
Hardness 8 on the Mohs scale
Colours Red, pink, lavender, blue
Found Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam, Russia & United States
Rarity Factor The Cobalt Blue spinels are the rarest
Folklore Queen Elizabeth has one of the worlds largest red spinels set into her ceremonial crown

Fun To Know

If you are born in the month of August, you must visit Papakolea Beach in Hawaii and roll in the sand which is green because of a magnesium iron silicate called Olivine. In its finest form, it is the Peridot, which is one of your Birthstones.

We say one of, because you have the Sardonyx and the Spinel as well in your month.

Having the Spinel definitely invokes envy, as this terribly shiny gem is good enough for the Imperial State Crown of England, so we need not say more about its preciousness.

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SEPTEMBER

Sapphire

Sapphire
Hardness 9 on the Mohs scale
Colours Every colour except red.
Found Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Madagascar, Africa, Pakistan & North America
Rarity Factor Kashmir sapphire with its rich velvet colour
Folklore Sapphires symbolize loyalty, nobility, sincerity and integrity

Fun To Know

The September baby may have only one birthstone, but as it comes in so many colours, it’s like they have an endless choice. Only 2nd in hardness to the Diamond, the Sapphire is a wonderful gem for daily wear.

A symbol of good fortune, wisdom and virtue, King George VI, gave his daughter a Sapphire & Diamond suite for her wedding, no doubt blessing her with a fairytale life.

Known as one of the Big Three coloured gems, the sapphire is every jewellery collector’s must have after the diamond.

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OCTOBER

Opal

Opal
Hardness 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs scale
Colours The opals are a kaleidoscope of colours or a strong fire orange
Found Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, the Czech Republic and parts of the United States (Nevada and Idaho)
Rarity Factor Fire Opals
Folklore The Opal is associated with good luck since ancient times in both the west & the east

Tourmaline

Tourmaline
Hardness 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale
Colours A broad spectrum of colours in every shade of the rainbow
Found In over 20 locations, from Australia to Zimbabwe
Rarity Factor Paraiba Tourmaline with its electric colour
Folklore Tourmaline is said to shield against radiation, pollutants, toxins and negative thoughts

Fun To Know

October babies have the Opal to call their own. Formed by rain falling on arid ground over millions of years, this gem is so cool that one of Australia’s state treasures, the 110-million-year-old Pliosaur, actually has shimmering bones because it has a coating of Opal.

Besides the Opal, October babies also have one of Empress Cixi’s favourite gem, the pink Tourmaline, which is the gemstone known to increase love and friendship between the giver and the receiver. Available in a rainbow selection of colours, we say giving Tourmalines to your love interest would greatly increase your chances for sure.

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NOVEMBER

Topaz

Topaz
Hardness 8 on the Mohs scale
Colours White, blue, brown, orange, gray, yellow, yellowish brown, green, pink and reddish pink, red
Found Brazil, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, Nigeria, Germany, Mexico and the United States
Rarity Factor Imperial topaz
Folklore Said to be a calming stone

Citrine

Citrine
Hardness 7 on the Mohs scale
Colours Ranges from pale yellow to a brownish orange in colour
Found Brazil, Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the United State
Rarity Factor Easily found, mother nature just loves this stone she keeps producing it
Folklore Citrine is also called the “Merchant’s Stone” for its tendancy to attract wealth and prosperity

Fun To Know

Of all the gemstones in the Universe, Angelina Jolie chose November’s Citrine for her jewellery creation which now resides in the Smithsonian Institute.

Citrine is believed to bring the wearer great wealth and success in business and if you are a budding entrepreneur, this little bit of bling may just up your chances. Aside from the Citrine, you also have the Topaz which comes in multiple colours.

If you are a gem snob instead of feeling sorry that yours isn’t more glamourous, hunt for the elusive and extremely rare natural Red Topaz coveted by the Czar of Russia himself.

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DECEMBER

Tanzanite

Tanzanite
Hardness 6.5 to 7 on the Mos scale of hardness
Colours Ranges from pale blue to an intense ultramarine with violet undertones
Found Only found on a few square miles of land in Tanzania, near the majestic Mount Killimanjaro
Rarity Factor Only found on a few square miles of land in Tanzania, near the majestic Mount Killimanjaro​
Fun Fact Discovered and named by Tiffany & Co

Zircon

Zircon
Hardness 7.5 on the Mohs scale
Colours Many colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown
Found Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cambodia, Canada and the United States
Rarity Factor This is the oldest gemstone on Earth
Folklore Zircon is believed to promote prosperity

Turquoise

Turquoise
Hardness 6 on the Mohs scale
Colours Powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue
Found United States (Nevada, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Arizona)
Rarity Factor Be careful as there are loads of man made turquoise
Fun Fact Many believe it offers the wearers protection

Fun To Know

Not one, but three gemstones allow the December baby to be spoilt for choice.

The Turquoise, the Zircon and the Tanzanite.

Of these, the most underappreciated Zircon has actually the coolest property as it is the world’s oldest material, dating back 4.4billion years; older than the moon itself.

Preferred by Egyptian Pharaohs, the Turquoise is said to bring the wearer good luck and protect them from evil, while the pretty Tanzanite is rarer than diamonds as it is only found one place on earth, at the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. In recent times, the Tanzanite has been associated with new life and is the gemstone given to mothers to celebrate the birth of their children.

So all in all, besides Christmas, the December baby has lots to celebrate.

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