Interesting Jewelry Facts: Tourmaline

  • Tourmaline come in a wide variety of exciting colors. Tourmaline has one of the widest color ranges of any gem species, occurring in various shades of Tourmalineevery hue.
  • Some tourmalines show a cat’s-eye effect call chatoyancy.
  • Tourmaline is the birthstone for October, along with opal.  It is the gem of the 8th anniversary.
  • Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word tura mali which translates as the stone of mixed colors.

Tourmaline legends:

  • The wide range in colors of the tourmaline is said to be due to it traveling along the rainbow and gathered the rainbow’s colors.
  • Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood and lymphs.
  • It is said the stone inspires creativity and was used extensively as a tailsman by artists and writers.

Credit:  Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry

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Interesting Jewelry Facts: Sapphire

  • Sapphire is the birthstone for September and traditionally marks the 5th and 45th anniversaries.
  • Sapphire is most commonly known for its blue color, but it also comes in every other color except red (red is ruby).  Some sapphires also have viable stares or change color in different kinds of light.

Sapphire Legends: 

  • Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness.
  • In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm.
  • One of the most famous blue sapphires is the engagement ring worm by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.

Credit:  Gemological Institute of America

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Interesting Jewelry Facts: Garnet

  • The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red.  The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate.
  • Garnets are the birthstone for January and gemstone for the 2nd year anniversary.

Garnet legends:

  • Garnets are said to bring peace, prosperity and good health to a home.
  • Symbolizes deep and lasting friendship.

Credit:  American Gem Society

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Birthstones are traditionally associated with a month of the year.  The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.  The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – The tanzanite was added to December.

There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing power and their therapeutic influence.  According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers.  For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly. 

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine and Bloodstone
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone
July – Ruby
August – Peridot, Sardonyx and Spinel
September – Sapphire
October – Opal and Tourmaline
November – Topaz and Citrine
December – Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise

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Interesting Jewelry Facts: Ruby

  • Ruby is the birthstone for July and the 15th and 40th anniversaries.

Ruby Legends:     Ruby

  • In India, people believed rubies enabled their owners to live in peace with their enemies.
  • In Burma (now called Myanmar), warriors owned rubies to make them feel invincible in battles.
  • Medieval Europeans wore rubies to promote health, wealth, wisdom and success in love.

Source:  Gemological Institute of America