The birthstone for the month of July is the ruby. This stone is known for tokens of peace and harmony. Its beauty communicates of nobility of character and strength. Wearers are known to attract both good fortune and good friends.
The ruby is also known as the royal stone, a symbol of power, passion and dignity. Physically they are known to improve digestion and blood circulation. Ruby helps heal and open the heart. It illuminates the emotional level of life. It has been called the “king of precious stones” or the “queen of gemstones”.
Rubies are found around the world, the best coming from Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Burma and North Carolina in the good old US of A.
Birthstones were chosen back in ancient times and were chosen to be a symbol of the person. With the 12 months 12 zodiac signs were created and thus 12 birthstones. Now rubies are associated with the signs of Aries, Scorpio, Leo and cancer. It is ruled by Mars.
Ruby represents the red corundum. Corundum is a mineral that comes in white, grey, green, red, yellow or brown.
Some interesting facts…..
We started out as a silver company and have always been thrilled when we find ruby set in silver. Now we have beautiful Swarovski Crystal and the Swarovski Ruby, known as Siam (pictured here and also available in gold and with earrings!) and it is stunning!
On a completely different note, Happy 4TH of July to all of you. What a great country we live in. I wish you the happiest, healthiest and most enjoyable day on the 4th. May it be filled with power, passion and dignity like the bearers of the ruby.
The birthstone for the month of May is emerald. The emerald is known for good fortune, friendship, loyality, faithfulness and the symbol of rebirth and youth. The word emerald comes from Middle English: from Old French e(s)meraud, ultimately via Latin from Greek(s)maragdos, via Prakrit from Semitic (compare with Hebrew bāreqeṯ, from bāraq ‘flash, sparkle’).
The emerald was originally mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is limited; consequently, treatments to improve clarity are performed regularly.
The Metaphysical Properties for the emerald are memory, clairvoyance and faith.
The healing properties of the emerald are said to be relating to the eyes, fertility headaches and the spine.
The emerald is known for its rich colors and is considered a precious gemstone. This stone played an important role in the Egyptian Culture. The Romans also cherished emerald considering them to help with fertility and rebirth.
You will find this stone most often in the emerald cut. Emeralds are very strong, 7.5 to 8 ranking on Mohs’ hardness scale. Emeralds are usually oiled or otherwise fracture-filled for better clarity, so great care should be taken to avoid sudden temperature changes, chemical cleaners and ultrasonic cleaners. Emeralds are best cleaned with a soft cloth or cool water and a very soft brush.
This information has been being passed around. It is pretty cool especially the uses in cleaning jewelry… Enjoy
Yup, it is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However I have found that women prefer amethysts and garnet to the diamond in all my years of selling jewelry. In any case the diamond is the April Birthstone. And here are some interesting facts about diamonds…
I will never forget losing my first diamond. I have a beautiful setting and my center stone was just over a carat. My ring would just stop people. Which I just gotta say, I loved… I was at the doctors office with my daughter Paige, Paige wasn’t even a year old, and a gal was admiring my ring. Of course, so routine. I was just saying, “I know, isn’t it beautiful!” Well she wasn’t admiring my ring but trying to tell me my diamond was gone! I have to say, I was in complete disbelief and completely bummed! Talk about retracing steps all day long and with a baby, not my idea of fun. Now being that I was the “jewelry lady” I just thought to myself, “Self, I’m putting one big bad a$$ CZ stone in this setting until I can afford another one”. At the time there was no way we could afford another diamond and did that ever hurt my heart! Well 14 years later I got me another one, or I should say my hubby got me another one and can I just say this one is insured and has been since day one. Oh and can I just say, I love my ring and yes of course my hubby! Until we meet again…
Mary Elizabeth Glosup
Spring is here and so is my new teardrop charm bracelet! Simple and elegant, but loaded with bling, drenched in Swarovski crystal, sassy and chic. (I like it. Can you tell?)
I wanted to create a toggle that was so part of the piece, not looking like an afterthought. This one has Swarovski crusted all around.
I just returned from the most awesome convention. The Summit and Salute convention for the WBENC- Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council. owned businesses throughout the country.
There were about 1300 of us at this convention and on Day 2 many of us were able to participate in a “Meet and Greet” session designed for WBENC-Certified business owners to introduce our companies’ products or services to participating Corporate and Government Members.
It was so enjoyable to meet so many women succeeding in business and, more importantly, so many women willing to help one another succeed.
I certainly was very pleasantly surprised. I made so many contacts, I will be busy for weeks! So I better get back to it….