Garnet is one of the few gem varieties that spans a broad spectrum of color. It is NAMED for its likeness to pomegranate seeds, garnet is best known for its shades of red. Most are surprised to learn and understand that garnet is found in multiple hues of pink, purple, green, yellow, orange and brown.
It is a suggested gift for the 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Known as the Gem of Commitment, garnet has historically signified faith, friendship, loyalty and truthfulness.
Believed to calm anxiety, cheer the hearth, encourage guidance and inspire creativity, garnet illuminates the bright disposition of those who wear it.
Amethyst was thought to entice the highest, purest aspirations of humankind when worn. It was believed to inspire the courage and calm and contemplation.
Amethyst also is the favored gift for the 1st and 6th Wedding Anniversaries, historically symbolizing sincerity and sacred love.
Gem of optimism and good fortune, amethyst reveals the positive vibrations surrounding those who wear it.
A member of the quartz family, amethyst comes in a variety of purple shades of varying intensity-- from pale lilac to reddish or blush violet to deep purple with red highlights. Amethyst is considered the most highly prized variety of quartz, although very affordable.
Aquamarine derived from the Latin word aqua marina, meaning seawater, is known as the gem of the sea. It was believed to keep sailors safe and guard against stones, as well as bring hope, health, harmony and health.
March's birthstone, aquamarine is also the recognized gift for the 18th Wedding Anniversary, believed to rewaken love, kindle friendships and elevate the spirit.
Gem of youthful outlook, aquamarine glints the fresh, young-at-heart qualities of those who wear it.
Sister to emerald and a member of the beryl family, aquamarine is known for its range of serene, oceanic shades from pastel to medium light blue-green or light green to a deep blue. The color of aquamarine can be quite intense in larger sizes, white it is often less vivid in smaller ones.
Diamond, derived from the Latin diamas meaning the unconquerable, diamond has maintained its position throughout history as a perfect icon for love and marriage.
Diamond comes in a variety of colorful hues including golden-yellow, pink, blue, green, champagne, cognac, chocolate and black.
April's birthstone, diamond is the favored gift for the 10th and 60th Wedding Anniversaries.
Symbolizing lasting love and friendship, diamond was believed to inspire loyalty, rouse romance and encourage a joyful life.
Gem of character and spirit, diamond radiates the dazzling personality of those who wear it.
Naturally occurring fancy colored diamonds are typically more rare and expensive than white, with true red being most uncommon, followed by blue and then green. Value is not only based on availability, but also intensity of color, clarity (the lack of internal birthmarks) and size.
Emerald, prized for its vivid green rich color as far back as the pharaohs of ancient Eygpt, emerald boasts a long history as a jewel fit for kings and queens.
Emerald is revered as a talisman of good fortune, believed to bring health and wealth to its owner.
May's birthstone, emerald also is the chosen gift for the 20th or 25th Wedding Anniversaries. Upheld as a symbol of devotion, contentment and undying love, emerald traditionally has been thought to protect and renew relationships.
Emerald is a popular gem choice for brides who want to express their individuality.
Sister to aquamarine and a member of the beryl family, emerald is known for its distinctive color. The shades of green in which emerald is found can vary from light to dark, sometimes revealing a cool blue- green or warm yellowish- green. The more vivid the green is the more valuable the emerald.
Named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia, alexandrite was discovered on this ruler's birthday in the early 1830's. Because of this, alexandrite was considered a stroke of luck and worn as an amulet of good fortune.
A June birth stone, alexandrite is recognized gift for the 55th Wedding Anniversary. A rare form of the gem chrysoberyl, alexandrite changes color in different lighting.
Believed to be captured moonbeams that reached earth, moonstone is considered a good luck gem, especially for lovers. A gift of moonstone is said to arouse love and passion.
Moonstone also is credited with calming nerves, strengthening resolve and guarding against recklessness.
A June birthstone, is a gem that shimmers with a soft glow caused by tiny internal birthmarks that reflect and scatter light. In sheen can be either silvery white or soft blue. IT also occurs in subtle tined shades of peach, gray and green.
Historically, pearl was believed to possess mystical and healing powers. Roman woman slept with them under their pillows to sweeten dreams. Ancient Asian cultures used pearls in medicinal ways. The early Hindus revered them as a symbol of purity in marriage.
A June birthstone, pearl is recognized gift for the 3rd and 30th Wedding Anniversaries. Pearls are most commonly thought of as round and white, but they come in many shapes (oval, teardrop and free form) and colors (cream, pink, peach, cinnamon, gold, blue-gray and black).
Pearl's are available in both saltwater and freshwater varieties.
Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion.This fiery gem, the color of the heart, has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, ruby signifies great courage. Next to diamond, ruby is the second hardest gemstones, ideal for all types of jewelry, especially rings.
July's birthstone, ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th Wedding Anniversaries. Historically ruby was believed to attract and maintain love. Infact, ruby is a popular gem choice for the brides who want to express their unique personality, like Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
Ruby is recognized as a talisman to ensure harmony, guard against sorrow, inspire confidence and bring success. Gem of gusto, ruby brings to light the electrifying personality of those who wear it.
Prized by the ancient Egyptians as the gem of the sun, peridot has been credited with a host of healing properties and magical powers. A guard against the evil eye, peridot was thought to sweeten dreams and reveal insights.
August's birthstone, peridot is also recognized as the preferred gift for the 16th Wedding Anniversary. Historically, peridot was believed to bring happiness, attract love and foster friendship. Gem of bliss, and good fortune, peridot illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.
A volcanic gem, peridot ranges in color from yellowish green to deep olive. The finest peridot is green with no tinge of yellow or brown. Peridot comes in a variety of small shapes and small sizes, but larger gemstones, especially in flawless quality are difficult to find.
Most commonly known for its shades of celestial blue, sapphire actually comes in almost every color but red, which is exclusive to its sister ruby in the corundum family. Next to diamond, sapphire is the second hardest gemstone, ideal for all types of jewelry, especially rings.
September's birthstone, sapphire is also the preferred gift for the 5th and 45th Wedding Anniversaries, historically symbolizing truth and promise keeping. Sapphire is a popular gem choice for brides who want to express their unique personality.
Sapphire was believed to inspire peace, joy, wisdom and prosperity, as well as health and well-being. Gem of sincerity, sapphire illuminated the true inner beauty of those who wear it.
Although the name is derived from the Latin word for blue, sapphiras, sapphire is actually available in yellow, peach, orange, cognac, pink, violet, purple and green as well as colorless, white, gray and black.
Described by the Ancient Romans as the "Queen of All Gems", opal is a chameleon encompassing the essence of every gem in one. Its name means to see a change of color, which this "phenomenal" gem shows in unusual optical effects of shifting spectral hues described as play of color.
An October birthstone, opal is favored as a gift for the 14th Wedding Anniversary. Opal is revered as a symbol of hope, fidelity and purity. A gem of positive transformation, opal reveals the colorful attributes of those who wear it.
Opal occurs in several types: the most common is white opal with vibrant pastel flashes. Black opal has a blue, gray, or black body with more dramatic color play. Boulder opal is black opal with some of the ironstone in which it occurs. Crystal opal is clear with glints of swimming color. Fire opal has a yellow, orange or red body.
Perhaps the most diverse gemstone available, tourmaline possesses a dazzling array of colors. Moreover, there are bi-colored and tri-colored tourmalines where two or more colors appear side by side ion the same gemstone.
An October birthstone, tourmaline is also the chosen gift for the 8th Wedding Anniversary. Tourmaline is esteemed as a gem of enlightenment and resolution. Believed to foster compassion, composure and reflection, tourmaline reveals the captivating characteristics of those who wear it.
The name tourmaline means multicolored, a modest description of the variety that exists in this mineral family, which includes dark green chrome tourmaline, deep blue to blue- green indicolite, oink to deep red rubellite and watermelon tourmaline.
Revered as a gift of the sun by the ancients, citrine was believed to inspire optimism and good spirit. Sister to amethyst, this golden quartz- family gem is a symbol of warmth and affection.
A November birthstone, citrine is the recommended gift for the 13th Wedding Anniversary, signifying fidelity and bliss. Gem of joy and contentment, citrine illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.
Derived from the French word citron, meaning lemon, citrine can vary in color from pure yellow to golden honey to smoky brown. Of all the earth-toned gems, citrine os one of the most popular and affordable. Known for having good luster, citrine is available in all sizes.
The name topaz id believed to have derived from the ancient Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. Topaz was thought to fuel matters of the heart, inspire courage, increase intuition and sharpen wit.
A November birthstone, topaz is recognized as a gift for the 23rd Wedding Anniversary, symbolizing love, truth and devotion. Topaz was believed to sweeten dreams and dispositions. Gem of friendship, topaz reveals the gracious and charismatic qualities of those who wear it.
Topaz comes in a variety of colors with the most rare being natural pink, red and fine golden orange.
A December birthstone, tanzanite is the recognized gift for the 24th Wedding Anniversary and also for the birth of a child, inspired by the native Masai tradition of wearing blue beads and fabric for a healthy and positive new life.
Tanzanite occurs in various colors including yellow, golden brown and green. It's routinely enhanced by traditional hearing methods to produce shades of violet blue to purple.
Discovered by ancient Egyptians, turquoise was widely used in treasures fit for pharaohs. Tibetans revered the gemstone as a talisman of good fortune.
A December birthstone, Turquoise is a light to dark blue or blue-green gem. The finest color is an intense blue that is uniform throughout. Turquoise may carry narrow veins of its host rock known as the matrix, sometimes in a web-like pattern. Turquoise is routinely enhanced to improve color and durability.
Priced as a talisman since medieval times, zircon was believed to clarify the mind, improve confidence and inspire the spirit. Among its many attributes, zircon was thought to bring wisdom, wealth and protection to those who wear it.
Zircon is available in several colors, including yellow, orange and green with blue and red most sought after, and brown most available.
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