Friday, December 27, 2013

Turquoise December's Birthstone

Sorry I'm so late posting this month. Between Christmas and three December birthdays I just couldn't get it done.  So having said that let's talk about Turquoise. The name means Turkish Stone, because it came to Europe by way of Turkey. The ancient Egyptians often used turquoise in their jewelry designs, and it is thought to be a stone of wisdom and spiritual journeys.

I hope you all had very Happy Holidays and I wish good things for you in the new year.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Topaz - November's Stone

Topaz is such a lovely gemstone. The name Topaz is thought to come from the Greek word for Zabargad which is an island in the Red Sea. Besides the warm amber color shown in this ring it also comes in blue, white and even pink. This beautiful ring comes from an Esty shop called and you can find it: Here.

Citrine is a good substitute for the more expensive Topaz. These garnet and citrine earrings are in my shop Olivine Jewels.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Opal - October's Birthstone

The beautiful Opal is October's birthstone. Over 500 years ago the Aztecs mined opals in Central America and they were discovered in Australia in the 1880's.  There are many types of opals such as white opal, black opal, fire opal and boulder opal.

Ancient Romans considered the opal to be a symbol of power and Europeans in the 14th century thought it was an unlucky stone.  I think it's an amazingly beautiful stone!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Finally Fall is Here!

I took the dogs for a walk this morning and there was a wonderful crisp Fall wind blowing! The sound of leaves tumbling along the side walk was lovely.

So many squirrels gathering up the last of summer's offerings.

I think I'll pull out all my Autumn decorations this weekend.

I see pumpkins for sale everywhere I go.

And I can smell that pumpkin pie already!
(all pictures from Pinterest)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sapphire - September's Stone

September's stone is the Sapphire and the word Sapphire means blue in Greek. They can range in color from pale blue to very dark blue. Most Sapphires are now mined in Australia and stone lore says they are thought to enhance perception and mental clarity. This beautiful ring is from an Etsy shop called Apostrophie.

Kyanite is a nice substitute for the more expensive Sapphire. These Kyanite, pearl and sterling silver earrings are in my shop Olivine Jewels.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Peridot - The Birthstone for August

The lovely green of Peridot is one of my favorites. Peridot is often called Chrysolite in many ancient texts.  I bought these stones at an estate sale and I hope to create something beautiful with them in the future.

Peridot looks lovely with many different stones but I think it looks best with pearls!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ruby - The Birthstone for July

Ruby is this months birthstone, and what a gorgeous gemstone it is!  Most Rubies come from Burma and Thailand. According to stone lore Rubies are thought to be the most powerful stones and when they are placed under the pillow they may ward off bad dreams.

There are many shops on Etsy that sell Ruby jewelry and this beautiful ring can be found at : Rare Earth.  Do any of you have Ruby as your birthstone?