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?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pearl- June's Birthstone

The birthstone for June is pearl! Pearls are so beautiful and they are the only gemstone created by a living creature and not the earth itself.  In gemstone lore pearls are thought to help bring success and prosperity. They have a long history and are mentioned in the Bible many times.

Of course Coco Chanel was famous for her pearls!

This freshwater pearl necklace is one of my designs in my shop. Do you own any pearl jewelry?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Emerald- May's Birthstone

The beautiful green Emerald is the birthstone for May!  Some of you ( like Sheri At Red Rose Alley) Have birthdays this month. Happy Birthday Sheri!   Emeralds are in the Beryl family and some of the worlds finest Emeralds come from Columbia.  This gorgeous necklace can be found Here.

This beautiful vintage Emerald and seed pearl ring  can be found Here.  All of you born in May are lucky to have such a lovely birthstone.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Diamond - April's Stone

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile things have been pretty busy around here.  Anyway, here we are in April and diamonds are this month's stone.  Those beautiful sparklers are always a favorite and look so stunning. The Diamond gets its name from the Greek word adamas, which means "unconquerable". Probably due to it's hardness. Diamonds can come in colors such as
red, green, yellow, and blue.

Since Diamonds are so expensive,  there are always other beautiful alternatives like this Quartz crystal pendant which can be found in my shop.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Aquamarine - March's Birthstone

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and it's beautiful icy blue color is mesmerizing.  Aquamarine is thought to enhance self - confidence.  The name Aquamarine means " Sea Water".  This crystal in the above photo can be purchased here on Etsy.

It is a lovely gemstone that looks great in jewelry designs. These earrings can be found in my Etsy shop: Olivine Jewels.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Celebrating Love

I think Valentine's Day is a nice way to do something special for the ones you love.

Hope your Valentine's Day is sweet and romantic!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February's Stone - Amethyst

Amethyst is the traditional stone for the month of February.  The astrological stones are amethyst for Aquarius and moonstone or aquamarine for Pisces.

 It really is a beautiful stone in jewelry and I love using it in my designs. This is one I have in the shop now.   The color can range from pale violet to a deep dark purple. Since purple is my favorite color I am a bit partial to Amethyst.

What do you think about Amethyst?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January's Stone

January's gemstone is Garnet.  Since those born in January can be Capricorn or Aquarius their astral stones are said to be Amethyst.  However Garnet seems to be the commercially accepted gemstone for January.

This is a raw Garnet.  Garnets actually come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, orange, black, and of course red. Garnet is said to stimulate creativity, passion, and physical energy. The word Garnet may come from pomum granatum, which means pomegranate in Latin.

They certainly can look like pomegranate seeds!