Gemstone Feature- Citrine (November’s Birthstone)

Citrine is considered a secondary birthstone for November, with Topaz being the primary birthstone. Citrine is a symbol of the sun and is linked with wisdom and joy.  It is a semi-precious stone. Color:  Pale yellow to various shades of honey and golden yellows; the deeper the yellow, the more iron it contains and the higher its value. Source:   Primarily found in Brazil, but can also come from Spain, Madagascar, Uruguay, Scotland, and the US. Age:  Mentioned in Hellenistic Greece, from the 4th to the 1st century BCE. Family:  Quartz Hardness:  7 on the Mohs scale Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:   As a symbol of the sun, citrine is linked with wisdom and joy, and is well-regarded for helping to relieve depression, improving memory, and opening intuitive channels of knowledge and creativity. It is linked with helping writer’s unblock. Health-wise, it aids the kidney, liver, and heart and helps to remove bodily toxins. Fun Facts/Stories: … [Continue reading]

Gemstone Feature- Sapphire (September’s Birthstone)

Gorgeous deep blue Sapphires are the birthstone for September.  A symbol of truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, sapphire is said to help with mental clarity.  Sapphire is considered a precious stone. Color:  Can range in hues, from colorless to blue, grey, black, yellow, pink, purple, orange, brown, and green variations. Blue sapphire with distinctly violet undertones is especially valued.  There’s also a rare variety of sapphire that changes colors altogether according to the light. Source:   Madagascar is the primary source of sapphires. But it can also be found in India, Australia, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, China, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the US. Age:  It became known as a gemstone around Roman times. Family:  Corundum Hardness:  9 on the Mohs scale Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:   Associated with faithfulness and sincerity, sapphires are said to induce mental clarity and perception. It also helps one get rid of negative thinking patterns. Health-wise, it’s also helpful with sore throats and diseases of … [Continue reading]

Gemstone Feature- Ruby (July’s Birthstone)

Deep rich red rubies are the birthstone for July.  They are thought to strengthen one’s ability to follow their dreams and are linked with confidence, loyalty and love.  Rubies are considered a precious stone. Color:  Ruby can be found in either pinkish or intense crimson hues. Value is determined by their color, with the brightest and most intense red hues being highly prized. Source:   Primary ruby sources are in Cambodia, Thailand, and Afghanistan. It can also be found in Tanzania, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Vietnam, and Pakistan, and rarely in Sri Lanka. Age:  The trade of rubies figured prominently on the North Silk Road in China Family:  Corundum Hardness:  9 on the Mohs scale Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:   A stone of nobility, ruby helps gather strength to follow one’s dreams. It’s strongly linked with confidence, loyalty, love, and boldness. It is associated with helping to heal and open the heart. Health-wise, it’s said to add stamina, vitality … [Continue reading]

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