We are often asked which Stone represents which Birth Month so, here we have compiled a list and a little piece of information against each stone.
January - Garnet.
Commonly thought of as this beautiful rich red/brown colour it is actually available in several other colours, in fact such a wide range that the only colour it can not be is Blue! It has a 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale and can be quite uncomplicated to work with. Garnet has been around in gemstone form since the Egyptian times and also has been found in Greek and Roman items.
Garnets have a natural, unadulterated beauty, the variety of their colours and their tremendous brilliance mean anyone acquiring garnet jewellery can be assured that the joy he or she derives from this beautiful gemstone is a gift from Nature and will be long-lasting and unchanged.
February - Amethyst
A vibrant Violet colour, it has a most seductive look, whilst apparently protecting against such seduction and drunkeness. It is considered a stone of friendship and was used by Bishops and Cardinals in their crosses. Although it is a 7 on Mohs Hardness Scale like other Crystal Quartz, this is where the similarity ends. It has an unconventional structure making it a puzzle for scientists who are still trying to solve the riddle.
March - Aquamarine
From the lightest Blue skies to the deepest blue seas, the colour enhances every eye colour. It is said to promote a happy marriage and with a 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness should last a lifetime. It has been reported to be the favouite stone of sailors as ancient myth states it was originally found in the "treasure chest of mermaids". The most expensive Aquamarine is a darker blue colour but, this does not deter from the beauty of Aquamarine which has a light green tinge. This stone is now considered to stand alongside the precious gemstones, ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond.
April - Diamond
A Diamond is traditionally known as the most expensive of all precious stones, this can be true depending on the 4 c's (colour, cut, clarity and carat). The most common cut is a round "brilliant" cut which allows all the facets to grab more light thus creating more "sparkle". The other popular cuts are Princess, Emerald, Baguette and Heart. It is a perfect 10 on the Mohs hardness scale which is why it is most often used in Engagement Rings. As well as being white in colour it can also be found in varying shades such as yellow, blue or red, these stones are known as "Fancy Coloured Diamonds" and again can be very pricey with the Moussaieff Red Diamond having an estimated value of $20 Million!!! Born in April and Diamonds certainly will be "a girl's best friend"
May - Emerald
The Emerald is most famous for its intense Green colour and in fact even the name derives from a Greek word meaning "green gemstone". It is said to promise good luck and even enhance your well being. Green was of course also the colour of Venus, the goddess of love, and generally depicts the colour of Spring coming around again. The Emerald has a 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness but, is difficult to cut. In fact it has caused such problems that now there is even a specific cut named after it "Emerald Cut" which is the most common shape to find the gemstone.
June - Pearl
Unlike every other gemstone, a Pearl is a natural organic matter only possible due to oysters and mollusks. Traditionally they were very rare and thus extremely valuable, this was because many oyster shells had to be opened in order to find a single pearl. Nowadays Pearls are "helped" by man, these are named Cultured Pearls and are just as beautiful in lustre. Pearls have also been associated with purity and innocence thus they are often sown in to wedding gowns.
Above are the first Six Months of our Birthstones, please feel free to read our second blog coming soon.....