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A Calming Effect

February’s birthstone is the lustrous amethyst. Amethyst gets her name from the Greek amethystos, “without drunkenness”. Since the archaic age of Greek history, this luscious wine colored stone has born the meaningful association with sobriety. → Read more


While garnet comes from the word gernet, meaning ‘dark red’ in middle english, it is also derived from the latin, granatum, referencing the pomegranate. These aluminum silicate stones form in many colors and varieties. Here I am focusing on the seeds of the fruit of Persephone, or the deep red garnets that bring to mind those mythical seeds. → Read more

About the Ruby

When you are inspired to find a stone with meaning and beauty do you explore birthstone characteristics, historical significance, personal preference or do you consider a myriad of various external circumstances? Ruby is an excellent choice whether you are a July baby, a king or a person with exceptional taste. Ruby is noble, regal, it is chi and life force, it is the blood of the → Read more

Aquamarine and Beryl

My mother’s father’s first cousin was named Beryl. This part of the family is from the coal-rich mining towns of West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Beryl is an unusual woman’s name and it stuck me as being interesting and beautiful. It conjures images of the Appalachian mountains where my mother’s family is from. It is a region of coal mining, rhododendron and granite cliffs that jut out from verdant hillsides.  Beryl, (beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate), a stone found in this region, is the mother of aquamarine. → Read more

Turquoise and Tanzanite December Birthstones

Opaque turquoise has a sub-microscopic structure phosphate with a hardness of 5 6. Copper contributes to the cyan blue color and when more iron is present it tends toward green. Culturally, the use of turquoise to make beads is older than any other known stone beads. It comes from Iran, Afganistan, Australia, Tibet and the American Southwest. The name comes from the → Read more