Archive for the ‘Birthstones’ Category

The origin legends of opal and tourmaline gemstones each contain elements of rainbows, and we can see why. Their reflective qualities are kaleidoscope-like in their one-of-a-kind color combinations. → 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

A Calming Effect

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

Pomegranate

While garnet comes from the word gernet, 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 the seeds of the fruit of Persephone, or the deep red garnets that bring to mind those mythical seeds.

Tricked into eating a few seeds of the pomegranate, Persephone is forced to return to the underworld for several months during the year. During those months she returns to Hades, her mother Demeter, in mourning, forces the world to turn cold as well.

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