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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

Though Turquoise is the traditional gemstone for the month of December, you have the option to choose from two others; Zircon and Tanzanite. A look at the three types of gemstones will tell you that Blue is a December color. So let us take a look at what the three December gemstones have to offer to all those born in the month of December.

Turquoise:

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Coming from the French phrase “Pierre tourques” which implies Turkish stone, Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones that we know of. The blue hue varies from greenish blue to sky blue shades. They have a transparency that ranges from translucent to opaque. The finest quality of Turquoise is sourced from Iran, though this stone can also be found in places like China, Tibet, Mexico, Australia, and Egypt. The primary producers of Turquoise are the American Southwest states; Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

 The Egyptian Pharaohs used to adorn their necks in jewelries made from Turquoise. It was also used to adorn the ceremonial dress of the early Native Americans. In Russia, the gemstone is hugely popular as wedding rings. In Iran, Turquoise is considered the national gemstone and was used to adorn the daggers, thrones, cups, bowls and other objects.

Turquoise is associated with many superstitious beliefs. They were believed to protect the wearer from falling off a horse. According to a 12th century Arabian writing “The Turquoise shines when the air is pure and becomes pale when it is dim.” Turquoise is believed to change its color when the infidelity of a wife is revealed, or when the weather changes or when someone fell ill. It is said to have a healing effect on the eye and was worn to bring good luck, success and good fortune.

Zircon:

Coming from the Arabic words, ‘zar’ and ‘gun’ which means gold and color respectively, Zircon brings to mind the image of a bright blue sky.  Though the most popular and widely sought after color is the vibrant blue and the vivid Caribbean Sea colors, it is also available in beautiful shades of green, yellow, dark red, brown and orange. The most valuable and rare Zircon is the red gemstone. They are largely found in the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, near the Cambodian border and the Palin area of Cambodia. Bangkok and Sri Lanka are also well known sources of Zircon.

The reddish brown and orange-red varieties of Zircon were the favorites of the ancient Arabs. They are also found mentioned in the very popular book, ‘Arabian Nights’. The Green Zircon were a part of the ‘Kalpa Tree’ that belonged to the Hindu religion and it was a representative of the tree’s foliage. Back in the 14th century, Zircon was largely used to safeguard against the Black Death, the plague that caused the death of one quarter of the European population.

The stone is blessed with many healing properties. It was known to induce sleep and was, therefore, largely prescribed to the insomniacs. It was also used as an antidote against poison, to aid in digestion, and to fight against the evils.  Zircon had the power to reduce pain, protect travelers from injury and various types of diseases and to prevent nightmares.

Tanzanite:

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The rich violet-blue color gemstone was discovered in the year 1967. It is one of a kind gemstone, that is found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and striking shades of blue. When Tanzanite comes in small sizes, the color is of a light tone and may also possess a lavender color. When they come in larger sizes, the color is a deep, rich and pretty blue.

The popularity of Tanzanite prompted the American Gem Trade Association to declare it as the official birthstone for the month of December. According to legends, the stone was discovered by the Masai cattle herds, post a fire that burned several areas in Tanzania. Due to the fact that it is a relatively new gemstone, it has very little folklore or healing properties associated with it. Nevertheless, today it is considered a very important gemstone and a great substitute to the more expensive sapphire gemstone.

The three types of December gemstones can be fashioned in any type of jewelries. The stunning color, of the gemstones makes them an ideal choice to be mounted on any style of pendants, ear studs, necklaces, bracelets, dangles etc.

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November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz is the primary birthstone of the month of November though it is not the only one. Another alternative for the November birthstone comes in the form of Citrine gemstone. They are two ruling birthstones for the month of November and each of them are endowed with their own unique characteristic features. Let us take a look at what the two have to offer to all the November born:

Topaz:

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 As a gemstone Topaz is known for its amazing display of spectacular colors. It was believed to be a representative of the Egyptian Sun God Ra because of its stunning and intense golden hues. According to various legends, Topaz had the power to bring heat under control and the power to cool hot boiling water. The stone was the favorite of the Clergy and Royalty. The Romans believed that Topaz represented their Sun God and Jupiter.

The term Topaz is believed to have come from the Greek word ‘topazios’ or ‘topazion’. Another theory opines that it came from the Sanskrit word ‘Tapas’ which refers to the intense dedication. Yet another theory states that the word Topaz has been derived from the Hebrew word ‘Tapooz’ which stands for Orange fruit.

Topaz, a silicate mineral is a composition of fluorine and aluminium. They are hard, but not as hard as the diamond. Topaz comes in such color variety as orange, yellow, purple, pink and blue. However, the purest topaz is colorless. The gemstone is rare and hence expensive. The most expensive variety is the red topaz. Today, topaz is sourced from places like Mexico, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Japan, Pakistan, Australia, Zimbabwe and Brazil with Brazil being the largest supplier of topaz.

Like all other gemstones, Topaz too is blessed with some great healing properties. They are known to treat blood disorders, tuberculosis, gout, insomnia, etc. They ensure clarity of thought, improve one’s creativity, helps in tissue repair and regeneration. They are known to provide relaxation to the mind of the wearer. Above all they are are also known to control excessive anger and cure fever too.

Citrine:

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Citrine is a lot different from topaz and is mostly associated with the gentle traits of men. They are also termed as the ‘Healing Quartz’ in many places. Citrine is of a golden hue, though the color may range from light yellow to deep orange shade. The term citrine has its origin in the French word ‘Citrin’ which implies lemon. Citrine is often confused with topaz and unfortunately many a times it is also sold as topaz. The finest quality citrine has a pure yellow color.

The citrine gemstone is hailed as ‘The Success Stone’ because it was widely believed to bring good luck, fortune and success to the wearer. The belief that it ensures success in business still holds true. Citrine is largely mined from Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. They are also mined from places like France, Hungary, Russia, Bolivia, United States etc.

Citrine’s healing powers are similar to topaz. They are also known to improve mental clarity, strengthen the memory of the wearer, and heals disorders associated with the kidneys, liver, heart and urine. They are associated with such values as youth, good health, hope, cheerfulness and fidelity.

Both topaz and citrine can be made to feature on any jewelry design as they are ideal for all types of jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, pendants, brooches etc.

 

November Birthstone Poem:

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November's fog and snow, 
Should prize the topaz amber hue, 
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

 

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October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal

Opal is the traditional gemstone for the month of October. However, October is associated with another gemstone and it goes by the name Tourmaline. Both the gemstones have their own characteristic traits that give them their sublime beauty and elegance. They fall under the list of some of the most radiant gems in the world. Opal and Tourmaline are known to exhibit an array of beautiful colors and it is for the unique color combinations and crystal structures that these two gemstones are considered prized possession by all the October born.

Tourmaline:

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Tourmaline is known to radiate the broadest spectrum of colors and color combinations. The name ‘Tourmaline’ means ‘mixed stone’, and the gemstone stays true to its name. Hot magenta, cranberry red, peach, bubblegum pink, orange, canary yellow, grass and forest green, mint, violet, ocean blue and many more. Tourmaline is known to display several colors in a gemstone. The bi-color or tri-color gems come in many color combinations and are highly sought after gems in the market. The bi-colored stones,  largely found in Brazil are known as ‘Watermelon’.

The gemstone is a recent discovery. The name Tourmaline is believed to have come from the Singhalese (Sri Lankan) word ‘toramalli’ which is a term that indicates yellow,brown or green stones. The term literally means ‘something out of the earth’. An alternative name for this gemstone is ‘Peace Stone’ as it is believed to help the wearer get rid of fear, jealousy, anger, aggressiveness. They are known to keep the wearer calm and composed and provide peace of mind. It is also known to improve creativity and help in the wearer’s progress. In short, they are known to have a more psychological effect on the wearer than any physical effects.

An interesting aspect of the tourmaline gemstone is that when rubbed or warmed the stone attracts tiny bits of paper, lint and ash. This is due to the static electricity. Today, they are sourced from places like Africa, Brazil, California, Maine, the Middle East, Mexico, Peru etc.

Opal:

The first thing that one should learn about Opal is that it is Australia’s national gemstone. Australia is known to mine about 95% of the world’s opals in black and white. They are the most striking gemstone owing to their “play of colors”. At the slightest movement, the stone flashes a wide spectrum of colors.  The word opal comes from the Sanskrit term ‘upala’ as well as the Latin term ‘opalua’ which means ‘precious stone’.

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Courtesty of GIA.

Opal gemstone is known to represent the personalities of an October born who is known to be lovers of peace, harmony and beauty. As per the ancient legend goes, the Opal was believed to be laden with all the combined virtues present in the other precious stones. They were then believed to perk up the happiness of one’s existence.

Opals are found in a large variety of shades and colors. There are innumerable types of opal and they can be classified into white/milk opal, boulder opal, crystal opal, black opal, fire opal, precious opal etc. Opal blesses the wearer with numerous health benefits. They are known to treat some disorder of the eyes, balance the water content in the human body, treats eyesight, regulate the production of insulin in the body, aids in dehydration problems, and even boost the memory.

Because of their wide variety of beautiful colors Opal and Tourmaline can be fashioned on any kind of jewelry settings. The color combination present in these gemstones can exalt the design on any metal type.

October Birthstone Poem:

October's child is born for woe, 
And life's vicissitudes must know, 
But lay an opal on her breast, 
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

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In the world of gemstone, perhaps the most spectacular one is the sapphire. It is rightfully the most coveted gemstones of all times. September born are lucky to be associated with such a beauty. Its popularity has continued since the Middle Ages and it has since then been driven by numerous folklore and legends. The exquisite blue color of the gemstone ranges from very light to deep greenish or violetish blue and even appear in hues of pure blue. The most loved colors of sapphires are medium to medium dark blue or light violetish blue.

Sapphire belongs to the family of corundum and hence appears in mostly all the colors of the rainbow. Just like ruby, Sapphire is formed from the mineral corundum, and though the red corundum is referred to as ruby, the other gemstones from the corundum variety are called sapphires. They come in such color range as pink, green, purple, orange, yellow corundum and the like. However, when one hears the word ‘sapphire’ it immediately brings in an image of a stunning blue gemstone. The word sapphire in Greek means ‘blue’ and since time immemorial it has always been associated with the ultimate blue stone.

Australia is the largest supplier of Sapphire. The Sapphires of Australia are dark and inky in appearance. India, Kashmir is another well known source of the blue stone. Montana, United States is also a major source of Sapphire and other places includes Sri Lanka, Russia, China, Brazil etc. They have for centuries been associated with royalty. There are many famous sapphire jewelry in the world which have been treasured for their beauty and size. One such sapphire is The Queen Marie of Romania Sapphire which is over 478 carats. Then there is The Star of India Sapphire, which is 563 carat. The flawless 432 carat, The Logan Sapphire is another gorgeous sapphire in the world.

Sapphire protects the wearer from harm and envy. The gemstone is basically regarded as a blessing from heaven and represents the purity of the soul. Back in the olden days, warriors used to gift their young wives with sapphire necklaces so that they remain loyal to them. And it was believed that the sapphire would turn darker if someone becomes disloyal or unworthy. They are also believed to protect people against snakes. Back in the 13th century French, Sapphires were known to transform a stupid person into a wiser one and an irritated person into a good natured one.

Sapphire is also endowed with numerous healing properties. It is known to lower fever and inflammation, solve hearing problems, cure cancer and burns. They are known to treat nose bleeding, ulcers, rheumatism. The wearer’s mental clarity and focus is improved and the circulatory and endocrine system is also balanced. They minimize the effects associated with nervous disorder and also protects the wearer from evil and negative energies.

The unparalleled beauty and elegance of sapphire makes it an apt choice for all sorts of jewelry designs. The beauty of the stone is augmented whether set as a solitaire or accented with other stones. Sapphire looks great with platinum, rose gold, white gold and even yellow gold. If you are a September born, get your valuable companion who will protect you throughout.

September Birthstone Poem:

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze, 
A Sapphire on her brow should bind; 
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

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August Birthstone: Peridot

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With a history that goes back to more than 3, 500 years, Peridot is the traditional birthstone of August. Its uniqueness lies in the color which is a distinctive lime green. However, it comes in several other color variations that ranges from yellowish green to brown and olive greens. Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones. Peridot is formed deep inside the earth, under intense heat and pressure and comes out during a volcanic eruption. Today, it is mostly sourced from places like Arizona, Myanmar, Pakistan, China etc.

People in the ancient times believed that Peridot is a gift of Mother Nature and was used to commemorate the creation of a whole new world. The gemstone is often confused with emerald due to the bright green color. It is sometimes identified as “evening emerald” because of the brilliant green that alights under artificial light. Evidence has shown that the many treasures of Cleopatra are supposedly Peridot and not emerald as was largely believed. It was referred to as the gem of the sun by the Egyptians who used them in the early 1500 BC.

The very first source of peridot is documented in the small St. John’s Island, today known as Zabargad, an Egyptian island. It is also found mentioned in many ancient references, including the Bible. The Catholic Bishops are still known to wear peridot and amethyst ring to represent purity. Napoleon is said to have made a gift out of peridot and presented it to Josephine to show his undying love. In Hawaii, the gemstone is said to represent the tears of the goddess Pele. There are some Hawaiian beaches that are said to be scattered with tiny peridots which are too small to cut.

Previously, all green stones were known by the name smaragdus. Slowly distinctions were made between the different green variety gemstones and gradually words like “emerald” and “peridot” appeared. Not much is known about the origin of the word Peridot though it appears to have come from the Arabic word Faridat which means unclear. The yellowish-green variety was referred to as Peridot by the French back in the 18th century and much before this period it was known as Topaz.

Peridot is believed to protect the wearer against evil and from all kinds of negativity. It has great relaxing, stress reduction properties and is also used as a remedy for asthma. It is also said to bring peace of mind and good luck to the wearer and protect them against nightmares. It is known to lighten fear, alleviate anger and emotional suffering. It is also used as a whole body tonic and has healing properties for the lungs, heart, eyes and stomach.

The beautiful and elegant green gemstone can be mounted on any kind of jewelry settings like a pair of dangles, bracelet, a pair of stud, necklace or a pendant. The green color of the gemstone, especially, looks great on white metal types like platinum or white gold. Their beauty is more enhanced against a white setting, though gold metal also complements well. 

August Birthstone Poem:

Wear a Peridot or for thee, 
No conjugal fidelity, 
The August born without this stone, 
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone.

         

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July Birthstone: Ruby

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Courtesy of Gemological Institute of America.

A gemstone that turns heads for its sheer redness and distinctiveness is none other than ruby. July born are lucky to be associated with such a beauty. Red spontaneously comes to our mind when we think of love, passion, vivacity and power. In this captivating world where there are innumerable gemstones, the ruby is the king, and will perhaps continue to remain the undisputed ruler for years to come. Ruby is blessed with everything a precious stone demands; be it the color, hardness, brilliance and rarity. They come from the red variety of the mineral Corundum, which is regarded as the second hardest natural mineral on earth.

Red is the color of love and this makes ruby the perfect gemstone to express your love to someone born in the month of July. The color is the most important characteristic of this gemstone and they are available in a range of shades that vary from purplish and bluish red to orange-red. The most valuable, rich, hot, brightest, and passionate color is the Burmese Ruby. They are the most sought-after rubies and may even have traces of pink or blue.

According to an old folklore, ruby represents the sun because of the deep red color and the fire it emanates. The word ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” which implies “red”. According to another legend, the Emperor of China Kublai Khan had once offered a whole city in exchange for a ruby. The Orient believed that ruby is endowed with the spark of life and is “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth.” The ancient Asian considered ruby a “glowing stone” or “lamp stone.” It was also said to have been used by the Emperor of China to lighten up his chamber.

Ruby is born with many healing properties which are known to be beneficial to the wearer in a great many ways. They are known to stimulate and regulate the flow of blood in the body, decrease menstrual pain, helps in the detoxification of the body, lymph nodes and blood and keeps a check on the weight. They are also known to benefit the reproductive organs and is known to provide much help during pregnancy. Rubies are worn today, to stir the senses and to ensure good health, wealth, wisdom and success in love life.

Interestingly ruby also has a significant place in science. The first lasers were said to have been made from artificial ruby crystals. They are still said to be used for this particular purpose.

Ruby when mounted on beautifully engraved dangles, necklaces, rings, bracelets, studs, etc. imparts a beauty that stands unparalleled. The deep red color of the ruby can ornate any setting and gives the jewelry a stunning look. You can unhesitatingly shell out any amount for a ruby jewelry because given the precious nature of the stone, every penny will be worth it. 

July Birthstone Poem:

"The gleaming Ruby should adorn, 
All those who in July are born, 
For thus they'll be exempt and free, 
From lover's doubts and anxiety."

 

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Tips to Choose the Perfect Jewelry for your Wedding

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Life is a chronicle of episodes, big and small, happy and sad. While few episodes take place unexpectedly there are some which lies in our hands to make it big. No episode in our life can perhaps be as memorable and precious as our wedding episode. The perfection of the whole episode completely relies on us. It depends on our attention to detail, on our preparations and on our pace and time. Needless to say, wedding demands the completion of a long list of ‘to-do’ and often in our haste we forget the more important things to do or keep procrastinating it. 
After you have selected the wedding gown of your dreams, don’t forget to buy the accessories and jewelries to go with it. They are often one of the last things brides tend to pick, because they feel they can be easily available. While it is true that they can be easily availed, yet a lot of time goes into selecting the perfect one, not to forget the time needed if they are to be customized as per your preferences. Only the perfect jewelry can augment the look of your dress and make you feel elegant all day long. Above all, this episode of your life deserves to be executed with much precision and elaboration. In order to make your task easier, we have compiled below a few tips to help you choose the perfect jewelry for your wedding. 
•    The Budget: Budget is one of the major factors when it comes to shopping for your wedding. However, thanks to budget friendly jewelry stores, we can now get stunningly beautiful jewelry at an affordable price. All you need is time in hand to conduct your search so that you can get beautiful jewelry pieces which you will cherish throughout your life. 
•    The Gown Color: Your jewelry should be selected based on the color of your wedding gown. Most wedding gowns are white, though there are some brides who love to add color. Even whites appear in different shades. If you have opted for a pure white dress you need to look for jewelries with cooler tones like platinum or silver or something in pearl accents. If warm white gown like ivory or cream, is what you have chosen to wear, you need to go for jewelries of warmer tones like gold or rose gold. Jewelry in yellow gold, silver, pearls or rose gold looks amazing with the diamond white gown. 
•    The Neckline: In addition to the color of your gown, you also need to consider the neckline of your gown.  The perfect pairing will enhance the look and deliver a unique feature. If your wedding gown has halter, asymmetric, narrow V-neck, illusion, high neck, thick traps, Queen Anne neckline, make sure you do not choose any large statement necklace. Instead, opt for a pair of gorgeous statement earrings. If your wedding gown has wide necklines like boat neck, deep v-neck, wide neck statement necklaces will compliment well. Strapless wedding gowns can be styled with any type of jewelries be it simple or heavily embellished. 
•    Your Hairdo: If your hair is tied in a fashionable bun, and if the neckline of your gown compliments, you can wear statement earrings either stud earrings or drop and necklace. However, if you are wearing a statement necklace don’t choose earrings which will over-power the look of your necklace. If you are planning to keep your hair down and cover your ears, you  can balance the look with a statement necklace and stud earrings. However, if you do not wish to wear a necklace you can go for long earrings and allow it to glitter through your tresses. 
•    Remember, Less is More: Always swear by the fact that ‘less is more’. You do not need to deck yourself up from head to toe in order to look gorgeous. Sometimes even an embellished gown is enough to make you look beautiful. If your dress comes with an ornate neckline, complete the look with a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace. If your wedding gown is simple you can augment the look with heavily embellished necklaces and earrings.

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June Birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite

By her who in June was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.
                                            (June Birthstone Poem)

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June shares relationship with three unique birthstones; Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite. Each of these gemstones is embedded with their own unique characteristic traits, which aids the June-born in many a beneficial ways. Let us take a look at what each of the three gemstones has to offer to those born in the month of June:
Pearl: Sharing a deep connection with the moon for its resemblance with the soft glow look, the pearl symbolizes a number of interesting virtues like wisdom, charity, purity, loyalty of those individuals born in the month of June. Ancient Greece held the belief that pearls had the power to prevent the newly married brides from crying. They also believed that it gave much happiness to the wearer. The ancient Chinese were of the opinion that pearls symbolizes eternal youth. They are still used in many Chinese cosmetics products in order to boost youthful looking skin. They were the favorites of the Roman Empire. The 1500s were referred to as the ‘pearl age’. 
As a gemstone, pearl is organic in nature and is formed in certain living sea creatures (mollusk shells). Their lovely natural shine and translucence and their availability in a variety of colors like cream, silver, white, lavender, black, green, etc. make them a favored choice of many. Pearls are today considered a symbol of chastity, purity, modesty, friendship, loyalty and faithfulness.  They are also known to have great healing properties and are believed to effectively solve health issues related to the heart, stomach and spleen. In addition, they are also known to provide peace of mind, promotes mental balance and stability and prevents hysteria. 
Moonstone: Characterized by a captivating beam of light and a mysterious shimmer which changes when viewed differently, moonstone was given its name by the Roman historian Pliny. It was he who claimed that the appearance of the moonstone changed along with the different phases of the moon. The play of light or what is also called adularescence makes it a phenomenal gemstone. It is supposed to be a very sacred stone in India and is also regarded as a ‘dream stone’ purported to bring the wearer beautiful visions in their sleep. It is also believed to hoard a spirit that is known to bring good fortune. In the Arabic countries moonstone is a symbol of fertility. 
In its natural form, moonstone occurs in blue, peach, green and champagne. They are known to be endowed with great healing powers like balancing the digestive system and sucking the toxins out of the body. They are known to balance out the hormonal functions in the body and the emotional state of the wearer. They are also regarded beneficial for women during pregnancy and childbirth. 
Alexandrite: Blessed with a chameleon like quality, alexandrite is a rare chrysoberyl and comparatively a newer gem, having been first discovered in Russia in 1831. It was discovered during the reign of Czar Alexander II and thus, the name Alexandrite. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to change color. It becomes a lovely green in broad daylight or even in fluorescent light but changes its color to purplish red or brownish in incandescent light like light from a candle flame or a lamp. This phenomenon is often described as: “Emerald by day, Ruby by night” and is referred to as the “Alexandrite effect.” 
Alexandrite is said to bring good omens and good luck and is also believed to strengthen the intuitive and creative power of the wearer. They are said to increase the intuitive power to such an extent that one can also predict an event. They are also known to help the wearer attain a level of balance between the spiritual world and the physical world. 
With three beautiful and unique choices of gemstone at your disposal, all June born are sure to have a tough time selecting one. Nevertheless, each of them has their own characteristic traits which give them their own unique identity.

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May Birthstone: Emerald

"Who first beholds the light of day

In spring's sweet, flower month of May

And wears an Emerald all her life

Shall be a loved and a loving wife." (May Birthstone Poem)

With the approach of May comes the spring season, which conjures up an image of greenery all around. It is not so surprising therefore that the green colored gemstone Emerald is considered the birthstone for all those born in the month of May. What’s more, the term emerald is derived from the Greek word ‘smaragdus’ which means Green. 

Emerald was a treasured gemstone for the Irish and the Egyptians and many other ancient groups. The gemstone was offered to the goddess of beauty and love-Venus by the ancient Romans because they were a symbol of the reproductive forces of nature. Its significance lies in the fact that this gemstone was Cleopatra’s favorite. Cleopatra’s emeralds were mined from mines near the Red Sea and Southern Egypt. The mummies of the ancient Egyptians were often buried with an emerald to denote everlasting youth. They were mined in Egypt way back in 330 B.C. and were used to ornate the royal people of Egypt and Babylon. 

Emeralds, belonging to the family of beryl are blessed with great healing properties. They are known to increase the peace of mind of the wearer, improve their reasoning and spiritual power, boost their analytical power and intellectual power and is even known to improve memory. They also aid in regulating the flow of blood in the body and is also known to provide relief to epileptic seizures. They were used to stop bleeding, cure fever and dysentery, aid fertility and even provided a soothing effect to the eyes. Many wore emerald to seek inner wisdom. They were endowed with the power to foretell the future of people and hence was used for this purpose in the Middle Ages. 

Today, emerald is still considered a symbol of rebirth, youth, good fortune and wisdom. They come in a wide variety of green shades that varies from having traces of blue and yellow. The more intense and vivid the color green, the more is its value. Today, emeralds are mined from United States, Brazil, Norwar, Zambia, India, Australia, Pakistan, etc. 

Emeralds are today, mounted on beautifully engraved bracelets, pendants, dangles, necklaces, rings and studs. You can opt for a vintage look to bring back the old world charm through your jewelry because emerald goes great with any vintage setting. Given the vivacity of the color, they look great when set on white gold, yellow gold, gold or platinum. 

 

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Mother’s Day Trending Diamond Jewelry Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a perfect time, a perfect opportunity to express your feelings to the person who have given birth to you, have raised you, have sacrificed many things for you and have showered all their love and affections on you. It may not be possible for you to express your love and gratefulness to your mom every day. Occasions like Mother’s day sets the stage for conveying your heartfelt gratitude, love and concern for your mother. And this should definitely be accompanied by a gift to add to the celebration. There cannot be a better way to express your “thank you”, or “I love You” than through a beautiful jewelry piece. So let us take a look at the options you have under jewelries: 

Pendants:  A locket or a pendant is a great gift option for your mom for mother’s day. You can personalize it by inserting a photo of your mom or of the two of you into the locket. You can even opt to engrave her initials on a pendant or a small message that expresses your love and gratefulness. Pendants can be brought in different shapes and sizes and in various patterns too. You have various metal options and the option to choose colored stones for further enhancement. Pendants can be availed in beautifully engraved patterns which are architecturally attractive. If your mom likes floral touches, you can go for a pendant that has floral patterns on it. 

Diamond Stud Earrings: Another option you cannot go wrong as a gift for your mother on mother’s day are studs. Ear studs are an incredible choice, and with an array of available options under it, you are sure to get the perfect one for your mom. You can look for something in colored gemstones, or can opt for a stud that has two metals combined in a knotted design. You can also customize your stud by engraving the initials of her name or engrave the word “Mom” into a beautiful pattern so that it fits as a perfectly sized stud. 

Birthstones: Birthstone is imbued with symbolism; it has special significance and that significance is linked to the person’s identity and birthday. So if you wish to get a jewelry with gemstones embedded in it and you are confused what gemstone to opt for, getting a birthstone jewelry is a great and classic option. It can either be in the form of a stud or a pendant. The birthstone may either represent your mom’s birth month or of her children. They look spectacular when set in an intricate design and your mom will surely appreciate your effort here. 

Necklaces: How about gifting her a “Mom” engraved necklace? This will not only communicate a powerful and everlasting message to your mom, but serve as a daily reminder of how much she is loved and cared. You can further personalize the necklace by adding a photo, or engrave a whole sentence or include something that exemplifies a special memory that you cherish with your mom. You will get several beautiful options under necklaces and the best part is they can be customized to suit your preferences and ideas. 

The options are varied and above mentioned are just a few of the many available. At the end of the day, it is all about expressing your love and gratefulness to your mom hence, any gift you purchase for her will always be gladly accepted. All that matters is the thought that goes into gifting her something as a token of your love and affection. 

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Jewelry Ideas for Women who Treads the Unconventional Route

No doubt, pleasing a woman with a perfect gift has always been a tough job for any man. Moreover, with gift options under women’s category being literally unlimited, the task seems even more daunting. However, the choice of most women has changed. More and more women are today in favor of unconventional gifts, something that is out of the box and something that will make her gift stand out from the gifts of all her other friends. Jewelries are every woman’s favorite. They are always on the lookout for something unusual, something that will best reflect their personality in a unique way. If the girl in your life is someone who is always on the lookout for exceptional things, then you surely must comply with her unconventional ways and get her a jewelry that is unique in every way. 
It’s time you think the unconventional way for the unconventional woman in your life. The main motive lies in selecting unique stones, unique settings, unique designs and unique material. Listed below are some ideal gift options which you can think of:
•    Customized Jewelry: The best and the easiest way to get an exclusive jewelry for her is to go for customized jewelry. A girl who is blessed with a different taste in things will surely like the fact that you have taken the pain to get a customized jewelry for her. Use your imagination and her sense of choice to customize either a ring, a bracelet, a pair of erring or a necklace. Not only can you choose a metal of her choice but adorn it with her choice of gemstones, engravings or symbols. Using her birthstone is also a unique way to make her jewelry stand out from all the others. The ideal jewelry lies in your imagination, and all you need to do is derive it from there. 
•    Acrostic Jewelry: She will probably be the only one sporting an acrostic jewelry in the party. A very unique form of art, the concept of acrostic jewelry was developed in France by a French jeweler Jean Baptiste Mellerio. In this type of jewelry, you can spell out words and phrases like “dear”, “dearest”, “beloved”, with popular gemstones. In other words, the first letter of their names are used to form a word or a phrase and when those gemstones are arranged in a beautiful pattern in the form of a necklace or a bracelet the result is a unique piece. To elaborate further, the letters of the word ‘d’, ‘e’, ‘a’, ‘r’ can be spelled out in an arrangement of gemstones like diamond, emerald, amethyst and ruby.  Similarly the word love can be spelled out with gemstones like lapis lazuli, opal, variscite and emerald. 
•    Fashion Jewelry: Statement jewelry, enameled jewelry, glittered jewelry, do it yourself (DIY) jewelry, beaded jewelry is a range of other unique options which fall in the category of fashion jewelry. It is all about using your imagination and creating a piece she will instantly fall in love with. The bloom in fashion jewelries of various forms has enabled the fashionable women of today to make a style statement of their own. Fashion jewelry comes in many forms, patterns, designs and colors. Moreover, what is more endearing about these fashion jewelry is the fact that they are very much affordable and do not run to burn a hole in your pocket. 

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Engagement Rings – Delving Its Origin

An engagement ring, both in its modern as well as archaic connotations, served as the outward symbol of a woman’s commitment and avowal to a particular man. Though engagement rings have undergone innumerable changes in its appearance over the centuries, the concept remains popular even now.  
From the prehistoric practice of cave dwellers tying strings of braided grass around the waist, wrists, and ankle of his chosen mate to the proposal of Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy with a ring designed with diamonds in the shape of “M” in the fifteenth century – engagement rings enjoy quite an exciting and action-packed history. Coinciding with the times when innovative cutting techniques of diamond were invented, the first recorded report of a diamond engagement ring is attributed to this enterprising archduke in 1477. 
By the end of the nineteenth century, ‘engagement rings’ as we know them today became quite common. Set with a single piece of pearl or the finest gemstone afforded by the groom, such rings signaled a couple’s intent of marriage after a phase of engagement. Such rings were usually substituted with simple gold bands inscribed with the couple’s initials and the day of the ceremony. 
The pre-eminence of diamond engagement rings were fueled by the discovery of vast diamond deposits in South Africa and Brazil during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, most affluent couples in fact preferred precious colored gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. 
The diamond engagement ring came to prominence not until a novel and extensive marketing blitzkrieg by De Beers Mining Company which controlled nearly ninety per cent of the global diamond production by 1883. This campaign gave us the ubiquitous phrase – ‘A diamond is forever’ that managed to become a universal aphorism for the diamond industry. The De Beers advertising campaign was needed to bolster public interest and consequently the price of large volumes of diamonds that suddenly inundated the market.  
Tiffany & Co. introduced the pioneering ‘Tiffany setting’, a diamond solitaire ring where the raised centre stone is mounted on six prongs to offer maximized brilliance. Traditional yet affordable wedding rings along with diamond engagement rings appeared in mail-order catalogs like Sears & Roebuck. Cartier came up with their unique Trinity Ring with intertwined bands of white, pink, and yellow gold. 
The twentieth century has been overwhelmingly dominated by all things diamond. The growing trend has seen the arrival of precious colored gemstones as the new path breakers in an industry still ruled by the almighty diamond.

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April Birthstone: Diamond

“She who from April dates her years, 
Diamonds shall wear, 
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”   (April Birthstone Poem)

What else can be a matter of pride for all the April born than to be associated with the world’s most coveted gemstone, the diamond? Lucky are those born in the month of April. If you are an April born and do not already have the diamond in your possession, you have plenty of reasons to get one soon. Diamond is the traditional birthstone of April and with it comes many important meanings for those born in that month. The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means “invincible”; an apt word to describe the true nature of all April born. April born are known to display a strong leadership quality. They are also known to be assertive in nature.

Diamonds have long been associated with many interesting stories and folklore. Some say that diamonds were formed when bolts of lightning struck the rocks. In Sanskrit, they are referred to as “vajra” which implies lightning. As per the Hindu mythology lightning was used by Indra, the king of Gods as a weapon. Diamonds have always been a symbol of invincibility, courage and strength. According to the Greeks, the fire radiated by the diamond was a symbol of eternal love. There are some other theories that assert that diamonds were God’s tears.

Diamonds are known to be endowed with many healing powers. They were believed to cure ailments of the pituitary gland and the brain. A crystal when heated and taken to bed was known to suck out the harmful toxins from the body. They are known to be highly beneficial for the diabetes patients and for those suffering from tuberculosis. They are believed to increase the intellectual power of the wearer and also protect them from insanity.

Diamonds are still known to provide the wearer with a healthy relationship and eternal love. They are still believed to increase the internal strength of the wearer while at the same time provide such benefits as clarity, abundance and balance.

Diamonds are the hardest substance found in nature; four times harder than the next hardest substance the corundum. They are formed deep below the earth’s surface under extreme temperature and pressure. There are many varieties of diamonds and they can be classified into translucent, transparent or opaque. Colors range from colorless to sooty black. There are innumerable colors in between like blue, green, pink, red, orange, purple, yellow, etc. The color varies depending on the type of impurities present in the stone. Diamonds are available in round, princess, emerald, heart, oval, pear, cushion, Asscher, marquise, radiant shape.

There is no dearth of diamond jewelries. Hop into any diamond store and you will find plenty of options for your diamond jewelries in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can opt for a diamond stud in round brilliant cut; a popular choice. You can even go for a princess cut diamond ring or a pear cut diamond pendant. The options are unlimited and you are sure to be spoilt for choice. 

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The Significance of the Two Stone Rings

Nothing is stagnant in the fashion industry. The current trends give way to a newer trend, whereas the old trends re-enter the scene anew.  However, there are some trends which will perhaps forever dominate the scene. One such trend is the two stone rings. They are not only one of the most unusual designs for an engagement ring, but also holds great symbolic significance. The two stone ring has already had a grand entry and has taken the fashion world by storm. It’s time you know more about this beauty and the immense value it holds.

Symbolic Significance of Two Stone Rings:

As an engagement ring, the two stones can be made to represent many things. While it symbolizes love and friendship, a two stone diamond ring can also represent endurance of the relationship between husband and wife. Two stones can also symbolize “us”- the very bond of a couple who sees themselves as both friends and lovers. It is also meant to represent the two partners in a committed relationship. It is basically a ring to celebrate love and friendship and to emphasize the dual nature of your bond.

The Different Types of Two Stone Settings:

The two stone ring can be mounted on a wide variety of settings. Your personal choice plays a great role here. Some of the ways in which you can set your two stones are:

Heart Shaped Two Stones: What can better reflect a matter of the heart than two heart shaped stones set in an overlapping setting or in a swirl ring that coils around the finger? These designs have it all. An appealing look and stones which profoundly enhance the significance of the two stone rings.

Floral Shaped Two Stone: An endearing option is to opt for a swirl setting where multiple stones merged together to render the look of a blooming flower. In a swirl setting each end of the ring is made to swirl around the diamond setting, where the two stones lie one above the other rather than together.

The Halo Setting: You can opt for a setting that features two halo-set gems that seems to orbit around each other. Your choice of gems in a halo setting will give the ring a dazzling look.

Double Bezel Bypass Ring: Instead of the halo setting, you can even go for two bezel set diamonds in a smooth bypassing shank glistening with sparkling diamond accents.

Small and Large Gemstone: Instead of opting for two gemstones of same carat or size, you can enhance the look of your ring by opting for one large and one small gemstone and have it set in a smooth bypass setting.

The Curve or the Wavy Setting: In this type of setting, there are two waves of metal that gently come up to hug two gemstones in the center. You can customize the look by adopting a two-tone metal combination for that dramatic effect.

The two stone ring is a great way to express your love. This is a style where innovation meets classic designs. They are versatile and can be worn in many ways. The symbolism of love and friendship which this ring portrays will always stand as a strong representation of the relationship you share with your partner. 

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The Different Types of Cushion Cuts

There are many different cushion cuts available in the market; make sure you choose the right one. 

There are many different cushion cuts available in the market; make sure you choose the right one. 

After the round brilliant cut and the princess cut, it is the cushion cut diamond that is the most sought after. This diamond cut was immensely popular in the 19th century, though it disappeared from the scene thereafter only to come back with a bang. Today, it is widely treasured for its enchanting look and more and more women can be seen favoring it over other diamond cuts. So if you are also thinking of going for a cushion cut diamond, a few facts should be adhered to.

The cushion cut diamonds come in few types which are divided as per the ‘arrangement’ of facet patterns and also as per the ‘look’ of the facet patterns. According to the former, cushion cuts are divided into Antique, Brilliant and Modified Brilliant and according to the latter, it is divided into “crushed-ice” and “chunky” cushion brilliant.

 

Antique Cushion Cut Diamond:Also termed as vintage, these cushion cut diamonds have fewer facets which are however longer than their modern counterparts. Since they were made at a time when technology was not so advanced, they typically have less brilliant than the modern cut cushions. The antique cushion cuts are deep and have smaller face size. They do not possess the charm and the enchanting appeal that usually comes in a modern cushion cut.

The ‘cushion brilliant’ or the ‘cushion modified brilliant’ are largely a categorization of the modern cushion cut.

Cushion Brilliant:The cushion brilliant have a faceting arrangements which are very similar to the round brilliant cut diamonds. The facets which are in the pavilion of a cushion brilliant widen from the center of the diamond towards the girdle, mirroring a star. They feature large facets and share much similarity with the round cut diamonds. They do not possess the ‘crushed ice’ look.

Cushion Modified Brilliants: They are basically a variation on the original cushion brilliant shape. They come with an extra row of facets which lie just below the girdle, but the facets on the pavilion do not extend till the girdle, thus resembling the shape of a flower. They are blessed with exceptional sparkle that brings to mind the ‘sparkling water’ or the ‘crushed ice’ effect. They are also less expensive than the traditional cushion brilliant cut diamonds because there isn’t a large demand for this particular cut.

 

Crushed-Ice Diamonds: The facet patterns cannot be clearly discerned when viewed from the top. You will get to see what looks like broken glass pieces. They are blessed with a lot of sparkle which seems to reflect from all angles when the stone is exposed to the light. The radiant cut looks similar to this and one can also find such an effect in the corners of marquise shapes and pear shapes.

Chunky Cushions: The facet patterns can be clearly discerned when viewed from the top as they have a clearly defined facet pattern. One can actually distinguish the shapes created by the facet lines. They share much similarity with the round diamonds and are often referred to as the antique cushion cuts. Usually with depth above 70%.

When considering buying a diamond for an engagement ring, cushion diamonds are a great alternative to round diamonds since they are also very popular but don't posses the price tag of round diamonds. Call us today and we will help find you the perfect cushion diamond for your need and budget. We have one of the largest cushion diamond inventory in the country.

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2016 Oscars Jewelry

Who wore the best jewelry at the 2016 Oscars?

Oscar brings out the best in every known celebrity! It is a platform where some of the world’s best fashion designers, accessory designers and jewelry designers are able to showcase their incredible creativity, skill and talent. It is a platform where we are introduced to some of the most beautiful  and sensational dresses or gowns and a bevy of extortionate and stunning jewelries. In short, every year Oscar has us stunned and dazzled with its red carpet glitz.

Now that the 2016 Oscar just got over, let us take a look into some of the best jewelries that graced the occasion:

Olivia Wilde: Olivia Wilde made the Oscar red carpet go wild with a Neil Lane choker and earrings inundated with pearls.

Charlize Theron: Her low cut gown was accessorized with a $3.7 million worth of Harry Winston Diamonds. They included a 48.8 carat Secret Cluster Diamond Necklace, a 15.49 carats Winston Cluster Diamond Earring, an 8.78 carat Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring with Micropave and a 7.44 carats Micropave Diamond Band Ring, and Queen Diamond Ring.

Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga accentuated her Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit gown with a 90-carat emerald cut diamond from Lorraine Schwartz which is said to be worth $8 million.

Saoirse Ronan: Perhaps the only one to opt for a mismatched trend, Saoirse Ronan paired her slinky emerald gown with a drop earring from Chopardwhich featured an 18 carats emerald, pearls, nearly 6 carats ofjadeite, and 3.25 carats of diamonds.

Reese Witherspoon: Her Oscar de la Renta gown was accompanied by 1 million worth of diamond from Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Naomi Watts: Naomi Watts flaunted her look in a huge and bold Bulgari collar necklace which comprised of brilliant cut and pave diamonds.

Kerry Washington: Her offbeat leather Versace was matched with a Harry Winston 42-carat vintage diamond,1963 hoops  in platinum.

Olivia Munn: She kept her jewelries minimum yet her serpent diamond bracelet by Forevermark made her stand out. The bracelet featured a 12.06 carat round brilliant Exceptional Forevermark Diamonds.

Cate Blanchett: Her jewelries were from Tiffany & Co. She wore drop earrings of marquise and round diamonds in platinum from Tiffany Blue Book collection. In addition, she also wore a starfish cuff of round diamonds set in platinum and a ring of 2.30 carat round diamond with a round diamond border alsoset in platinum. The jewelries complemented her ornate gown perfectly.

Alicia Vikander: She perfected her look in a Vuitton gown by pairing up with Louis Vuitton earrings. She chose to keep her neck bare.

Julianne Moore: Julianne Moore decked her Chanel gown with earrings from Chopard- a 13-carat diamond set in white gold.

Priyanka Chopra: The Quantico star accentuated her Zuhair Murad gown with diamond and drop earrings and rings by Lorraine Schwartz. Her earrings, which featured 50 carats of diamond is a whopping $3.2 million. She flaunted three rings of 22 carats, 10 carats and 8 carats respectively.

Brie Larson: She sported a beautiful brooch made of Swarovski crystals and a set of diamond and pearl earrings.

Tina Fey: Her Bulgari Sapphire necklace and a vintage white gold with ruby ring, beautifully augmented her purple strapless fishtail gown.

Rachel McAdam: She accessorized her silk emerald August Getty gown with shoulder length diamond earrings.

Olivia Wilde - Oscars 2016. 

Olivia Wilde - Oscars 2016. 

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The Difference between An Engagement Ring And A Wedding Ring

A marriage is complete by an engagement ring followed by a wedding ring. Both are considered a significant symbol of commitment in the contemporary society. The tradition has existed for hundreds of years, and today it is observed in double the zeal and enthusiasm. Many people do not even realize that these are two pieces until the day of their own engagement. Some use the term interchangeably while some have heard the usage of one more than the other. However, there lies a stark difference between the two. Let us take a look at the difference between the two.

What is an Engagement Ring?

Princess cut diamond engagement ring made by Motek Diamonds

Princess cut diamond engagement ring made by Motek Diamonds

The ring with which one proposes marriage to her partner is termed an engagement ring. When a woman accepts the engagement ring, it means she has accepted his marriage proposal. She is expected to wear it on her ring finger, starting from the moment of the proposal. A ring on her ring finger is not just for aesthetic purpose rather it is something that stands as the bearer of the news that she is taken and committed and thereby no longer available.

An engagement ring is usually something extravagant and exorbitant. It usually has a big diamond or other gemstone as the center stone which is mounted on an intricately designed metal band. Over time the engagement ring became a representation of the man’s wealth. However, this notion is no longer accepted, though the tradition of proposing with an engagement ring has lived on.

What is a Wedding Ring?

Wedding ring created by Motek Diamonds.

Wedding ring created by Motek Diamonds.

The ring which is exchanged between partners during the wedding ceremony is termed the wedding ring. In this case, both the partners receive a wedding band after the vows are exchanged. It is worn on the third finger of the left hand from that day onwards. The ring symbolizes love, togetherness and faithfulness of your spouse towards you and vice versa. The round shape of the ring not only symbolizes infinity and eternity, but it also symbolizes a gateway to all future events.

A wedding ring is plain looking and may have a small stone or two in simple settings. Like the engagement ring, they do not need to possess a center diamond or any prominent gemstone. Men’s wedding rings are typically thicker in width than the women’s wedding rings. They may or may not possess small diamonds and designs.

How are the engagement ring and wedding ring worn?

On the day of the wedding, the bride usually removes the engagement ring and slips it on her other hand so that they can wear the wedding ring. After the wedding, if they so desire they stack the wedding ring underneath the engagement ring. Some women prefer to wear only one ring to represent both. Engagement ring and wedding ring are today available in the form of bridal set. Though it makes sense to purchase a bridal set as it spares the couple from the struggle of trying to later find a matching wedding ring, however, you can even buy them separately and have them matched later. 

Engagement ring & wedding band set created by Motek Diamonds

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A Diamond Band For Any Occasion

When it comes to versatility and exquisiteness in jewelry, diamonds win hands down. The universal appeal of this radiant gemstone speaks volumes about its collective popularity as an ideal accessory for all occasions. Diamond bands are effortlessly chic and classically beautiful. With a diamond band, rest assured about making a head-turning statement.

 

The Many Faces of Diamond Bands

There is no dearth of variety and vibrancy in the world of diamond rings. A diamond band can contain one or more diamonds set on a band made of regular precious metals like gold – yellow, white, Rose; silver, platinum, or other metals. There are different styles of diamond ring settings – prong, channel, bezel, pavé, shared prong, halo, cluster, flush or gypsy, tension, bar, and more. The familiar favorites include prong solitaire – singular central diamond held up with prongs, bezel – metal encircled centre stone, pavé – a band paved with small diamonds, halo – placement of concentric diamond square or circle around the center stone.

 

Diamond Bands in Countless Avatars

Think diamond bands, think versatility of designs. Engagement rings, wedding bands, anniversary rings, and eternity rings – the choices are astonishingly beautiful and amazingly endless.

Stackable diamond ring with triple or more tiers in classy pave set is a distinctive piece of fashion forward jewelry. A classic diamond band designed with pave diamonds unites the worlds of elegance and simplicity. You can wear it with your shimmering diamond engagement ring or simply stack it on as a stylishly sleek piece.

If you want to go beyond the available choices of regular diamond bands, custom making a diamond ring is an excellent idea to put your imagination and creativity at work. Elongated crescent links on gold or silver with cropped diamonds on top or any geometric pattern will create an unforgettable diamond ring perfect for every occasion and ideal for garnering envy and admiration.  Whether worn stacked or solo and with classic ensembles, matchless haute couture, or corporate power dress, sparkly diamond bands disappoints neither the wearer nor the outfit.

Discover the world of diamonds with innumerable designer and handcrafted artisanal collections that add immediate sophistication and allure to your style. An exquisitely crafted diamond band looks stunning from all possible angles as it complements and flatters while expressing your unique sense of style.

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

"By her who in March was born

No gem save Bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity." 
  (March Birthstone Poem)

Bloodstone is the traditional birthstone for March. However, a modern birthstone for March was adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 and is known as Aquamarine. They seemed to have replaced the traditional Bloodstone back in the year 1952. One can say that there are two birthstone for the month of March- Aquamarine and Bloodstone.

Aquamarine:

The term Aquamarine is a combination of two Latin words; ‘aqua’ which stands for water and ‘marina’  which implies sea. The name itself speaks volume about the gemstone’s color which can be said to be an impressive pastel sky blue or the bright color of the sea. The color blue may vary from pale pastel to a deep blue color. They are mostly a gemstone of pastel color, though the intensity of the shade may vary.

They are believed to have surfaced from the jewel caskets of sirens that were washed ashore from the sea bed. They were thus considered sacred to Neptune, the Roman God of the sea. It is for this association with the sea that Aquamarine was believed to protect sailors in the ancient times and also guaranteed them a safe voyage. The tranquil color of aquamarine helps in cooling one’s temper and keeps the wearer calm and balanced. They have always been a symbol of hope, friendship, youth, health, happiness and fidelity and is said to be an embodiment of eternal life. They are believed to have a soothing influence on married couples too.

Aquaramine also possesses some great medicinal and healing properties. They are known to provide relief to various ailments of the liver, stomach, throat, jaws, etc. It was also considered to be an effective antidote against poison. Moreover, it was also said to be a great source of power for several soothsayers and was used by them for fortune telling purposes.

 Bloodstone:

As mentioned already Bloodstone is the traditional symbol of March and is also known by the name heliotrope. The gemstone is a dark-green jasper, dotted with a vivid red spots of iron oxide. The word Bloodstone is associated with the legendary belief that it was formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained the jasper lying at the foot of the cross. The gemstones are usually found embedded in rocks or as pebbles in the riverbeds. They are largely sourced from India, Australia and Brazil.

It was used to make seals and amulets by the Babylonians and in the Middle Ages, it was used to stop nosebleeds. When powdered and mixed with honey and egg whites, it was believed to heal tumors and almost all types of hemorrhage. It was also used in the treatment of blood disorders like blood poisoning, to stop the flow of blood from wounds and to even suck out the venom of snakes.

Bloodstone is believed to bestow the wearer with courage and increase their physical strength. They signify balance, harmony, success, fertility, stimulation, warmth, vitality, etc. The ancient Greeks believed that the stone was the connecting force between the Earth, Gods and Men.

Both Aquamarine and Bloodstone can be mounted on an architecturally stunning bracelet, necklace, pendant, dangle or can be simply mounted on a pair of stud. 

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Latest Designs in Heart Shaped Diamond Rings

If there is one diamond shape that expresses your love in the most profound way, it is without doubt the heart shaped diamond ring. They are the true embodiment of love and romance and their mere shape is enough to spell the unspoken words. The heart shaped diamonds are a modified version of the pear shaped diamond. A sharp and distinct cleft on the top center gives the diamond the beautiful shape. The heart shaped diamond is rare, so much that you may be the only one sporting a heart shaped diamond ring in an elaborate gathering.

Heart shaped diamond rings have facets ranging from 56 and 58, with the number of facets on the pavilion varying between 6 and 8. It is of utmost importance to take a look at the symmetry of the heart shaped diamond wherein the two halves should be of the exact size and carved exactly at the right degree so that both the sides are well-balanced. You must also be aware of the fact that a heart shaped diamond of less than .50 is not a great choice as the stone will not reveal the ‘heart’ shape when set with prongs.

If you have decided to opt for a heart shaped diamond ring, you will be surprised to learn that there are innumerable designs to choose from. Listed below are some of the latest designs in heart shaped diamond rings:

  • The Classic Four Prong Setting: Simple yet elegant, the heart shaped diamond is clawed by four prongs and is supported by a rounded inside edge for that extra comfort. It is a ring of excellent craftsmanship.
  • The Antique Look: Nothing beats the antique touch. An engraved scroll pattern on the sides and on the top of the band in antique style when accentuated with small dazzling diamonds will render a delicate yet beautiful touch. This is for those who loves the antique style engagement ring.
  • The Twisted Band: In this design a delicate strand of small diamonds is made to appear in a twisted style. This paves the way for a stunning band with a totally different look.
  • Three Stone Ring: If you are a fan of the symbolic significance of the three stone ring, then this is definitely the one for you. In this setting, a big heart shaped diamond is flanked on both sides with small heart shaped diamonds and set on a simple band.
  • Micropave Heart Shaped Diamond: This setting is not only beautiful, but elegant as well. In this setting the center heart shaped diamond is complemented with a half circle of dazzling small micro pave diamonds.
  • Heart Shaped flanked by Two Princess Cut Pave Diamonds: Another endearing option is a center heart shaped diamond decorated with two small princess cut diamonds on the two sides. This makes for a very impressive and elegant design.

Apart from the above available trends, there are numerous other options at your disposal. The stunning shape in itself is enough to glorify any kind of settings and when accentuated with intricate details, the look is further enhanced.

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