Birthstone Jewellery - Always in Fashion

Birthstone Jewellery - Always in Fashion

Birthstone jewelry is a trend beyond fashion.

It is a perfect gift for every woman!! That is why, birthstone jewelry already was and will be here for centuries to come.

What is birthstone jewelry?

Birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with a person’s month of birth. They are typically worn as jewelry, more specifically, as rings and pendants.

Do you know what is your birthstone? What is the meaning behind it? Which gemstone will bring your luck and prosperity once your wear it? What is the meaning of birthstone jewelry?

Oluxo Birthstones

In the picture above, you have probably checked your months’ birthstone. Each gemstone on this planet has it's own history, it's own legend behind and it's own meaning and magic. The variety of gemstones existing on Earth is overwhelming, but we will only discuss a few of them.

January Birthstone – Garnet

Garnet is one of my favorite stones. Although, I was born in May, garnet is a forever type of love for me. Even now, while doing this post, I am wearing a red garnet ring given to me by my parents for my 18th birthday! (I am now 48 years old - and I still wear this beautiful 30 year old ring!) I told you, this is forever type of love and gemstones are a Forever Fashion!! I feel that it is not the best stone for me to wear every day and I sometimes need to have some rest from wearing it. That is why I believe that having a stone that fits you based on your month of birth is important.

Garnet is an incredibly beautiful semi-precious gemstone. It is most commonly red, but can be in shades of red. The garnet is a very durable gemstone (6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale) with deposits all over the world, including Wyoming, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India.

Garnet R499

Above: This beautiful Marquise cut Garnet ring is available for R499.

Contact us at shop@oluxo.co.za if you are interested in purchasing it.

Remains of garnet jewelry were found as far back as the Bronze Age. Other references go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in their jewelry and carvings. The Egyptians even said it was the symbol of life. The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red.

The folklore on garnet is extensive. Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship. With that legend in mind, give a garnet to someone whose friendship you deeply value. Some call it the “Gem of Faith,” and believe that for those who wear it and do good, more good will come. Conversely, it brings very bad fortune to those who commit bad acts while wearing it. Another say it has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.

February Birthstone – Amethyst

For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst is a perfect birthstone. Amethyst jewelry was found and dated as early as 2000 BC. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. Amethysts is a semi-precious purple quartz. But for many years, amethyst was one of the most precious gemstones, often favored by royalty. Therefore, during the Middle Ages English regalia included decorations with amethysts that symbolized royalty.

Amethyst R449

Above Ring: Amethyst Cluster R449

Nowadays, amethyst is extracted all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil and Zambia. By its properties, amethyst boosts intuition, calms anxiety, fills the aura with good intentions, helps to control evil thoughts and strengthens weak and unstable aura. Moreover, according to Indian Ayurveda amethyst helps to control emotions. Sometimes, surprisingly, people believe that amethyst is a stone that attracts loneliness. However, this is not quite true: amethyst is a symbol of faithful, strong and devoted love. Therefore, there is a belief that one of the spouses, in the case of the death of the second, wears an amethyst decoration as a sign of sorrow for the rest of his life, thereby showing that his love is higher than death, and it is eternal. Thus became the reason for the appearance of such a name as a “widow stone”. But, don’t be afraid! This stone promises to beloved and newlyweds many years of cloudless life, happiness, mutual understanding and unquenchable love. You rock, Amethyst!

Amethyst R499

Above Ring: 7 Amethyst Gemstone Ring available at R499.90

Consider that, amethyst is not only the February birthstone, but also a traditional gift for celebration of the 6th and 17th years of marriage. So, you can surprise your loved ones.

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique. Aquamarine is not only March birthstone, but also popular to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries, like Amethyst.

Aquamarine R499

Above Ring: Beautiful Faceted Aquamarine in 925 Silver available at R499

Aquamarine is a talisman of true love, preserving friendship and justice. This stone protects from dangers and deceit, strengthens spirituality and attaches prudence. Moreover, people also believe that aquamarine can tame the raging sea, save from disasters on the water. As an amulet aquamarine protects marital happiness, promotes well-being in life. Reducing the sensitivity of nerve endings, aquamarine as believed helps to calm the nervous system as a whole. The beneficial influence of the stone helps to stabilize emotions and increase mental endurance.

April Birthstone – Diamond / Quartz / Cubic Zirconia

Diamonds have been popular through centuries. Some historians estimate it was traded as early as 4 BC. Can you imagine that? It is hard to say why this gemstone was so popular. Perhaps, the reason for that was the fact that ancients thought that diamond is a lighting made real on Earth. Moreover, probably due to this, many ancient civilizations related diamond to great healing power. The name diamond comes from Greek and means “invincible”. Many in that times thought the diamond could cure brain disease, relieve pituitary gland disorders and draw toxins from the blood.

You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. According to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness diamond has 10th place our of 10. So, in fact, it’s the hardest gemstone that consists of just one element – carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature. The only way to cut it is to use another diamond. So, your ring will never get any scratches! Of course, except those cases when you scratch it on purpose using another diamond. But, I am pretty sure, you are not interested in that.

Rose and Clear Quartz R429

Above: Rose and Clear Quartz Ear-Rings available @ R429.00

Despite popular belief, diamonds are not only colorless. They can come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green. They range in intensity from faint to vivid. And generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value. Throughout history, the diamond has nearly always was symbolizing eternal and lasting love. So whether you’re getting engaged or simply want to give yourself a truly meaningful gift, the diamond has both beauty and enduring symbolism.

Diamonds are considered as perfect conductors of positive energy. They bear success, wealth, love, health, longevity to the owner. But you should bear in mind, wearing a diamond is not always good, because it is a stone of amplification. That is why, it reinforces thoughts (both positive and negative), strengths and weaknesses of character. Therefore, people who are negatively inclined should not wear them.

May Birthstone – Emerald

May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald, one of the more expensive gemstones, is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month. - Yes this is my birthstone, and on my other hand, I am wearing a three stone cluster of emeralds given to me by my parents for my 21st birthday! - Gemstones are eternal if cared for properly (See my post of how to take care of your jewellery).

There is an old mythical legend, which speaks of a stone that fell from the crown of the fallen angel Lucifer when he was exiled from heaven. It fell to the ground and in subsequently presented by the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Then it was inlaid into the sacred Chalice of the Holy Grail, to which blood drops of the Jesus Christ were collected. Interestingly, in the center of this legend is the history of a unique precious stone – an emerald. Well, it is quite understandable why emerald is a symbol of rebirth, taking into account that it is a birthstone of May. It is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word “smaragdus,” means, quite literally, “green” in Greek.

The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. The cost of an emerald depends on the place where it comes from and color intensity. The most beautiful stones of the emerald are herbaceous-green in Colombia.

Emerald R699

Above Ring: Emerald in 925 Silver available at R699

Like other gemstones, the emerald has many mystical powers that come from its beauty. The stone removes the syndrome of chronic fatigue, calms nerves, normalizes state of mind. If you continuously wear this gemstone, then the work of all body systems will gradually normalize and metabolism will improve. The stone will rejuvenate and add to its owner years of life.

Emerald Cluster R1299

Above Ring: Emerald Cluster available at R1299

Today, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security. This makes it not only a beautiful gem to wear, but also a meaningful gift. It is still widely popular among rich and famous, with Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant selling for $6.5 million in 2011.

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