Although the color red is occurs most frequently, there are also garnets showing different shades of green, pale to bright yellow, fiery orange and fine earth- and umbra-shades. Blue is the only color that is not available in Garnet.
Garnets have been widely known for thousands of years. Even Noah, it is reported, used a lantern from garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Garnets are quite sturdy and resistant to everyday wear and tear, and uncomplicated to work into jewellery.
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JANUARY - GARNET
Long associated with royalty due to its intense violet hue, amethyst was at one time ranked as one of the precious stones, along with sapphire, ruby and emerald. Amethyst was reclassified as a semi-precious stone when large deposits were found in Brazil in Uruguay in the first half of the nineteenth century.
FEBRUARY - AMETHYST
Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, which is the same gemstone family as emerald and morganite. Though aquamarine and emerald belong to the same family, they are surprisingly different. They are both beryllium aluminum silicates. Where emerald is colored by trace amounts of chromium and and/or vanadium, aquamarine is colored by iron.
MARCH - AQUAMARINE
Diamonds have been a source of fascination for centuries. They are the hardest, the most imperishable, and the brilliant of all precious stones. The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word adamas, meaning "unconquerable". A diamond is a transparent gem made of carbon, one of the earth's most common elements.
APRIL - DIAMOND
The name emerald comes from the Greek "smaragdos" via the Old French "esmeralde", and really just means 'green gemstone.' The wonderful green color of emerald is unparalleled in the gem world. It is not surprising then that emerald is classified as one of the traditional four precious stones along with sapphire, ruby and diamond. Emerald is the birthstone for May and for commemorating the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
MAY - EMERALD
A pearl is produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.
JUNE - PEARL
Ruby is red corundum, all other color varieties of corundum being referred to as sapphire. Corundum is the second hardest substance on the Mohs scale, with a rating of 9. Diamond tops the scale with a rating of 10. Excellent hardness combined with the rich color and silky shine makes fine ruby so valuable and secures them a position as one of the so-called "precious" gemstones.
JULY - RUBY
Most gemstones of mineral origin are formed in the earth's crust. But there are two exceptions: Peridot and diamond. Peridot crystals form in magma from the upper mantle, and are brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity where they are found in extrusive igneous rocks. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one color. The depth of green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure.
AUGUST - PERIDOT
Sapphires have been prized from antiquity. Some of the very first gems to ever be cut and polished were sapphires. A member of the highly valued gem type corundum, sapphires are found in many countries around the world - from Australia and Malawi to Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and even the United States. Sapphires are most often thought of as blue, but they actually come in every color of the rainbow.
SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIRE
Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors. The name comes from the Sinhalese word "Thuramali" or "Thoramalli", which applied to different gemstones found in Sri Lanka.
OCTOBER - TOURMALINE
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethyst. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow".
Citrine colors includes yellow to gold to orange brown and red shades of transparent quartz. In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Today citrine is known as the merchant's stone and is associated with success and prosperity.
NOVEMBER - CITRINE
It is named after the East African state of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found. Africa? Tanzanite was enthusiastically celebrated as "Gemstone of the 20th Century" after its discovery in 1967. Tanzanite is a variety of the zoisite species. In good quality the color is ultramarine to sapphire blue. The most popular color is a saturated blue, which shows a purplish hue shimmering around it.
DECEMBER - BLUE TOPAZ / TANZANITE
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