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Alluring Opal: 4 Fun Facts About October’s Birthstone

October is here and opal season is in full swing! Check out these four fun facts about October’s alluring birthstone, opal.

1) Thousands of years ago, rulers placed opals in their crowns for protection. Today, opals are believed to bring about happiness and inspiration.

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2) Opals are formed from silicon dioxide and water, so it’s safe to say opals are formed by rain! As water runs down the earth and evaporates, it leaves behind silica that dries out and creates beautiful opals.

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3) The different colors you see in opals are from the silica spheres, which refract light and create colors.

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4) In 2008, NASA discovered opal deposits on Mars!

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Fun Facts About December’s Birthstone: Blue Topaz

December babies, it’s your month! Celebrate with this month’s icy hued birthstone – blue topaz. Read on for some fun facts about this pretty gemstone.

– There are three shades of blue topaz – Swiss Blue, London Blue, and Sky Blue.

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– Blue topaz symbolizes loyalty and love.

– Blue Topaz is thought to help with clear thinking and clarity.

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– Blue Topaz is Utah’s official state gemstone.

– Blue Topaz is the 4th anniversary gemstone (hint, hint gentlemen!).

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For more information about December’s gemstone, visit our past blog post, “Gemstone Education: Blue Topaz: Birthday Blue.”

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The Opal Trend: October’s Birthstone

Forget brightly colored ROYGBIV hair, opal is in! Just in time for October, opal is the color you want to be wearing. Think light pinks, blues, purples, and greens. Read on to learn a little more about the history and meaning of October’s birthstone opal.

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Opal is made of silica and water (who knew?). When running water trickles down the earth it may pick up silica and sandstone, and leave behind silica deposits when the water evaporates. As this process continues, opal is formed.

Opal comes in many different hues such as white, gray, black, brown, blue, green, yellow, red, pink, orange, and more.

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– The Romans believed opal was a good luck stone because it included the color of each gemstone.

Opal is said to help medical conditions and promote good health.

Opal is known to inspire creativity and imagination, and increase self-esteem and confidence.

– Opal is believed to be an “emotional” stone that helps wearers interpret feelings, think positively, and release inhibitions.

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Divorce Rings: Celebrity Edition

We all know the Hollywood divorce rate is high, but the latest celebrity divorces have us pretty shocked! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Kermit the Frog and Piggy (devastated by this one!), just to name a few.

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There was even some speculation that Olivier Martinez (from Unfaithful with Diane Lane) and Halle Berry were getting a divorce after she was photographed without her engagement ring and some fashion jewelry in its place (luckily she just lost her ring!).  Divorce or no divorce Halle Berry has got the right idea – why not gift yourself with a new divorce ring. Check out the different types of divorce ring options below.

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Cocktail Ring

We don’t know about you, but a fun and flirty cocktail ring always lifts our spirits. Check out this gorgeous Christina Sabatini ring reminiscent of Roman buildings, and set in trendy rose gold over sterling silver.

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Diamond Ring

Think of it as replacing one diamond ring with another that’s much more your style.  Are you a fan of colored diamonds? Spice it up with a 1 ct yellow stunner.

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Click here to view this 1 ct Yellow Diamond Ring

Gemstone Ring

Gemstones are always a good idea, because they can be personalized to your birth month. If you’re a December baby, this icy swiss blue topaz ring is the perfect choice for you.

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Click here to view this Aya Azrielant Swiss Blue Topaz

What type of divorce ring would you buy if you were single and treating yourself?

 

Emerald, May’s green birthstone, is a gemstone that has been frequently photographed on the red carpet. This could be because emeralds are known as the gems of the royals. Or perhaps it’s because they convey truthfulness and love. It has even been said that emeralds guard those who wear them from evil. All these positive meanings, just add to our love for the green-hued stone!

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The Jewelry Insider

January 7, 2011

Garnet, the birthstone for January, is one of the most versatile gemstones on the market today.

For the curious, here’s a little history, a little lore, and a little nudge to help you find some great garnet gems at prices that will make you forget we have four more months left of winter.

Garnets come in a rainbow of colors, from deep red to tangerine orange to lime green to pale pink, as well as purple, gold and brown.

The name garnet most likely was derived from the pomegranate, a fruit whose deep red-purple color resembles some varieties of the stone. Many ancient pieces of garnet jewelry are studded with tiny red gems that look like a cluster of pomegranate seeds.

Garnet is found all over the world, including Africa, Australia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Southeast Asia.

Throughout history, garnets have been prized for their rich hues and supposed mystical properties. The stone was a favorite of ancient Egyptian jewelry artisans. Demantoid garnet was used lavishly by the Tsars of Russia.

Travelers carried the gem to protect them against accidents, and garnet was thought to protect its wearer from a range of ailments, ward off evil spirits, spark creativity and dispel anger. The stones are also said to light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares.

Garnet’s various types range from 6-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means that the stone is susceptible to nicks and cracks caused by impact.

To clean garnet, use warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic cleaning is safe for most types of garnet except demantoid. Avoid steam cleaning.

Here is my favorite garnet jewelry deal right now – a cocktail ring-sized center stone set in 14kt gold flanked by two diamond accents. Retail was $679 but it’s now listed for only $222.96 on JewelClub. That’s a lot of look for that price. Got any birthday girls to buy for this month?

Or click here for more Garnet Gem deals on Jewelry.com.

The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

While  cocktail rings and heavy-carat diamond jewelry are generally the provenance of those who have made it out of our early 20s – there are many fine jewelry birthday gift options for the younger women in your life.

Birthstone jewelry is always a jewelry box must-have. Whimsical styles – from blingy butterflies to sparkly peace-sign pendants – are fun expressions of fine jewelry fabulousity.

And we’ve never met a teenager who doesn’t love black. Enough said.

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Jewelry Gifts for your Graduate

Ah graduation – that warm and fuzzy time when high schoolers break curfew for late-night keggers, and college grads realize their Liberal Arts degree gave them lots of debt and no job experience. Seriously, though, this rite of passage is an event that warrants an important gift to commemorate the occasion. So whether you’ve got an uber-achievor or a ‘scraped by with Cs’-type on your hands, it’s time they got a little bling to remind them that they no longer have to suffer through Chem class or BS their way through another essay question. Here are my top graduation jewelry gift ideas for the educated woman in your life (insert: me throwing my imaginary graduation cap Mary Tyler Moore-style.) 1. Diamond Studs: They’re like a good bra. Every woman needs them, and mom is usually the one who will shell out the bucks for ’em. 2. Right Hand Rings The ultimate expression of independence. She’ll have plenty of time to get a diamond on her left hand (stop hyperventilating). Celebrate her unique self with this empowering gift of diamonds. 3. Birthstone Bling Jewelry that celebrates the day she was born and the woman she is sure to become. Awwww… 4. Personal Pendant Is she leaving her favorite pet behind? Maybe she’d like a dog or cat pendant to keep them close to her heart? Or maybe she loves butterflies, frogs, pigs – whatever her passion let her know you know what makes her heart sing. And I know what makes your heart sing. Wholesale prices. A reminder that you have access to my favorite Friends and Family site, Jewel Club, for your graduation shopping spree. Use the code: INSIDER and gawk at the prices you won’t get anywhere else. Happy Shopping, and congrats to all the upcoming graduates out there!