Tag Archives: blue topaz

‘Tis the season for coats and jackets, hats and scarves, and most importantly, December’s icy birthstone, blue topaz! Here’s a fun little fact about this blue-hued gem, that seems more than appropriate for the holiday season – blue topaz is a symbol of eternal love.

Gift your loved ones (or yourself) with blue topaz, and check out the collection at Jewelry.com!

Holiday Gifts: Go Big Or Go home!

It’s the holiday season, fa-la-la-la-la! Are you still searching for the perfect gift (or gifts plural!) for the special lady in your life? Well we have a saying over here at Jewelry.com…go big or go home! Check out these jewelry gifts, fit for every fashionista.

Diamonds – Diamonds are forever (it’s a fact!). Treat her to some dazzling diamond earrings this year, or a diamond earring and pendant set. Shop for diamond jewelry at Jewelry.com.

HolidayGifts_blog_20151218_a_

Click here to view these diamond earrings & pendant.

Colorful Stones – Does she incorporate a lot of color into her wardrobe? Get her a trendy blue topaz bangle, or a blue topaz ring. It’s December after all, and blue topaz is December’s birthstone. Shop for blue topaz jewelry at Jewelry.com. 

HolidayGifts_blog_20151218_b_

Click here to view this blue topaz jewelry.

Pearls – Is she an Audrey Hepburn fans? If so, then pearls are just right for her. A unique pink pearl necklace or pearl bow necklace and earring set are just what you’ve been looking for. Shop for pearl jewelry at Jewelry.com.

HolidayGifts_blog_20151218_c_

Click here to view these pearl earrings & necklaces.

 

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

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.

BlueTopaz_blog_20151203_a_

Click here to view this blue topaz ring & pendant.

– Blue topaz symbolizes loyalty and love.

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

BlueTopaz_blog_20151203_b_

Click here to view these blue topaz earrings & ring.

– Blue Topaz is Utah’s official state gemstone.

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

BlueTopaz_blog_20151203_c_

Click here to view this blue topaz ring & pendant.

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

Shop for your own blue topaz jewelry at Jewelry.com!

 

 

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.

Divorce_blog_20150807_a

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.

Divorce_blog_20150807_b

Divorce_blog_20150807_c

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.

Divorce_blog_20150807_d

Click here to view this Christina Sabatini Ring

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.

Divorce_blog_20150807_e

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.

Divorce_blog_20150807_f

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?

 

The End Of An Era: Jewelry From Mad Men

The first episode of the second half of Mad Men Season 7 just premiered this past Sunday, so we thought it was the perfect time to pay our respects to the gorgeous jewelry worn throughout the show. It truly is the end of an era (we’re silently crying at our desks over here…). Take a look at our favorite leading ladies decked out in their jewels, and shop for some similar pieces at Jewelry.com.

Joan Harris – These gold stud earrings are exactly Joan’s style – classy yet chic and confident. Shop for your own pair here!

MadMen_blog_20150406_b_

Betty Draper – Betty’s pretty blue drop earrings highlight her face perfectly, and we’re sure that was exactly what she had in mind. Shop for your own blue topaz earrings here.

MadMen_blog_20150406_d_

Peggy Olson – Peggy adds a feminine touch with pearls to her all-business look, a helpful little tip from Joan, and we think it suits her well. Shop our Honora designer pearl collection here.

MadMen_blog_20150406_c_

Megan Draper – Megan’s circle earrings fit her fun and whimsical personality just perfectly. Shop for your own pair of earrings here.

MadMen_blog_20150406_a_

Happy shopping and happy watching!

Any show predictions after last night’s season premiere?

The Jewelry Insider

December 10, 2009


Blue Topaz is December’s birthstone and one of the more popular colored gemstones on the market today. Find out more about this cool creation and slip some well-informed hints to the gift givers in your life.

BLUE TOPAZ FACTS AND FLAIR:

Blue topaz has become one of the most popular gemstones on the market today, due to its clarity, durability, availability and affordable cost. Yet it is a shade of topaz rarely found in nature. The stone’s watery blue color is most often created through a combination of heat treatment and irradiation.

Topaz is one of the well-known pegmatite minerals that also includes beryl and tourmaline. Blue topaz is the birthstone for December – and is also the recommended gemstone for couples celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.

 

Most blue topaz starts life as a colorless or slightly tinted topaz from places like Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and China. It is then irradiated (to incite the color change) and heated (to stabilize the change). The result is a permanent aqua shade. Despite the stone’s exposure to irradiation, experts say it poses no health hazard whatsoever to the wearer.

Topaz holds the distinction of being the gemstone thought to have the widest rage of curative powers. According to legend, the stone can dispel enchantment and improve the eyesight. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz is also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.

With a ranking of “8” on the Mohs scale of hardness, blue topaz is exceptionally strong and durable and well-suited to everyday wear. However, it should be protected against hard blows that can split, crack or chip it.

Shop Blue Topaz on Jewelry.com

The Jewelry Insider

December 18, 2008

December birthdays are tough. It’s no fun to share the spotlight with Santa and his various hangers-on, nor is it easy to compete with Hanukkah’s not one, or two – but eight days of gifts.

Before you get the blues, take a gander at December’s birthstone, the Blue Topaz. It’s a rare natural gemstone that is one of the more popular colors on the market today. In my humble opinion, it beats November’s Citrine hands down and October’s Opal in a landslide.

So cheer up, all you Sagittariuses and Capricorns. Learn about your icy blue birthstone here, put one on your gift list – and learn to embrace the verb ‘gloat’ when you have more boxes under the tree this year.

HISTORY:

Blue topaz has become one of the most popular gemstones on the market today, due to its clarity, durability, availability and affordable cost. Yet it is a shade of topaz rarely found in nature. The stone’s watery blue color is most often created through a combination of heat treatment and irradiation.

Topaz is one of the well-known pegmatite minerals that also includes beryl and tourmaline. Blue topaz is the birthstone for December – and is also the recommended gemstone for couples celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.

Blue topaz has a definite, uniform color ranging from sky blue to Swiss blue. It is sometimes confused with the more costly aquamarine – yet whereas aquamarine sometimes has a greenish-blue or bluish-green tint, blue topaz will always look blue or bluish gray. The one exception is for surface-enhanced topaz, a process introduced in 1998 that enhances the stone’s appearance and brings out colors such as blue to greenish-blue to emerald green.

Most blue topaz starts life as a colorless or slightly tinted topaz from places like Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and China. It is then irradiated (to incite the color change) and heated (to stabilize the change). The result is a permanent aqua shade. To get deep blue color out of topaz, treaters use neutron bombardment in a nuclear reactor and market the final product under the name “London blue.” In fact, neutron bombardment is the only means by which to produce smaller calibrated stones with deep color.

 

Despite the stone’s exposure to irradiation, experts say it poses no health hazard whatsoever to the wearer.

In addition to blue, the stone comes in a variety of colors, including golden yellow, orange-yellow, reddish-orange, sherry red, deep pink, honey brown, light green, and many shades in between.

Topaz holds the distinction of being the gemstone thought to have the widest rage of curative powers. According to legend, the stone can dispel enchantment and improve the eyesight. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz is also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. Throughout history, different cultures have believed that the stone could cure insomnia, asthma and hemorrhages; bring friendship; promote patience and a pleasant disposition, and ensure fidelity. To the ancients, it was also a symbol of love and affection and was even thought to ward off sudden death.

With a ranking of “8” on the Mohs scale of hardness, blue topaz is exceptionally strong and durable and well-suited to everyday wear. However, it should be protected against hard blows that can split, crack or chip it.