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This month's birthstone is a crystal made of pure carbon and the hardest of all stones. Diamonds come in so many beautiful colors and cuts. As far back as 15 centuries ago diamonds were valued for their magical properties. They were believed to provide their owners with protection from evil spirits, fire, poison, snakes, illness and more. They were believed to offer access to divine energies.
You can see the collection for this month's birthstone here.
Beautiful purple amethysts have been prized since the time of the ancient Greeks. Because of their grape-like color, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness—in fact the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.
This month's birthstone comes in so many different beautiful varieties. A few of the opals I love working with are Australian boulder opal, ethiopian opal, mexican fire opal, pink opal and dendritic opal. Opal has a long history according to Robert Simmons Book of Stones. Opals were mined at least as long ago as the fourteenth century. Mexican Fire Opal was used by the Aztecs and was brought to Europe by the conquistadors. In nineteenth century Europe Opal became less popular because of the association with bad luck. In Roman civilization, Opal was linked with good luck and hope. The belief in France that Opal could render its wearer invisible allowing them to steal without being caught, may have been the beginning the the negative association. An Australian legend says a gigantic Opal governs the stars, human love and the gold within the mines. Current metaphysical thinking gives each type of Opal different energetic properties.
Used for thousands of years, Turquoise is the spiritual salve to a heart that has been scraped and bruised by emotional pain and stress. Turquoise is known to attract things like money, love, and success. This gemstone that relaxes the mind and helps relieve mental stress is also known to have the powers of courage, friendship, protection, and healing.
Citrine, also known as the Merchants’ Stone, has been known to provide a person with many benefits. Citrine can bring its wearer bliss, confidence and solar power. Merchants favored their Citrine amulets as they believed that it attracted and helped them sustain wealth in their business. Get your own version of a Citrine Amulet with this beautiful Citrine little rock necklace. Or if you'd rather wear your citrine as earrings you can choose these pretty little Citrine pebble sterling silver studs.