Garnet is the birthstone of January.
Garnet can occur naturally in colors ranging from orange to deep red, and also in shades of green. The Brilliance of the Garnet makes this gemstone a most prized possession. During the 18th Century , genuine garnets were considered the most treasured jewel to own, and it was worn by only the most wealthy and influential people. The hardness is 6.5-7.5. Garnet was believed to have magical properties- such as preventing skin diseases; assuring the wearer of love, faithfulness, & safety from wounds; protecting the wearer from evil & terrifying dreams! Genuine Garnets are found in Africa, India and So. America.
Amethyst is the birthstone of February.
Amethyst can be found in varying shades of purple. A top quality stone will be clear deep purple, with no flaws. The hardness is 7. The word amethyst comes from the Greek, meaning “not drunken, without drunkenness". It was believed to protect from the effects of wine, especially if held under the tongue while drinking. (We do not recommend trying this!) Amethyst is mined in So. America, Russia and India.
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March.
Aquamarine is a beautiful light blue-green stone in it's top color form. A nice stone will be clear, without visible flaws. Some commercially available aqua is treated with heat, to improve its color. Such treatments do not affect the stone's strength, or value. The hardness is 7.5-8. Aquamarine is derived from the Latin, “beryllus aquamarinus", meaning resembling seawater. It is traditionally a sailor's talisman. Primary sources for Aquamarine are Brazil, Russia and Madagascar.
Diamond is the birthstone of April.
Diamonds can be found in almost every color of the rainbow, but the colorless stone has been the most popular for decades. The hardness is 10. The word, diamond, is from the Greek “adamas"- meaning unbreakable or indomitable. They were believed to render all poisons harmless & to drive away madness, night spirits, and evil dreams. They are mostly found in South Africa.