Perfectly Peridot

Summer is nearing the end, but it is not over yet! Get in your last minute adventures, whether it is traveling, a beach day, or simply spending time with the people you love before the weather changes again. August is our moment of lasts: graduated seniors last few weeks before going to college, parents spending time with their children before school starts, and everyone soaking in their last bit of sunshine. This month we learn to appreciate each moment. We need to live in the moment instead of only looking towards the future. This allows us to connect to the green of nature, appreciating the earth underneath our feet, a reminder of the August birthstone, peridot.

Peridot

August Birthstone:

Peridot is one of the few gems that occurs in only one color: GREEN! The shade of green ranges from lime to olive and is a form of the mineral olivine. Although olivine is a very abundant mineral, the gem quality peridot is more rare. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with records documenting the mining of the peridot from as early as 1500 B.C. Peridot was first used as a talisman and has a longstanding mystical reputation once thought to ward off anxiety and used as a medical remedy. 

Fun Facts:

  • Most gemstones are formed in the Earth’s crust, but the two exceptions are peridot and diamond which are formed much deeper in the Earth’s mantle. 
    • Peridot forms from magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep and brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity.
  • People in medieval times confused the peridot with the emerald.
    • For centuries, it was believed the 200 carats of stones in the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds when, in fact, they are peridots.
  • Peridot can be found in some pallasites, which are forms of meteorites.
    • Pallasites consist of a metal matrix with peridot crystals embedded. 
      • When cut into slices, they are very unique and beautiful.
  • In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele, who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Summer Is Here

Put on your flip flops, your sunscreen, and your smile because June is finally here! No more cold winter days or snowflakes falling from the sky. Instead, roll down your windows and let the sun shine in ☀️. The flowers are bloomed, pools are open, and school is out for the summer. Head out to the beach and bask in the sun, you will be sure to leave feeling refreshed. Take a walk on the beach and search for seashells; if you are lucky maybe you will find an oyster with a beautiful pearl inside! However, you can also come into Emery’s and find beautiful pearls to call your own to celebrate one of June’s birthstones, pearl. Just like an oyster might have a special surprise pearl inside, June has an extra surprise birthstone, the alexandrite.

June Birthstones:

Pearl & Alexandrite

Pearls are truly one of a kind. They are the only jewels created by a living animal, and you can only find a valuable pearl in less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters. There are many different types of pearls, but the four main types are Freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea. They can vary in color, shapes, and sizes. Pearls are believed to attract wealth and luck, as well as offer protection. Known for their calming effect, pearls can balance karma, strengthen relationships, and keep children safe. This jewel is also said to symbolize the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer. Therefore, a pearl is an extra special gift to give to anyone! 

Although pearl is commonly associated with the birthstone of June, this month has another extra special stone, too! Alexandrite is the rarest gemstone, and the most valuable of all other gemstones due to its qualities and its low availability as well. It is popularly referred to as ’emerald by day, ruby by night’ as it changes from a green color in daylight to a red color in incandescent light.  The gemstone is considered to bring love, good luck, and fortune. Alexandrite is associated with qualities to boost self-confidence, self-esteem, and promotes romance. It is also believed to aid in balancing the emotional state of mind. It also promotes imagination, creativity, and intuition for its wearers.

Fun Facts

Pearl

– They are formed when an irritant such as a tiny stone or bit of sand gets inside the mollusk’s shell. 

~A lustrous substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object to protect the soft internal surface of the mollusk. 

~As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a pearl is formed.

– The oldest pearl jewelry ever discovered was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess who died in 520 BC.

Alexandrite

This rare and fascinating gemstone was first found in the Ural Mountains in Russia in the year 1830.

~It was named after Alexander the Second, Czar of Russia. 

~Interestingly, the color changes from green to red in this gemstone and these are the national colors of Russia.

– Alexandrite is also known as a magical barometer. 

~It was believed that the gemstone foretold the changes for the wearer by changing colors. 

~If a yellow color is displayed, it was believed to announce the onset of hard times for the wearer of alexandrite.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We are in the home stretch, people!! In one month, we can begin laying out at the pool and spending care-free, fun days in the sun. Adiós bad weather, see you never👋! However, we should not get carried away just yet. College seniors are graduating soon and starting the next chapter of their lives. Prom is just around the corner, so be sure to stop in for the perfect prom jewelry to complete your perfect outfit! As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”, so you better shower all the mother figures in your life with her favorite flowers, jewelry, and candy for Mother’s Day. As you gather with your families, the beautiful greenery outside is starting to bloom, reminding us of May’s beautiful green birthstone, emerald.

May Birthstone:

Emerald

The word emerald is derived from the Latin word ‘smaragdus’ which means green gem. Emeralds are thought to enhance love and commitment while also promoting healing. It is believed that emeralds contain the energy that is necessary to bring creative form to your work. They help one express love, devotion, and adoration. For the mind and the spirit, the remedial use of emeralds has many positive attributes. It is said to detoxify negativity and transform it into positive emotional energy. The stone stabilizes, soothes, and offers a sense of security and harmony. It increases one’s life purpose in relation to the universal plan, and aids in emotional life and life transitions. These reasons and more make this month’s birthstone a very special stone. 

Fun Facts:

– Emeralds were believed to determine the truth and was said to be an antidote for enchantments and spells. 

– Emeralds often have many inclusions (imperfections) and without inclusions are rare and more difficult to find.  ~These rare emeralds are also worth a lot more than diamonds.

-Ancient Greeks associated emeralds with the Greek goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

-It was said to protect lovers from unfaithfulness.
~If the heart was loyal, the gem would glow in a beautiful green color. If the heart went astray, it would turn a different, lifeless color. 

– Cleopatra loved the emerald so much so that she took the ownership of all the emerald mines in Egypt in order to get all the high-quality emeralds for herself.