Where is Amethyst Found?

Most of us are familiar with the amethyst gemstone but where is amethyst found in the world?  Amethyst is quite common and is found on all continents, with the larger deposits currently being mined in South America, Africa and North America.  The largest global producer is Brazil with an annual production of around two to three thousand tons […]

Glorious Garnet Necklaces – a Romantic Valentines Day Gift

Garnet necklaces set with the deep red variety of garnet make a special and romantic Valentines Day gift. Although Garnet is assigned as the January birthstone, the deep red color associated with romance has also made this gemstone popular in Valentines Day gifts. Fair Trade Jewelry One of our recommended online jewelry sites is NOVICA – a global organisation associated […]

Deep red Pyrope is the most admired Garnet birthstone – but there are many other types of Garnet.

The birthstone for January is Garnet and the deep red varieties are the most well known and admired. Garnet is not actually one type of gemstone, but the name of a group of similar gemstones which occur in a variety of beautiful colors. The types of garnet used in jewelry are andradite, almandine, grossular, spessartine and pyrope. So if you have been […]

January Garnet Jewelry

Garnet types and colors Source: American Gem Society The birthstone for January is the garnet which is named after its similarity in color to the red pomegranate seed. Garnet is associated with trust and loyalty and garnet jewelry is often given as a gift to those with birthdays in January. This gemstone comes in a […]

The birthstone color for December is Blue – represented by brilliant blue gemstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon

Currently there are three birthstones for December – Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon (the blue variety) – as listed on Modern or Official Birthstone charts. The traditional birthstone for December is Turquoise which is one of the first gemstones to be used in jewelry since ancient times. Tanzanite was only discovered recently in the 1960’s and is […]

What is the Birthstone for October?

The birthstone for October is the Opal, an unusual gemstone that reflects a rainbow of colors known as ‘play of color’. The five main types of opal are white, black, fire, boulder and crystal; according to their background color. See more Quick Facts about the October birthstone and browse our stunning selection of handcrafted opal jewelry at October Birthstone – Opal Jewelry. I […]