Most of us are familiar with the typical birthstones associated with your birth month. They are usually found in most jewelry stores and many times are a synthetic stone. I found this chart online that lists the traditional birthstone but it also shows their associated properties and optional or Semi-precious gemstone counterpart.
These are the birthstones we use to create birthstone jewelry. I find that the healing property information is also valuable and interesting information.
I hope to post more of this info monthly but in the meantime, you can find a wealth of information online. There are many websites that do a great job of listing gemstones with photos, meanings and properties. There are also many great books that are a great guide to gemstones. I have one that I found on sale at Barnes & Noble a few years ago and it is one of my favorite resources. My book is called "Healingg Crystals and Gemstones - From Amethyst to Zircon" by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer and Gisela Schreiber.
Another great resource is Fire Mountain Gems. They are a jewelry maker's supplier and have a database of gemstones and birthstones. They also have lots of other great information and products available.
Well, I hope this was helpful to those of you interested in learning more about gemstones. I hope to hear any feedback you may have on this topic and would love to know what other topics you may be interested in hearing about.
I am excited to begin bringing you new information about trends in design and colors as they relate to jewelry and gemstones. I'll also be adding some great links that I've found along the way from professionals in both the fashion and jewelry industries. And I would love to hear from you!