The red oak leaves are starting to land on my porch, which reminds me that autumn is on its way and leaves will soon be turning colors. Before we know it, we’ll be surrounded by hues of greens, golds, oranges, and reds. Jasper, the stone I’m featuring this month, comes in the colors of autumn and then some.
Jasper is the zodiacal stone for Leo, Virgo (the September sign) and Scorpio. It is said to have properties that can be both invigorating and stabilizing. It generates an even rhythmic pulse and has been known to improve the sense of smell and overcome depression. Other conditions it is known to aid range from digestion and stomach problems to blood disorders.
Zircon, the starlight blue variety, is a birthstone of December. A translucent gemstone, it evokes images of the snow and ice found in the winter months, making it the perfect accessory for a cold day in December.
Tourmaline might be the lesser known birthstone of October, but it is by no means a lesser stone. It is uniquely colorful, sometimes containing as many as three colors in one crystal, and, like all birthstones, has fun mystical properties associated with it.
Opals are exquisite gemstones that come in a variety of colors and types. As one of the birthstones of October, it has become famous for its rainbow sheen and its curious properties.
Teal colored opals on ironstone
Green opal, Oregon blue opal and mosaic opals.
On the left is a boulder opal and on the right is a dendritic opal.
The bright blue of the sapphire it renowned for its beauty! I love featuring September’s birthstone in lovely pieces of jewelry, especially because it is more than just an elegant stone with an interesting history and cool properties!
A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.
The blue of sapphire is often the source of its popularity and the theme of legends. With its Latin name meaning “blue,” the ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a sapphire. The sky reflected off of it, making it a brilliant azure. According to lore, the Christian ten commandments were written on sapphire tablets, making them the ideal stone. It represented heaven and faith, which is one of the reasons why kings and high priests loved to adorn themselves with the stone.
I do not carry a huge selection of sapphires, but I can’t keep away from the small, faceted and opaque sort! I find them to be wonderfully unique and the dark – almost navy- blue to complement many different people and allow sapphires to be worn more casually. (It’s also cost effective!) Here are some examples of this handsome stone. Like always, if you like something, let me know or order it on Etsy! Furthermore, if you would like a custom piece featuring a sapphire that you have or want, go to my custom jewelry page!
These gorgeous sapphire earrings feature argentium
(tarnish resistant) sterling silver caps and wire.
These gold sapphire earrings are gorgeous. The sapphires are
round and faceted with lovely gold caps crowning them!
I love the swirl design of these sapphire earrings.
They contain seven sapphires orbiting a sterling silver rod.
Peridot, the lime green birthstone of August, is bright, brilliant and beyond compare in both beauty and color. The stories behind it span cultures and have inspired folklore worldwide as it decorates beautiful jewelry.
More interestingly, in Hawaiian lore, the peridot is said to be the tears of their goddess Pele, who reigns over volcanoes. Peridot is quite often found in volcanic rock and in meteors. NASA scientists have also discovered large areas of peridot on Mars!
These (currently listed on Etsy) peridot earrings feature lime
green peridot gems with sterling silver ear wires. Priced at $39.
Rubies are one of my favorite stones to work with. The deep red goes beautifully with both gold and silver. They’re a perfect gift for July birthdays!
Ruby, the birthstone of July, is named for its color: a deep, vivid red. From this color comes many of its metaphysical properties as the symbols stem from its hue. Red, throughout history, has symbolized love, fire, anger and passion. The Ruby, therefore, also contains these properties as reflected in the birthstone poem:
This carved ruby pendant is wrapped in 14kt
gold-filled wire. It is currently for sale on my
website and on Etsy.
The most famous green stone is the birthstone of May. The emerald has long been a symbol of spring and rebirth as it reflects the newly budding grasses in May.
This gorgeous green stone has been mined for centuries, most notably in the ancient Aztec and Inca cultures as their mountain ranges contained rich deposits of emeralds. Nowadays, it is found in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. It was made popular in Europe by the Spanish when Cortez returned with them from South America. However, they were always quite popular in Egypt and India. In fact, India’s most famous temple, the Madurai Minakshiamman, has an idol of its chief goddess Minakshi carved from a single emerald stone.
The most renowned gemstone in all the world is the diamond and April’s birthstone. However, it is much more than a simple white stone.
“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.”*
From the Greek word “adamas” meaning “invincible,” diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth and come in a variety of colors. The Hope diamond (in the picture on the left) is quite famous for its blue brilliance. Color (as well as clarity, cut and carat weight) play a large role in the value of the stone. While most perfect stones are white diamonds without any tinge of color, red and blue diamonds, especially, are also very valuable when their color is bright and deep.
One of March’s birthstones, aquamarine, is deep blue in color and known as a gem of the sea. This romantic title makes it a popular stone, especially in jewelry. Whether earrings or a pendant, aquamarine makes a beautiful statement.
“A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea.
This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection and care.” *