Blue Topaz, Zircon, and Tanzanite – The December Birthstone Trio

Blue Topaz, Zircon, and Tanzanite – The December Birthstone Trio

Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise are all known for their beautiful shades of blue.

Tanzanite is a blue variation of zoisite, it is only found in Tanzania, it was recently discovered in 1967. The color of blue changes depending on the viewing angle. Most tanzanite is heat treated to diminish brown hues that may be present in some gems. Some of the blue colors can rival the most beautiful blue hues of sapphire.  Tanzanite can be found only within a few square miles of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is softer than sapphire and is best suited for earrings or pendants and not so many rings as they tend to get more bumps and scrapes in daily use.

Zircon can be found in colors of orange, red, yellow and blue. The blue variety is the most desired and it is this color that is most closely associated with being a December birthstone. Zircon is one of the oldest gems found on earth. Some zircon from Australia has been dated back over 4 billion years.  Australia leads the world’s mining of Zircon. Metaphysically Zircon has been used to promote sleep, prosperity and ward off evil. Although it is hard on the MOHS scale it can be prone to chipping. This would be the best gem for rings, but you’d want to be careful of hard hits to the gem.

Turquoise would be the most recognized of the three December birthstones. Turquoise ranges from blue to almost green in color. The light blue variety is perhaps the most common recognized around the world. The United States is the worlds largest supplier of turquoise. It is mainly found in New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Colorado. It is widely used in Native American jewelry. It was also widely used among the Aztecs. Turquoise found in other regions has been used in Egyptian and Persian jewelry. Copper is what primarily promotes the blue color. It is a soft gemstone. It is widely used in any type of jewelry but you’ll have to be careful in use.

The best choice for fine jewelry would be zircon followed by tanzanite then turquoise. It’s all mainly due to personal preference and desired attributes you’d like to see in your custom jewelry piece.  Any of these are great choices for earrings and pendants. The harder gems, zircon, and tanzanite might be better choices for rings. If you’d like to get a December Birthstone piece made just give us a call at (210) 490-2404 or use the custom jewelry design form. Any piece we design for you can be viewed through computer imaging before it is manufactured. A great option to make sure you’re going to love your piece before it’s made.

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Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

November is blessed with two luxurious birthstones topaz and citrine!

Topaz consists of bright blues, yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. Topaz is thought to bring balance to emotions and provide for a harmonious life. The yellow topaz has been found in many ancient gem representations, in fact supposedly the Egyptian Sun God Ra’s gem symbol is a fiery topaz. There are two highly sought after topaz varieties, the Imperial Topaz and the Precious Topaz. The Imperial topaz is red in color and found in Russia and Brazil. The Precious Topaz is intensely yellow and mined in Brazil. Topaz is quite hard, not as hard as diamonds and sapphires, but just next to them on the MOHS scale.

Citrine is mainly yellow and orange. Metaphysically it represents healing and vitality. Citrine is a 7 on the MOHS hardness scale, this means it’s quite durable and is a great gem to use in jewelry design. Citrine is formed when purple amethyst is exposed to extreme heat, this changes the color to yellow, orange, dark orange and even sometimes brown.  Citrine is also said to be regenerative to health. Brazil produces a large amount of citrine. It is not one of the most used gemstones but it can add an extra flair to any custom jewelry design.

If you’re looking to create a November birthstone piece, either topaz or citrine would be a great choice. They both can be cut and polished to a fiery translucent gem. If you’re looking for an orange or yellow piece either gem will work. If you’re looking for a dark to light blue then topaz would be the best choice. You can even find green topaz, which is aptly named rainforest topaz. For any custom design idea, you have give us a call at (210) 490-2404 or use the custom jewelry design online form.

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Tourmaline and Opal, October’s Birthstones

Tourmaline and Opal, October’s Birthstones

Tourmaline was first discovered in Sri Lanka. It was first brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. The most common tourmaline is schorl, it makes up about 95% of all tourmaline. Tourmaline comes in just about any color depending on trace elements found in the semi-precious gem. Multicolored crystals are common and this is one of the desired properties of the gem. The color of tourmaline can also be altered by heat and radiation. Tourmalines can now be found in Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and primarily in Maine and California in the United States. Tourmalines are a great addition to a fashion ring, pendant or earring.

Opal is a gem that is multicolored. One of the most popular opals in modern times is the fire opal from Queretaro, Mexico.  The color ranges from yellow to orange to dark red. It is a transparent opal. The common opal is not multicolored in nature and more opaque, they are not often sought for jewelry. Another hugely popular opal is the precious opal. These are opals that present flashes of colors depending on the viewing angle.  The term “play-of-color” is associated with precious opals, the play-of-color basically means that multi flashes of color depending on how it’s seen by the eye. Precious opal is found in Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Honduras and a few other places in the world. There’s also a black opal that’s found almost exclusively in Australia.

If you’re shopping for an October birthstone jewelry piece we can help design the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Our jewelry design experts can take your initial idea and make your jewelry dream a reality. Your jewelry design is executed in-house from design to manufacture. You’ll even be able to see your jewelry rendered out by computer-aided-design even before it’s created. Check out our online jewelry design form or call (210) 490-2404 for more information.

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Sapphire, a gem of loyalty and nobility, the September Birthstone

Sapphire, a gem of loyalty and nobility, the September Birthstone

Most people think about the rich dark blue color when they think of the noble sapphire, but in reality, they come in all colors.  You could say they cover the colors of the rainbow. Trace elements such as copper and chromium tint the natural corundum various colors. There are even pink sapphires which can be mistaken for spinel or rubies. Red is the only color that cannot be considered a sapphire, as red corundums are rubies. There are also pinkish orange sapphires that can fetch a higher price than blue sapphires.  Sapphire means “blue stone”, it is greek in origin. Sapphires are the 2nd hardest gem behind diamonds. They are a great addition to engagement rings and fashion pieces.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and also are used to represent the 45th wedding anniversary. They are found in Eastern Australia, Sri Lanka, China, and in Montana, USA. As mentioned before most people envision the dark blue gem when they think of sapphires. The more primary blue color the more expensive the sapphire paired with quality and clarity. Some sapphires exhibit a star-like feature. These are highly prized. The Star of Adam is a blue star sapphire that weighs 1404.49 carats.

Sapphires are the perfect gem for pendants and rings. Moses Jewelers custom designs practically all of our jewelry. A designer is with you from start to finish. We use technology to aid in jewelry design and you can actually view what your piece will look like before it is milled and set.  We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer to finance.

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August Birthstone, Another Trifecta Gem Month – Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel.

August Birthstone, Another Trifecta Gem Month – Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel.

Peridot is a dynamic yellow-green gem found in volcanic rock. The most sought-after stones are bright olive greens and the lest desired are browner in color. Even the browner colored stones will be mostly green. Peridot is found in several places in the United States including Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is also found in Pakistan, South Africa, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt and several other countries. Peridot is formed deep down in the Earth’s mantle and is brought up by volcanic activity.

Sardonyx is a type of onyx it is made up of rows of white onyx and red sard, a carnelian. Sardonyx has widely been used in the making of cameos and other brooches. Sardonyx has widely been prized metaphysically for happiness, confidence, and optimism. The most prized Sardonyx comes from India, but it can also be found in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Germany, and Uruguay. Sardonyx is not typically used in high fashion jewelry but is widely used in bracelets and pendants.
Spinel has been used in some of the most famous jewelry collections in the world, including the British Crown Jewels and the French Crown Jewels. Spinels come in a variety of colors but the most coveted is red, similar to rubies. In fact, ages ago spinels were not considered to be different from rubies and many old rubies upon further inspection are actually spinels. Spinels in modern times are often used as alternatives to rubies as they are not as expensive.
If you think that any of these three gems would be a fit for you we can custom design a ring, pendant, earring, or just about any jewelry item for you. All design and manufacturing are executed in-house. We have complete control of the manufacturing and design process and you get a specific designer that will work with you from start to finish.  We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer to finance.

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Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies are a corundum gemstone along with sapphires. They are one of the most prized gemstones in existence and can be one of the most expensive. Rubies have been considered the king of all gems. Metaphysically rubies bestow fortune and bravery upon the wearer. In ages gone by women wore them for fertility and peace. The ruby is a universal sign of love and is often set alongside diamonds in engagement rings. In comparison with other gemstones, rubies are very rare. Rubies get their color from the trace element chromium. The darker the red, the more expensive the gem.

The world’s largest producer of rubies is Burma. They are also found in the United States, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. They are among the top four most rare and prized gemstones. The other three are diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. The most prized rubies are called blood-red or pigeon bloodstones. They are one of the hardest gems on earth only superseded by diamonds and moissanite. Because of the color and durability, they are widely used in high-end fine jewelry. They can range in color from pink to dark red. On an interesting note, synthetic rod rubies are widely used in lasers.

Moses Jewelers have custom designed many of wedding and engagement rings with rubies. We’ve pretty much used them in all jewelry pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fashion pieces, signet rings, and pendants. If you have the idea and desire for a ruby custom design, we are the experts. We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer to finance.

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