The second hardest natural mineral after diamond, this is the birthstone for the month of September .the name stems from the Greek word "Sappheiros" meaning blue. One of the most intense blues in the gem kingdom, Sapphire is the original "true blue" the gem of fidelity and of the soul. An ancient symbol of a pledge of trust, honesty, purity and loyalty, they are a popular choice for engagement rings
The birthstone of July and the most durable of gems, it is also known throughout most of the recorded history to be one of the world's most valued .even a diamond was then considered common in comparison to the supreme beauty and worth of this glowing red gem stone. named after the Latin word for its hue 'Ruber', they symbolize desire, passion, courage and emotion. its Sanskrit name 'Ratnaraj' equals it to none less than 'the king of precious stone'
The birthstone for May it has long been a symbol of love and rebirth owing to its rich green colour-the colour of spring. Amongst one of the rarest of gems, Emeralds are almost always found with birthmarks, known as inclusions referred to as internal garden; "Jardin" according to folklore Emeralds improve memory, intelligence and are also worn to enhance love and contentment. As the gem of Venus, it was also considered an aid to fertility.
The birthstone of April, a diamond is harder than any other substance on earth. Simply stunning in its ability to reflect light into vivid flashes of brilliant colour, its value and appeal today, depends largely upon how skillfully it is cut and faceted. Revered throughout history and used to embellish crowns, swords and emblems as well as jewellery, the ancient Hindus called it "Vajira" meaning lightning. A symbol of everlasting love, a diamond is the ultimate promise of an enduring relationship.
The birthstone for March, it is a member if the beryl family and ranges in colour from a near colourless pale blue to a very light sky blue. Taken from Latin words meaning water and sea, it has been a favoured talisman for sailors, swimmers, divers and fisherman. Believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage and happiness, since early times it is also said to increase intelligence and make one youthful.
The birthstone for February, Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. Intensely purple in colour, it can range to shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. The name "AMETHYST" orginates from greece and means "not drunken" it was worn to make the wearer gentle and amiable. Its suggested power include: dreams, healing, peace, love, courage, protection and happiness.
A member of the quartz mineral group the citrine varies from deep yellow to golden hues. Considered as the "Merchants stone" the sunny gem is said to bring luck and wealth to all those that are fortuate to posses it. Naturally occurring Citrines are very rare and are a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November.
Star rubies are very rare and unique gemstones. When a ruby is discovered it is filled with "rutile" (silk) some may be cut cabochon (domed) and can produce a six-legged star and is called a phenomenon or phenomenal gemstone and are much sought after by connoisseurs.
The birth stone of September the Star sapphire displays a star like phenomenon which is known as an asterism. This spectacular gem is an alternative choice for engagement rings.
Individual and unique, Deriving from the Greek word meaning “gold coloured beryl" and associated with wealth, it comes in many nuances between lemon and greenish yellow, and in in honey colours and shades from mint green to brownish green. Since ancient times, it is also said to protect its wearer and keep disaster at bay.