September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

Intro to Sapphires I think of sapphire as the king of gemstones. It’s available in every color of the rainbow, it’s both hard and tenacious, and some sapphires have stars. What’s not to love? Formation Sapphires are gemstones made from the mineral...
August’s Birthstone: Peridot

August’s Birthstone: Peridot

  Formation of Peridot Would you believe me if I told you that there are volcanoes that erupt gemstones? It’s true! Peridot is the gemstone name given to green olivine. Olivine crystals form in the Earth’s upper mantle at depths up to 250 miles, and they...
July’s Birthstone: Ruby

July’s Birthstone: Ruby

Intro to Rubies Ruby is July’s vibrant red birthstone. I love using ruby in my jewelry designs because of its great color and its durability. I’m going to tell you a little more about one of the most precious gemstones in the world. Properties Ruby is the...
Mohs Hardness Scale for Gemstones

Mohs Hardness Scale for Gemstones

If you’ve read any of my gemstone articles, you’ve probably heard me mention Mohs hardness about a dozen times. Now you get to learn what it’s all about… What is Hardness? Hardness is the ability of one mineral to scratch another. (Don’t...
June’s Birthstone: Alexandrite

June’s Birthstone: Alexandrite

If you were born in June, you were one lucky baby: June has many birthstones, including pearl, alexandrite, rose quartz, and moonstone. In this post, I’m going to talk about what is perhaps the most spectacular of the bunch: alexandrite.   Natural alexandrite...