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Saturday, July 01, 2017

The Rich, Red Ruby is July's Fiery Birthstone

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The ruby's name comes from the Latin word “ruber”, which means red. This name is apt considering the ruby's gorgeous primary hue of deep and rich reds. Along with the gem's primary hue, secondary hues such as orange, pink, and purple can occur. Purple is the best secondary hue to occur because it intensifies the ruby's primary red hue, therefore increasing the gem's value.


The rich red color of rubies has always been associated with fire, and therefore, power. The ruby was believed to be the favorite gem of the Ancient Egyptian goddess of war, and ruby rings were worn by Egyptian warriors. The elite of in Victorian England and America proudly donned ruby necklaces and ruby earr...
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Monday, May 01, 2017

Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald

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Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald
Emeralds are known to us today as the birthstone for May. Anyone wearing emerald jewelry, as the birthstone poem says, "Shall be" "loved and happy." However, over the years, emeralds have been associated with more than just love and happiness. In the Middle Ages, emeralds were associated with not only love, but with the heavens. And emeralds were believed to contain strong healing powers. All in all, emeralds were considered as something of a super gem in the Middle Ages.


Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald
We know this from various writings. In 1349 Guillamuede Machaut wrote that "emeralds ma...
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Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Invincible Diamond

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The Invincible Diamond
Thinking of the diamonds leads one to think of diamond rings and of marriage. The word diamond is derived from the Greek for “invincible” and diamonds are one of the hardest substances on earth. It's no wonder then we associate this gem with marriage, a bond between two people which is ideally invincible. But diamond jewelry is not only for celebrating an engagement. The diamond is also April's birthstone.


The Invincible Diamond
The diamond has had a long and varied history. For most of Ancient history, the diamond remained in India. Diamond jewelry was worn by all levels of society and the color of the diamond indicated the wearer's...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Aquamarine

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Aquamarine
The word aquamarine comes from the Latin word aquamarina which meant the "water of the sea." Given the incredibly beautiful and soothing blue-green color of the aquamarine, this name makes perfect sense.




Aquamarine
For many centuries, aquamarine has been associated with tranquility and happiness. However, it's also been believed to sharpen the intellect and cure laziness. Clearly, aquamarine's qualities are considered to be incredibly diverse. This pretty stone was also thought to instill courage and be lucky to sailors.



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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

February's Birthstone is the Dazzling Amethyst

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Februarys Birthstone is the Dazzling Amethyst
Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone known for its signature purple color. It gets its name from the ancient Greek word for intoxicated, because they believed that amethyst could prevent drunkenness. In modern times, amethyst is the birthstone for people born in February, and it is used for a variety of decorative purposes.



The Many Hues of Amethyst
Februarys Birthstone is the Dazzling Amethyst
Amethyst is a type of quartz that gets its violet hue from trace elements and iron impurities within the quartz. Amethyst is typically a purple shade, ranging from pale, pinkish purple, to deep bluish purp...
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Monday, February 01, 2016

The Royal Amethyst - Treasured by Jewelry Buyers

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The Regal History of Amethysts
The loyal community of Bonaci Jewelry buyers is always interested in knowing more about their favorite gems. One of their favorites, the amethyst, has quite a long history and many interesting facts about how it became the jewel of royalty. The amethyst is also the birthstone for the month of February. This is where the details about this beautiful gem begin.

The Royal Amethyst - Treasured by Jewelry Buyers
The amethyst is a gem that caught the eye of Neanderthal Man. Among prehistoric man's remains was found this spectacular jewel. It is hard to imagine how 25,000 years ago, this gem was already treasured as a stone to decorate the simple lives of early man. Later, Greeks and Romans both chose...
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Friday, January 01, 2016

Garnets for January

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Garnets are a beautiful category of precious gemstones that have been used since the Bronze Age as a form of decoration, and in modern times, they are the birthstone for people born in January. Many garnets are so beautiful that the ancients confused them with rubies. Garnets are typically found in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. The deep lustrous color and the hardness of a garnet make it ideal for many types of jewelry.

What Is a Garnet?
A garnet is not one specific type of gemstone. Instead, it is an entire group of over ten different silicate minerals, which all look the same, even though they have slightly different chemical compositions. The classic, deep red shade of a garnet is the most common hue, but garnets can be found in orange, brown, yellow, and black. Garnets can even appear in purple, pin...
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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December Birthstone of the Month - Tanzanite!

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December Birthstone of the Month - Tanzanite! Tanzanite, a member of the zoisite mineral, is an exotic, velvety blue gem that occurs in a wide array of sizes and cuts. Despite its short history, the stone has made a name in the jewelry industry due to its rarity and striking color that varies according to cut. The smaller stones tend to have lighter tones and display more of the lavender or purple hue while the larger cuts feature deep vivid blue tones.

While tanzanite is known for the blue-purple hues, it’s actually a brownish crystal in its rough state. Rarely a pure blue, the vast majority of tanzanite stones in the market are heat treated to make the dull color turn to vivid blues with overtones of purple.

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Citrine, November's Birthstone

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Citrine, Novembers Birthstone
Citrine, November’s birthstone, ranges in color from happy yellow to royal orange to glorious red. Ever since its discovery, citrine is valued for its inviting beauty, and recognized healing powers.



Citrine, Novembers Birthstone
Citrine’s ancient history is tied in with yellow topaz. The two are oftentimes confused due to their similar hues. However, they have their differences. Citrine’s hardness on the Mohs scale is 7 and topaz is 8. Citrine is sometimes treated to be enhanced for the color desired, and is in the quartz family, and is a sister stone to amethyst.



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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Opal is October's Birthstone

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Opal is Octobers Birthstone
Opal is created inside the cracks of volcanic rock and is considered a mineraloid because its structure can change does not stay within certain parameters to be considered a mineral. This is due to the water in the stone, and over time the water may evaporate completely from the opal. Along with water, the structure within an opal is made up of silica. The combination of these diffracts the light passing through and creates an almost endless amount of hue combinations. Some opals appear in reds and oranges, others in hues of blue and green. These magnificent color changes have made opals and opal jewelry popular for thousands of years.


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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Sapphires for September

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Much attention may be focused on diamonds but September's birthstone, the sapphire, is one of highest valued by kings and the rich and famous, because they are extremely beautiful and rare. These rare and beautiful gemstones could only have been produced under very special conditions, and has been linked in faith-based religions to the Biblical flood. Today, we find sapphires recognized as glamorous as often as diamonds.

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Geologists continue to investigate the chemistry of these gemstones and their locations. These stones are the second hardest of all natural minerals, after diamonds. They are used as natural grinding materials because of their hardness. The powder form is known as emery and is found in emery boards...
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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Peridot: The Perfect Summer Stone

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Peridot is August's birthstone and the perfect stone for summer. Peridot appears in a range of greens; each stone's unique shade is dependent on the amount of iron in the stone. Peridot which occurs as olive is considered the most valuable.

Peridot mines were first discovered on an island in the Red Sea and peridot jewelry was worn by women in Ancient Egypt and Rome; in Ancient Rome peridot necklaces and peridot earrings were so popular the peridot was nicknamed “the emerald of the evening”. In the Middle Ages, peridot rings were worn by the Catholic hierarchy because peridot became associated with moral purity. Later, once the peridot became a birthstone, it was associated with finding love.

Because peridot is now August's birthstone, peridot jewelry is the perfect gift for any loved one born in August. But th...
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Ruby is July’s Birthstone

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The ruby is considered one of the four most precious stones; this majestic gem's company includes diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. Its fiery red primary hue is what makes rubies stand out from the others, and why the ruby jewelry has been so loved for such a long time.

Rubies have been treasured for both their beauty and believed powers. In the Far East, rubies were thought to be auspicious. Rubies were placed at the foundation of buildings to ensure success to whatever went on inside. Rulers also ordered military armor to include rubies to ensure their soldiers' success during war.


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Monday, June 01, 2015

Pearl: The Birthstone for June

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Pearl, the birthstone for June, is one of the most famous gems, arguably only second place to the diamond. Our collective consciousness is filled with paintings of European royalty donning pearl necklaces and pearl earrings and pictures of Hollywood's elite wearing pearl rings. Pearls are classified in two ways: natural or cultured.

Natural pearls are discovered using pearl hunting. Pearls form inside mollusks within the sea after an irritant finds its way into the mollusk. Pearl hunters would identify mollusk beds and removed in large clusters from the ocean bottom. This method proved to be inefficient because out of hundreds of mollusks only very few contained pearls. Because for hundreds of years this was the only way to procure pearls, pearl jewelry was quite expensive. This changed, and the price of pearls came down, once...
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Emerald is May's Birthstone

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May's birthstone is the emerald. This gem appears in a magnificent range of greens, the darker containing blue and the lighter containing yellow. Because most emeralds are found with surface cracks, it is accepted practice to oil the gem to fill in the cracks and improve the gem's luster. While this is a relatively new practice, this kind of attention devoted to the emerald is not new.

In the Middle Ages, jewelry enthusiasts wrote lapidariums, or special books devoted to gems, including emeralds. A good emerald was believed to be “greener than any green that lay next to it.” Emeralds were also believed to hold special powers. Raymond Lull wrote of experiences in which he witnessed emeralds easing the suffering of the sick.

Of course, along with emeralds themselves, emerald jewelry has always been treasur...
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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Diamond is April's Birthstone

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Diamonds, whose name comes from the Greek for “invincible,” were first brought to the West's attention by Alexander the Great. But it would be thousands of years before diamond jewelry became commonplace in Western society.

By the 1400s, because of improved extraction and transportation, diamond necklaces and diamond rings became regular adornments of landowners and royalty. The first diamond ring intended to announce marriage engagement was commissioned by the Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1447 to his love, Mary of Burgundy. Diamond jewelry at this time was also thought to help keep the wearer healthy. Queen Elizabeth I was given a diamond necklace with the intention that wearing it would help preve...
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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Jasper is March's Birthstone

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Jasper, March's birthstone, occurs in mainly in three colors: red, yellow, and brown. Red is most common. Blue has been known to occur also, but it is extremely rare. Impurities like clay and iron, which are in the soil when jasper forms, create stunning markings in the jasper stone. These markings resemble marbling, orbits, and streaks.

For more than three thousand years, jasper has been used all over the world for various reasons. In classical Greece and Ancient Rome, this striking stone was used to create official government seals, as well as vases and other household decorative items. In the East, jasper was a part of feng shui. Yellow jasper rings were worn to soothe an anxious mind and green jasper pendants and jasper necklaces were worn to increase the wearer's good fortune.

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