It Took 100 Years, But August Has Been Upgraded

Everyone knows that each month has its own birthstone/s and many of you may know what they are. Those of you familiar with August’s birthstones are aware that peridot and Sardonyx represent the summer month, with the latter stone being the original birthstone and the Read More …

Art from Outer Space

Art from Outer Space   Formed by the most powerful forces in the universe, meteorites can often seem like works of art. James Hyslop, Head of Science & Natural History in London, selects highlights from Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites.   1 The Read More …

Sardonyx and Onyx in History

The historical uses for Sardonyx and Onyx consists of a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewelry, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. It has also been used for intaglio and hardstone cameo engraved gems, where the bands Read More …

Sardonyx – The Flower Red Poppy

Sardonyx – The Flower Red Poppy   The Sardonyx is the birthstone of August and its related flower is called the red poppy, a strong and wild species. This meaning that if you have a baby and he/she is born between the 23 July and the 23 Read More …

The Rich History of Sardonyx

Sardonyx combines alternating layers of sard and onyx—two types of the layered mineral chalcedony—to create a reddish zebra-striped stone with white bands. Its name, similarly, combines sard (referencing the ancient Persian city, Sardis, in present-day Turkey, where the red stone was found) with onyx (from Read More …

Sardonyx and What You need to Know Before You Buy

Before you consider purchasing August’s alternative birthstone, let’s get in to the differences between what you can come across in the marketplace. An educated buyer is always a better buyer! Sard and Sardonyx The terms sard and sardonyx are often subject to confusion in the Read More …

The History of Peridot

Peridot jewelry dates back as far as the second millennium BC. These ancient Egyptian gems came from deposits on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea called Topazios, now known as St. John’s Island or Zabargad. Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the Read More …

How to Choose The Best Peridot For You

Peridot is readily available for many types of jewelry. It can be very affordable and attractive, even in normal commercial qualities. Peridot can also come in large sizes and very intense colors to satisfy the most discriminating colored gemstone connoisseur. Color Peridot’s color ranges from Read More …

The Other August Birthstone

August is just around the corner…already… and that means the Peridot your birthstone if your birthday falls within that month. So many people have told me how they feel ripped off, even my daughter, when it comes to their birthstones. They think that it’s the Read More …