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  • April Birthstone - Diamond 

    Aprils birthstone is a diamond but since a diamond can be out of the price range of many also consider clear crystal quartz to be April Birthstone. Crystal quartz is just as sparkly but at a fraction of the cost. 

     

    April Birthstone

     

    Where it can be found

    Diamonds are present in about 35 countries. South Africa, Russia and Botswana are the main producers of gem diamond while Australia produces most of the industrial diamond. They are also found in India, Brazil, China, Canada and the United States.

     

    Facts 

    • Diamonds are the most expensive stones in the world - I looked it up and found the red diamond valued at 1 million dollars a carat. The pink star diamond at almost 1.4 million per carat. They are gorgeous! 
    • Did you know that diamonds are available in just about every color from the clear white diamond all the way to the striking black diamonds (yes, there are black diamonds and they are stunning!) 
    • In ancient times many people believed diamonds were tears of the Gods. 

    April Birthstone

    Meaning

    A diamond to many means everlasting, eternal love. It also is a symbol of purity, innocence and courage. Diamonds are often associated with love and commitment and are now the traditional stone of engagement and wedding rings.

     

    Famous Women With April Birthdays 

     

    April 15 - Emma Watson who is most known for her role as Hermonie Granger in the Harry Potter film series as well as the new Beauty and the Beast film. Did you know in her younger years she attended a school called The Dragon School? How cool is that? 

    April 17 - Jennifer Garner Actress who was in Alias and 13 going on 30 among many other shows and movies. 

    April 21st Queen Elizabeth II  The Queen of England and the longest reigning queen in world history. I bet she owns more than a few diamonds!

    April 24 - Barbara Streisand Singer and actress singer, songwriter, actress and producer. My personal favorite is 'Don't Rain on My Parade'. I love channeling my inner Barbara and belting it. 

    April 25 - Ella Fitzgerald jazz singer referred to as the "First Lady of Song" 

     

    April birthdays, what do you think of your stone? 

  • March Birthstone - Aquamarine

    March Birthstone

     

    Where it can be found

    The majority of aquamarine is found in Brazil. Other important deposits are in Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado/USA, and Zambia.

     

    Facts

    • Aquamarine is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage.
    • Aquamarine is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces and the planet Neptune.
    • Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal.
    • Aquamarines are often heat treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. This results in a permanent color change.

     March Birthstone

    Meaning

    The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. 

    March's first birthstone, aquamarine is a pale blue colored gemstone and is associated with foresight, knowledge, and inspiration.

    Aquamarine's soothing blue color is believed to bring mental clarity and releases negative energy from the wearer. Aquamarine brings courage, creativity, perception, hope and self-expression.

     

    Famous Women with March Birthdays

    March 22 - Reese Witherspoon -  is an American actress and producer.

    March 25 - Sarah Jessica Parker - is an American actress, producer, and designer.

    March 27 - Mariah Carey - is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

    March 28 - Lady Gaga - is an American singer, songwriter and actress.

    March 30 - Celine Dion - is a French Canadian singer and businesswoman.

     

  • 3 Effective Ways to Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry

    One of the most common questions I get from my friends and customers is:

     

    How can I clean my tarnished jewelry? 

     

    Most of the jewelry I make is made of sterling silver which is a fine metal and no matter how you take care of it, eventually it will probably tarnish. But that doesn't mean you can't wear it again or you have to wear blackened jewelry! 

     

    When it starts to get darkened it's time to polish that sterling silver and make it look like new. Here are a few ways I've found works in my years of working with and wearing jewelry. 

     

    Sterling Silver Cleaner - by Brilliant 

    This is probably the easiest ways to clean sterling silver. All you have to do is dip it in and let it sit for a few seconds and you can instantly see the change. I like this because it gets in small crevices like on a chain. For the cost and ease, I think it's well worth the under $10 price tag. 

    Brilliant Silver Cleaner

     

     

    Baking Soda + Foil + Boiling Water

    Another really easy way to clean sterling silver is using baking soda, foil and boiling water. Seriously, it works! Sometimes it takes a couple of rounds but it gets it pretty clean. 

    How To Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry

    + Video Tutorial - Here

     

     

     Super Fine Steel Wool

    NOTE: Make sure you when you are using steel wool you're polishing sterling silver or fine silver. If you are working with anything silver PLATED or COATED you will rub off the finish exposing copper or brass. 

    I use this a lot in my jewelry making for things that have a larger surface area. The other day I was helping a friend clean up her jewelry and she had a thick banded turquoise ring and this polished it up really well with the wool. I did the dip (above) then polished the larger surfaces with the steel wool. 

    Now, make sure you use FINE steel wool because anything that's not as fine will have a more brushed look (and there are some that can make it look scratched). But I love this fine steel wool to polish my pieces. 

    Super Fine Steel Wool

  • February Birthstone - Amethyst

    February Birthstone

     

     

    Where it can be found

    Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and in the U.S.; most of the Amethyst comes from Zambia.

     

    Facts

    • Amethyst was once revered as the "jewel of the gods”.
    • Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario.
    • Amethyst has been used to symbolize deep love, happiness, humility, sincerity and wealth.
    • Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters.

    February Birthstone

     

    Meaning

    Like January, February has only one official gemstone and it is the amethyst. Amethysts are purple quartz and they are found throughout the world. 

    The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Amethyst is a beautiful purple stone associated with sincerity, peace of mind and good health. Amethyst is a symbol of protection and has the power to overcome difficulties. Encourages self-control and strengthens the bond in a love relationship.

     

    Famous Women with February Birthdays

     February 2 - Shakira - is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer.

    February 10 - Chloe Grace Moretzis an American actress and model. Best known for her roles is movies such as Kick-AssLet Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie, If I Stay.

    February 11 - Jennifer Aniston - is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman, as well as everybody's favorite friend!

    February 20 - Rihanna - is a Barbadian singer and songwriter.

    February 21 - Ellen Pageis a Canadian actress.

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