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  • 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.

  • January Birthstone - Garnet 

    January Birthstone

     

     

    Where it can be found

    Garnet is found all over the world and you can find different types of garnet in different countries. 

    Almandine garnet star-stones are found in India and the USA. Spessartite: Brazil, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA.

    The best specimens come from Namibia and are called "Mandarin spessartine (spessartite)".

     

    Facts

    • Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. 
    • Garnet occurs in every color except blue and most varieties are named for their color.
    • Garnet's powers include healing, strength, and protection and it is often worn to relieve inflammations of the skin.
    • Garnet is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression.

     January Birthstone Info

    Meaning

    Garnet is a fiery-red gemstone that was once believed to grant the wearer protection from nightmares, ghosts and ghouls. Garnet is blood red in color and means perseverance, truth, patience and consistency. It is said to signify eternal friendship and trust.

    Although most people think that garnets are only red in color, but garnets come in a variety of colors like pink, green, yellow, violet and orange. 

     

    Famous Women with January Birthdays 

    January 9 - Kate Middleton - everybody's favorite British princess - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

    January 19 - Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.

    January 25 - Alicia Keys is American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress.

    January 26 - Ellen Degeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.

    January 29 - Oprah Winfreyis an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

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