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Diamond - April Birthstone

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 Moissanite is a fabulous Diamond Alternative, a great cost effective and conflict free option for anyone who wants a diamond look without the diamond price tag. 

Moissanite is a fabulous Diamond Alternative, a great cost effective and conflict free option for anyone who wants a diamond look without the diamond price tag. 

Diamond, the hardest material on earth, is April's birthstone. Natural Diamonds are formed under immense pressure and heat, conditions only found 100s of miles below the Earth's surface. Because of its hardness Diamond is traditionally chosen along with 14k Gold to create durable and long lasting engagement rings. Here at Madelynn Cassin Designs we love diamonds as well as diamond alternatives including Moissanite, White Sapphire or White Topaz. Check out our selection on Colorless Gemstones here

For more excellent facts on Diamonds check out the GIA Encyclopedia! 

 

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

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This ocean blue stone is a favorite among many including the lucky ones who have it as their birthstone. Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family also related to Morganite (another favorite of ours!). This stone is a great option for an alternative engagement ring as the stone has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale. Our favorite source, the GIA has this to say about Aquamarine: 

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.

For more information about Aquamarine and images of it in the rough check out the GIA Encyclopedia.

Amethyst - February Birthstone

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This beautifully saturated purple Gemstone is used as February's official birthstone. Seen here in our Three Stone Halo Ring, it is set in between two Tsavorite Garnets. This bright purple gem has a MOHs hardness of 7 and is a member of the Quartz family. Due to its moderate price tag large specimens of amethyst remain fairly affordable in comparison to other gemstones.  For more great facts and lore about Amethyst check out our favorite Gemstone Encyclopedia from the GIA.

Garnet - January Birthstone

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 Princess Cut Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here. 

Princess Cut Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here. 

 Rhodolite Garnet Solitaire Ring in Matte Sterling Silver available  here . 

Rhodolite Garnet Solitaire Ring in Matte Sterling Silver available here

 Emerald Cut Pink Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here . 

Emerald Cut Pink Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here

 Cushion Cut Crimson Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here . 

Cushion Cut Crimson Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

Let's "ring" (no pun intended!) in the New Year and Celebrate with those January babes. Garnet, January's birthstone, comes in some superb and brilliant colors ranging from crimson red, to bright pink (Rhodolite Garnet) to a unique bright green (tsavorite) even being found in orange and rarely, blue tones.  This unique stone ranges from a 6.5 to a 7.5 on the MOHs Scale. It pairs greatly with bright sterling silver as well as gold. Above is a selection of some of our most loved Garnet and Rhodolite Garnet Rings. Looking for something custom for your someone special? Contact us here

For more excellent facts on Garnet check out the GIA Encyclopedia

Blue Topaz - December Birthstone

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 Blue Topaz stacking set available  here. 

Blue Topaz stacking set available here. 

Blue Topaz comes in a variety of luscious tones, sweet Sky blue, bright Swiss blue and the deep dark London Blue. These bright and fantastic blues are a favorite of ours here at Madelynn Cassin Designs. We love the brilliant colors and the durability of Topaz, an 8 on the MOHs scale. 

 

For more excellent facts about Topaz and all its varieties check out our tried and true source for Gemstone Facts - the GIA Encyclopedia. 

Citrine - November Birthstone

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This sunny yellow gemstone is the birthstone for November. Natural citrine is a very rare to come by, so most citrine you will find out in the marketplace is actually Purple Amethyst that has been heat treated until it glows the golden yellow we know as citrine. These two stones are both members of the quartz family, having varying levels of oxidation of iron found in the crystal. When heated the iron impurities in the purple amethyst are reduced resulting in the golden orange color. Citrine is a 7 on the MOHs hardness scale and is the most popular yellow gemstone on the market. 

 

Above we have two examples of our own designs that incorporate citrine. Our Trillion Shaped Chevron Band in Sterling Silver available here as well as our Extra Large 9mm Citrine stud earrings available here.

 

For more information about Citrine, check out a few of our information sources and as always the trusty GIA Encyclopedia! 

Sapphire - September Birthstone

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Looking for a birthday present for that special September baby in your life? Get a little inspiration from Sapphire, September's birthstone. Here are a few facts about Sapphires from our favorite Gem Encyclopedia - from the GIA.

Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.

VIVID AND SATURATED

Sapphire’s blue can be vivid and saturated, like it’s lit from within. 

DURABLE

It’s so durable, synthetic sapphire is used for the windows of supermarket scanners and spacecraft.

DELICATE SILK

Sapphire often contains delicate intersecting needles of rutile that gemologists call silk.

FACTS

  • MINERAL: Corundum
  • COLOR: Every color but red
  • MOHS HARDNESS: 9

(source GIA Gem Encyclopedia)

Peridot - August Birthstone

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Featured is one of our most recent designs - Sterling Silver and Peridot with our unique hand carved Chevron band. Available for purchase here.

Peridot

For all you August babies this is the stone for you. A few facts about Peridot.

  • Color - Yellow to yellow green, olive green to brownish sometimes a lime - green to emerald-ish hue
  • Mohs Scale Hardness - 6.5 -7
  • Metaphysical Attributes - In ancient times Peridot was believed to keep evil spirits away. It is also a powerful cleanser - helping to open and activate the heart, helping to get rid of "old baggage". (Source - The Crystal Bible - A Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall).