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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It’s so durable, synthetic sapphire is used for the windows of supermarket scanners and spacecraft.
Sapphire often contains delicate intersecting needles of rutile that gemologists call silk.
- MINERAL: Corundum
- COLOR: Every color but red
- MOHS HARDNESS: 9
(source GIA Gem Encyclopedia)
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).