Colored Gemstones

A Rainbow Of Possibilities

Colored gemstones add intrigue, personality, hue and warmth to the jewelry palette. There is a gemstone for every taste, style and personality.  And we work with them all, including birthstones. Visit our store and browse our collection of colored-gemstone jewelry up close and personal.  Or bring in a gemstone of your own and challenge us to create something utterly unique, just for you.  We’d love the opportunity.

Birthstones

The tradition of birthstones is believed to date back to Aaron’s breastplate, which displayed gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Over time, legends began to boast the healing powers of these gemstones. In any case, a birthstone gift does indeed have one special power: the power to make someone smile!

January Garnet

You want to be able to reach for your much-loved jewelry ten, twenty, fifty years from now. That’s why we guarantee materials and craftsmanship for life with normal wear and tear.
garnet
amethyst

February Amethyst

Purple variety of the mineral quartz, often forms large, six-sided crystals. Fine velvety-colored gems come from African and South American mines. In demand for jewelry at all price points.

MARCH Aquamarine

Blue to slightly greenish-blue variety of the mineral beryl. Crystals are sometimes big enough to cut fashioned gems of more than 100 carats.

aquamarine
diamond

April Diamond

This hardest gem of all is made of just one element: carbon. It’s valued for its colorless nature and purity. Most diamonds are primeval—over a billion years old—and form deep within the earth.

May Emerald

The most valued variety of beryl, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, Moguls, and pharaohs. Today, fine gems come from Africa, South America, and Central Asia.

emerald
tourmaline

June Pearl, Alexandrite

Produced in the bodies of marine and freshwater mollusks naturally or cultured by people with great care. Lustrous, smooth, subtly colored pearls are jewelry staples, especially as strands.

The color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Bluish green in daylight, purplish red under incandescent light; hard and durable. Top quality examples are rare and valuable.

July Ruby

Traces of chromium give this red variety of the mineral corundum its rich color. Long valued by humans of many cultures. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby was called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.”

ruby
peridot

August Peridot, Spinel

Yellow-green gem variety of the mineral olivine. Found as nodules in volcanic rock, occasionally as crystals lining veins in mountains of Myanmar and Pakistan, and occasionally inside meteorites.

Found in Myanmar and Sri Lanka in a brilliant array of colors including oranges, pinks, blues, lavenders, mauves and vivid reds.

September Sapphire

Depending on their trace element content, sapphire varieties of the mineral corundum might be blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple or even show a six-rayed star if cut as a cabochon.

ruby
tourmaline

October Tourmaline, Opal

Comes in many colors, including the remarkable intense violet-to-blue gems particular to Paraíba, Brazil, and similar blues from Africa. One of the widest color ranges of any gem.

Shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors unlike any other gem. Opal’s microscopic arrays of stacked silica spheres diffract light into a blaze of flashing colors. Color range and pattern help determine value.

November Topaz, Citrine

Colorless topaz treated to blue is a mass-market gem. Fine pink-to-red, purple, or orange gems are one-of-a-kind pieces. Top sources include Ouro Prêto, Brazil, and Russia’s Ural Mountains.

A yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group. Deep golden varieties from Madiera Spain can resemble costly imperial topaz. Thought by ancient cultures to increase psychic powers.

topaz
tanzanite

December Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise

Named for Tanzania, the country where it was discovered in 1967, tanzanite is the blue-to-violet or purple variety of the mineral zoisite. It’s become one of the most popular of colored gemstones.

Optical properties make it bright and lustrous. Best known for its brilliant blue hues; also comes in warm autumnal yellows and reddish browns, as well as red and green hues.

Ancient peoples from Egypt to Mesoamerica and China treasured this vivid blue gem. It’s a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth’s most dry and barren regions.

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