Used in traditional jewelry, wedding rings and engagement rings, houseware, and even high-end tech toys, the sheen and luster of rose gold is instantly recognizable and imminently impressive to the eye. Offering a luxurious appearance and a soft glow to… Continue reading
Citrine derives from the French word citron which means lemon. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these zesty lemon-inspired shades, and today, it remains one of the most frequently purchased yellow gemstones. November Birthstone November’s second birthstone,… Continue reading
Legends has it that opals fell from the sky in bolts of lightning. While others speculate the creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving these colorful stones where his feet touched the ground. Writers have compared the gemstone to… Continue reading
Nine times out of ten when someone tells you to go to your ‘happy place’ that place is most likely an isolated beach on a sunny day. And you’re probably imagining clear blue skies, translucent blue ocean, the calming sound… Continue reading
Fiery Orange. Honey Yellow. Champagne Orange. Smokey Brown. These are just some of the common warm hues that people associate with topaz. However, the most popular to date and well known is the yellow topaz gem. Throughout most of history,… Continue reading
In the 1500s, the first green tourmaline was discovered by a Spanish explorer who recorded the gem as an emerald, later known as the “Brazilian Emerald.” However, it wasn’t until the 1800s when mineralogists officially classified tourmaline as its own… Continue reading
Sapphires are usually associated with the royal blue variety of this gem, but it actually produced in a rainbow of hues. The royal gem can come in any color except red because then it would classified as a ruby. Interestingly enough, pink sapphires… Continue reading
Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine, which forms deep inside the earth’s mantle and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. Some peridots are ancient — going back 4.5 billion years ago and found… Continue reading
Known for its fiery red color, the ruby gemstone has been nicknamed “the gem of precious stones” as it can command the highest per-carat price of any other colored stone. The small number of rubies that grow large enough to crystallize into… Continue reading
Pearls are the only gemstones formed within a living organism, making them the most organic gemstones. Pretty much any shelled mollusk (or clam) can produce a pearl, but just two types of bivalve clams can produce rich creamy-colored, opalescent pearls that are valued… Continue reading
Made famous by the great Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor, the emerald gemstone has been thought to signify eternal youth, rebirth, wisdom and growth granting the wearer good fortune and immortality. Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus” which literally means “green.”… Continue reading
Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut… Continue reading
The meaning behind the name “aquamarine” is self-explanatory. The gemstone’s sparkling ocean-like color contributes to its name which derives from two Latin words: aqua meaning “water,” and marina meaning “of the sea.” Its hypnotizing clear, blue color seemingly cools the temper… Continue reading
Found in geodes, sparkling amethyst crystals range in color from pale lilac to an intense purple. Amethyst are cherished for its breathtaking shades of purple, and the way it effortlessly complements warm colors like white and yellow metals settings. For many… Continue reading
The garnet gemstone is often associated with its deep red hue, but the most common misconception about garnets is that the gemstone is only produced in an array of reds from rust colored to deep violet-red.
In actuality, garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals that come in a rich palette of colors, from burgundy red to light, translucent green. Out of all the garnet colors, the rarest are blue, colorless and changing colors in different lights.
Garnets were first discovered in Madagascar in the late 1990s. Since then, garnets have been found in many different countries such as the US, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Sir Lanka and Myanmar and Turkey.
The word originates from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” which means dark red. It derives from the Latin word “granatum” meaning seed closely resembling the beautiful deep red hue of pomegranate seeds.
The garnet is the traditional birthstone for January babies. Remember red may not be your color, but garnets come in an array of colors. Representing peace, prosperity, and good health, some say the one who is adorned with garnet will be granted eternal happiness, health and wealth.
Give the gift of faith and good fortune to your loved one with Gabriel & Co. red garnet birthstone jewelry pieces.
The history of this gemstone is ancient; Garnet was thought to be one of the four precious stones given to King Solomon by God.
Dating back to the Bronze Age, this precious red gemstone was referred to as the symbol of life by Egyptians who used the garnet in decorative jewelry and carvings. Red garnets adorned the necks of Egyptian rulers and were buried with mummified bodies as prized possessions for the afterlife.
Even praised throughout the ancient Middle Ages, garnets were worn as protection amulets by soldiers going into battle, people who wanted to ward off plagues and healers would place them into wounds of the injured.
In ancient Rome, garnets were featured in signet rings worn by clergy and nobility to stamp the wax that secured significant documents. It was the Victorians who popularized the gemstone by designing some of the largest and most exquisite statement jewelry pieces made with clusters of tiny red garnets.
Today, this glamorous gemstone can be found in a variety of jewelry pieces from drop earrings to tiaras. Outside of the jewelry industry, the United States has utilized this gemstone for waterjet cutting, abrasive blasting and filtration.
The first month of year is full of celebrities’ birthdays. Here’s a few: Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Zayn Malik, Issa Rae, Howard Stern, Liam Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Jackie Robinson, Kerry Washington
Derived from the Spanish word “platina” which means “little silver,” platinum is among the purest and rarest precious metals on Earth with a rich history. Check out a brief timeline below. 1557: Italian physician Julius Caesar Scaliger was the first… Continue reading