Said to represent the qualities and personalities of those born in certain months, birthstones have been around for centuries. Some believe birthstones originated from the gems that adorned the Breastplate of Aaron, which symbolized the 12 tribes of Israel, and were later used to signify the 12 months of the year.
As the second most abundant mineral in earth’s crust, quartz has long been known and adored by man for its wide array of colors and patterns. Quartz has remained a collector’s favorite for centuries because it not only comes in a multitude of colors and patterns, it can also contain an incredible array of inclusions of other minerals.
Colors of Tourmaline
Thought to have been the captured colors of a rainbow by the Egyptians, tourmaline is one of the very few gemstone varieties that can exhibit every color known to man. This beautiful mineral group includes elbaite, indicolite, rubellite, liddicoatite, dravite, and schorl.
Created by living or once living organisms, organic gemstones are the byproduct of natural biological processes. Whether they are created by sap running from an ancient tree, an irritant in an oyster’s mantle, or the shell of a long extinct sea creature, organic gemstones are a unique class all on their own.
Gemstones are typically thought to come from the far reaches of the globe but people often forget about the gems found right in their own backyards. These gems are the definition of made in America hailing from East cost to west coast and everywhere in between.