Turquoise – December

When I was a little girl, my parents would take my brother and me down to Washington state to visit my uncle and his family. They lived out in the country and when I got tired of playing with [ … ] Read More

Topaz and Citrine-November

For some people in the northern hemisphere, November can seem very gray and gloomy ( I like damp, cool weather, but I’ve also got moss growing on my north side!). The solution? Bring some topaz and citrine into your [ … ] Read More

Opal and Pink Tourmaline- October

When I started reading about these two gemstones, I discovered that they both have associations with rainbows. In Australian aboriginal legend, when the Creator came down from Heaven on a rainbow, the stones that his foot touched started to [ … ] Read More


Peridot is one of those stones that we take for granted. It’s not expensive, it’s easily obtained and I have known August babies who think their birthstone is unattractive. “Why could’t I have been born in May or September?”, [ … ] Read More

Ruby, Carnelian and Onyx-Oh my, July

How many birthstones does one month need? Apparently if you’re July, quite a few! I used to think that ruby was the only stone for July, but once I started digging around, I found a few more. Fortunately, the [ … ] Read More

Moonstone and Pearl-June

When I think of June, I think of the song, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, which is appropriate for a month that has both moonstone and pearl as its birthstones. Both stones have a long history of [ … ] Read More

Emerald and Agate-May

For May babies,(and everyone else!) there are two lovely stones-emerald and agate. Beautiful, green emeralds have been used in jewelry for thousands of years. They were considered to be a stone of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and [ … ] Read More


Ever notice how many song titles have the word “diamond” or “diamonds” in them? “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, and of course, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s [ … ] Read More

Aquamarine and Bloodstone- March

Dreamy, watery aquamarine-the name comes from Latin, and literally means “water of the sea”. It was considered to be the stone of Neptune, Roman god of the sea. Sailors carried aquamarine as protection against the songs of the sirens [ … ] Read More

Amethyst – February Birthstone

There is an ancient Roman myth about a young and chaste woman named Amethyst. One day, as she was on her way to the temple of Diana, a drunken, lustful Bacchus, who was the Roman god of wine, pursued [ … ] Read More

Garnet – January Birthstone

Beautiful, juicy, deep red garnet. The name comes from the Latin “granatum”, which means pomegranate. One is deliciously wearable and one is deliciously edible. Garnets have been used in jewellery for thousands of years, going all the way back [ … ] Read More