Aquamarine is a member of the beryl mineral family whose fellow beryl ‘siblings’ include emerald and morganite. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for March and is also the gemstone given on the 19th wedding anniversary….
A little slice of different is very good for the soul. You know how I feel about creativity….it must be let out. Whimsy? Bring it on!
The contemporary jewelry designer, Suzanne Syz is renowned for her highly original and unconventional designs which draw on many sources for inspiration. Born in Zurich and educated in Paris, she moved to New York City in the 1980s and became part of the circle of Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Jeff Koons.
Ah yes, the purple stone. Amethyst, the birthstone for February got its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken”. Amethyst was suppose to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus which is why wineglasses were often carved from it. Amethyst is also the purple variety of quartz family. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia.
Garnet, the January birthstone, is in my opinion, underappreciated. Garnet derived its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like a grain, which refers to the mode of occurrence where crystals resemble grains or seeds embedded in the matrix. The name is also thought to be derived from the pomegranate fruit because some garnet crystals bear a resemblance to pomegranate seeds. Believe it or not, garnet displays the greatest variety of color of any mineral, occurring in every color except blue. Garnets can sometimes exhibit optical phenomena such as asterism (a star shaped pattern of reflections), chatoyancy (a “cat’s eye” seen in reflected light), or a color change when viewed under different types of lighting.
This is the second part in the Dos and Don’ts for Jewelry Care series. Below, please find cleaning instructions on a few of the more popular gemstones. Please contact me or another professional for any gemstone you don’t see listed. Remember better safe than sorry! Oh, one more thing, very few gemstones or precious metals can withstand long periods of soaking in a cleaning solution.