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  • Opal Myth Debunked!

    “It’s bad luck to wear opal if it’s not your birthstone.”

    This is something that we hear from our guests on a regular basis. Where does this superstition come from? Frank, from Parle Jewelry Designs/Idaho Opal and Gem Corporation let us in on history of this well-known belief:
    In 1829, Sir Walter Scott published a novel titled, Anne of Geierstein (or The Maiden of the Mist). This according to Frank, was the Harry Potter of its time! In this novel. The Baroness of Arnheim wears a talisman made of Opal bestowed with magical powers. When holy water is splashed on the opal, it loses its colors and the Baroness becomes a pile of ash. It is because of this fictional scene that people started to associate opals with bad omens.
    Long before Sir Walter Scott’s fantastical tale, the ancient Greeks and Romans thought the opal was a symbol of good luck and fortune. Due to its many colors, the opal was a symbol of hope like the rainbow. It was often given as a gift to bring protection and wealth to the wearer. The “gift from the heavens” women often wore the gem in their hair to ensure their hair color would not fade. Opals were originally thought to possess magical qualities and bring its wearer foresight. They were used to help shy, timid people be more open in social situations as they were thought to have the power to amplify feelings and desires and promote spontaneity.
    Throughout most of history, the opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all of the gems because it can show all colors. Black, boulder, fire or doublet, there is no denying the magnificence of opals. A single gem can flash every color with fire and intensity beyond that any diamond.

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    About the Blogger:
    Kristin Beaulieu
    South Portland Assistant Manager

  • Aquаmаrinе - Thе Birthѕtоnе оf Mаrch

    The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck and good health. Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.

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    Named after seawater, Aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.  From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, the aquamarine shines over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors.  It is the birthstone of March and thought to enhance the happiness of marriages and the lucky crystals for the people of Pisces.  It is also the symbol of a 19th wedding anniversary.

    The greenish blue Aquamarine protects those who journey by sea, alleviating the fear of water and guards those involved in any long travel such as flying or driving long distances.

    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе.  It also has the power to benefit its wearer with knowledge, vision and inspiration.

    Aquаmаrinе - tо thе hаррilу mаrriеd!

    Arе уоu a mаrriеd mаn/wоmаn? Thеn thiѕ gеmѕtоnе iѕ thе реrfесt gift fоr уоur bеlоvеd оnе. Thiѕ glittеring gеmѕtоnе iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring оut hаrmоnу, ѕооthing аll thе diffеrеnсеѕ thаt might еxiѕt аmоng a lоving  (or struggling) соuрlе.

    Pоwеrѕ оf Aquаmаrinе

    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе. Wеаring аn аquаmаrinе piece of jеwеlrу iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring lоvе аnd аffесtiоn intо уоur lifе.

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    Hеаlth аnd рrоѕреritу iѕ thе ѕуmbоl оf thiѕ роwеrful birthѕtоnе. It iѕ bеliеvеd tо роѕѕеѕѕ thе hеаling роwеr thаt rеduсеѕ thе dереndеnсу оn drugѕ. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр digеѕtiоn, еnѕurе hеаlth оf tееth аnd the jаw аnd is ѕuрроѕеd tо bе a rеmеdу fоr ѕwоllеn glаndѕ.

    Aquаmаrinе - brings роѕitivе роwеr!

    Aquаmаrinе birthѕtоnеs are аll аbоut inѕtilling роѕitivе fееlings. Thiѕ brеаthtаkinglу bеаutiful gеmѕtоnе iѕ bеliеvеd tо rеlеаѕе аngеr аnd nеgаtivitу аnd bеѕtоw оn uѕ реасе оf mind, сlаritу аnd еnѕurеѕ mеntаl аnd еmоtiоnаl bаlаnсе. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр fосuѕ, соnсеntrаtiоn аnd аidѕ in mеditаtiоn.

    Aquаmаrinе Jеwеlrу

    Pеndаnt, brасеlеt, ring оr аn еаrring - аquаmаrinе jеwеlrу аrе fаvоrеd bу thе Piѕсеаnѕ. It has been said that Piѕсеаnѕ, if thеу wеаr аquаmаrinе, thеir birthѕtоnе, will invitе thе роѕitivе thingѕ оf thе univеrѕе intо thеir lifе. Lifе will bе fillеd with lоvе, аffесtiоn, саrе, friеndѕhiр аnd tоgеthеrnеѕѕ. Explore the elegance of the Aquamarine at Day’s.  We have Aquamarine jewelry to suit all tastes and styles including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with some creations in their designer lines such as Le Vian.

  • The Difference Between a Synthetic, Genuine, and Imitation Gemstone

    What a great question to be asked! Also one that is hard to answer without confusing the guest.  I can remember my first discussion on this when I began in the jewelry industry and I remember thinking that it simply did not make much sense. It took a few more times discussing the terms and asking many, many questions before I fully understood it, so I can relate to those struggling with these concepts.

    Here it goes, I am going to try to make this as simple and easy to understand by first defining, then giving examples of how the terms are used. Read along remembering one thing: Do not lock any gemstone into one definition...2 or 3 may apply to it. Keep that in mind and it should be a little easier to follow.

    What exactly is a genuine(natural)gemstone?

    This is the easiest of the definitions. Simply put: A genuine gemstone is one that was produced in the earth through natural processes. Mankind may treat them to enhance their beauty, but had no hand in creating them. They are mined from the earth and are rare, some extremely so. Their value in most cases will exceed the value of any gems created by man, though there are some exceptions to this. You know these gems already. They encompass all of the birthstones as well as many other popular gemstones present in jewelry. Price is impacted by the rarity of the gemstone.

    Example: Diamond is a naturally occurring, genuine gemstone. It can sometimes be treated with heat, radiation, pressure, or a combination of some of the methods. This changes their color to white, blue, teal, green, pink, black, yellow, and brown. This does not change their definition. They are still genuine, as they are mined from the earth. They are described correctly as a natural diamond when untreated and a natural treated diamond when they have been altered by man.

    What is a synthetic gemstone?

    A synthetic gemstone is one that is grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions by man. The gem will share almost all the optical and chemical properties of the genuine gem. The cost will usually be significantly less than the genuine and larger gems do not increase in price as rapidly as the genuine gemstones do, so you can get a much larger gem for your money. These gems are priced on production cost. Rarity is not a consideration in pricing. Some natural gems that are available as synthetic: Moissanite, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Cubic Zirconia, and Alexandrite.

    Example: Chatham Emerald is grown in a laboratory under controlled pressure and temperature. When completed, the gem IS an emerald and has most of the attributes, color and wear limitations that the natural gem has. Becasue it is grown in a lab, it must be referred to as synthetic.

    What is an imitation and/or simulant?

    An imitation or simulant is a gem that mimics the color and sometimes the light performance of a natural gemstone. It does not have to have gem properties, but it can. This sounds confusing because most people try to make simulants/imitations a separate category from natural and genuine. The better way to look at them, however, is as an additional description. Below are some examples of how simulant/imitation can be used in a description. You will note the descriptions can and sometimes do contain synthetic and genuine as well.

    Example One: A Cubic Zirconia is a man made gemstone and would be called a synthetic. It is also a diamond simulant because it looks like a diamond.

    Example Two: In the past, colored glass was set into rings to make rings more affordable. Since these only mimicked the color of the stone they replaced, they are properly referred to as imitations or simulants.

    Example Three: Rhodalite Garnet is a natural gemstone, but is sometimes used to replace Alexandrite in jewelry. When it is used in this manner, it is a simulant for Alexandrite.

    In summary, if you separate the terms it becomes easier to understand what a jeweler is talking about when discussing types of gemstones. Hopefully this article helps remove some of the confusion for our guests.

  • Fun Facts: Birthstone Legends

    With every birthstone comes a legend surrounding that particular stone. Some stones' legends are a bit more far fetched than others, while a few help to explain the beauty behind the stone itself. It’s fun to hear what the legend behind your particular birthstone is and if it pertains to you and your life. So what month were you born?

    education-birthstone-chart-lgJanuary’s birthstone is Garnet; Garnet is a deep reddish brown color that can come in many different shades. The legend behind a Garnet is that in medieval times the stones were thought to cure depression and protect against bad dreams, almost like a dream catcher.

    Amethyst is February’s birthstone and it is considered the color of Royalty. Purple was an expensive dye to purchase which is why only Royalty was able to afford to have their clothes dyed that color. According to folklore, Amethyst guarantees success in sports, war and business (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    March’s birthstone is gorgoues. Aquamarine comes from the Latin meaning “of the sea.”During the Middle Ages Europeans believed this gem gave its wearer wisdom and the ability to overcome evil (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    April’s birthstone is one of the most coveted birthstones of them all. Diamonds have always been coveted for their rarity and beauty, and the Romans believed that Cupids arrows were tipped with diamonds. Diamonds are a symbol of love, romance and commitment.

    Emerald is the birthstone of May and the deep green beauty behind the stone is said to symbolize fertility and life, and the Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, their Goddess of love ( DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Pearl is a stone that comes in multiple shapes and colors.  The birthstone of June has been associated with moon and water, due to its appearance and origin, and also symbolizes purity and love.

    Ruby is a gemstone that is steeped in Legend and Lore, July’s birthstone is said to preserve physical and mental health, and prevent evil thoughts. Ruby is one of the world’s rarest and costliest gems and is said to be the “Gem King” (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Peridot, August's birthstone, is called “Gem of the Sun”, and prospectors looked for it at night and were able to locate it by its glow. Peridot is said to attract wealth and drive away evil spirits.

    Sapphires come in so many different shades and colors, September’s birthstone is said to be linked with Royalty throughout history. Kings and Queen’s wore them to protect again treachery. This stone is said to signify truth, sincerity and faithfulness (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Opal is another stone that comes in multiple colors and shades, a lot of these stones have multiple colors in one stone. Opal is considered the most magical of gems because it shows all the colors of all the other gems combined their flashing colors are born from lightening according to Middle Eastern Folklore (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Citrine is the color of November and has a deep yellow color. Citrine is said to guard its wearer from evil thoughts.

     

    imagesDecember’s stone is Blue Topaz, topaz comes in lots of different colors and is said to give the wearer strength and was credited with the power to overcome evil magic (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).  December is a lucky month with two stones, and Tanzanite is Decembers other birthstone. The story behind it’s color is that a wildfire changed crystal lying on the ground from pale brown to rich blue (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    So as you can see there are many different legends and lore’s behind the different birthstones. Many of the come from superstition while some come from the origin of the stone and what people feel it might protect them from. While Lore’s and Legends aren’t considered facts, it is still fun to know the history behind the stone that you wear.

     

    About the Blogger:

    kim_tKimberly joined the Day's Team in Manchester, New Hampshire in April of 2012. She brings her jewelry experience from a large department store and is excited to work with the Day's family. Kimberly grew up all of the United States. Coming from a military family, she was able to move every few years to experience new places and meet new people. When her father retired from the military, her family settled in New Hampshire. Quiet, committed and funny, Kimberly helps to distress customers when they are trying to make an important jewelry purchase decision. Kimberly enjoys finding the right piece for customers and making sure they are happy with their selection. Her favorite pieces of jewelry are engagement rings and wedding bands. Knowing that her guests will be wearing these for the rest of their lives makes Kimberly proud to be a part of that moment when they find the perfect ring. Read more...

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