August Birthstone Highlight
August not only has Peridot as a birthstone, but the recent addition of Spinel! Spinel was added to the August birthstone lineup in 2016, and it adds a multitude of color choices, while peridot was the original birthstone for August since 1912.
Some fun facts about these gemstones:
- Peridot was believed to ward off evil spirits by the ancient Egyptians who called it “gem of the sun”
- Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones & thought by the ancients to protect against spells & curses
- Yellowish green is the most popular hue of Peridot but can range from brownish-green to pure green
- Peridot only measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs Hardness scale, but finished gemstones are fairly robust and easy to wear
- Ancient gemstone merchants revered spinel, and it was widely sought after by royalty. It was then known as ‘balas ruby.’ It wasn’t until the late 18th century that we developed the technology necessary to distinguish spinel as a separate mineral from ruby
- Spinel ranges in hues from orange to red, pink, purple to blueish-green – making this a very versatile stone. Vivid red is the most desirable color of spinel gemstones
Caring for & cleaning Peridot:
- Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning peridot
- Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended for this gemstone
Peridot Style Inspiration
Whether you’re gifting this classic gemstone or incorporating it into your summer wardrobe, it will leave others green with envy! Check out our summer styling inspo:
1. Treat the August birthday girl to this perfectly paired pendant and ring set
2. Complete any outfit with this dainty 14KYG peridot & diamond pendant
3. Showcase your bold style with a gemstone ring that’s uniquely you
To learn more about these gemstones – check out the American Gem Society article here!
July Ruby Birthstone
It’s officially summer and we’re excited to share the next gemstone in our birthstone highlight series! Referred to as the king of precious stones, ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum.
Check out some fun facts about this stunning gemstone:
- Color is the most significant fact affecting a ruby’s value – fine gems are vibrant red to slightly purplish red
- Corundum may show a star effect, which usually appears as a six-ray star pattern across a cabochon-cut stone’s curved surface
- It’s the symbol of wealth and nobility
- Ruby is the gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries
- It’s relatively hard, which means it’s a more durable gemstone and great for everyday wear
Caring for & cleaning rubies:
- Warm, soapy water is always safe
- Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones
- Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth
Ruby Style Inspiration
We’re loving this vibrant gemstone for summer whether it’s paired with a fun outfit to make a statement or kept simple to add a pop of color.
1. Make a statement with this one-of-a-kind gold ruby ring from our Estate Collection
2. Keep is simple with this delicate ruby and diamond necklace
3. Hop on the vintage trend and mix and match styles – great for stacking or worn on their own
To learn more about rubies – check out the GIA article found here.
Tips to Restyle Your Outdated Jewelry
Do you have any outdated, broken jewelry or perhaps something that just isn’t your style? Transform your jewelry into something new with these restyling tips.
1. Add gemstones – By adding diamonds or colored gemstones you can turn your jewelry pieces into contemporary and chic designs.
2. Change the form – Earrings can be made into pendants, and gemstones from outdated rings can be incorporated into a new design to create a contemporary necklace or bracelet.
3. Create multiple pieces – Re-design outdated jewelry pieces to create heirlooms for your family members. For example, a pair of earrings can become two pendants and can be given as a meaningful gift to children and grandchildren.
4. Change the primary metal – The original materials from your heirloom can be incorporated into a new design alongside modern materials used in fashion-forward design, such as enamel and titanium.
Its time to clean out your jewelry box! Transform your jewelry into something new during Michaels Jewelers’ One-Day Only Jewelry Styling & Redesign Event! Our specialists will work with you to create the perfect jewelry design and our skilled craftsman will make your new design come to life while you wait!
Check out the full event schedule here.
Today we’re highlighting the January birthstone, garnet. Red garnets have a long history, but this gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors from greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues. The price of the piece will likely increase for more rare colors like green or blue.
Here are some quick facts about this gemstone:
- The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age
- The garnet symbolizes deep and lasting friendship
- Can also be used to toast a 2nd wedding anniversary
- Find a cut that spreads light evenly over the surface of the garnet. This will help bring out the overall beauty and color of the gemstone.
To learn more about this gorgeous gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.
Still need a gift for that special someone? Not to worry! Let our specialists help find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
A Gift that Sparkles
A Pop of Color
Diamond & Emerald Necklace
Diamond & Emerald Earrings
Diamond & Ruby Necklace
Diamond & Ruby Ring
Diamond & Sapphire Necklace
Diamond & Sapphire Ring
Diamond Friendship Bracelet
Topaz & Diamond Friendship Bracelet
Diamond Friendship Bracelet
We hope that these gift ideas help you find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life! Plus- We’re opening early and staying late, just for you! View our Holiday Hours here.