Diamonds and Gemstones for All Occasions

Diamonds and Gemstones come in every hue, tone, and saturation.
They are born of the earth, becoming something exquisite when cut and polished.
Their beauty is everlasting and can be found in the unique work created by Sorrel Sky jewelry artists.

Amethyst is a purple quartz gemstone that comes in a wide tonal range from lavender to deep plum. The Roman gods prized amethyst as a talisman to ward off the intoxicating power of Bacchus (the god of wine). Great thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. Amethyst is the birthstone for February.

Blue Topaz is a shade found rarely in nature, but is today the most common color. After raw topaz is extracted from the earth and cut, it is irradiated to brown and heated to sky blue. This enhancement process is permanent. The Greeks believed that topaz had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible before a time of emergency. Other legends say that topaz dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight.

Citrine is a yellow quartz gemstone whose name is derived from the French word for lemon. Brazil is the leading producer of naturally mined citrine. Most citrine is created by heating amethyst or smoky quartz to a brilliant yellow-orange color. In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Citrine is the alternate birthstone for November.

Diamond is the hardest material known to man and derives from the ancient Greek word adamas meaning invincible. Diamond is celebrated for the purity of its brilliance. Diamonds are graded based upon cut, carat weight, color, and clarity. Cut describes the way a diamond is shaped and polished into a gem. Often diamond cut is confused with “shape.” Carat weight measures the mass of the diamond. One carat = 200 milligrams. Clarity is a measure of internal defects called inclusions. Diamonds are graded on a scale ranging from flawless to imperfect. Diamond is the April birthstone.

Peridot comes in shades of spring green and was prized by the Ancient Egyptians 3,500 years ago. In Hawaiian legend, peridot is the divine tears wept by the goddess Pele. Peridot has been credited with a host of magical powers and healing properties, such as protection against nightmares and warding off evil. Peridot is the August birthstone.

Sapphire is one of nature’s most durable gemstones. Ancient Persian rulers believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. The Latin name Sapphiru means blue. Sapphire is most familiar as a blue stone, but Sapphire may come in many other shades from pink to golden, orange to twilight. Sapphire has long symbolized a pledge of trust and loyalty and is popular for engagement rings. Sapphire is the September birthstone.

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